7 On Your Side
Travel seminar scam
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Margaret and Joe Fusaro are seasoned tourists.
But the well traveled seniors say they got taken for an expensive ride by some slick salesmen pitching membership in a discount travel club.
It all started with an offer in the mail; they'd get a free cruise and airline tickets just for sitting through a seminar.
"I said, 'Oh my God, this sounds amazing,'" Margaret Fusaro said.
So the couple signed up and forked over $7,500 hundred.
"Everything they said is too good to be true, and I finally said it's too good to be true," Joe Fusaro said.
Joe was wary because the contract contained no company name, address, and signed only by the salesman's first name.
So minutes after leaving they returned and asked for a refund.
After all, they were told they had three days to cancel.
"And they got very agitated and aggressive, verbally saying, 'It can't be done, you signed this paper and it can't be done,'" Margaret Fusaro said.
She called her son Paul and he confronted the salesmen for a refund.
"And they said, 'Absolutely no,' they can't do it. So that's when I started asking details about the where the money goes," Paul Fusaro said.
7 On Your Side followed the money all the way to an Escrow firm holding it in Colorado.
They told 7 On Your Side they no longer do business with the travel company after receiving numerous complaints.
"Within 20 minutes, when they knew the media was on them," Margaret Fusaro said.
Their credit card was credited the full amount.
"Go 7! Thank you so much, this is what we need, people out there looking to help the consumer," the Fusaro's said.
The Fusaro's saving grace? They paid for the trip with a credit card.
If they'd used a check or cash it would've been a lot harder to get back.
A warning about these travel club sales seminars: Get everything in writing because like Joe said himself, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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