02/19/2014 10:33 am ET Updated Apr 21, 2014

How to Spot a Vacation Club Scam

In the last six months of 2013 a "Vacation Club Scam" setup shop in central New York State, in the area where I grew up. When my family began receiving letters baited with free travel gimmicks, inviting us to join the scam presentation, I decided to attend to better understand how these so-called clubs actually work.

This video piece shows what I discovered, and how the scam works. By the end of October this particular scam had begun to infiltrate Vermont. The attorney general of Vermont shut down the presentations there with a cease and desist order.