TRUSTe did a bang up job establishing themselves as the must have credential that sites paid them well for. You offer eye candy and a pretty little logo to provide a sense of security. Truth in advertising however, requires more than stamps. It demands in this case, annual inspections and that is what TRUSTe promised.
Most commonly, thieves will harvest kids' dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts. Many victims don't realize there's a problem until years later, when they are turned down because of the poor credit history someone else racked up in their name.
I understand the appeal of having a guaranteed vacation home in an area you love and the flexibility many timeshares offer of being able to swap your unit. But I worry that many buyers don't consider all associated costs and mistakenly think timeshares are sound financial investments that will appreciate in value.