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Travel Expert Warns About Dangerous Las Vegas Timeshare Hustle

Gillian Sisley

This is a targeted effort to scam patrons out of their time and money.

A popular Las Vegas travel expert has gone viral on TikTok after she shared information about what she calls the "biggest hustle" currently happening in Las Vegas.

Jen is a viral TikToker, who goes by @LasVegasStarfish, and she recently posted a video about Las Vegas “body snatchers” that has received more than 4.8 million views and over 8,000 comments since January 2nd.

With more than 356,000 followers on TikTok, Jen often shares her expert tips and tricks for those who are planning to visit Las Vegas. In other videos, she showed how various hotels and casinos look around the strip, and regularly publishes post recommendations for restaurants and advice for tourists.

Over 42 million tourists visited Las Vegas in 2019, leaving many vulnerable and likely to be pulled into the deceptive sales pitch covered in this viral video.

A closer look at the "biggest hustle" in Las Vegas.

The TikTok user records a video while inside a casino lobby, and she points out particular employees. She explains that these hustling employees work at a desk that is designed to look like a customer service desk, which is at the entrance of nearly every casino on the strip.

She then goes on to explain that these desks will have very enticing signage, such as, "$200 in free play ask us how". She states that one of the easy ways to identify this type of desk is that there will be several employees at the desk itself, and one single employee standing by the door "sizing up" the people who walk in. This single employee is considered a “body snatcher”.

Jen goes on to explain: "They're looking for a specific demographic. People who look like they have good credit and enough money to buy into a vacation or timeshare scheme."

This is a warning that certainly should be heeded. Timeshares have been found to create significant issues for those who walk away from them, including causing debt or even a bad credit score.

Overall, financial experts advise that timeshares are generally a bad financial decision to invest into.

Body snatchers are on the hunt for potential buyers.

In the now-viral video, the footage shows one employee signalling another at the desk as a middle-aged couple walks through the door. Jen goes on to explain that the couple fits the target demographic, and upon the employee signalling to the woman at the desk, the woman rushes over to the couple and attempt to be "super helpful".

The viral video then shows that the woman will usher the couple over to the desk where a salesperson will sign the couple up for a long-winded sales presentation for a timeshare.

A study by the ARDA International Foundation (AIF) found that new timeshare owners tend to average a median household income of $94,800, with an average age range of ‘new’ timeshare owners being 39-years-old. That said, the more experienced in life the couple, the more likely they have funds and time to invest in a timeshare, and thus middle-aged patrons are also considered to be a target demographic.

What to expect from a timeshare sales pitch, and how to avoid it the next time you’re in a Vegas casino.

Jen the travel expert states in the comment section of the post that the best way to avoid these body snatchers is to politely say ‘no’, and keep walking through the lobby. However, if people do find themselves dragged into a sales pitch, she suggests asking for free items in exchange for their time.

Other advice for how to avoid getting sucked into a lengthy sales pitch includes setting a time limit for the salesperson to make their pitch, then taking your gifts and leaving. It is most strongly suggested to just say ‘no’ repeatedly, and be very aware and wary of the fact that these salespeople are very good at closing deals.

An average timeshare sales pitch can range anywhere from 90 minutes to hours. Keep in mind that the salespeople are looking to keep you there for as long as possible, because the longer you stay the more likely you are to be won over and buy into the timeshare.

See the full viral video HERE.

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