Raleigh, NC -- North Carolina is one of 28 states that is part of a travel scheme crackdown and the state's top cop wants to ground the scheme.
NC Attorney General Roy Cooper says the states and eight other countries are taking aim at several companies promising free airline tickets, cruises or stays if you come listen to a time-share sales pitch.
It all starts with a mailer, which is not illegal. The company promises you something in exchange for your time, which is above board. But here's where the AG says the problem comes in.
"The problem is when you charge a fee for a trip , there's a problem when you have so many black out dates that it is impossible to take the trip and it's a problem if you say this deal is only good right now when in fact, they were selling the trip packages on a daily basis."
On behalf of the state, Cooper filed suits against: East Coast Travel, A2Z Vacations, Millennium Travel and Promotions, Smart Travel & Incentives and their managers and operators.
In the filing, Cooper says the companies violated state laws on consumer protection and discount buying clubs. He says they committed unfair and deceptive trade practicies by not living up to their end of the bargain made with consumers.
The Attorney General is now including travel on his web page. Take a look at the new section, so you can file complaints. Roy Cooper says he has helped folks get their money back from these companies but he can't do that unless you file a complaint.