Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate South Carolina (BBB) is issuing an alert for a timeshare scam claiming they are located in the Upstate. Consumers are alleging they were contacted by Crosspointe Resorts representative, Bruce Ritter, informing them they had an interested buyer. They discussed price and from there Mr. Ritter mentioned he would send over a contract and deposit and mentioned to the consumers in order to get the transaction moving, the company would need to complete a title search. The consumers were asked to wire money to Mr. Ritter and that was the last the consumers heard from Crosspointe Resorts. After multiple phone calls and realizing the website the business was using to make the company seem legitimate, was no longer active.The real estate company that manages the property where Crosspointe Resort claims to be located has stated they do not have a location there. BBB learned there was a legitimate business occupying the space and has been for quite some time. BBB offers the following tips to avoid a timeshare scam:Do Not Be Pressured. Do not agree to anything that is presented over the phone. Before agreeing to anything, take your time to think about your decision. Ask the salesperson to send you written information. Do not be pressured by a salesperson that claims your property can be sold immediately.Look at the Fees. Avoid businesses that ask for an “appraisal” fee or closing costs upfront. Be aware of businesses that give you a large fee and then slightly decrease it to seem like a “good deal”. Search for a business that will allow you to pay for the fees after the timeshare has been sold. Never wire money and be sure to ask what fees will be included in the cost and if they are refundable. Read the Contract Carefully. The contact should include: what services the broker provides, how much and when the costs should be paid, a length of time to sell the timeshare and the refund and guarantee policy. Make sure the contact states who is responsible for the sale.Too Good To Be True. Know the estimated value of the timeshare before bringing it to be sold. If the deal the business offers sounds too good to be true, it probably is.About BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Upstate, South Carolina was founded in 1983 and serves 10 counties, including Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization's high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities. For more information, call (864) 242-5052 or visit www.upstatesc.bbb.org.