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BBB issues warning for group selling a travel club

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BRANSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A travel club based in Branson, Missouri is allegedly defrauding customers a year after getting sued by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster according to the Better Business Bureau.  It’s a company called Destinations, which used to go by the name VSA Holdings. 

Apparently, it sends a letter in the mail to consumers with a return address listed in Washington D.C.  Inside is a flyer which states that individual has won a prize.  When you call, you’re instructed to go to a 90-minute presentation at a hotel – this weekend the group was apparently holding meetings at the Embassy Suites in St. Charles.

“We were told a couple weeks ago by a couple who attended a meeting that they started out at $15,000 for club membership,” BBB investigator Bill Smith said. “They quickly reduced the price until it got down to just a couple thousand dollars. 

“They said they would do pretty much anything to entice you to join and get your money,” Smith said.

Attorney General Koster’s lawsuit accuses VSA Holdings of cheating consumers by exaggerating discounts available through the club.  It asks the court to permanently ban the company from doing any business in the state of Missouri and pay back all customers who lost money.

“Their feeling is until they’ve been told to stop they can continue to do it,” Smith said.

VSA Holdings has an “F” rating with the BBB, the lowest rating possible, with more than 50 customer complaints.  News 4 talked to a couple victims of the company as well. 

The BBB says anyone considering doing business with Destinations – formely VSA Holdings – should exercise extreme caution.  It says by purchasing a membership with them you are taking a gamble with your money.

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