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Beware of a scam vacation travel club, BBB warns

A vacation travel club accused of perpetrating scams across the country made a stop in Western New York last week, alledgedly bilking at least one Chautauqua County couple out of nearly $1,500.

A to Z Vacations in conjunction with Millennium Travel sent letters inviting “select” consumers to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga to learn about a lifetime travel membership that would snag members wholesale rates on airfare, hotels, rental cars and significant discounts at popular retailers. Membership pricing topped out at $9,000.

But when new members tried to book travel and redeem discounts, none of the booking phone numbers worked. Its Web site had been deactivated as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Web site lists dozens of complaints about unfulfilled “free” travel vouchers from Millennium Travel. The Better Business Bureau has issued an alert about the company on its Web site, saying its phones have been disconnected and that the BBB’s mail to the company has been returned as undeliverable.

“If you have an unresolved dispute with this company, you may wish to seek legal advice,” the alert on the site reads.

- Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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