NJ Sues After Travel Agency Allegedly Bilks Thousands From 54 People

MONTVALE, N.J.  (CBSNewYork) — There are few things people look forward to more in life than a nice vacation.

However, for some New Jersey residents, who thought they had everything arranged with a great deal to boot, it turned out to be a disappointing and expensive scam.

When one New Jersey couple got a postcard offering a free cruise for joining a vacation club run by Global Travel Solutions, they looked into it.

“The pitch that appealed to us was the fact that you could get vacations for 80 percent less than you would at a normal travel agency and, of course, that free cruise,” they told CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

But after they paid the $2000 membership fee, trouble started when they tried to book the free cruise.

“I started emailing these folks, then that’s when they came back to me and said, ‘I don’t know where you got the idea that you’re getting a free cruise, you’re supposed to be getting a discounted travel plan,’ and I said ‘That’s not what I was told,'” the victim said.

Thomas Calcagni, of the state Consumer Affairs Division is suing Global Travel Solutions and its owner, Jason Krieck, saying the sales pitch was a scam.

“So we’re talking about no free gifts, no discount travel packages and essentially no refunds no matter what,” Calcagni said.

One of the things the agency would allegedly do is lure customers to its Montvale offices offering free trips and discounts if they listen to a sales pitch. But when we went there, the doors were locked and the building completely empty.

The Attorney General’s office said between 2010 and this year, Global Travel Solutions bilked 54 people out of between $1000 and $9000.

“Many of these people that have been victimized are the kind of people that can least afford it. They’re looking for deals because the economy is so tight,” Calcagni said.

It was a hard lesson to learn that when it comes to vacations, freedom isn’t always free.

However, the state is seeking full restitution for the 54 people allegedly scammed by the travel agency.

At a hearing earlier Tuesday, a judge put a freeze on all of Global Travel Solutions’ assets.

Have you ever been victimized by a travel scheme? Tell us in the comments section below…

  • Fred P.

    I also got stong on the “good” thing. please let me know how to add my name

  • Rosa Rastegar

    where do we send the letter of complain?
    Rosa Rastegar

  • Betty

    How do you know this guy is a drug dealer? Or are these random accusations?

  • Rosa Rastegar

    My husband and I are victim of Global Travel Solutions on scam on October 2011 and would like to be included in the law suit.
    Rosa and Saiid Rastegar
    Also my husbands’s email:

    • rabble rouser says

      send your complaint to nj dept of consumer affairs to be included

      • sunshine

        Im sure he was always good to you and everyone you know. Show some respect during these difficult times for everyone!!

  • Bullett

    Some investors didn’t do their home work before investing into a “shell game” .Live & Learn.

  • Larry Schwarz

    I have a timeshare that I bought and went through a presentation and got a free vacation as a result.But I never had to put down one penney,and neither should these people.They are supposed to compensate you for listening to their presentation.Only if you buy their product then do you sign a contract and pay.Make sure you are buying from a legit company.Wyndham,Marriott,Hilton all sell these timeshare products and obviously are on the level.

  • Juanita Hill

    I live in New York and am a victim of the Global Travel Solutions scam. Should I contact the New Jersey Attorney General? If yes, please give me the contact information.

    • AG


      – You need to fill out a complaint and can obtain it at the link above

    • Larry Schwarz

      Juanita.I am sorry you got ripped off and hope they hang this scam artist out to dry.Perhaps my comment will help you.A judge has frozen this guys assets and I hope you and the other victims get your money back.I own a worldmark by Wyndham time share.While their presentation is pushy,they are honest and will never ask you to pay unless you buy.Then you will have a product for vacation use.Stick with a company like Wyndham,Marriott,or Hilton.You can’t go wrong.

    • rabble rouser says

      yes, but maybe you should file a criminal fraud complaint against this p.o.s. and ask the court for restitution

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