Here we go again, another interesting scam has just appeared, this time it comes from Portugal and involves our old friends the fake law firm Ramirez and Ramirez.
According to Juan Sanchez of the Finance Department for the Supremo Tribunal de Justiça of Portugal, in a letter to a Mr Bauer of the law firm Bauer & Bauer, Sociedade de Advogados, Ramirez & Ramirez Sl have been found guilty on all charges. The court has confirmed that the client for Bauer & Bauer is entitled to £26,500 in compensation for misrepresentation of a holiday product.
One has to ask, what holiday product, as anyone that has had any experience with Ramirez & Ramirez will testify, they took money as a fake law firm to chase court cases and claims against holiday clubs and timeshare. They never did sell any holiday product.
Now the other strange factor is why is this being “dealt with” in the Portuguese Supreme Court?
Ramirez & Ramirez, operated out of the Fuengirola area of the Costa del Sol, all the companies set up by Marcelo Ramirez were registered Spanish entities, nothing to do with Portugal. In fact the only court that has jurisdiction over Ramirez, are the Spanish Courts.
Looking at the letter from the finance department of the Supreme Court, the question that springs to mind is, as it is written to a “Portuguese” lawyer, why is it in English and not in Portuguese?
PDF of the document
Also, the letter from the Supreme Court, has no telephone, fax numbers or email address, although the address given does show the courts on google street view, that is about the only genuine thing about it. To be honest, it is not the best fake we have ever seen, it just screams fake!
Now let us look at this illustrious law firm Bauer & Bauer, well there is a law firm by this name, unfortunately it is not in Portugal, it is around 7000 miles away in Brazil, there is no trace of a law firm by this name in Portugal.
The only website we have found is for the legitimate law firm in Brazil, there is no website for the Bauer & Bauer operating out of Lisbon Portugal. The letter from and signed by Janettje Bauer shows no email address or website details, which considering how companies operate today is very strange indeed.
PDF of the letter
Our next question is who is behind this, no website so no chance of a registration, no company numbers, so unable to trace any director, very little information about them is available. So it makes you wonder is this another one of Ramirez’s ploys?
After all he did set up another company to contact the clients of the original Ramirez & Ramirez, with the story that they have been taken to court and there is substantial money being held, just waiting to be returned to those who got swindled in the first place. Only thing was the new Ramirez company needed to be paid to get this done.
This article goes to show that you have to be very careful when dealing with anything regarding timeshare, courts and claims, Inside Timeshare has been publishing many articles on this subject, including showing the sophistication of some of the fake documentation.
If you have been contacted by any company including Bauer & Bauer Inside Timeshare would like to hear from you. If you need any help in checking if a company is genuine contact us and we will point you in the right direction.
Do not pay any money until you are 100% sure that who you are dealing with as absolutely genuine.