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Start the Week: New Information on Centaurus Mediations

We start this week off with more information on the company linked to Silverpoint and contacting their own clients regarding relinquishments and claims, Centaurus Mediations SL. Once again Inside Timeshare has received more emails from readers who have been contacted or attended meetings at their office in Tenerife.

There is now another new twist to the tale, this is a company based in Stirling Scotland called Fullbrook Associates, this company it seems is employed by Centaurus Mediations (who are charging extortionate amounts) to take on their “cases” to get the owners out of the Silverpoint contracts and claim back their money!

Who are Fullbrook Associates?

According to company house, they were incorporated on 13 June 2016, under the name of Fullbrook Marketing Ltd, changing the name to Fullbrook Associates on 17 March 2017, with the company registration number:  SC537793

FULLBROOK ASSOCIATES LTD – Overview

The registered address is:

4/5 Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2DZ. But the address given on the website shows a slightly different address: 73 Wellgreen Pl, Stirling FK8 2DZ, UK. This is a business center offering office space to rent either full time or on a need to use basis, as with all these business centers they are also mail delivery points.

According to company records the nature of their business is: 70229 – Management consultancy activities other than financial management. So this begs the question what are they to do with timeshare?

The director section of company records is rather interesting, the original director was Martin Scully, appointed 13 June 2016, but resigned 13 June 2016, (no that is not a mistake) with Kathleen Mary Scully also being appointed on 13 June 2016. It is also believed that Martin Scully was at one time working in the marketing department of EZE Group, not an unfamiliar name to these pages.

When looking at “Meet the Team” section of their website, they show the photos of 6 ladies including one solicitor and one paralegal, yet in their profiles not one of them shows any history or knowledge of timeshare matters or law. Although according to the Legal Services section on Timeshare Termination they state  “Fullbrook Associates has such specialism. We can not only extricate unhappy clients from their timeshare contracts but can successfully pursue compensation claims surrounding mis-selling and consumer credit breaches”.

On the point of “compensation Claims”, one has to ask how they are going to do this?

Are they going to use the Credit Consumer Act 1974 Section 75?

Staying on the website, they do not show any company registration numbers, no SRA registration number for the lawyer or any registration with the Institute of Paralegals for the Paralegal, which one would have thought was of great importance. They also show no official membership to any organisation, or show any registration for claims management with the Ministry of Justice.

Obviously, we have mentioned the link between Centaurus Mediations, Silverpoint and Mark Cushway, we have also in the past published that Silverpoint / Mark Cushway had approached Claims Solutions Group to take on cases against themselves!

http://insidetimeshare.com/start-week-joke/

Once again we have timeshare owners being charged huge amounts of money by one company to extricate them from their timeshare, (run by the very people who sold it to you in the first place), then being passed onto a third party to do the work. One can see the problem here, if the work is not done by the third party, Centaurus can get away from any Section 75 claim by stating they have fulfilled their contract, it is not their fault the work has not been done.

Remember, if you purchased your timeshare in Spain after January 1999, your contract is for more than 50 years, you have points or floating week systems, you paid any money within the cooling off period, then the only way to successfully claim is through the Spanish Courts using Spain’s very stringent timeshare laws. (Please also bare in mind that not all are claimable regardless of what you are told).

If you just want to terminate your membership, contact your own timeshare company first, many are now offering to allow termination, most will not even deal with third parties, only with the member direct, so you could be paying for nothing.

Just because a company boasts they are UK registered does not mean they can be trusted, look for their track record, how long have they been operating, are they able to prove their “expertise” in timeshare law, can you get independent confirmation that they have actually got people out of timeshare and got their money back? (Do not always trust testimonials published on their websites).

These are all questions you need to be asking, do not just believe the “pitch”, do your homework before you pay any money out.

If you require any information about any company that has contacted you or one that you have found on the internet, then contact Inside Timeshare and we will point you in the right direction.

Centaurus Mediations & the Silverpoint Connection

Centaurus Mediations SL, CIF: B76750868  C/ Santa Rosa 1- Edificio Royal Palm, Local 3, Arona 38640, Tenerife, is not a new company to our pages, we first highlighted them back in January. The named company Administrator is one Caroline Hibbery who is also the administrator for several other companies, not unusual as these types of enterprises tend to use a front name to protect the actual persons behind them.

The in February it became apparent that Centaurus Mediations SL is one of the companies set up by Mark Cushway and Silverpoint. It was around the time that Silverpoint closed all of their sales decks and staff lost their “jobs”. (Well not all of them, obviously they would be needed in the new enterprises).

Centaurus began contacting Silverpoint members, the difference being from other companies that also cold call is they knew all the details of the clients membership, even down to the fact that they had taken legal action and won!

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So what are Centaurus telling these clients?

During the call the agent James, another name that has come up is Alan, tells the clients that even though Silverpoint have lost the cases at court, no one will get paid out. The only way to cancel the contract and get anything back is to go with Centaurus.

So Silverpoint, who sold the illegal contracts in the first place is now contacting their own clients, albeit under the guise of a new name, to help them get out of their timeshare!

Inside Timeshare has been contacted by many readers after these calls, many have even stated that they have cases waiting to be heard at court. Now we do know from experience that members data is often kept by sales staff as an insurance policy in the event of redundancy, but that usually only contains names and telephone numbers. The type of information these readers are being told is basically their entire purchase history.

This only leads to one conclusion, they are using the SILVERPOINT MEMBERS DATABASE!

The email these readers have received after the initial call is signed by James:

Further to our conversation, I am pleased to provide you with an insight into the professional services provided by us at Centaurus Mediations. I’m sure you are aware of the turmoil that has existed over the last few years regarding the timeshare product, its legality and sales tactics adopted by ruthless timeshare sales people. You are also probably aware that recent Supreme Court rulings have turned the tide in favour of the timeshare member.

As I have discussed with you, we here at Centaurus provide solutions for the numerous and varied concerns of the average timeshare member, whether they be concerns over the legality, effectiveness or longevity of your contract or the minefield that exists when solutions to those issues are sought from third parties.

As mediators our roles are to extract you from your commitment with your Timeshare company and introduce you to our recommended registered law firm if necessary. Our services range from extraction from complicated and binding timeshare agreements to the investigation into possible financial compensation on your behalf. Our services are all of a new win no fee nature and in some cases have guaranteed time frames. Should the services of our recommended law firm be required, a no win no fee service is also offered by the firm.

Mediation. In our role as mediators we aim to provide best advice with the sole intention of resolving disputes between our clients and their resort or holiday club.

Kind Regards

James

Centaurus Mediations SL

Registration Nº: B76750868

www.centaurusmediations.com

[email protected]

It would be interesting to see what these services under their “New no win no fee nature”, along with what guaranteed time frames?

It also seems strange that the “recommended law firm offers a no win no fee service”!

Another name that has suddenly cropped up with regards to Centaurus is one Lee Burton, apparently he is well known in timeshare circles, mainly as a bit of a henchman. He is closely associated with Mark Cushway, as well as others in the industry.

Lee Burton

Inside Timeshare has also been informed that this individual is also under investigation for lying to the court under oath, which is known as perjury. A Criminal Denuncia (official police complaint) has also been filed against him on this very matter.

It is believed from our sources that his role is ensure the smooth running of the operation and dealing with any “problems”. Judging by his reputation, a role he is well suited for.

If you have been contacted or taken up the services of this company and no feel that you may be subject to being “defrauded”, then contact Inside Timeshare and we will pass you to a lawyer for free legal advice.

Inside Timeshare would also like to hear from you about any company that contacts you regarding your timeshare, especially if it is with Silverpoint, use our contact page and we will point you in the right direction.

 

Friday’s Letter from America

In this week’s Letter from America we welcome the first article from Ken Silva, with his Nightmare on Timeshare Street story. This is also made more complicated due to the involvement of Barclays, as this is considered as a separate agreement to the timeshare. But first we look at the news from Europe.

It has now been confirmed that the enterprises owned by Mark Rowe, are being investigated by South West Police, this follows the report at the beginning of January of the raids conducted by Trading Standards at several premises used by these companies. This followed after an investigation by the “Scambuster Team”.

The Police are contacting clients who either have lodged complaints with Trading Standards and the Police in the past, or from records seized in the raids. If you have had any dealings with any of his companies (a full list can be found at the link below), then contact:

South West Police ROCU. DC 4624 Katie Andrews. PO Box 37, Valley Rd, Portishead,Bristol. BS20 8QJ

Police ROCU UK

http://insidetimeshare.com/monster-credits-associated-companies-summary/

Could this now be the end to the Mark Rowe Enterprises?

If we thought that things could not get any stranger in the world of timeshare, then you would be wrong.

Silverpoint based in Tenerife and headed by Mark Cushway, have not only closed their sales decks, but have now set up two companies to offer their own clients a relinquishment service!

One company has been identified as Centaurus Mediations SL, which was highlighted on 15 January. They are contacting clients with the story that the only way out of their timeshare and maintenance fees, is to pay them to relinquish the timeshare. James, one of the callers also tells them that Excel has taken over and that no one will get any compensation for any claims.

How do we make this link, very simple, the information that the caller has on the timeshare owner can only have come from one place, Silverpoint! The caller knew that they had employed ReclaimGC and CLA to institute a claim against Silverpoint, so we leave you to make up your own mind. A fuller story will be published in due course, once all the information has been processed.

For now on with today’s Letter from America.

A Warning to Anyone Thinking About Buying a Timeshare

Our Diamond Resorts International nightmare

Fri Doh!

By Ken Silva

February 2, 2018

Timeshare Consumers, take my advice and do due diligence before buying a timeshare.

Protect your family. Do not get your family into the mess we are in. Do your research. There’s a reason there are so many timeshare members on Facebook and websites seeking to dump their timeshares. I’m sure there are sales agents selling the product honestly, but you decide about our sales agent after reading what happened to us. All you have to do to prove we are telling the truth is to get on our booking site and try to find a vacation based on what we were sold.

Attorneys General, please, do not dismiss our experience. We are fighting to get our money back, as we still owe $10,000 on a Diamond Resorts Barclaycard credit card. We hope to escape the “ironclad” STAY VACATIONED contract.  

Here’s what happened

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In May of 2016 my wife and I purchased a Diamond Resorts International (DRI) Sampler (trial) package for $2,995 in Las Vegas.

Using our Sampler points we booked a stay at Diamond’s Ka’anapali Resort. We purchased 2,500 Hawaii Collection Diamond points for $13,000. Our sales agent was Karen Cossettee. Ms. Cossette told us we would be able to book one to three weeks of vacation anywhere. Our son Jacob, age 3, has a serious medical condition so we need to vacation close to home as we have to be near medical facilities. We had to cut both our Hawaii and Las Vegas trip short because our son experienced a medical emergency back home.

After we returned home, we got on the booking site, but found no locations meeting our requirements. About the only bookings you can get with 2,500 points are for places like Branson Missouri or Gatlinburg, maybe a one bedroom in Orlando. It is impossible to stay one to three weeks in a one bedroom in California near a major medical facility.  

Jacob has cerebral palsy. He has been diagnosed failure to thrive and is on a feeding tube. He requires 24/7 care and he is a case study at Stanford University Medical School. We cannot fly because of his condition. We booked Tahoe recently, but cancelled that trip because even Tahoe is too far.  

Using our Sampler points requires a sales presentation, so we booked a trip to

Las Vegas November, 2017. We stayed at DRI’s Cancun resort. There the Diamond sales agent, Davia Hunsicker said, “Hawaii lied to you! You can’t go anywhere on 2,500 points.” We were told Hawaii Collection points are expected to be slammed with assessments and 10-14% increases in maintenance fees because Hawaii is so expensive and subject to weather damages. However, in Hawaii they told us maintenance fees increase only 6%. They went on to explain that Hawaii was going to have a $1,000 plus assessment for damage to shores.  Ms. Hunsicker told us U S Collection maintenance fees increase only 2% on average.   

The Vegas agents told us the only way out of this situation was to move our Hawaii points to the US Collection and to do that we had to buy 4,500 points for $18,000 to own 7,000 U S Collection.

Like in Hawaii, we were shown several places we could stay that met Jacob’s needs. Again, when allowed on our booking site (again after the rescission period), it was a different inventory. I called DRI and reached a Platinum agent who said, “I’m with the Platinum desk. I can pull strings.” She found a desirable option, Pacific Grove in California. This was one of the locations we were shown in Vegas, only in our inventory it would require 22,000 points.

Timeshare companies can dodge the rescission period by not allowing access to the booking site until after the rescission period. In our case, I tried to log on two days after signing but was told my account was in escrow. The rescind period is seven to ten days, but it takes nearly 30 days before you can access the booking site.

DRI sales agents are so good at having all the answers and they will promise you the moon. Ms. Hunsicker also said we could get an extra 8500 “ghost” points that would upgrade us to Silver by saying we owned an RCI week. She instructed us to just nod to the QA person when they ask about RCI and we would be able to get the extra points, but not to say she told us because, “You might get me fired if they find out, but that way you’ll get another 8500 points.” She advised us to purchase an RCI week at Sam’s Club for $500 – $600 and then trade it in to Diamond for 8,500 points. She said with Silver benefits we could have food stocked and luggage forwarded. This was a tremendous benefit because of Jacob’s needs. However, when I read about these benefits the luggage benefit costs additional funds and the food service was not available at the Silver level.  

We asked about what would happen if we could no longer use the points and were told DRI will work something out and were informed DRI has a website where you can sell points. DRI points are virtually worthless on the secondary market.

We would have rescinded our contract immediately if I had been able to see that we could not use our points as promised. Diamond salespeople will offer their cell and promise to be available and act like they genuinely care about you (like ours did concerning Jacob), but then disappear after a few days of friendly texts.

I work for a faith based non-profit. We teach anti-bullying and leadership skills. Our credit score is over 800. I am 33 years old and my wife is 31, caring for our son’s severe medical issues. To think that timeshare companies allow these practices and hides behind the fine print is astonishing.

I published a review on Trust Pilot.

Reply from Diamond Resorts International

Published Monday, January 15, 2018

We regret to hear of your experience as we are known in being forthright and delivering top notch service. Please email us at [email protected] for further assistance.

My response to Diamond’s response

Edit: Diamond Resorts reached out, as seen below, however, they have not responded to my email to them as of 1/25/18. Also, they are not known for their top notch service. In fact, look on Facebook for the various groups of people who are in positions like mine, or the many other reviews on Trust Pilot. It often takes DRI 45 or more days to get back to you and many are ignored. When you call customer service, they tell you there’s not much they can do to help.

If Diamond was forthright and delivering top notch service, they would refund victims their money. I’m glad I have a background in Social Justice and Social Media.

I hope our pain will save others.

Notes from Irene

Since Ken submitted this article a week ago, Inside Timeshare received five more complaints directed against this same sales center, one against the same agent Ken complained about.  Especially in California, there have been complaints from Monarch owners of deeded weeks, coerced into giving up their deed and buy points, only to find out they did not have access to the week they had used and enjoyed for years.

http://www.monarchowner.com/p/opt-out.html

https://monarch-grand-vacations.pissedconsumer.com/lawsuit-against-monarch-grand-and-diamond-resorts-20150428628300.html

All timeshare resorts have non-member inventory that always guarantee non-members can spend the money but members often cannot find availability. Diamond is not the only resort with complaints like this. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman settled with The Manhattan Club for $6.5 million. Clearly, there is a problem industry wide.

https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-65-million-settlement-midtown-manhattan-timeshare-scammed

Timeshare deception and “bait and switch” is not a practice limited to Diamond, but in the case of DRI, licensed resale brokers will not even accept a Diamond listing. It’s bad enough if you can sell a timeshare if you were lied to, (often a timeshare is worth only pennies on the dollar), but with Diamond it is worse because it has been widely reported Diamond has virtually no secondary market. Try calling some of the members of the Licensed Timeshare Resale Brokers Association and see what they have to say.

http://www.licensedtimeshareresalebrokers.org/

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We really do hope timeshare developers will work with us to stop predatory timeshare sales.

Thank you Ken and Irene for today’s article, it is with these stories that everyone becomes aware of what is happening, including the developers. Let us hope that they take note and start to change how they operate.

Inside Timeshare has just been informed from one of our German readers that Marriott is sending out emails to clients with the following statement (part of email translated from German):

An important commentary has been published in the press regarding letting restrictions on tourists (especially in the Balearics and in Catalonia) in 2017.
We would like to point out that MVCI Management, S.L. the only licensed company that has the right to rent properties in MVCI Resorts in Spain for themselves or their owners.
Weekly owners who rent their time-share weeks either by themselves or through third parties face fines of up to € 400,000.
Due to the complex nature of the legislation in question in Spain, we recommend that you obtain legal advice on your individual circumstances before renting your weeks outside the MVCI rental program.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us or send an e-mail to [email protected]com.
Best regards,
Marriott Vacation Club
We will obviously bring you more on this as we get more information as and when we get it.

If you have any questions or require any information on this or any other article published, contact Inside Timeshare, we will be pleased to help and point you in the right direction.

So that is it for another week, Friday is upon us and the weekend beckons, have a good one.

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The Monday Briefing

Welcome to the start of another week, we begin with a quick look at a few companies that have been contacting timeshare owners with regards to claims.

The first is a company called Burgess Cooper International, according to information received they have an address in Dublin, Republic of Ireland:

Clifton House, Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

This address is the Clifton House Business Center, which provides short and long term serviced office space. These types of offices are in regular use by many of the companies we highlight. There is also no record of any company registration either in Ireland or the UK Companies House.

Burgess Cooper also give the following telephone number: 03333 444 053

They also have a website

www.cooperburgessint.com

which was registered on 24 November 2017, the registration details are privacy protected, which means we are unable to find out who is behind this company. Their email address is linked to the website:

[email protected]

Now considering when this website was registered it does make their claims to clients on their success very dubious indeed, in fact they show two case studies on their website, although they do not give much in the way of detail.

It does look like the type of claim the will be filing for a client will be under Section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act 1974, this will be against the owners credit card company. One fact to remember here is most will have purchased over 6 years ago, will have used their timeshare and therefore will not have a valid claim against the credit card company. So do they also then make a charge for relinquishing the timeshare as the claim is on a “no win no fee” basis?

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The next is Centaurus Mediations, their website was registered on 2 November 2017 and once again is privacy protected:

http://centaurusmediations.com

[email protected]

The telephone number they provide is. 0034 922 927643

The address they give on the website is:

237/3 Royal Palm, Calle Santa Rosa 1 Los Christianos Arona

and they also show a map on their contact page. The strange thing is according to their About us page, “Centaurus Mediators has its headquarters in our luxury Tenerife offices”. Which also house their mediators, negotiators, claims assessors, human resources, accounts and company officers.

Yet this address if for the The Royal Palm Holiday Apartments, so looking at Google maps on satellite view, there appears to be no luxury offices on that street, could they just be using an apartment?

According to their website they have already had the following success:

  • 327 Mediations
  • 151 Relinquishments
  • 97 Successful Claims
  • 64 Agreed Terminations.

There is a company registration with the CIF Number of B76750868 according to the registration Centaurus Mediations SL was only registered on 31 October 2017 so considering this date the above statistics are very impressive. The Sole Administrator is one Caroline Hiberry, who is also listed as the sole administrator for the following companies:

Some of these are very familiar from the past.

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Another company that has surfaced is Britanica Consumer Consultancy, with the address:

130 Old Street, London. EC1V 9BD

Which again is a service address.

Telephone number: 0207 100 9649

There is no website and the email address is just one registered with outlook.com

[email protected]

No registration at company house can be found, so with the information above does make the company look very dubious indeed.

The modus operandi is very familiar, the owner is told that the court has awarded them a substantial amount, even though they didn’t even know they had a case or claim at court!

A slight difference to this operation is that it is not “tax” that needs to be paid to release the money, it is translation costs for all the paperwork. The cost for this is in the region of £2,000!

The strange thing is how did the court have the case before the paperwork had been translated into Spanish?

Again, unless you have employed the services of a lawyer, had translations done and had your case filed at court then you will not have a case or any money awarded to you. The courts do not award money in this way, they also do not employ the services of any company to trace clients.

Just these three companies we have highlighted goes to show how careful you must be, if you are contacted by any company offering anything similar to the above think and think again. Do not part with any money especially by bank transfer or any other means such as Western Union. It is also very important to remember any reputable company does not ask for payments to be made into the name of a private individual.

If you require any help in checking the validity of any company or the story they tell you, contact Inside Timeshare, we will point you in the right direction.

Remember doing your homework will save you a lot of money in the end.

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