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Consumer Warning: Joint Claims Victories & Timeshare Resort Rescue

We are only 2 days into the new year and we already have a warning to timeshare owners about another dubious setup. The warning was sent in by a legitimate claims company based in the UK who often informs Inside Timeshare about companies who have contacted their existing clients, asking for our help in identifying them.

These are the two companies that have been named:

JOINT CLAIM VICTORIES LIMITED (11504358)

33 Leigh Road, Leigh-On-Sea, United Kingdom, SS9 1DL

Which is a private house

It was registered on 7 August 2018

https://www.google.com/maps/place/33+Leigh+Rd,+Southend-on-Sea,+Leigh-on-Sea+SS9+1JP,+UK/@51.5441486,0.6720989,3a,31y,309.23h,95.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDIm5traxJ9f-HbLu9XHRrw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8d98f8f23a1d3:0x9331461f3f876577!8m2!3d51.5442448!4d0.6719165

TIMESHARE RESORT RESCUE LIMITED (11456459)

33 Southside Road, Leigh-On-Sea, United Kingdom, SS9 1DL

This address is not quite correct as it should read Flat 33, Southside, 260-80 Leigh Road, it is again just a block of flats.

Registered on 10 July 2018

https://www.google.es/maps/@51.5429317,0.6620948,3a,90y,183.55h,103.43t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBWhUwfEgK-nSXiK3BhBdEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en&authuser=0

We have not found any website for either company.

Both companies are registered to Reece Turner, who is resident on the Costa Del Sol and has also been advertising for a telemarketer on facebook:

SPACES ARE LIMITED ****

Looking for qualified telemarketer to bring our numbers up to 10 by the end of the year we are specialized in timeshare/finance claims and looking for marketers with plenty of experience. Willing to do 5 hours minimum arranging appointments/homesits, providing highly qualified leads for our uk based legal team. 250 paid per tour/deal. Weekly pay every Friday

Work from home be your own boss

Phone and leads provided

Full training package

Average OTE 750/1000 a week

Also we specialize in all freehold owners the only law panel in the uk to cater for all

If you are interested in this role please email me on [email protected]

It transpires that he was paid for supplying the client and received a bonus when the client signed up for a claim. This client was then contacted again by telephone and asked to send more money to complete work they had already paid for. The payment was sent to Mr R Turner, so not only is he getting paid for supplying the client, but then demanding more money from the client direct, the term greed springs mind.

In this case the client contacted their legal company asking if they had received the extra payment sent to Mr Turner, the confused legal company acted immediately and had the payment stopped. It does make you wonder how many more have been taken in and not had the thought of checking with their legal company. The legal company have also informed the Authorities in the UK and also in Spain.

So if you have had a call from either of these companies, Reece or Sally, contact Inside Timeshare with the details, we can then keep our readers updated.

This is another example of how careful you have to be when receiving calls, if you have signed up with a legitimate company for any legal work and receive any calls or emails asking for extra payment, contact your own company first and check if what you are told is true.

If you are contacted by any company with a story that your timeshare company or resort are being taken to court, or there is money lodged with a court waiting for you to claim it, then use our contact page and let us know. Inside Timeshare will help you to make the right checks before you pay anything.

 

Another New Timeshare Claims Company

Once again one of our readers has pointed out another company that is offering timeshare reclaims, they are called Timeshare Redress with the website:

https://timeshareredress.com

With the following address Telephone number and email:

Ground Floor, 22 Vantage Park,

High View Close, Hamilton,

Leicester LE4 9LJ, United Kingdom.

0800 051 1738

[email protected]

The website is very new only being registered on 8 June 2018, with the registrar hidden by redaction for privacy, yet according to the Home page they are “helping clients claim back £thousands”, that they are “One of the leading claim handlers in the UK”, also stating they work on a “no win no fee” basis.

Well, for a website only registered less than 2 months ago these are rather grand claims to be making. So who are they?

The actual company is called Money Redress Limited with the company registration number 10483863 and registered at the above address. The company was incorporated on 17 November 2016 so only just under 2 years old.

The first director was Ian Richard Francis, who resigned on 25 April 2017, being replace by Robert James Jeffrey Ridge on 2 March 2017.

Mr Ridge who is aged around 41, has had a total of 18 appointments, 5 which are still active, 1 in liquidation and the rest are dissolved companies. One company is also registered at the same address which is called Pension Calculator Limited, Company number 08957148.

According to their website, (About us) they are working in partnership with one of the leading law firms in Spain, yet they do not name them anywhere on their website, surely that would be one of the most important points to give credibility?

They do go on to state the following about their Spanish partner:

  • Listed as recommended lawyers with the British Embassy/Consulate, US Embassy and Irish Embassy, as well as being members of regulated legal bodies such as the IBA (International Bar Association).
  • Qualified Legal Representatives: Their legal team are made up of fully qualified and experienced lawyers who can provide you with comprehensive information, detailed estimations of all fees, costs and taxes involved, and clear and concise explanations of the legal process.
  • No language barriers: Their office staff include native speakers from the UK and US, as well as Spain, and staff who can converse with you in English, French, German, Russian and Swedish – so you can be confident of fully understanding the legal process throughout the course of your case.

Inside Timeshare did contact the leading law firm in this field to check if they had any knowledge of this company, but they had never heard of either Timeshare Redress or Money Redress.

The website does emphasise the Spanish Supreme Court rulings and cases brought in Spanish courts against 5 of the major players in the timeshare industry, but again no mention of which law firm is responsible.

The Latest News section shows three reports, all three taken from other sources, one from New Business and the other two from the Telegraph. One of the articles from the Telegraph is extremely dated as it has quotes from the TCA by the late Sandy Grey, who as we know passed away in 2013.

When you check the Services section, you will get a drop box with the list of timeshare companies, each one takes you to a contact form asking for very basic details Name, telephone, email and was the timeshare purchased or upgraded after January 1999 and then a submit button.

So what can we assume from this website?

At first glance is does appear to be a “lead generator”, submit the details and they are then free to contact you and pass you on to another company, thus getting round the new data protection laws.

So what about the no win no fee aspect?

As we know any legal action through the courts in Spain requires a Spanish registered lawyer, it also requires that legal fees are paid upfront, so this rules out the no win no fee aspect. Although the no win no fee could be the success fee payable on completion of the case and a successful payout from the timeshare company through the court. Only one snag here, these cases can take a long time to actually get through to the payout stage, according to cases at court now, they have taken around 12 to 14 months to reach the trial date, this is without the timeshare companies making an appeal when they lose. One just wonders if these people will still be about by then?

Once again we have a new player on the block, with no actual evidence of who is behind it, after all directors are only the front men, not necessarily the owners of the business. We have a website that is very new yet makes some very big claims, a section which is typical of a lead generator and no mention of which law firms they are in partnership with. All this leads us to view them with great suspicion, as we keep saying the timeshare claims business is a very lucrative area and since the first Supreme Court rulings many have jumped on the bandwagon, even though they have no actual knowledge of the timeshare industry or timeshare law.

This is a classic example of why you should be doing your homework, finding out about any company that contacts you or you have found on an internet search, popup advert or even adverts in newspapers and magazines. After all, we even have the story of one reader who answered and advert in the Royal British Legion Magazine, a trusted organisation, then got scammed. As we explained to her, the marketing companies sell advertising space, they don’t do checks on the credibility of advertisers!

If you have any questions are need help in checking any company, then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will point you in the right direction.

Join us tomorrow for our Friday’s Letter from America, with a Timeshare Report by the St Louis Better Business Bureau, edited by our very own Irene Parker.