Welcome to the start of another week, we begin with a quick look at a couple of 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:
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
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:
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?
Another company that has surfaced is Britanica Consumer Consultancy, with the address:
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
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.