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October 2021

End the Week: Court News

It’s the end of another week and apart from the big news about the “partnership” between Wyndham and Club La Costa, it has been rather quiet on the news front. Our old friends The Litigious Abogados Family have once again graced our pages with their latest “SCAM” or should we say “FRAUD”, with the use of yet another genuine name to enhance their nefarious purposes. We began the week with a short piece on cold calls. I should point out that “Mavis” is a fictitious character made up to highlight a problem, unfortunately, I did receive comments that they felt “Mavis” should give up her job. That is easy to say if you are comfortable. We end this week with our typical news from the courts.

We start with a Marriott case that was heard by the Court of First Instance Number 3 of Marbella, with the court issuing their sentence on 21 October.

Marbella Court House

The case against MVCI Management and MVCI Holidays was brought by an English client and was represented by lawyers from Canarian Legal Alliance. Their contract was for a period of more than 50 years and was also a points/floating week based membership. 

It was therefore declared null & void as laid out by law and the precedents set by the Supreme Court.

The court also ordered Marriott to repay the client 51,200€ plus legal interest; we now wait to see if Marriott continues to do the right thing and place the money with the court without the need for enforcement procedures.

Moving back to Gran Canaria, at the Court of First Instance Number 2 of SBT, another new case against Anfi was heard and a sentence issued.

The judge ordered the repayment of 47,235€ plus legal interest and costs, with the contract obviously being declared null & void. This amount also includes a double payment for the illegal taking of deposits during the statutory cooling-off period.

The case will now be filed with the Mercantile Court due to the liquidation procedures against Anfi Resorts and Anfi Sales. It is still not clear if Anfi can appeal the sentence, like they always do, with the High Court because of this, once we have a definitive answer we will let you know.

So far this week there have been three Anfi appeals once again dismissed by the High Court of Las Palmas.

High Court Las Palmas

The three cases involve one Norwegian client and two English clients, all won their cases at the Court of First Instance with their contracts being declared null & void and a total repayment ordered to all three of over 91,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

The judges also ordered that all three clients be repaid double the amount in respect of the illegally taken deposits at the point of sale. The statutory cooling-off period has actually been in force before the enactment of Law 42/98, this law increased it to 14 days, so really the timeshare companies again only have themselves to blame.

All three clients’ cases will now be filed with the Mercantile Court by their lawyers at Canarian Legal Alliance to ensure they are registered as creditors.

That is all from the courts at the moment, there has been nothing in from Tenerife and the Silverpoint cases, which as we know are also subject to administration by the Mercantile Court. When anything of importance is announced Inside Timeshare will publish it here.

If you would like further information on any articles published or just want to know if your contract is illegal and what options are available to you, then please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you?

Have a Great Halloween Weekend and join us again next week for more news and information on the world of timeshare.

The Litigious Abogados Family Strike Again

One thing is for certain, our friends from Tenerife who we have dubbed The Litigious Abogados Family have done it again. Within weeks of our warnings about the use of genuine law firms to give credibility to their fraud, they have once again used the name of a genuine law firm, this time their “pitch” has changed and now blames “BREXIT” for the problems of paying out the clients.

The name of the firm they have used this time is Logra Grupo Empresarial a firm that is based in Madrid, compared to the previous ones this does not look like a large prestigious firm with an impressive legal CV.

Their website is:

http://www.glogra.es/grupo-logra.aspx

The contact details they show are:

Paseo de la Castellana nº 119 1ºIzq 28046 Madrid

Telephone 900 373 004

Mail: [email protected]

Notice the email address, compared to the one that is being used on the letter, the genuine email address is linked to their website

[email protected]

@consultant.com is a regular feature from this lot, along with @legislator.com, even the telephone numbers are different, using:

0800 802 1867 & 0207 183 0260 are both UK numbers, which also do not show on the genuine website.

As usual, the letter states the client has won his case and has 13,234€ of compensation waiting to be paid out to him, unfortunately, “BREXIT” has thrown up some obstacles, well to any Brit, mention a problem that is caused by BREXIT and they will tend to believe it.

Obviously, that is what this lot are hoping for.

According to their letter, the number of regulations and laws governing the transfer of money, along with the necessary licences has “now triggered an unreasonably burdensome situation”. Those are their words.

Never mind, I’ll bet you already know what is coming?

Yes, they are “pleased to confirm” they have now received the “official Brexit form” all the way from the Santa Cruz First Instance Court Number 9, to “facilitate” the release of the money. The best part is they had literally just received the “form” that afternoon, how about that for timing!

Payment once again is made to a named individual, David De La Cruz Oval, using the address  Calle Calibar 18, Edif. Caltina, 388B, Santa Cruz De Tenerife. Which when searched on Google Maps, doesn’t exist. It is also interesting to note, there is no letterhead or any other contact details, it doesn’t even state if it is their Procurador which is normal for them.

Again all this is backed up with fake documents from the court, which along with any search of the named law firm would definitely give them credibility, duping you the “victim” into paying up not just once but over and over. There is always some “TAX” or “BREXIT” thing they can come up with to extract even more from you.

Considering how long this fraud has been running under one name or another, they must be extracting thousands from many unsuspecting people, after all, the ones we hear about are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. While there are still those out there who will fall for this scam, these people will try their luck and unfortunately, they will succeed.

Unless you have personally instructed a law firm with all the legal procedures required to proceed with a legal case in the courts, then you have no case. No law firm, lawyer, court official or any other person can instigate any case in court without your knowledge or express permission. Courts do not “farm out” personal information to private firms or individuals to contact “victims” of fraud or mis-selling.

Payments should never be made to named individuals, especially if the accompanying letter states it is a “tax payment to a court” or something similar. These payments are usually made using bank transfer, something for which you are unlikely to be protected in the event of fraud, it is also interesting to note that all payments to this group of fraudsters are very low. They seem to always be for amounts under 1000€, usually small amounts such as the one above, this is a very important point for the “victim”. Banks do tend to contact clients when they make international transfers of large amounts, once the client confirms they are going ahead, if it turns out they have been scammed, then the bank has no legal obligation to investigate. 

Have you received any calls or emails with the great news that you have won a substantial amount of “compensation”, have you been told you have a valid claim, not sure if they are genuine or a scam, then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you?

Remember,

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Wyndham Rebrands Club La Costa Resorts!

Welcome to our Wednesday edition, today we bring you some news which was announced on Monday 25 October, by Club La Costa. In their press release and letter to CLC World members, it was announced that Club La Costa had entered into a “strategic partnership” with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, or to put it correctly Wyndham Destinations. This is not the first time this year that Wyndham has been in the news, back in January, Wyndham Destinations Inc. purchased the publication Travel + Leisure from Meredith Corporation for $100 million. See the link to The Wall Street Journal.

Now it is announced Wyndham is rebranding 12 Club La Costa properties in Spain, Turkey, Scotland, England and the Austrian Alps. The full list below is from the CLC World website, link to their full announcement below. 

UK

Wyndham Trenython Manor Cornwall is set in a mansion house with 24 acres of stunning countryside overlooking St Austell Bay on England’s Cornish Riviera. This Manor house hotel features upscale one and two bedroom lodges in its grounds and is located close to some of the UK’s most renowned attractions like the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan. The elegant manor house is rich in English heritage with grounds offering croquet, archery, a woodland play area and wildlife watching hides. The property will offer 27 guest rooms, 32 lodges, a bar, terrace and restaurant with spectacular views of Cornwall’s coastline. It will also feature a spa with aromatherapy treatments, a leisure centre with fitness suites, as well as 12m heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

Wyndham Duchally Country Estate will be located in an 1838 estate amongst 27 acres in beautiful Perthshire near to Gleneagles. The boutique hotel and its 55 two and three bedroom lodges is close to the famous Ochil Hills and offers beautiful mountain bike tours, making it an ideal base for a holiday in Scotland. Recognised by VisitScotland for the quality of its exquisite cuisine, the resort’s Monteaths Restaurant specialises in local produce and features a whisky bar and its own craft gin distillery. The hotel will also boast a wellness centre with a heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a kids swimming pool.

Spain

The collocated* Wyndham Grand Residences Costa del Sol Mijas, Ramada Residences by Wyndham Costa del Sol Fuengirola, Ramada Hotels & Suites by Wyndham Costa del Sol Fuengirola and Wyndham Residences Costa del Sol Mijas are set in a sub-tropical gardens with more than 20 swimming pools and facilities, including on-site restaurants, a fitness centre as well as multiple kids clubs. They will offer a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, covering standard, premier, premier plus and sublime signature style apartments and villas to suit different travellers visiting the Costa del Sol.

Marbella old town is close in proximity with cobbled streets and stunning plazas packed with shops and art galleries. Malaga International Airport can also be reached in a 20-minute drive.

Wyndham Grand Residences Costa del Sol Mijas will offer guests 93 beautifully designed one, two and three bedroom apartments with stylish interiors and open-plan living areas to create a haven of comfort and relaxation, some of the apartments feature plunge pools or hot tubs on their terraces.

Wyndham Residences Costa del Sol Mijas will feature 135 upscale studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments nestled on a hillside with sea views, a large sundeck and private gardens, some of the apartments feature hot tubs on their terraces.

For mid-scale accommodation options, Ramada Residences by Wyndham Costa del Sol Fuengirola will offer 242 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and villas with sea views, outdoor swimming pools, as well as a tennis court, kids club and playground. Ramada Hotels & Suites by Wyndham Costa del Sol Fuengirola will offer 126 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with sea views and a host of amenities.

*Definition of collocate

transitive verb

: to set or arrange in a place or position

especially : to set side by side

intransitive verb

: to occur in conjunction with something

Canary Islands

The collocated Wyndham Residences Tenerife Costa Adeje (89 one, two and three bedroom apartments) and Ramada Residences by Wyndham Tenerife Costa Adeje (181 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments) are nestled on a hillside on Tenerife’s southern coast. 

The resorts offer rooms with a modern design and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and the popular seaside town of Playa de Las Americas. The resorts offer on-site dining with local recipes and more cuisines, along with two swimming pools both for adult and children to enjoy. Tenerife offers superb local night life including a casino, as well as a beach packed with a variety of water sports and local attraction, Siam Park is just a short stroll away.

Wyndham Residences Tenerife Golf del Sur is an ideal getaway for families with its palm-lined pool, tropical gardens and array of restaurants and activities. With 106 upscale studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and villas in the green oasis of the Golf del Sur, guests at this family-friendly resort in Tenerife can choose to relax around the pool, soak up the sunshine or take a dip in the ocean waters. Also, the resort is strategically positioned close to the airport, making it convenient and easily accessible for travellers.

Austria

Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden is an ideal base for a traditional winter skiing holiday, with cosy interiors and a picturesque location. The 37 studio, one and two bedroom property is situated near many world-renowned ski resorts, perfect for travellers looking to explore the Austrian Alps. For those looking to visit in summer, the resort will offer a range of exciting outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, fishing and canoeing.

Turkey

Wyndham Residences Kusadasi Golf & Spa is set in a beautiful parkland location by the Aegean Sea. The resort offers 410 one, two and three bedroom modern apartments and villas including many leisure facilities, such as a championship 18-hole golf course with club house, a plethora of dining options, spa and pools.

Perched on a hillside, the range of accommodation provides guests with views of its beautiful surroundings and easy access to the resort’s activities. Nearby Kusadasi town boasts charming shops and restaurants where travellers can explore, dine and enjoy a lively atmosphere.

Ramada Residences by Wyndham Milas Bozbük is a beachfront spa resort that overlooks the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. Its backdrop is set amongst olive groves and pine-clad mountains. Its 67 two-bedroom apartments are the perfect set up for relaxation, each complete with a balcony and views over Bozbuk Bay.

The resort is family-friendly, with a supervised kids club. Fresh local food is served at the resort’s on-site restaurants and a vibrant dining scene can also be experienced in the nearby harbour town of Akbuk.

A rather impressive array of destinations and resorts for the US traveller, who we assume this is primarily aimed at. No doubt it also increases the “sales agents” portfolio at the Wyndham “updates” members have to attend. But what about CLC World members?

According to the letter sent to CLC World members nothing is changing in regards to their “membership, usage and conditions”, but they will however see “significant investment in the coming years”. It continues with the maintaining of the “prestigious standards” of this “global brand”, I take it they mean Wyndham?

The spin goes on with the “rollout of cutting-edge technology with new functionality being brought in”, whatever that means, all this to “enhance your holiday experience”.

There is also to be “significant expansion”, with, they hope, an announcement of a new acquisition which they claim will bring UK members more “staycation” options that complement their partnership with DeVere.

There are other announcements in the letter but from our reading of it, well, let us just say it is another example of “timeshare smoke and mirrors”.

It is trying to sell something which is not stated, the actual reasons behind this “partnership” are not apparent, nothing in timeshare is as it appears, it is very adept at marketing and this is what is going on. The question is at whose expense?

We know in Europe the sales of timeshare have all but collapsed, the major operators have all closed their sales decks, and this is not just because of the pandemic, it was happening well before. Club La Costa themselves have closed all their sales operations and have placed the sales companies into liquidation.

Could this “REBRANDING” of CLC to the Wyndham brand be the start of a new sales effort in Europe, not just marketing the European resorts to our US cousins, but attempting to attract the European consumer as well?

Will CLC members be obliged to attend “presentations” by Wyndham sales reps in order to convert them to a “new club”?

This may be just speculation but after looking over the reports and the CLC letter, it is being portrayed as the “best thing since sliced bread”, and with timeshare there is always an ulterior motive.

Inside Timeshare would like to know what you think of this latest development, please leave a comment.

Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/wyndham-destinations-buys-travel-leisure-from-meredith-for-100-million-11609902617

CLC World Announcement

https://www.clcworld.com/wyndham-clc-europe/