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Start the Week: SG Abogados Update

Welcome to another week with Inside Timeshare, today we bring you the latest information on the “FAKE” law firm from Tenerife SG Abogados which we have identified as being part of the Litigious Abogados Family. Once again timeshare owners are being contacted with “news” that their timeshare company and resort is being taken to court and they can be part of the process to get back their money.

The latest information supplied by one of our regular readers (confirming what we already know) who was contacted regarding his ownership with Diamond Resorts and the Royal Oasis Club, who are being taken to court for mis-selling and fraud. According to SG Abogados,  this will involve a so-called “director” a Mr Barras.

Other names and email address has also been supplied (again confirming previous reports), these are supposedly the UK associates, Andrew Hartley and Richard Lamont, both using the following email address [email protected] which is another free email provider.

According to SG Abogados, they cannot lose the case and will work on a “no win no fee” basis, but there will be “Procurator fees” to lodge the case at court. Court documents will be forthcoming once the case is lodged. As we already know from past encounters these documents will be very good forgeries. When questioned about the fees the caller was very vague indeed.

The latest contact was by normal post with a covering letter and supposedly “court” documents demanding money. There is also a separate sheet with the bank details of the procurator, along with a demand for 389€. No doubt the bank details will be to a named person and not a company.

Our reader has already been in contact with Diamond Resorts and was informed that there are no cases against them in Tenerife especially by this law firm, so this confirms that it is all a scam.

It would also appear that another of the incarnations of this group of fraudsters Legalizalos is still operating and the name of another procurator has come up, Olga Gema Kaya, with the website:

This website was registered on 8 June 2019 and is set to expire on 8 June 2020, as usual, the registrant is hidden on privacy protection and registered in Toronto. They use the email [email protected] which again is not linked to the website but another free email provider. No doubt there will be more new “procurators” come to our attention soon.

The link below is from May and shows a list of all the “fake” law firms and procurators right from the very beginning.

If you get a call from a “law firm” based in Tenerife, with the news that your timeshare company or resort is being taken to court and you can be added to the list of clients in the case, especially on a “no win no fee”, then contact Inside Timeshare so we can publish warning to others.

Remember, unless you have personally instructed a law firm to carry out a case on your behalf, then it is going to be a scam. This “team” are very professional and it is a very clever and sophisticated fraud. The “court” documents they provide are very good forgeries and unless you are familiar with Spanish legal documents they will appear very convincing.

Do your homework before you engage with any company that calls with such good news.

SG Abogados Another Fake Law Firm from Tenerife

Yesterday we published a warning about a new “FAKE” law firm operating out of Tenerife, today we continue with this story and give you the timeshare owner or their “target” more information. We have now managed to identify a further two of the “lawyers” which they have shown on their website, you will be very surprised to learn who one of them really is!

SG Abogados is another incarnation of the family of “FAKE” law firms that we have identified over the past 3 years, Inside Timeshare, has nicknamed them the Litigious Abogados Family after one of the first which was highlighted. The total number of “fake” law firms and Procurators now stands at over 87. (see link below)

All have the same thing in common, the websites have always been almost identical in layout but the text has always been the same, the home page always starts with the exact day and date the “firm” was founded, yet all websites had only recently been registered. They also show images of “their” lawyers which in most cases have been identified as lawyers from as far afield as Australia. Although one of the best finds was the image of Agustin Bigote Pringata who actually turned out to be Azerbaijan Ambassador to Argentina Rashad Aslanov handing his credentials to the President of Argentina who had been cropped from the image used. (See link below)

The website was registered on 19 July 2019, and at first sight, it does look as though it may just be a genuine law firm. It explains their “expertise” in various fields of law from contracts, property criminal to name just a few.

The contact page begins with

“We take your privacy seriously, and will only use personal information that you supply to us in accordance with:- The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).”

Well, that is very reassuring considering this lot are only interested in getting your money and disappearing.

Now on with the photographs they are using on the website to show who their lawyers are.

The first is the founder of the law firm, Ernesto Lamangra Sorpeney, this is the S in the firm’s name, yesterday we identified him as  José Antonio Olaechea who is the managing partner of the law firm Estudio Olaechea of Lima Peru.

The second to be identified is Raul Degelis Grinudos the G in the firm’s name, he is in fact Rafael Caldera, the 39th President of Venezuela who passed away in 2009.

The third to be identified is Emilio Goya Zerramu, he is actually David Pacheco, another lawyer of the law firm Estudio Olaecha of Lima Peru.

The other two lawyers not identified yet are Francisco Daliber Tiontela and Manuel Jalvo Liorenta and then the young lady again not yet identified who is probably your contact person Carlota Rahita Ampalada. As with all the past incarnations, all the names do appear to be made up as they are not really recognisable as Spanish. 

Now on with the scenario of the sting.

If the past incarnations are anything to go by they will be using “FAKE” court documents, “FAKE” Procurators and even more “FAKE” promises. They will be explaining that your timeshare company is due in court within the next few weeks and that as you have a claim you can be part of the case, for a fee off course!

As before they claim it will be on a no win no fee basis, but then you will have to pay the “FAKE” procurator a fee to lodge the case with the court. After a few weeks, you will probably receive a letter from SG Abogados explaining that the “Director” of your timeshare company pleaded guilty and the court has awarded you a substantial sum of money. This will be backed up by a “FAKE” court document (in Spanish).

Now comes the second part of the sting, to get this money released from the court there will be taxes to pay, you will be given an account to transfer the money into, usually in the name of a private individual and not a company. It may very well be the procurator that you paid the fee to.

If the past formula is going to be followed, you will then receive an envelope which will be open, inside will be a letter with details on the attached cheque. Problem is there is no cheque, there is a staple in one corner with a small piece of paper, it looks as though someone has stolen it.

Next part is that another company contacts you and says that the cheque was cashed by a gang of foreign criminals, this company has also been appointed by the court to recover the money, but again to do this a fee needs to be paid. Well we know what will happen next, you will never hear from them again and you have lost a lot of money.

So if you receive a call from SG Abogados telling you the great news that your timeshare company is in court just tell them where to go and hang up, do not under any circumstances pay them any money as you will only lose it.

If you have already been taken in by this gang of despicable criminals contact Inside Timeshare and let us know what happened, it will help us to warn others.

Consumer Warning: SG Abogados Tenerife

Today Inside Timeshare has received an enquiry from a concerned timeshare owner who was contacted by SG Abogados. They have told him that he has a claim and that they will represent him on a no win no fee basis. This looks like another incarnation of the fake law firms Inside Timeshare has dubbed Litigious Abogados family.

The website is:

This was registered on 19 July 2019 and is set to expire on 19 July 2020, so only registered for one year. The registrant is hidden by privacy protection, so it is not possible to find out who is behind the website.

According to the Home page, the law firm was instituted on Thursday 4th March 1993 by Ernesto Lamangra Sorpeney, it shows the CIF number A33572896 which does not show up on any searches so is fake.

The address they give is Edificio Elvira, Callejon Del Combate 4, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Telephone Number 0800 8620751

Email: [email protected]

The photograph of Ernesto Lamangra Sorpeney has been identified as José Antonio Olaechea who is the managing partner of the law firm

Estudio Olaechea, Bernardo Monteagudo 201, San Isidro, Lima, 27 Peru

This can be found at the following link

A full report will be published tomorrow with pictures of all the “lawyers” shown on the website, which we hope to be able to identify to the original people whose images have been used.

Needless to say, do not engage with this “FAKE LAW FIRM” and always do your homework before engaging with any company.