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Start the Week: Another Fake Law Firm Comes to Light

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, as our regular readers know, Inside Timeshare is always quick to report the latest names to emerge with regards to timeshare claims and exit. Today we highlight yet another “fake” law firm to come to our attention, this time it is not directly from a reader but the Timeshare Consumer Association. They contacted Inside Timeshare to find out if we had ever heard of this “law firm” and what we thought of the letter they had received from a concerned consumer.

As some of our readers are now aware, Inside Timeshare has been collaborating with the TCA by sharing information on the proliferation of “fake” law firms and claims companies. The latest is called Sanchez Abogados Services, claiming to be “Legal Services & Re-claim Specialists”.

So far, Inside Timeshare or the TCA have not found any “law” firm with this name, there are two which we have found with similar names based in Barcelona and Murcia. Both are genuine law firms and have nothing to do with any timeshare cases.

The letter received by the consumer gives no company details, address, telephone number or website, but does have an email address:

[email protected]

Once again it is a free Gmail account which anybody can set up, not what you would expect from any genuine law firm.

The letter itself is what can only be described as familiar and not very business-like, it does not even begin with Dear Mr or Mrs, but “Good Morning, Thanks again for getting in touch”. It then begins:

“Ok, I’m going to explain how the process works and let you know the costs/fees involved…What you read here is 100% correct and not a penny more than the amount quoted.”

It then goes on to say:

“Firstly, I would like to mention that we do not expect any of our processing fee/payment to be paid upfront or during the process.”

So far so good, but then they require the client to make a refundable “surety deposit” amounting to £185 to begin the process which is “refundable” in full after “7 days” on completion. 

The letter goes on to explain the reason for this “surety deposit”, it seems that “people” have not been paying them once the claim is processed on a “no win no fee” basis:

“We have had problems with a few people over this..Basically the management are hoping the surety payment may deter this sort of thing from happening again and encourage people to stay around for the duration of their claim.”

Again not very business-like, they want the client to trust them but they don’t trust the client!

The basis of the claim is a purchase with Eze Group with a Timeshare being taken from them so they are then maintenance-free. We have seen this with many of these discount holiday clubs, credit-based clubs such as Monster Credits etc. In other words, the only way you the consumer can get out of your timeshare is to purchase our product and we will take over your timeshare.

It appears that these people also know the exact date the purchase with Eze Group was made as they actually place that in the letter along with the exact amount paid. Again, something does not seem right here, how have they managed to get that information?

This could be yours!

The total amount for the claim is £21,215, plus according to Sanchez Abogados they are also “entitled to 10% of this amount as a form of compensation”. This amounts to £23,336. Apparently, this is due to the amount of time the client has waited. Waited for what we ask as the client did not instigate any legal action or claim?

The letter then goes on about “fees/your payment to us”, where they “actually have 3 payment options”. Apparently 2 of these involve upfront payments, “so we will concentrate on option 3 where no upfront payment is needed”.

The processing fee will be £750, but the £185 initial surety payment will be deducted from this leaving £565 which will be invoiced once the “claim funds have cleared in your bank”.

They certainly work very fast as they say the claim will be completed within 10 days, apparently, this is down to the “amount of time the court allows us to process a claim”. It then goes to say “as you know we are at the end of the Eze Group claims so this is more likely to be 6 or 7 days”.

Payment made by the client at the start or during the process will be payable to a “third party, UK Escrow, holding account”.  Apparently this account has been verified by the High Court.

In order to give the “client” some peace of mind, the funds are not accessible by them and are held for a maximum of 10 days, if they (Sanchez) do not complete within the 10 days the funds will be returned to the client. What funds are we talking about, the claim amount or what?

It also goes on to say:

“All monies that you will be receiving are being settled to you by the successful outcome of recent court proceedings against Regency Shores (Eze Group) Holdings SL, where upon you were listed as one of their members.”

“All monies and procedure are contractually and fiscally guaranteed by our long standing relationship with the High Court In Madrid and the Central Bank of Spain.”

So they have a long-standing relationship with the High Court in Madrid and the Central Bank of Spain. Wonderful credentials if they were true.

In the closing paragraphs they also state that they are now “out of time” for claims against Eze Group, but wait a minute, “the court does normally allow us a couple of days grace”. Isn’t that lovely of the court!

In the same paragraph, they also advise the client to “get your foot in the door”!

The letter ends:

“If you need any assistance in the future please do contact us. 

Any questions, please ask..sorry if I’ve made it sound complicated..sometimes think I go into to much detail 😚”

“We look forward to your reply,”

“Have a lovely day,”

“Warm Regards,”

“Ms Maria Santos (Admin)”

The footer of the page has these wonderful words to end with:

DON’T BE ANOTHER VICTIM, ACT NOW AND CLAIM BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS!

Please note any spelling mistakes etc are direct from the letter.

We just love the part where Maria Santos apologises for making it sound complicated and that she thinks she goes into too much detail. Well we know the reason for that, make it complicated so it confuses the clients, most of which are going to be elderly pensioners!

So to recap, a law firm that cannot be traced, a free Gmail account, no company address, company registration number, lawyers bar association numbers or names and no website.

All the details you would expect from a legitimate and genuine law firm, our conclusion, yet another scam with the lure of thousands coming your way.

Once again this reinforces what Inside Timeshare has been saying for years, do not believe what you are told in cold calls, unsolicited emails or normal post. Check and check again, if you don’t know where to start or how to make these checks, then contact Inside Timeshare using our contact page and we will help you get started.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!

Another Dubious Company & Lawyer Emerges

It seems that every day another new company appears and has begun cold calling timeshare owners claiming they can get them “compensation”. Today Inside Timeshare has received two emails from anxious owners who have been contacted by a company based in Tenerife called Demi-Guni SL. Once again the pitch is to scare the timeshare owners into signing up with them immediately. Although Inside Timeshare usually waits to complete our research, due to receiving emails within hours of each other we are publishing our preliminary findings in order to warn our readers.

Demi-Guni SL or as their website is called Consult Demi-Guni SL is a company registered in Spain. Although this does not mean that they are legitimate.

The company was registered around 9 years ago and according to their company record, their field of business is “Team Leasing”, whatever that means. The Registered director is Alfons Nicolas Jose Dekeijer and he is the sole partner.

The website 

https://consultdemigunisl.com/

Was only registered on 13 May 2020 and is due to expire on 13 May 2021, so again a “claims” company registered for only 1 year, so alarm bells are ringing.

According to their website under “Our Lawyer” they work with Ruben Perez, the website we have found is

https://rubenpadronabogado.es/

According to the text about Rubén Perez on the Demi-Guni website:

“The lawyer we are partnered with, Rubén Padron, is a respected member of the law community in the Canary Islands and Spain. He is the founder and owner of Servicios Juridicos Especializados and specialises in pursuing civil cases which involve companies which have declared insolvency.”

As you can see they claim he is the founder and owner of Servicios Juridicos Especializados, on searching this we have found one, this is a firm in Mexico and is a leading law firm in Monterrey and not in Tenerife. So again alarm bells are ringing.

We have made a search for a lawyer going by this name, and so far nothing has come up apart from one called Ruben Padron Perez. The other point is the one we have found has a different address and telephone number to the ones on the website, so we can assume that it is not the same one.

The “lawyers” website when checking the details does not give any information on the date of registration or who registered it. In fact, using whois.com this is what appears:

“It appears to be an invalid or unsupported domain extension.”

Again not very confidence building!

Both our readers have told the same story, the caller explaining that there are “deadlines” to get a case in court. Obviously this is to pressure the timeshare owner to sign up immediately, do you remember this technique when you first purchased, “this offer is only available today and today only”?

The addresses and telephone numbers for Demi-Guni SL and Rubén Perez are:

Demi-Guni SL

Avenida El Guincho 4  38639 San Miguel De Abona Santa Cruz De Tenerife 

Telephone: 0034 658 155 811 a Spanish mobile number

Email: [email protected]

Rubén Perez

Av Antonio Dominguez s/n Urb. El Camison Local nº 55 38642 Playa de Las Américas Arona

Telephone: 0034 639 11 44 ​​38 (Spanish mobile) 0034 922 88 99 16 (landline)

The email for Perez is [email protected] which is a free Gmail account and not linked to the website which you would expect. Again this leads us to believe that this is yet another “fake” lawyer or possibly a case of stolen identity.

Once again this is a very good example that you must do extensive checks before engaging with any “claims” company or “law firm” that contacts you regarding getting out of your timeshare and getting any money back.

If you have been contacted by Demi-Guni SL or any other company and you would like to check if they are genuine or not, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will help you to investigate them.

REMEMBER, DOING YOUR HOMEWORK WILL SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE END!

Anfi in the News Yet Again plus the Latest News from the Courts

Yesterday Inside Timeshare published the news of yet another “FAKE” law firm to emerge from the Costa del Sol, Suarez and Simpson. This new “firm” we believe is linked to and may just be the same people as Morales Maxwell. Below we publish the latest information. Today we take a look at another press article published in Canariavisen , a Norwegian internet news site on Anfi. We also publish the latest court victories against Anfi from the Court of First Instance of San Bartelomé de Tirajana and what a result that is.

We begin first with an update on the latest information received regarding Suarez and Simpson.

Today we received an email from The Timeshare Consumer Association, more commonly known as TCA. This email was very interesting as their own research after reading our article has found that the Suarez & Simpson website has been cloned from a genuine law firm.

The genuine law firm is called Carbray Abogados, this law firm was founded in Barcelona in 2007 by Damián Carmona and is duly registered as a company with CIF: B65367575.

The TCA has already informed Damián of their findings and we will publish the response once we have it. So thank you TCA.

We now move to the article published by Canariavisen , by Leo Lunde which was published on 17 July. In this article which follows one Leo published on 14 July entitled Anfi drowns in debt after timeshare judgments. 

In this article, Leo publishes the claim by Anfi Club Norway that members’ shares are safe. It appears that the day after the first article was published, Anfi Club Norway emailed all their members to “reassure” them that their “shares are safe”.

According to this email published by Canariavisen , Anfi Club Norway claims that

“Our timeshare weeks are not a party to these claims and our timeshare weeks with our rights are thus not directly affected.”

Now, this does appear to be a very strange stance for Anfi Club Norway, considering that a great deal of the timeshares sold are in fact illegal contracts. So for Anfi Club Norway to claim that they are not subject to these court cases is in our opinion ludicrous.

Please see the links below for the full articles.

Original Norwegian

https://canariavisen.no/anfi-club-norway-andelene-er-sikre/?fbclid=IwAR3-q5kdPQFEC8WjXlUJluOWWfb8sX9hZcdRL884lDRvZbBlid7q9qwk8lU

English translation

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&authuser=0&sl=no&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fcanariavisen.no%2Fanfi-club-norway-andelene-er-sikre%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3-q5kdPQFEC8WjXlUJluOWWfb8sX9hZcdRL884lDRvZbBlid7q9qwk8lU

Original Norwegian

https://canariavisen.no/anfi-drukner-i-gjeld-etter-timeshare-dommer/

English translation

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&authuser=0&sl=no&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fcanariavisen.no%2Fanfi-drukner-i-gjeld-etter-timeshare-dommer%2F

Court of First Instance, San Barteloméde Tirajana

We now move on to the latest victories against Anfi.

Last Friday 17 July, two sentences were issued by the Court of First Instance against Anfi, the clients, one Norwegian the other English were represented by Canarian Legal Alliance.

Both had their contracts declared null and void and that deposits taken illegally within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period being paid back double, with a total of 48,994.75€ plus legal interest.

These cases have been dealt with in record time with both being submitted to the court only 9 months ago. Now considering the state of alarm due to the Covid19 and the lockdown the cases have been dealt within just 6 months.

The reason is the judge in both cases determined that there was no need for a full trial and issued his ruling at the pre-trial stage. This seems to now becoming the norm for cases at this particular court and hopefully, more cases will be heard in this way bringing a speedier conclusion for the clients involved.

It is now very clear the Court of First Instance and the High Court there are no grey areas and no uncertainties in the ruling of the Supreme Court. These are now being consistently and strongly applied.

The clients were assisted by the consultants Jasmin Erhard and Michael Gadman with the CLA lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez preparing the cases and representing the clients in court.

So it is congratulations to the clients and the whole legal team at CLA.

If you would like further information and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.