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Friday Roundup and Update

It is the end of another week and it has proved to be a rather busy week, with an update on our old friends which are part of the Litigious Abogados Family, CUC Abogados. There was also a disturbing report about the “FAKE” law firm Suarez and Simpson, threatening legal action for “slander” against one of our readers who supplied Inside Timeshare with the information. We also highlighted a couple of new “law/claims” firms which have come to our attention, Global Timeshare Legal Experts who appear to be targeting German timeshare owners, then yesterday we published another new “FAKE” law firm, this time supposedly operating from Mexico Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, and targeting purchasers of timeshares in Mexico.

There was also news from the courts in Gran Canaria regarding court cases against Anfi, with many appeals being dismissed by the High Court of Las Palmas. The judges have dismissed the appeals and upheld the sentences of the Courts of First Instance in accordance with the rulings of the Supreme Court. We also published the news which appeared in El Diario on the concession for the beach at Tauro. As we know Anfi had the concession to exploit this area and began to commence work on the man-made beach, despite the correct documents and licences being approved or issued. They have now lost the concession. 

We now begin with an update about Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, yesterday we named a judge who is appearing on the “court” documents being sent by this “FAKE” law firm, Dr Alvaro Augusto Perez Juarez.

From the latest information Inside Timeshare has uncovered it is now known that this is the name of a real judge. He was, in fact, President of the Superior Court Of Justice of Mexico City, 17 April 2017 – November 2018. Obviously he has no idea his name is being used, but no doubt he will now. This is not unusual for names of real judges and lawyers to be used by these “Fake” law firms, we have seen this with all those coming out of Spain and more recently Greece.

Dr Álvaro Augusto Pérez Juárez
Has a very distinguished career

Our US reader has now informed Ferrer Abogados that they want the bank to deal with all the details of “TAX” and the Transfer. They have since received a letter from Banco de Mexico stating that they are now ready to commence the transfer of the awarded amount to either our reader’s bank account or to their “physical” address. This has been signed by a “Banxico Authorised Official” named Carolina Perez Tipox.

Our reader has also been sent a new bank account to “wire transfer” the necessary amount to begin the transfer of funds. The recipient is ABSORPTION ACQUIREMENT AND LIQUIDATION DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. with the bank being BANCO SANTANDER (MEXICO) SA. Now, this does seem strange that it is the Banco de Mexico that originally needed payment and now another entity and bank are involved. Well, our readers will certainly not be transferring any funds to any of them.

It certainly has not been a good week for the Anfi Group, not only have they lost the concession to exploit Tauro Beach. This will no doubt have cost them (or should we say you the maintenance payers) a very substantial amount of money, they have also had a very bad week in the courts.

Anfi lose concession to exploit the beach

The latest additions to Anfi’s trials and tribulations are as follows:

On Wednesday 5 August the Court of First Instance Number 5 of SBT, declared yet another Anfi contract null and void. Once again this was a very speedy case which took only 6 months to the issuing of the sentence.

In all the German client of Canarian Legal Alliance has been awarded 52,239.25€ plus the return of legal fees and legal interest. The court in calculating the award took into account the illegal payment of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period to 8000€, which is more than was originally paid.

The clients were assisted by the CLA Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the case being prepared and conducted by the lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

Inside Timeshare suspect that we will see this particular case back in the news in the future, given the Anfi penchant for appealing these judgements to the High Court.

Moving on to yet another High Court (appeals) judgement, Court number 5 in Las Palmas again dismissed another appeal by Anfi, confirming the original sentence from the Court of First Instance SBT.

Another German client who was assisted by Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the lawyer Eva Gutierrez preparing and presenting the case.

The contract was declared null and void with the client being awarded 23,520€, plus legal costs and legal interest. This is more than the client originally paid which was 14,000€. This because the court doubled the deposit paid illegally within the statutory cooling-off period.

Any payments made within this period can have a significant effect on the claim, the law clearly states that no payments shall be taken within this 14 days period. It is also a fact that if this period is not correctly and clearly evidenced in the contract or any of its supporting documentation, this may be extended to 3 months. This means that all payments made within 3 months of signing the contract could be deemed illegal and the amount is then doubled. It appears that this is what has happened in this case.

These cases and others highlighted on Inside Timeshare just confirms that the courts are abiding by the rulings of the Supreme Court and are fully behind the protection of consumers.

That is all for this week, join us again next week for more news from the courts, updates on any “fake” law/claims firms highlighted along with any new ones that have been identified.

If you have been contacted by any company regarding a claim or relinquishment and would like to know if they are genuine, please use our contact page and get in touch.

If you have a timeshare and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim, once again contact Inside Timeshare from our contact page and we will get back to you.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Biggest Payout

so far received from Anfi

158,268.27€

US Timeshare Owners Targeted by Fake Law Firm

Before we begin today’s article, Inside Timeshare and all our readers would like to offer our sympathies and condolences to the people of Beirut following the tragic explosion on Tuesday.

As our title suggests US timeshare owners are being targeted in a legal scam by a “FAKE” law firm. Inside Timeshare is issuing this warning to timeshare owners in the US, it is following the same Modus Operandi which we have been highlighting and warning timeshare owners about in Europe for several years.

In this case, the “FAKE” law firm is supposedly operating from Mexico and is called Ferrer Abogados y Asociados

Address: Av. Ricardo Margain Zozaya 444 San Pedro NL 66267 México.

Telephone: 814.770.3299

Website: http://ferrabogados.com/

The website is registered using privacy protection offered by Privacy Protect LLC based in Burlington MA. It was registered on 20 September 2018 and is set to expire on 20 September 2020, only a month away.

Our reader who contacted Inside Timeshare for information as to whether this was genuine or not was called by this “fake” law firm regarding a timeshare purchased in Mexico. According to the person who called there was a Federal (Mexican) investigation into the fraud of timeshare/vacation sales and personal data which is on-going.

In the follow-up letter signed by Karen Guerra Benitez received by our reader stated:

“Ferrer Abogados y Asociados is a law firm, appointed by the F.G.R. to filter and conduct an investigation on all private information seized on Mexican territory. There is an open federal case for many counts of fraud, money laundering, amongst other major crimes. F.G.R has seized assets along with catalogs and data bases from “Boiler Rooms” involved in fraudulent transactions, with connection to timeshare.”

They go to explain how Article 68 of Mexico’s L.F.P.D.P.P.P. (Ley Federal de Proteccion de Datos Personales en Posesion de los Particulares), translates to Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data, as well as under Article 56 of the Consumers Protection Law, your information is protected, and both of the consumers right laws have been violated. (Our readers own words)

Copy of the letter

Initially taken in by the call and the follow-up letter, our reader agreed to sign an “Authorization and Complaint Form”, they remained in contact with updates.

About ten days ago our reader was informed that the case had been to court, was won and that she had been “awarded restitution”. The money awarded is apparently in a “Custodial account at the Bank of Mexico. She also received copies of the “Judgement” and the “Custodial account”. The sentence is signed by the Judge Dr Alvaro Augusto Perez Juarez. (Is this a genuine name?)

Copy of the judgement in English

Now they say she has to travel to Mexico City to deal with the SAT, get a “Tax Code ID” before they can send the money. The other alternative is for Banco de Mexico to do it all on her behalf, as we have seen with these scams in Europe a payment now needs to be made. This requires payment by “wire transfer” of $1200 which will be added to the “settlement”.

Another email was then received supposedly from the “Banco de Mexico” with the “Account Statement”. The email address which this originated from is actually not the genuine email address for the Bank of Mexico, it is banxicoorg.mx whereas the genuine email address iswww.banxico.org.mx a subtle difference which could easily be overlooked. But it didn’t fool our reader, she also discovered that it carried a different IP. It would seem that after her initial contact with Inside Timeshare her own investigative skills began to kick in!

Copy of the Account Statement

It now turns out that one of her friends who purchased at the same resort has also been contacted and the same “FAKE” law firm is handling both cases.

Again this is a very stark reminder of how easy it is to be taken in by these very clever fraudsters, the use of “FAKE” court documents, official bodies such as National Banks and the use of email addresses which are very similar are all designed to catch you out.

Have you been contacted by Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, if so please use our contact page and let us know?

REMEMBER DOING YOUR HOMEWORK WILL SAVE YOU FROM BEING SCAMMED! 

Demands for Payments and Threats by Fake Law Firms

Inside Timeshare has been receiving many emails from some very concerned readers regarding demands for payments. These have included demands from the “FAKE” law firms that we have highlighted. These have also included threats of taking legal action against the “client” from our old friends the Litigious Abogados Family, CUC Abogados.

We begin with CUC Abogados operating out of Tenerife, on 30 July, we published another warning about this lot, from one reader who has lost thousands of pounds. Unfortunately, this reader was taken in by the very slick operation these crooks have concocted. These include “FAKE” court documents, “FAKE” Procurators and even “FAKE” Notaries based in the UK.

It all began when he received a “cold call” regarding his Westgate (US) timeshare, that they were being taken to court along with the director. As he purchased in the US, the Spanish Courts do not have any jurisdiction. It later turned out the case was against Incentive Leisure Group, DWVC and Personal Travel Group. As we know these companies no longer exist and have also been used before by not only CUC Abogados but all the previous incarnations we have named the Litigious Abogados Family.

Although we did not name him, CUC Abogados knew full well who he was due to the case. After the article was published they telephoned him and threatened his partner and told her that;

“the payment (non-existing) would now be stopped, and they will be taking me to court for slandering their name.”

This is not the first time this has happened, it has also happened with previous incarnations of this CRIMINAL GANG.

What a complete joke, a FAKE and FRAUDULENT operation threatening legal action for Slander! Should that not be Libel as it was written and they are supposed to be LAWYERS!

Yet Inside Timeshare has not even received any emails with any threat of legal action from CUC Abogados and it was published by Inside Timeshare!

We wonder why?

Well, our reader has not been rattled by this, although it may have caused some distress to his partner, he has just shrugged it off and is only pleased that his information may just help others to not get “stung” by this disgusting bunch of “CRIMINALS”.

We now move to Suarez and Simpson who we began to highlight on 18 July, this is yet another “FAKE” law firm operating out of the Costa del Sol, claiming to be working with the Màlaga High Court. They have even used the name of a Judge, who we as yet are not sure if he is genuine or fake, His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes. Enquiries are ongoing. This name is also being used by another “FAKE” law firm Morales Maxwell, which along with identical Modus Operandi and “FAKE” documents leads us to believe are the very same people.

We must also point out that the use of genuine names without their knowledge is a very common practice, this helps to convince people that the “law firm” is genuine if any searches are made.

Below is an example of this on the right is one of the “supposed founders of CUC”, next to it is the actual person whose identity has been stolen. Notice it is the same photograph but reversed and turned into monochrome in an attempt to stop any identification. Sorry CUC, it didn’t work!

Our latest information from a reader who contacted us this morning has been informed by Internal Transfer Investigations in London, phone no 0203 7692195;

“that award waiting for me but has “embargo” on, with a time limit of 5 days to sort out and to ring Maria Rodríguez at Courts of Malaga on 0034 604189749”.

If our reader did not pay the “LEGAL” fees by this Friday, the “embargo” would not be released and they would not receive the “Bankers Draft”.

Please note that the telephone number for Maria Rodriguez at the Courts of Málaga is a Spanish mobile telephone number, these would not be used by court officials.

So far we have not been able to identify any firm or organisation called Internal Transfer Investigations, but we have had the number checked and so far over 13,000 enquiries have been made. All have considered it a “Dangerous” number. The link below is from the website Who Called Me and shows those enquiries with another entry in Who Called Me UK .

https://who-called.co.uk/Number/02036277695

https://whocalledmeuk.co.uk/phone-number/2037692195

This link below explains the 0203 number, please also be aware that many genuine companies do use this configuration of London numbers.

https://www.lovemoney.com/news/28892/0203-code-phone-number-scam-cost-who-owns-this

One company that sells 0203 telephone numbers

https://www.switchboardfree.co.uk/0203-numbers/

These stories from our own readers are a very stark reminder of how vigilant you must be when being approached either by phone, email or post by any company or law firm. Especially if they are claiming they are either holding vast sums of money awarded by the courts on your behalf or that they are or have taken your timeshare company or other holiday product such as DWVC or Club Class to court.

The information is out there on the internet, you just have to know where to look, so it is vitally important for you to do your homework. If you are not familiar with searching for information and need help, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get in touch. The chances are we may already be aware of them.

REMEMBER PROTECT YOUR MONEY AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

UPDATE RECEIVED

Regarding our article published yesterday on Global Timeshare Legal Experts, Inside Timeshare received an email from the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) to inform us that cases and sentences published by ECC and M1 Legal have also been “Cut and Pasted” from their website. We just wonder how many more have also been used and not published but sent to clients as their own?