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End the Week: More News on Azure

Here we are at the end of another week and what a week it has been, the breaking news that Azure Services Ltd has filed for liquidation, now we have news that two more companies within the Limora Group are being liquidated by Alvarez and Marsal. We have also been receiving emails from concerned members about the phone calls they are already receiving from some very dubious companies regarding the liquidations. Yes, it has already started, the “scamming vultures” have seized the opportunity to use “scare tactics” so you part with your money. Inside Timeshare urges you to not believe what you are being told, it is early days, no one knows what is going to happen and these unscrupulous callers will play on your concerns, after all, they are professional “scammers”.

The latest news now is that Azure Resorts Limited has also filed for liquidation on 28 April 2020, the “Joint Liquidators” are:

Mr. Barry Lynch of Alvarez & Marsal Cayman Islands Limited, PO Box 2507, 2nd Floor Flagship Building, 70 Harbour Drive, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, KY1-1104

Mr. Wesley Edwards of CVR Global (BVI) Limited, First Floor Folio Building, PO Box 2295, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, VG1110

Azure Resorts Ltd is the management company for the following “clubs”:

Island Residence Club, The Heavenly Collection (including Sands Towers) and Azure Ultra.

The letter signed by the joint liquidators (which can be viewed using the PDF link below) explain to members of what is happening with regards to their memberships,

“The JLs appreciate that members will be concerned as to the future of the Clubs and wish to advise that the Company’s liquidation does not necessitate their closure, nor does it prejudice the rights of Club members.”

The letter also goes on to state that “discussions” are and have been taking place with an unconnected third party to take over the management of the clubs.

The next paragraph clearly states the aim of the Joint liquidators is to ensure that the members are protected. 

“Please be advised that the Company’s liquidation does not affect your rights as a member of the Clubs and your entitlement to use the timeshare weeks purchased. Following the appointment of a new club manager, members will continue to be able to utilise their entitlements at the Golden Sands Resort in accordance with the rules and constitutions of the Clubs. Please be further advised that, should an agreement be reached to transfer the club manager role to a third party, the JLs envisage that the transition for members should be seamless and therefore cause minimal disruption to the operation of the Clubs. It is noted that the JLs anticipate that members will be able to use their entitlements following the reopening of the Hotel and travel restrictions to Malta being lifted.”

In a similar letter to members at Golden Sands Resort by the Corinthia Group, that

“The shareholders have also reaffirmed that the Golden Sands Resort will fully honour all timeshare commitments arising from obligations entered into with existing members.”

In other words, another company will be appointed to manage the “timeshare” interests of the resort and the members. This has happened with those resorts in Tenerife managed by Excel Hotels and Resorts, that has now passed to the Ona Group.

See the full letter in the PDF below.

It has also been announced on the AzureX website that Azure XP Limited have also filed for liquidation with the same joint liquidators as for Azure Resorts.

On this announcement, they include a link to the CVR Global website:

https://cvr.global/azure/

This is the news as it stands now, as and when further information becomes available it will be published here on Inside Timeshare.

As we stated in our opening paragraph, no one knows what is happening or going to happen, it will all be pure speculation. Do not be taken in by the “scare stories” that you will be told by the cold callers all trying to get in on the act, just remember, THEY ARE JUST AFTER YOUR MONEY!

Have a good weekend and join us again next week.

Just after publishing another reader has sent this FAQ published on the Members Blog.

The Friday Roundup

Well, it is now the end of another week and also the start of a new month, today in Spain would normally be a fiesta day, but with the lockdown, it actually makes no difference as nothing is open anyway. During the past week, the main theme of our articles has been the actions of MacDonald Hotels and Resorts, these articles have been receiving a great response from regular readers and are also attracting new readers. One thing is common to all those responding, that is the attitude of MacDonalds towards members who no longer require the timeshare due to illness or financial reasons, just keep paying.

On Monday, Inside Timeshare reported on the successes of Canarian Legal Alliance and the embargoes being placed on timeshare resorts to ensure payment to their clients.

Out of the seven sentences issued by the courts, 6 of these were against Anfi, which has one of the worst reputations for delaying and attempting to avoid payments ordered by the courts. This has resulted in the lawyers at CLA to develop their “Enforcement of Sentence” team. This team has been working for some time in identifying all accounts and then applying to the courts to have these embargoed.

This has been proving very successful, yet Anfi and others are still attempting to avoid these payments, the one timeshare company which is doing the right thing is Marriott. They are voluntarily paying into the court’s accounts the sums ordered, thus saving themselves increased payments in the way of fines and legal interest.

It must be pointed out that Marriott did publicly acknowledge they were losing in the Spanish courts and did set aside a large amount to cover these legal costs.

Inside Timeshare then published the continuing saga of Mrs B and her fight against MacDonald Hotels and Resorts, this prompted an influx of comments from other members in the same boat. One reader even asked a very important question, if these timeshares are based in Spain and the purchase was made in Spain, how can MacDonalds take these cases for arrears to the UK County Courts and demand they be paid?

Not a simple question to answer, but in a nutshell, the county court is only looking at the contract which has been signed by the member with the clause that they will pay the annual maintenance fee. As far as they are concerned (the county court) the member is in breach of contract and there is a debt which they do enforce.

It is also a fact that most “members” in this position will end up paying before any court case is instigated, the stigma of receiving a CCJ with the loss of any credit rating is enough to force payment. We call that “calculated bullying”.

This morning we received yet another insight into MacDonalds by a regular reader Jimmy Justice and the senior management’s complicity in this disgusting practice. His email is published below as well as on the comments section of the article.

The antics of this organisation especially at this time of suffering are nothing short of deplorable. The people concerned are obviously in great distress and it is hoped that they have support in their lives.

 Whilst I have spoken about Michael Stott he is not alone in this victimisation and from all of the information provided to me, there are 2 other perpetrators of this misery.

The first is “rangers bob”.

Robert Scott is the Finance Director at MacDonald Resorts Ltd, a position he has held for 15 years. He is the driving force behind the misery that has been inflicted on the Former Fixed Week Owners now Points Owners. Not age or ill health stands in the way of his and their relentless pursuit of anyone who stands up to this organisation. He attends all of the major court cases representing this despicable organisation.

All other court appearances are covered by Melissa Wilson Smith aka Melissa Smith of Members Services (see linkedin.com/in/melissa-smith-42254b93.) “I am a key driver of Company goal attainment, an excellent multi-tasker and problem solver with the tenacity to provide the customer with the best possible service”. I suppose by her actions she will feel that she is a key driver of Company goal attainment by getting the poor unfortunates who cannot pay for one reason or another to court——–is this the best possible customer service — I think not.

Jimmy Justice

Thank you, Jimmy, for that insight and your own thoughts on those behind the misery being inflicted on many MacDonalds members. It just makes you wonder how these people can sleep at night, my guess is their “GREED”, after all without those who purchased timeshare and continue to be bullied into paying the extortionate maintenance fees they would not have a job!

Once again Inside Timeshare calls on all members of MacDonald Hotels and Resorts who are in similar positions as those highlighted to use our contact page and tell us your story. The more we publish the more chance we have of defeating this company, it is your voice, use it.

Have a good weekend and join us again next week.

End the Week

Welcome to the end of another week with Inside Timeshare and the end of another week whatever it is of the lockdown or “house arrest” in the Canary Islands, although restrictions on movement are now beginning to be relaxed, we still have a long way to go. This week we began with the news of 19 embargoes against Anfi, then we highlighted yet another “fake” law firm operating out of Madrid. On Wednesday we published the news about another “claims” company in the UK with some very disturbing news, the director of the company and two other companies targeting timeshare owners is a convicted fraudster. Today we begin with a round-up of the news from the courts.

Although the courts have suspended many trials the administration side does seem to be working normally and is issuing sentences from the judges of trials held before the lockdown.

Late on Friday last week, the Court of First Instance No 4, San Bartelomé de Tirajana, issued yet another sentence against Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL. The case involving a Swedish client had their contract declared null and void, with the return of over 51,000€ plus legal fees and legal interest.

The contract contravened the timeshare laws by containing floating weeks and the taking of illegal deposits within the statutory cooling off period. The court ordered that the amount paid as a deposit by the client on the day must be returned in double. 

On Tuesday there was the news that 19 embargoes had been placed against Anfi, these were issued by four courts, numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of San Bartelomé de Tirajana. These embargoes involved Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, with a total value of over 309,000€.

The following day another embargo of Anfi accounts was successfully executed by two lawyers from Canarian Legal Alliance, Miguel Ángel Melián Santana and Óscar Salvador Santana González. The Norwegian client is now set to receive over 47,000€ including legal fees and legal interest.

These have already been transferred to the court’s account and will be ready to be paid directly to the client’s accounts, these clients hail from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Italy.

A day later news was received from the Costa del Sol with Marriott voluntarily paying into the court account over 28,000€. This a result of a “provisional execution order”  being filed with the Court of First Instance No 6 of Estepona by the same two CLA lawyers Ángel and Óscar. The UK client will very soon be receiving their payment from the court directly to their account.

As we reported in June 2018, Marriott admitted to their shareholders that they have been losing in the Spanish courts and placed substantial sums aside to cover further cases.

https://marketexclusive.com/marriott-vacations-worldwide-corporation-nysevac-files-an-8-k-other-events-4/2018/07/amp/

Marriott has actually been very smart in this respect, by paying out quickly and voluntarily they avoid extra costs such as fines and increased interest. It is also very good news for all clients with cases against Marriott.

In all, it has been a very successful week for CLA and their clients with embargoes freezing funds on their behalf to the tune of almost 500,000€.

It is clear that CLA is doing what they say despite many detractors who claim it is all a “fraud and no one ever gets paid”.

On Tuesday, inside timeshare published a warning of yet another “fake law firm” emerging, Olmos Abogados, which appears to be targeting Dutch timeshare owners at the moment, but we suspect that it will not be long before we start to receive reports from other European timeshare owners.

After the enquiry by one of our Dutch readers, Inside Timeshare began a quick investigation into this “law firm” and passed on our findings to our reader. They, in turn, contacted Olmos Abogados with their suspicions based on our research, this is the reply they received, our apologies for the translation, but we feel the essence of the email has not really lost too much in translation:

It seems that you embed us in the same category as those of others who cheat money essential methods of cajoling people who do not understand what it is about. We can not and must not accept this.

We are a serious recognized law firm whose registered holder of the Bar of Madrid, which you yourself have been able to ascertain.

We can not and must not accept that you give us guidelines how the transfer must be done to thy favors.

First because the contract for transfer is given by the Court and not by us. Second, the Court will this contract in any case give without payment of the 9.2% legal fees he had received.

If you really want to be 100% sure that it will be transferred to you allocated amount of EUR 49152.98 to you is, as you already knew, the only way to pay the statutory 9.2% amounting to 4522.07 euros in the Escrow Holding Court.

In case you do not want to do this, we owe it to the Court to indicate that YOU (clients name) to perform this payment after the Court Your file will be closed and you thereby further has no rights to use your timeshare and other recoveries.

Today after 16:00 we will contact you by phone you (if you want to be as polite phone recording)

and we will ask your any further explanation.

Sincerely;

OLMOS ABOGADOS

As you can see from their response, they are basically calling our reader an “idiot” for believing that they are a “SCAM and a Fraud”.

The last part of the response did actually make us laugh, if the client did not pay then they would lose all their “rights to use the timeshare” and recover any money.

This response from Olmos Abogados is bullying with desperation, would a genuine law firm use these tactics? We think not.

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-fake-law-firm-from-madrid/

On Wednesday we published the news that the director of Client Contract Services Ltd, Client Contract Services Malta Ltd and Select Cheshire Ltd, Paul William Arthur Fox is a convicted fraudster, having been sentenced to fours back in 2015. Unfortunately, for some reason this sentence was suspended, we suspect that his defence team pleaded with the judge that this was a one-off offence and that he would not re-offend.

Well done the defence team you allowed him to go free and all he did was start up again and target timeshare owners, many who are elderly just like the those he defrauded when he was convicted.

We must also ask how can a convicted fraudster be allowed to be a director of three companies, surely they should be barred from ever holding this position. Something is certainly wrong with the system.

https://insidetimeshare.com/client-contract-services-and-associated-companies/

This should put you the reader in no doubt that you should do your homework before engaging with any company contacting you regarding claiming for the misselling of timeshare.

If you have been contacted by any of the companies highlighted on Inside Timeshare or any which we have not or if you need any help in checking them out, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Have a great weekend and join us again next week for more news and warnings about the murky world of timeshare.