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Las Alas Abogados: The Latest Name for the Litigious Abogados Family

Here we go again, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the “family” of “FAKE” law firms which we have named as the Litigious Abogados Family came up with another new name, Las Alas Abogados. Once again they have excelled themselves with their choice of photographs of their founder and one of their lawyers, you will be very surprised when we reveal who they really are. It also appears that their “Modus Operandi” is going to be the same as for all the other incarnations, but as usual, Inside Timeshare along with the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) have already got a bead on them.

Las Alas Abogados according to their website was founded on Tuesday 22nd November 1994, by Alberto Canbamo Farola, with the Company Registration A29388115, which as with all the company registration numbers is a fake.

The website

https://las-alas-abogados.com/

Was registered only on the 1 September 2020 and is as usual only registered for 1 year, so it will expire on 1 September 2021, not very inspiring, a law firm formed in 1994 yet has only just got themselves a website and only registered for 1 year!

The actual registrant is also again hidden, so there is no way of knowing who is actually behind it. Surely the companies that register these websites also hold some responsibility in allowing them to be registered. The question is and we think we know the answer, is why do they allow these scam operators to register their websites through them? The answer is pure and simple greed.

The website itself is the same as all the other previous websites which we have highlighted over the past few years. The only difference is the photographs of their lawyers and secretaries, along with their names and dates the firm was formed.

The address they give is Número 5 Calle Emilio Calzadilla 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

They use the email address:

[email protected]

Which is a free email address provider

Telephone Number: 0034 822 860 322

We now move on to the lawyers, as we have already stated the founder is named as Alberto Canbamo Farola, the photograph of him shows a rather distinguished gentleman, but he is not genuine. His real name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he is, in fact, the current President of Mexico, he assumed office on 1 December 2018, so is well into his term as President.

Another photo of one of their lawyers is Antonio Lamamel Cunio, he is, in fact, Carlos Torres Vila, he just happens to be President of the Spanish banking group BBVA.

Carlos Torres Vila BBVA President

On the home page Las Alas Abogados also shows a group photograph, this was taken during a meeting of the BBVA Group in Mexico, when it was announced that the BBVA was investing substantial sums in Mexico.

Las Alas Abogados Website photo
Original photo from BBVA website

The other lawyers are:

Francisco Galbasa Acatanor

Manuel Yermo Dorselan

Ricardo Luncmande

This last name is a variation on several used in the previous incarnations such as Abogados El Palomo and Torcaz Abogados where he is named as Ricardo Olunkman or is it Ricardo Lunkmant or Ricardo Lunkmand. Whichever one it is it is certainly a fake name.

They also have photographs of two new secretaries, Jessica Conito Estretsho and Maria Corrioh Emiboca.

So far we have only managed to identify two of the pictures, the others have eluded us, but that does not mean we will stop trying to identify them and to inform the genuine people that their images are being used for criminal purposes.

As for the scam, well, we know how they operate, it is a long drawn out scam, with rather small amounts being requested at first to get the case registered. Once the “victim” has been snared with this fee, the scam proper begins. There will be demands for “court or hacienda taxes” to be paid, then taxes to release the money and also for the “procurator” to work on your behalf.

Then comes the main part of the scam, you will be shown a copy of the cheque, supposedly issued by the court, next, you will receive an envelope in the post with a letter from the court and the cheque. Unfortunately, the cheque is missing, step in the new company who is investigating the missing cheque. Apparently, it was stolen and cashed by a gang of East Europeans. To add credibility to this story, the “victim” will be informed that around 16 post office workers have been arrested for aiding and abetting the stealing of the cheques.

To get this back, the new company needs a payment of around 10 to 20% of the cheque amount, although you will be promised that this will be refunded.

But the start of the scam is always “your timeshare company is being taken to court and you can be part of the case”. Then the following email arrives to tell you that the case is concluded and the court has awarded you thousands of euros in compensation.

Dear Mr & Mrs XXXXXXXXXXX

We are glad to inform you that we have this morning received, from the Courts, a certified copy of your cheque in the amount of 32,000 Euros. A copy of which has been attached.

The compensation was meant to be remitted by International bank transfer, but due to the numerous cases they had at the Santa Cruz Court, they issued the payment in cheque form. This only means losing a few pounds when you deposit the Euro cheque in a Sterling account, but after all, we are very pleased that this has all come to a successful conclusion.

The Court Judgment for your compensation and the relevant tax documents have also been received on the 21st October and posted to you on Thursday the 22nd of October and we trust those should be with you soon.

Once the tax element has been met, our Lawyers shall finalise the tax logistics in order for the courts to release your compensation cheque and it will be posted to your address and should arrive to you in 5-8 working days, from the day it has been posted.

Assuring you of our best attention at all times, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement thus far and send you our best regards.

Kindly confirm the safe receipt of this Email. 

Yours sincerely,

Maria Corrioh Emiboca

Departamento Legal.

This email is confidential and intended for the named recipient only. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately and delete the email. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or take any action in reliance on it. This email message and any attached files have been scanned for the presence of any computer viruses.

© 2013 Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Tenerife. Todos los derechos reservados.

European Union Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Apparently, due to the number of cases, the money could not be transferred using international transfers, so a cheque has been issued, hang on they have always issued cheques from day one of their scams. It is required to get more money, after all a bank transfer is not likely to be stolen by a gang of East Europeans, with postal workers being arrested, where would the credibility be then?

So there we have it, the latest in the incarnations of Litigious Abogados Family, Las Alas Abogados, same Modus Operandi, same websites and the very same illegal use of other people’s images.

If you still believe that what they are telling you is the truth, then, to be honest, you deserve to lose your money, it is not rocket science to tell this is a scam, it is also important to do your homework before engaging with “scam” companies like this. They are professional in what they do, they know how to part you from your hard-earned cash.

Previous articles on the Litigious Abogados Family.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=litigious+abogados

FCA Validate Azure BPF Loan Agreements

Back in June 2018, at the Royal Courts Of Justice in London, a case was brought against the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), regarding a validation order they issued to Barclays Partner Finance to legalise loan agreements made by Azure Services Ltd. These loans were brokered between 1 April 2014 and 24 April 2016 and involve around 1,444 clients, introduced by Azure sales staff for loan agreements to pay for the sale of Azure timeshare in Malta. At the time Azure Services were not authorised to broker the loans. The case was brought against the FCA as they validated these agreements which are detrimental to the clients.

An appeal was made by the clients and their representatives to the Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Division of the Royal Courts of Justice for a hearing on the legal implications and guidance to overturn the validation order.

The case was heard by Judge Timothy Herrington, he eventually made his ruling in August 2018.

Judge Timothy Herrington

He ruled that the FCA did not take into account “Client Detriment” when they issued the validation order, his ruling was that the FCA re-evaluate that decision and take into account the client detriment.

He stated that the client detriment revolves around the following:

  1. Clients were not given sufficient information as to the terms and conditions of the loan agreement required by law;
  2. There were no major credit checks made as to the affordability of the repayments such as income versus outgoings reports;
  3. The length of the loan agreements were not explained, with the client under the impression that they were for two years;
  4. Clients were pressured into signing these agreements;
  5. False representations were made to clients relating to the financial impact of regulated agreements;
  6. Clients were subject to long high-pressure sales tactics to purchase the timeshares;
  7. Clients were sold timeshares which were not appropriate for them;
  8. Vulnerable consumers were treated inappropriately;
  9. Concerns about commission arrangements and disclosure thereof.

The FCA had then to re-examine the original validation order and take into account the client detriment statements of the borrowers.

Inside Timeshare has now learned that the FCA has finally made their decision and it is not what we were expecting, going by Judge Timothy Herrington’s ruling, it was expected that the FCA would overturn their validation order which would have made these loans unenforceable in the event of any default in payments.

The FCA it appears have sided with Barclay Partner Finance and validated these loan agreements which means they are now enforceable in law for any default. This is a decision which will surely have all 1,444 clients involved feeling very annoyed and totally let down by the FCA.

Inside Timeshare is at a complete loss as to why these loan agreements have been validated, it does make us wonder if these authorities such as the FCA are actually there to protect consumers or just playing lip services to them while actually being on the side of the financial institutions!

As more information becomes available Inside Timeshare will keep you informed. Please see the links below for the original stories.

https://insidetimeshare.com/starting-the-week-2/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-13/

https://insidetimeshare.com/press-release-from-cla-plus-a-quick-look-at-the-biggest-timeshare-fraud-in-history/

End the Week Roundup

It is the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, we began this week with an old story, that of Mrs B and her long-running battle with MacDonald Resorts over maintenance arrears for a timeshare she no longer legally owns. We also highlighted two new companies who have begun a cold calling campaign, Timeshare Refund Calculator and World and European Marketing Ltd. Once again these have been supplied by our regular readers who have been contacted by them. Another major article this week was the article Lopesan Sue Apollo Capital Management in UK Courts, a story that has aroused the interest of some of our US readers.

There was also some very good news from the courts, these were mainly sentences against Anfi. Many of these were judgements from the High Court of Las Palmas, GC, these were appeals by Anfi against the rulings from the Court of First Instance, in every case, the appeal was dismissed with the original sentence endorsed and returned to the original court for execution of sentence.

Considering the number of appeals that Anfi is making to the High Court, with all of them being rejected and sentences endorsed, it makes Inside Timeshare wonder why Anfi continues to appeal?

We suspect they are playing for time and just delaying the inevitable, possibly to deter any new claims being filed using time as a tool. After all, we know how devious Anfi can be!

We finish this week with news of another court case, this time it is not Anfi, but Holiday Club based in Gran Canaria.

The Court of First Instance Number 4 of SBT, has declared the clients contract null and void, they have also awarded over 20,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

This amount also includes the payment of double the amount of the deposit taken within the statutory cooling-off period.

Apparently, this is another case where the judge decided that a full trial would not be necessary and issued his sentence at the pre-trial stage. This means the case has been dealt with within a very short period of time, from filing with the court to the sentence has only been 6 months. It certainly is speeding things up now judges are dispensing with full trials.

This case was brought on behalf of the Norwegian client by Canarian Legal Alliance, with the Lawyer Eva Gutierrez preparing the case and representing the client in court, with Claims Consultant Michael Gadman assisting the client during the process.

That is all for this week, join us again next week for more news and information on the murky world of timeshare.

Remember, do your homework before engaging with any company, have a great weekend.