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Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Latest Eze Group Scam

Just as we thought we have seen everything another new SCAM has been identified, once again it is the clients of Eze Group who are being targeted. The strange thing about this SCAM is that it is purportedly from the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and refers to a “recent class-action lawsuit against various opportunist entities alike who chose to unlawfully, deceive their unsuspecting clients”.

According to the emails sent using this email address: [email protected] by Panagiotis Chatzitheofanos, Stavros Mpotsari and Nicola Stern, our reader is part of this “large lawsuit”.

Dear Sir and Madam,

We trust this email finds you well.

We kindly ask you to refer to the file attached; this file contains details of the case that is currently being heard.

You are receiving this email in respect of the recent case heard in our illustrious Supreme Court of Cassation Areios Pagos.

Your case was heard here as a part of a large “Class Action Lawsuit” against various opportunist entities alike whom chose to unlawfully, deceive their unsuspecting clients.

Should you require any further assistance then please do not hesitate to contact your representative Nicola Stern on 01305300239.

Yours faithfully,

Stavros Mpotsari

Σημείωση: Οι πληροφορίες που περιέχονται σε αυτό το email επικοινωνίας μπορεί να είναι εμπιστευτικές. Αν δεν είστε ο προβλεπόμενος αποδέκτης αυτού του email επικοινωνίας, παρακαλούμε ενημερώστε τον αποστολέα και, στη συνέχεια, να καταστρέψει οποιαδήποτε ηλεκτρονικά ή έντυπα αντίγραφα του παρόντος μηνύματος

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice Transparency and Human Rights was initially established as the State Justice Secretariat in April 1833.

It is entrusted with the management of judicial function, which is one of the three State functions. The Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights supervises the administration of justice, namely organisational issues of the courts and infrastructure as well as economic and administrative support and guarantees the personal and operational independence of judges in accordance with the Constitutional requirements.

At the same time, the Ministry is charged with the development of legislative initiative in basic justice sectors, in which is included the harmonization of internal law with the rules of international law. Additionally, this initiative includes development of institutional actions that widens and strengthens individual rights and freedoms and empowers the function of the democratic institutions in general.

The Land Registries and Real Estate Offices are also under the Ministry’s supervision, as well as all the associations of employees in the justice sector.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights is entrusted with the planning and application of the general national correctional policy.

The Presidential Decree 36/2000 (Official Government Gazette 29/17.2.2000) determines the state policy of the Ministry as well as the organisation, the responsibilities and the staffing of its services.

As you can see from the above email there is very little information but a lot of explanation and history of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights which was established in 1833, wow, that does go back a long way.

In the following document on the second page, there is also a history of the Court of Cassation in Athens, namely Areios Pagos, which was renamed the Supreme Court in 1834 (according to them). This “history again goes into great depth and even goes back to the year 462BC.  Well, all we can say is they certainly have a flair for the dramatic and not getting to the point of the case, apart from wanting money that is! (See the remaining documents at the end of the article).

The only thing that is genuine about these documents is the address that is given on one:

Λεωφόρος Αλεξάνδρας 121 Αθήνα 115 22, Ελλάδα

Which when translated from Greek is:

Alexandra Avenue 121 Athens 115 22 Greece

This does happen to be the actual address for the Supreme Court of Greece.

According to the documents provided the following companies are all being prosecuted for fraud:

Eze Group Europe Ltd, Regency Shores SL (registered in Spain), Everywhere Travel Ltd, Dreamland Breaks, La Pinta, Club Class SL, Timeshare Information Centre (TIC), Timeshare Advice Bureau (TAB) MONSTER TRAVEL SL

It just makes Inside Timeshare wonder how the Greek Courts are prosecuting companies that are based in Spain and the UK and have had no dealings that we know of in Greece.

Our reader according to the correspondence received has been awarded over 21,000€, with costs and compound interest being awarded at a later date. But in order to release this money, they must first pay the tax which amounts to 2,935.02€.

Another name has also come up with this particular scam which Inside Timeshare is familiar with, Jose Lara Cabello. As we know this is a duly registered lawyer with the  Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Malaga with the registration number 6956. This lawyer has also been linked with two companies based in Malaga which are also perpetrating a similar scam. (see the following link)

https://insidetimeshare.com/tag/jose-lara-cabello/

Inside Timeshare has tried to make contact with this lawyer to check if he is aware his name and registration number is being used, needless to say Inside Timeshare has never received a reply or had our telephone calls answered. This leads us to the conclusion that this lawyer is not what he seems! We leave you the reader to draw your own conclusions and come up with the right word to describe him.

Once again, this proves that without doing your homework and making a thorough investigation into companies that contact you out of the blue, you the unsuspecting timeshare owner is set to lose yet more money.

Have you been contacted by these people or any other company which claims that your timeshare company is in court and you have been awarded huge sums of money?

If you please use our contact page and let us know as much as possible, Inside Timeshare will then research and publish any warnings to consumers, if you need help in determining if any company that has made contact is genuine then again please use our contact page and we will point you in the right direction.

Remember do your homework, you won’t regret it in the end!

PDF’s of the documents received.

Marriott Contracts Circumvent Spanish Laws

Welcome to the end of another week, today Inside Timeshare reports on how clients purchasing Marriott timeshares in Europe have been duped and how Marriott has circumvented the strict Spanish laws on the sale of timeshare. This has recently come to light as many clients have contacted Inside Timeshare to see if they have a case in the Spanish Courts.

As we know any timeshare purchased in Spain or any of her territories are subject to the laws of Spain, a very disturbing fact has now emerged. It involves the sales of timeshare at the Son Antem Resort in Mallorca.

From the many reader’s enquiries, we focus on just one, it begins in summer of 2007 when our reader was on holiday in Mallorca and was “invited” to attend a presentation on the Marriott Vacation Club at Son Antem. He attended the presentation and was duly impressed with the standard of the resort and the “benefits” of owning a timeshare membership with Marriott.

Our reader eventually agreed to purchase a membership to MVC believing that his home resort was going to be Son Antem. This belief was reinforced by the salesperson conducting the presentation and eventually by the manager when they decided to purchase.

Son Antem Resort Mallorca

When they first began their membership everything appeared to be going well, they didn’t have any problems with booking their holidays and do admit they were very impressed with the standards. But over the years things began to go wrong, maintenance fees began to rise and they now found they were having a great deal of difficulty in making any reservations for the times and resort they wanted. The excuse, as usual, was “no availability”.

Our reader had heard about other owners taking their timeshare companies to court and having their contracts declared null & void with the return of all their money. Making his enquiries he found that his membership was contrary to the laws of Spain and it looked as though he had a valid claim. His membership is a points-based system with a contract that runs in perpetuity. This contravenes Law 42/98 which makes points and floating weeks systems illegal and also limits the duration of a contract to a maximum of 50 years.

This particular reader was directed to Inside Timeshare and duly contacted us to see if he had a valid and viable claim. Unfortunately for him, the news was not good.

Emailing copies of his contract and maintenance bills Inside Timeshare found that his contract was not covered by Spanish law. All the paperwork was processed at Marriott in the USA and shows no Spanish entity. All the documents were stamped by a US notary and the deposit and payments were made through the US in dollars.

His annual maintenance bill was sent from the US and paid directly to Marriott in the US. Now we do know that many timeshares in Spain were sold with the timeshare companies using UK or BVI Limited entities. But the courts have ruled that as the timeshare was purchased in Spain and are based in Spain then Spanish law has jurisdiction and this was just an attempt to get around the law.

But this was not all, our reader actually believed (as he was told this by the sales department) that his home resort was Son Antem in Mallorca, but as Inside Timeshare pointed out all his paperwork shows that his purchase was with Marriott Vacation Club International with his home resort listed as The Manor at Ford’s Colony in Virginia.

The Manor at Ford’s Colony

Needless to say, he was very taken aback at this news, it also appears to explain why he was having difficulty in making his reservations at Son Antem.

This now leaves this particular client without a legal leg to stand on, his only option now is to relinquish and lose over $18,000 for a timeshare that has become a burden and is virtually unusable.

We do know that when on a presentation and then deciding to purchase, clients have very little time to fully read and comprehend the paperwork and contracts. It is also a fact that very few will ever read them in full even after returning home from their vacation, as with this particular reader it is not until problems arise and they seek advice that they found out they do not own what they thought. Had he known that his timeshare home resort was in the US and not at Son Antem, Mallorca, he would not have purchased it.

This story does show the need to go through documents thoroughly and to do so within the 14 days cooling-off period. If you find during this time that you have purchased something that you were not aware of then at least you will have the legal right to cancel.

Once again we see the timeshare industry finding ways to flout the laws of the countries that they are operating in, leaving purchasers with no legal rights and recourse.

If you own any timeshare interest with Marriott it is important that you check your documents thoroughly, if you are not sure what to look for then please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will help you check.

That is all for this week, we wish you all a very good weekend and please join us again next week for more on the murky world of timeshare.

Mid Week Report: Some Interesting News

Over the past months Inside Timeshare has been receiving many enquiries regarding ABC Legal and Mark Rowe. Most of the enquiries have revolved around the so-called “exit” which this company has promised to do for a fee, as we already know many of those who took up this service have found they are still liable for maintenance fees and have not been extracted from their timeshare contracts. In all the cases Inside Timeshare has received the client’s timeshare company has informed them that they are still members and that they have never received any correspondence from ABC Legal.

Yesterday Inside Timeshare received news which will obviously be of interest and possibly of great benefit to clients of ABC Legal. On 2 January 2020, ECC announced the completion of the acquisition of assets from Advanced Business Consultants Legal SL, which is the parent company of the many formerly owned by Mark Rowe.

ECC who along with their appointed firm of lawyers M1 Legal, believe that they will be able to help the many clients of all the companies which are part of Advanced Business Consultants and bring their cases to conclusion. They have already set up a dedicated email address for those clients of the many ABC companies to make contact with ECC to discuss what they will be able to do for them. [email protected]

For the full press release please open the PDF link below.

We now move to another very disturbing matter, this time it involves a Tenerife company called Centaurus Mediations SL.

Inside Timeshare received an enquiry from a concerned reader who just returned from Tenerife and had a meeting with Centaurus. According to Centaurus Mediations, they will be able to “extricate” them from their timeshare contract and pursue a “compensation” claim for them, all for the cost of £6000.

Sounds good, there is only one problem with this, the reader sold his timeshare over nine years ago and has not paid any maintenance since then and has never received a maintenance bill since.

So the question is how the hell can this company “extricate” and claim “compensation” for a timeshare this client has not owned for over nine years?

Obviously, they can’t, it is just an exercise to part this person with their hard-earned cash!

Once again this highlights the lengths some of these companies will go to just to line their own pockets.

As we always remind our readers, doing you due diligence and homework will save you from losing thousands.