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Welcome to the new Friday page which now replaces our old Letter from America which was supplied by Irene Parker. We will say that we are very sorry to see this slot go as it provided a great link between owners of timeshare on the two continents, unfortunately, Irene no longer has the time to work on her articles for Inside Timeshare due to her commitment with the new organisation Tarda which we urge all US owners to join. You can find more information on the following link.

https://tarda.org/

Over the past few weeks, we have been highlighting the link between Solutions SL and CUC Abogados, today we publish some more interesting information sent in by one of our readers who has been contacted by this scam outfit. Once again this reader decided to do their homework and due diligence before parting with their hard-earned cash.

They received the following email which explains that they have been awarded 32,000€ which just happens to be the same figure for every “client” who has been contacted by them. This email has been sent from this email address [email protected] which we know has been used for quite a few years.

Dear Sir(s).      15th October 2019

As you are aware the recent hearing went ahead as planned on Wednesday 25th September.

Although you chose not to appoint a collection agency to represent you, it would seem that a favourable outcome was also reached in your case, however payment of subordinate claims is postponed until preferential and unsecured claims have been paid out first.

The original award of 32,000 Euros per claimant still stands.

A managed payment plan of 12 – 32 months has been set by the court, meaning that the defendants must compensate all members of the action group within this time period.

The plan includes the following stipulations:

  • All compensation must be paid out no later than 32 months from the date of the sentencing.
  • The court is to review the progress of the pay-outs every 3 months, with the defendants and their representatives appearing in person to testify to the progress made thus far.
  • Failure to adhere to the payment plan or any attempts to stall it will be met with a strict prison sentence.
  • Due to the total amount of compensation owed exceeding the amount of 1 million Euros, a prison term of no less than 7 years has been set.
  • Should this prison sentence be enforced, all remaining assets will be distributed evenly by the court at that point.

To clarify, you may be paid out at any point during the set time frame of 12 – 32 months.

It is important to note that you will have to submit a request to the court to query the state of your pay-out. This can be done in person every 3 months, following the courts review of the proceedings.

To accomplish the above you may wish to employ the services of a para-legal for a nominal fee, who can attend the courts on your behalf a maximum of 4 times per year to submit the appropriate requests.

Should you require any assistance in doing so we would be happy to facilitate this for you. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this option further and request a quote.

Kind regards,

Julia García

Solutions.

Now we do actually wonder how the defendants will be able to appear in court every 3 months as the companies involved in this “case” Incentive Leisure Group, Designer Way Vacation Club and Personal Travel Group were all owned by the late Gary Peter Lee. So unless he has mastered the art of resurrection who will be appearing?

Now the cost for this service is £425.18 and has to be paid into the account of a named person a P Hall and not a company account, that in itself should always set the alarm bells ringing. If this company and service were legitimate why is the payment not made to a company account? (see PDF for payment details)

We now move to another new scam that our readers have alerted us to, this time it appears to be based on the Costa del Sol and the “company” is called Sanchez Services. The address they give on the email is:

4-7 Calle Cononel Ripollet 296405 Malaga

They also give details that they are a registered company with the CIF Number 8064689968

Now the address is fake, there is a street in Fuengirola called Calle Coronel Ripollet but the postcode is also wrong it should be 29640. The CIF Number is also fake, all CIF number begins with a letter consists of 8 figures For example B67313000.

It begins: My name is James D Souza from the compliance dept of Sanchez Services. He goes on to explain that to proceed with the claim the amount the client will receive is £5,950, this will be paid by cheque and delivered by courier or if they prefer it can be paid directly into a bank account, but obviously Sanches Services will need the client’s bank details.

Now obviously there is going to be a fee involved to pursue this “claim” but their advisors are not allowed to take the payment details over the phone. So they ask the client to “kindly” make the payment online or by visiting the bank. They then give the details of the “Escrow Account” for the payment of £595.

The account details are:

Pay: Peter Smith

Account Number: 01706758

Sort Code: 24-63-08

Reference: Name of the client

“IMPORTANT PLEASE CHECK THESE DETAILS WITH ADMIN DEPT BEFORE PAYING”

Now once again this account is in the name of a named individual although we must admit that Peter Smith is a very strange name to use and unfortunately we have been unable to identify which bank it is. We do know that the sort code does not appear to belong to a UK bank as we have checked using the sort code checker but have not been able to identify if it is a Spanish bank. So we do have to ask why do the details need to be checked with admin before making a payment?

The email also goes on to say that the £595 will be held in the escrow account for 10 days if the client has not received their £5,950 within the 10 days the money will be returned. Then once the client has received the payment they must sign and return the attached forms so that the £595 can be paid to Sanchez.

Sound all very good and appears to be safe!

Well, we think not.

The email is then signed off in the following manner:

Have a wonderful day, Best Regards William D’Souza

I do think he may just have forgotten that his name, to begin with, was James!

Now if these two examples don’t warn you to be on your guard then I’m afraid you do deserve to lose your money.

As we always warn our readers

DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE PAYING ANY COMPANY MONEY NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT IS OR HOW MUCH THEY HAVE PROMISED YOU WILL RECEIVE!

Latest Court News

Today Inside Timeshare highlights some of the latest news from the courts in Spain, courtesy of Canarian Legal Alliance. As we know they are the leading law firm in timeshare law and litigation with many victories to their credit including now 130 rulings from the Supreme Court.

We begin with the latest ruling from the Supreme Court, this case involved Diamond Resorts Tenerife Sales SL, which is a subsidiary company of Diamond Resorts International.

After a lengthy process of appeals by Diamond, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the client, with their contract being declared null and void and the return of over 19,000€ plus double the deposit which was taken within the statutory cooling-off period. The court also awarded the client back their legal fees and legal interest.

In another case against Diamond at the Court of First Instance Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, the Judge has decided not to proceed with a full trial, he will issue his sentence in due course. This will be based on the documents and the contracts which as we know clearly show that the sale was made in breach of the timeshare laws.

We have seen many of the judges in the courts of Gran Canaria foregoing the full trial and issuing judgements at the pre-trial stage for some time now, with many more judges at the courts of Arona, Tenerife are following suit in cases involving Silverpoint.

It is obviously good news for the clients as it has the effect of cutting down the time it takes to bring a case to a conclusion and also saves the clients from having to travel to attend the hearings. Hopefully, more courts will be following this lead as the cases are purely based on the contracts which are in breach of the law.

Marriott Marbella Beach Resort

We now move to the Costa del Sol and the latest victory coming from the Court of First Instance Number 6 in Estepona.

This case involves Marriott Vacation Club with the judge declaring the contract null and void, citing the 130 Supreme Court rulings the judge ruled that the principal cause to nullify the contract was the “lack of an end date” on the contract. As we had stated previously, contracts under Spanish law should be for a maximum of 50 years.

The ex-timeshare owners were also awarded over £24,000 including the return of their legal fees plus legal interest.

In July last year Inside Timeshare published the fact that Marriott admitted they were losing in the Spanish courts and set aside around $16.3 million to cover the litigation expenses.

https://insidetimeshare.com/marriott-admit-losing-in-spanish-courts/

Going back now to the beginning of the month, Canarian Legal Alliance had a total of six rulings in favour of their clients, these were against Anfi, Silverpoint and Diamond Resorts. Once again the common denominator is that both the First Instance Courts and the High Courts are using the rulings made by the Supreme Court.

All contracts were declared null and void and the total awarded to clients is in excess of 204,000€.

If you purchased a timeshare after 5 January 1999 and would like to know if your contract is illegal and if you have a valid and viable claim, or you purchased from any of the companies featured on Inside Timeshare, then please use our contact page. Inside Timeshare will then get back to you and explain what options are open to you.

Start the Week

Welcome to the start of another week, we begin this week with the article published in the Norwegian Business Magazine, Kapital This paper has already in the past focused on many cases regarding timeshare and especially Anfi. Back in 2016, this very same paper published the story of Mrs Grimsbo and her case against Anfi, which was conducted by Canarian Legal Alliance. Now Kapital has picked up on the news about Anfi being investigated for fraud.

As we already know the news that the State Prosecutor in Gran Canaria has instigated a criminal investigation around the movement of funds was published only recently in El Diario, El Dia and also Inside Timeshare. It was also the subject of a news item in Spanish National Television new TVE1.

Inside Timeshare will not go into detail today but the links below will give you the full story in excellent detail.

Kapital article in English

Kapital article in Norwegian

We stick with Anfi for our next snippet, at the end of October Anfi had another bad Tuesday in the courts. At the High Court in Las Palmas another timeshare owner is now Anfi free, the court declared their contract null and void also awarding them 161,598€ plus all their legal fees.

The case was brought on behalf of the client by Canarian Legal Alliance.

CLA also issued their end of October review of the performance of their legal department.

  • There were 60 New Trials and Hearings.
  • 40 sentences from the Courts of First Instance and the High Courts.
  • In all CLA recovered around 1,600,000€ on behalf of their clients.
  • There were 35 new claims delivered to the Spanish Courts.
  • They also worked on 96 appeals cases for cases they originally won in July and September.
  • On the executions and enforcements of sentences, the instituted 26 provision enforcement orders.

It certainly looks as though the CLA lawyers and staff have been very busy.

Over the weekend Inside Timeshare has received many more enquiries regarding claims companies and law firms making contact with owners. Unfortunately, most of them have appeared on our pages with many warnings, such as Solutions SL, CUC Abogados, SG Abogados, Litigation Service SL and Platinum Service and Administration SL.

All have a very similar story, the courts have appointed them to help you the consumer to retrieve money being held by the courts after dealing with various other companies and timeshare. We have said this before, these are all scams to get hold of your hard-earned cash.

If you are contacted by any company and want to know if they are genuine, then use our contact page and we will help find out. It costs nothing to ask and better safe than sorry.