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Another Dubious Company & Lawyer Emerges

It seems that every day another new company appears and has begun cold calling timeshare owners claiming they can get them “compensation”. Today Inside Timeshare has received two emails from anxious owners who have been contacted by a company based in Tenerife called Demi-Guni SL. Once again the pitch is to scare the timeshare owners into signing up with them immediately. Although Inside Timeshare usually waits to complete our research, due to receiving emails within hours of each other we are publishing our preliminary findings in order to warn our readers.

Demi-Guni SL or as their website is called Consult Demi-Guni SL is a company registered in Spain. Although this does not mean that they are legitimate.

The company was registered around 9 years ago and according to their company record, their field of business is “Team Leasing”, whatever that means. The Registered director is Alfons Nicolas Jose Dekeijer and he is the sole partner.

The website 

https://consultdemigunisl.com/

Was only registered on 13 May 2020 and is due to expire on 13 May 2021, so again a “claims” company registered for only 1 year, so alarm bells are ringing.

According to their website under “Our Lawyer” they work with Ruben Perez, the website we have found is

https://rubenpadronabogado.es/

According to the text about Rubén Perez on the Demi-Guni website:

“The lawyer we are partnered with, Rubén Padron, is a respected member of the law community in the Canary Islands and Spain. He is the founder and owner of Servicios Juridicos Especializados and specialises in pursuing civil cases which involve companies which have declared insolvency.”

As you can see they claim he is the founder and owner of Servicios Juridicos Especializados, on searching this we have found one, this is a firm in Mexico and is a leading law firm in Monterrey and not in Tenerife. So again alarm bells are ringing.

We have made a search for a lawyer going by this name, and so far nothing has come up apart from one called Ruben Padron Perez. The other point is the one we have found has a different address and telephone number to the ones on the website, so we can assume that it is not the same one.

The “lawyers” website when checking the details does not give any information on the date of registration or who registered it. In fact, using whois.com this is what appears:

“It appears to be an invalid or unsupported domain extension.”

Again not very confidence building!

Both our readers have told the same story, the caller explaining that there are “deadlines” to get a case in court. Obviously this is to pressure the timeshare owner to sign up immediately, do you remember this technique when you first purchased, “this offer is only available today and today only”?

The addresses and telephone numbers for Demi-Guni SL and Rubén Perez are:

Demi-Guni SL

Avenida El Guincho 4  38639 San Miguel De Abona Santa Cruz De Tenerife 

Telephone: 0034 658 155 811 a Spanish mobile number

Email: [email protected]

Rubén Perez

Av Antonio Dominguez s/n Urb. El Camison Local nº 55 38642 Playa de Las Américas Arona

Telephone: 0034 639 11 44 ​​38 (Spanish mobile) 0034 922 88 99 16 (landline)

The email for Perez is [email protected] which is a free Gmail account and not linked to the website which you would expect. Again this leads us to believe that this is yet another “fake” lawyer or possibly a case of stolen identity.

Once again this is a very good example that you must do extensive checks before engaging with any “claims” company or “law firm” that contacts you regarding getting out of your timeshare and getting any money back.

If you have been contacted by Demi-Guni SL or any other company and you would like to check if they are genuine or not, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will help you to investigate them.

REMEMBER, DOING YOUR HOMEWORK WILL SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE END!

Anfi in the News Yet Again plus the Latest News from the Courts

Yesterday Inside Timeshare published the news of yet another “FAKE” law firm to emerge from the Costa del Sol, Suarez and Simpson. This new “firm” we believe is linked to and may just be the same people as Morales Maxwell. Below we publish the latest information. Today we take a look at another press article published in Canariavisen , a Norwegian internet news site on Anfi. We also publish the latest court victories against Anfi from the Court of First Instance of San Bartelomé de Tirajana and what a result that is.

We begin first with an update on the latest information received regarding Suarez and Simpson.

Today we received an email from The Timeshare Consumer Association, more commonly known as TCA. This email was very interesting as their own research after reading our article has found that the Suarez & Simpson website has been cloned from a genuine law firm.

The genuine law firm is called Carbray Abogados, this law firm was founded in Barcelona in 2007 by Damián Carmona and is duly registered as a company with CIF: B65367575.

The TCA has already informed Damián of their findings and we will publish the response once we have it. So thank you TCA.

We now move to the article published by Canariavisen , by Leo Lunde which was published on 17 July. In this article which follows one Leo published on 14 July entitled Anfi drowns in debt after timeshare judgments. 

In this article, Leo publishes the claim by Anfi Club Norway that members’ shares are safe. It appears that the day after the first article was published, Anfi Club Norway emailed all their members to “reassure” them that their “shares are safe”.

According to this email published by Canariavisen , Anfi Club Norway claims that

“Our timeshare weeks are not a party to these claims and our timeshare weeks with our rights are thus not directly affected.”

Now, this does appear to be a very strange stance for Anfi Club Norway, considering that a great deal of the timeshares sold are in fact illegal contracts. So for Anfi Club Norway to claim that they are not subject to these court cases is in our opinion ludicrous.

Please see the links below for the full articles.

Original Norwegian

https://canariavisen.no/anfi-club-norway-andelene-er-sikre/?fbclid=IwAR3-q5kdPQFEC8WjXlUJluOWWfb8sX9hZcdRL884lDRvZbBlid7q9qwk8lU

English translation

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&authuser=0&sl=no&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fcanariavisen.no%2Fanfi-club-norway-andelene-er-sikre%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3-q5kdPQFEC8WjXlUJluOWWfb8sX9hZcdRL884lDRvZbBlid7q9qwk8lU

Original Norwegian

https://canariavisen.no/anfi-drukner-i-gjeld-etter-timeshare-dommer/

English translation

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&authuser=0&sl=no&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fcanariavisen.no%2Fanfi-drukner-i-gjeld-etter-timeshare-dommer%2F

Court of First Instance, San Barteloméde Tirajana

We now move on to the latest victories against Anfi.

Last Friday 17 July, two sentences were issued by the Court of First Instance against Anfi, the clients, one Norwegian the other English were represented by Canarian Legal Alliance.

Both had their contracts declared null and void and that deposits taken illegally within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period being paid back double, with a total of 48,994.75€ plus legal interest.

These cases have been dealt with in record time with both being submitted to the court only 9 months ago. Now considering the state of alarm due to the Covid19 and the lockdown the cases have been dealt within just 6 months.

The reason is the judge in both cases determined that there was no need for a full trial and issued his ruling at the pre-trial stage. This seems to now becoming the norm for cases at this particular court and hopefully, more cases will be heard in this way bringing a speedier conclusion for the clients involved.

It is now very clear the Court of First Instance and the High Court there are no grey areas and no uncertainties in the ruling of the Supreme Court. These are now being consistently and strongly applied.

The clients were assisted by the consultants Jasmin Erhard and Michael Gadman with the CLA lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez preparing the cases and representing the clients in court.

So it is congratulations to the clients and the whole legal team at CLA.

If you would like further information and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Start the Week: Yet Another Fake Law Firm Emerges

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, we start this week with yet another new “Fake Law Firm” which has come to our attention, Suarez and Simpson. But, there is something familiar about them which cannot just be a coincidence, it is the Modus Operandi and the documentation which they use. Once again, this “Fake Law Firm” is targeting ex-Club Class members, but how long before they begin to target other timeshare owners and members of now-defunct “Discount Holiday Clubs”?

On 24 June, Inside Timeshare published the first warning to readers of the “Fake Law Firm” Morales Maxwell, who began targeting clients of Eze Group. According to Morales Maxwell, a recent court case in Málaga had found Eze Group guilty and seized sizable assets on behalf of clients in excess of £20,000 per client. But in order to release this money, a fee of around £2,400 was required.

In “fake” documents sent by Morales Maxwell they name the Judge who presided over the trial, His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes, as yet we have not been able to verify if this is indeed a real judge whose identity has been illegally used or if he is just a fake name.

In this latest incarnation, the same judge has been named, which obviously leads us to believe that this new “Fake Law Firm” Suarez and Simpson are the same people as Morales Maxwell, as they are using the same format for the documents and also the name of the presiding judge His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes.

Their website:

https://suarezandsimpson.com/

Was only registered on 30 June 2020 and is due to expire on 30 June 2021, again only registered for one year. Yet according to the “Testimonials”, it appears they have been around much longer.

The registrant of the website is also hidden which is usually a good indication of a scam operation.

So far no company registration has been found either in Spain or the UK, but according to the “court” document the “prosecution lawyers from Suarez and Simpson” work under “autonomo” which is self employed. This may just explain why there is no company registration.

There is also no mention of who the lawyers actually are or any bar registration numbers on the website.

The address given is:

Planta 2 2A 79 Calle Carreteria Malaga 29008 does exist although anyone familiar with Spanish addresses will spot that the order is incorrect.

Their telephone number is 0034 951 667 450

The email addresses they use are:

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

The email (below), signed by Megan Lowe, explains that the courts have been working on skeleton staff due to the CoronaVirus. But she is pleased to inform the client that their settlement offer has been finalized at £21,850.

It also goes on to say “Please do not hesitate to contact the Court of Malaga Maria Rodriguez on 0034 604 189 749. This is a Spanish mobile telephone number and is not likely to be used by any court or court official for any official business.

Along with the email, there was a “court” document signed by Judge Savantes and the Duty Registrar Maria Ramirez. (seems to be a lot of Maria’s).

As well as explaining the “lawyers” work under autonomo, the document states that the “accusations of fraud by way of deception, gross mis-conduct and missold product/services were brought to the Tribunal Superior de Justicia Sala de lo Social de Málaga num 1 by the Spanish Securities Market Commission by (name and address of the client)”.

It then goes on to say that the Tribunal Superior has awarded compensation in favour of the client to the tune of £21,850, not including reimbursed costs and compound interest. This is dated 10 March 2020.

The address given on the “fake” document from the court is:

Avenida de Manuel Augustine Heredia 16 29001 Málaga.

With the telephone numbers:

0034 951 04 55 50

0034 604 103 308

Again the last number is a Spanish mobile.

Below is the PDF of the “Fake” court document.

According to information supplied by our reader who became suspicious and began a search, finding our previous warnings on Morales Maxwell, he was told that the money is being held by ITI in London. If he did not respond within 5 days, the money would be returned to Spain!

Now that is putting on the pressure to pay!

So far Inside Timeshare has not found any firm using the initials ITI in London who would be involved in holding any money from Spanish courts.

Now one of the points which aroused our reader’s suspicions was the fact they had never instigated any legal action through the court and had never taken on the services of any lawyer. So again the question is if this case was genuine how was our reader named as one of the accusers?

This is a very valid point, unless you have personally instigated legal action, how did they have the clients details?

Obviously somewhere along the line, these people have managed to get hold of protected client data. Our guess is they either worked for Club Class and stole the data, or they have purchased it illegally from an ex-employee.

Another point which our reader found very strange was that they called one of the numbers and explained that they would be travelling to Málaga in the very near future. They offered to attend the office of Suarez & Simpson to discuss the matter and pass on all their documents.

The response was not surprising, the person told them that would not be possible due to the restriction imposed by the CoronaVirus.

Now if that does not raise your suspicions, I don’t know what would!

Once again, this is a very good example of why you need to be extra vigilant when receiving cold calls or unsolicited emails. This also holds true for any company that you may have found on the internet when looking to exit your timeshare or reclaim money for mis-sold timeshares.

If you have received any calls or emails from Suarez & Simpson, Morales Maxwell or any other “dubious” company or law for, please use our contact page and let us know. Inside Timeshare will also help you to research these companies to check if they are indeed genuine or fake, this service is provided free of charge and without any obligation.

Keep your money safe and do your HOMEWORK!

If not you lose!

Previous articles on Morales Maxwell:

https://insidetimeshare.com/eze-group-clients-being-targeted-jsd-update/

https://insidetimeshare.com/its-friday/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-from-morales-maxwell-and-the-jsd-group/

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-of-week-roundup/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-31/