Welcome to the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, even though we are not publishing as often as we would like due to personal reasons, the timeshare world continues to move on. Once again another “FAKE” law firm has appeared, this time they claim to be based in Barcelona. We also bring you the latest news from the courts with more defeats for Anfi in the High Court with awards totalling over 200,000€.
We begin with a warning of the latest “FAKE” law firm to materialise, Servicios Legales Barcelona. Not a name that can be checked easily on the internet, the reason is that many law firms in Spain use the term “Servicios Legales” in their advertising and websites.
When making a search the list is almost endless with the first main entries being “Ver Empresas Servicios Legales en Barcelona” and “Empresas de Servicios Legales en Barcelona”, which both translate as: “See Legal Services Companies in Barcelona” and “Legal Services Companies in Barcelona”. These are lists of Bona Fide law firms, in none of these lists do we find a law firm called “Servicios Legales Barcelona” That fact alone gives cause for concern.
This particular “fake law firm” is using a similar method to convince you the potential victim to pay up.
Grupo Logra, which we highlighted at the end of October, is using a non-existent “Official Brexit Form” to convince you to pay, (link below). This lot is using what they call “The Value Proceed Document”, another “official” form that does not exist.
Along with this “official form” is sent an invoice, supposedly from the court, but when you actually see it you can tell it is just a fake and probably a word template. See PDF below courtesy of the TCA.
The amount is £2,450, the invoice does not actually state what this payment is for, which must be paid in “Sterling”, but we suspect it is for “The Value Proceed Document”. The biggest problem is where and who the money has to be transferred.
Now considering that the “invoice” is from a Spanish Court, why is the bank account one with the Royal Bank of Scotland, with the account holder being one Patrick Gaughan?
A Spanish Court with a Scottish bank account in the name of a private individual who does not even have a Spanish name, come on, if that alone does not set your alarm bells ringing, what will?
Once again, this highlights how very careful and meticulous you must be before engaging with any company, especially in timeshare, that cold calls you with news of winning a court case of which you had no knowledge, or, that a court has awarded you as a “victim of fraud” a significant amount of money.
If you receive a call out of the blue with any news such as this then please do your homework first. If you require any help in determining the authenticity of the call, then please use our contact page and let us know.
Moving on to the High Court of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, another three appeals by Anfi have been once again dismissed and rejected by the High Court Judges.
All three cases were originally heard at the Courts of First Instance of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, where the courts ruled the contracts null and void plus the return of the full purchase price.
The first case was also appealed by the client’s lawyers as the initial ruling did not take into account the payment of double any payments made illegally during the statutory cooling-off period. In this case, the appeal judges ruled a further payment of 15,861€ in respect of illegally paid deposits. This brought the clients total payment to 40,016€ plus legal interest and costs.
The second appeal which was dismissed and the original sentence endorsed, the clients were awarded 72,000€ plus a further 40,155€ for illegally taken deposits. This brings the total award to 112,115€ plus legal interest and costs.
In the third case, the original sentence ordered Anfi to repay the client 65,963€ plus legal interest and costs. This amount included double the amount taken as an illegal deposit, which came to 28,000€.
The three clients who hail from England, Norway and Germany respectively, will now have their cases filed with the Mercantile Court to be added to the growing list of creditors. These cases were prepared and executed by Lawyers of Canarian Legal Alliance, the proverbial pain in Anfi’s backside.
It should also be pointed out, the one thing we have noticed is the amounts paid by our Norwegian friends for their “membership” to Anfi, they do seem to have paid and purchased more than others. We suspect this is due to the “loyalty and trust” given to Anfi by the Norwegians because of Bjorn Lyng. A trust that has been well and truly destroyed by the controlling group of Sanatana Cazorla.
If you purchased a timeshare membership in Spain since January 1999, you may have an illegal contract, if you would like confirmation if this is so and what your legal rights are, please use our contact page and inside Timeshare will get back to you.
That is all for this week, have a great weekend and remember beware the cold callers and do your “HOMEWORK” first.