It is the end of another week and today we bring you a roundup of this week’s court news with more results against Anfi in Gran Canaria, a payout for a Palm Oasis (Tasolan) client and the Malaga Courts finding against Club la Costa. We also bring you the latest information on the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs scam coming out of Greece. Following on from our report on Global Timeshare Legal Experts on Monday, our friends at the TCA also covered this story on Wednesday. As we stated in our article not only has this company used cases from CLA but they have also used cases from M1 Legal based on the Costa del Sol, claiming that they are their cases. They also backed up our findings on the Dubai office and that they are not known in the building. Certainly does not look good.
Back in January 2020, we highlighted a scam that came to our attention originating from Greece and using the name “Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs”. We also brought updates in March 2020 and June 2020, (see links to the original articles below).
Today we bring you an update that is very disturbing and also gives Two new names to add to the growing list being used by these scammers.
Our reader was contacted by the usual “cold call” informing them that a company they had dealt with some years ago which was also a scam and is also known to us as Solutions Group (Tenerife) and is also working with the fake lawyers from the Litigious Abogados Family.
According to the caller who claims to be working for the Greek Supreme and Civil Courts, explained that her case (which they had no idea she had instigated) had found in their favour and she has been awarded £11,920 in compensation.
Great news and an unexpected windfall, but as usual there is a catch.
Our reader then received a letter via email informing them there is a payment that needs to be made to release the money which is being held in trust. This was followed up with an email confirming the details of the account and the name of the Beneficiary. The letter does have a name but it is written in Greek. We converted the PDF document to word to copy the name into translator, but the signature and the name is actually an image file, the email is signed by one Georgios Argiris or in Greek, Γεώργιος Αργύρης which is not the same as the signature.
Now it is the payment details that does show this is an out and out scam.
The payment is to be made to Ivanova Plamena, doesn’t sound very Greek to me, it also gives the following details:
Date of Birth: 16/07/1980
Email address: [email protected]
Postal address: 106 Akti Moutsopoulou Piraeus 18535 Attica
Telephone: +30 698 199 1100
Again there is another indication this is a scam, the Email address, it is a free Gmail account. So along with this along with the fact, the payment is made to a private individual and not any of the official authorities clearly shows this is a “FRAUD”.
Once again this really does show how diligent you must be, don’t be blinded by the sudden “windfall”, no matter how excited you might be to be receiving a large sum of money.
Now we move to the courts and these are genuine cases instigated by clients of Canarian Legal Alliance.
The first case involves our old friends at Anfi and a Swedish client, They have now received into their own bank account the sum of 31,302€.
The original sentence by the Court of First Instance declared the contract null and void and the court ordered the return of the money. As usual, Anfi decided to play the stalling tactic by appealing the decision to the High Court. But as we have seen in all these appeals the High Court rejected it and confirmed the original sentence.
In the meantime, the lawyers from CLA placed the usual “provisional execution order” and received a bank guarantee. This means that the bank itself physically blocks any movement of these funds during the appeals process.
Then on Tuesday, German clients had their contract with Palm Oasis (Tasolan) declared null and void with the return of 12,659€ plus legal interest by the Court of First Instance of San Bartolomè de Tirajana.
Going by their usual practice CLA applied to the court for a “provisional execution order” until the procedure is concluded if the company lodges an appeal with the High Court.
In this case, this was not actually required as Palm Oasis (Tasolan) paid the money VOLUNTARILY into the court. This was then released directly to the client’s own personal account.
Anfi, take note.
Wednesday brought news for a Norwegian client against Anfi, the Court of First Instance of SBT, declared their contract null and void, awarding 53,029€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
In this case, the client took out Anfi’s own finance package, this came with a huge interest rate of 11.5%, which the court ordered Anfi to repay.
The breakdown of the payment is 43,838€ for the purchase, 6,188€ for the interest and 3,003€ for the illegally taken deposit.
No doubt Anfi will not be following the example of Palm Oasis and we expect they will lodge another frivolous appeal with the High Court.
We now move to the Costa del Sol and the Court of First Instance of Malaga and a case against Club la Costa, the companies named in the case are:
The court declared their contract null and void with the return of 53,593€ plus legal interest.
The amount was calculated by the court as 24,972€ plus an additional 32,981€ which is double the amount taken illegally as a deposit within the Statutory cooling-off period.
The courts are certainly all following the rulings of the Supreme Court and in the case of Club la Costa, the High Court of Malaga regarding the jurisdictional issue.
Well, that is all for this week, we hope you all have a great weekend and join us again next week for more news and information on the murky world of timeshare.
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