Over the months Inside Timeshare has been publishing articles and warnings about a very sophisticated and well planned out fraud, operating out of Tenerife, Litigious Abogados and family.
One reader has been taken for thousands, he believed everything he was told, he believed the authenticity of the documents including the fake court papers. But the scam has gone one stage further. But first we’ll go to the beginning.
It started as usual with contact from the fake law firm telling the client that his timeshare resort / company was about to be taken to court, that he could become part of this action as there was a very good case. All it needed was to pay the Procurator fees and his case can be lodged with the court, the case would be going ahead in around a month. (very fast work indeed).
This fee was to be paid to the Procurador Darstun Jilmo Davida, a name we have come across before.
It then turns out there was a groundbreaking ruling against Incentive Leisure Group SL (a company that ceased to exist when Garry Peter Leigh was killed in an accident in July 2010). The director of the company, another name that we have come across in respect of this scam, Keith Balker aka Keith Baker, has pleaded guilty. So now Keith is director of ILG, not bad as he happens to be director of Club la Costa, Diamond, Silverpoint and many others according to this law firm. Certainly a man with his fingers in many pies. Also as we are very familiar with ILG from the past, there was never any director named Keith Balker.
Now another little twist in this is that according to the fake court document the other defendant, with the director Keith Balker is Club Class Holidays SL, and for those who remember the days of ILG, they were great rivals, yet according to this document they are in bed together!
Now, we come to the second part of the scam, in order to release the thousands awarded by the court, tax needs to be paid first, this was duly done and a cheque from the court was now on its way.
The envelope duly arrived, problem is it had been opened and the cheque was missing. Lo and behold another company now contacts the client, Manuel Valentin, they have been appointed by the court to investigate and retrieve the money stolen. Again it turns out it was that unscrupulous Romanian Gang who stole the cheque.
In order for Manuel Valentin to carry out his investigation and get the client his money back, he needs to be paid. Then the scam takes on a new dimension.
The client is now told that he owes property tax on a property he owns in Spain, that his NIE number has expired, so he can’t get the money owed to him until this is all paid and dealt with. But never mind, these lawyers can sort this all out for him, for a fee that is. Another twist to this story is one that has really taken the biscuit, it turns out the client has outstanding fines for a traffic offence! One does wonder how these people would know about that.
The following are some of the new names and bank accounts that have come up with this story.
The Procurador (an old name): Darstun Jilmo Davida, Banca March Arona.
Notario: Roberto Arturo Sanson Banco Sabadell
Ricardo Sannino Bankia
Notario: Yary D, Marco La Caixa
Gina Bulanu Accounts Sabadell
Ricardo Zanino BBVA
Other names that have surfaced:
Paralegal: Ms Sarah Ellingwood
Secretaria de Abogados: Sandra Fonto Bello
Secretaria de Abogados: Lorna Lablub Taza
Departmento Legal: Maria Sanchez Gotera
Lawyer: Jesus Iful
It is important to thoroughly check any company that claims you have a court case, do not be taken in by the sums of money they say is waiting for you. Unless you have instructed a lawyer personally to conduct a case, then there is no case pending, especially in the time scales this lot are looking at. From first contact to conclusion is a matter of 2 months, totally impossible.
If you have been contacted by any firm and want to know if it is genuine contact Inside Timeshare and we will point you in the right direction. Remember it pays to do your homework!