Start the Week: Update Fake Law Firms & News from the Courts

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, apologies for the lack of articles last week, this was due to unforeseen circumstances. Over the past few weeks, we have been publishing warnings about the FAKE law firm operating out of Tenerife, known as The Litigious Abogados Family, further information has confirmed that they are all indeed linked and are also linked to scams perpetrated years ago. Last week was also very busy on the courts front, with more news of Anfi appeals being dismissed and also two new Marriott cases ending in favour of the client.

We begin with our Fake law firms, Olmo, Logra and JR Abogados, well these are actually not fake law firms, their names and websites have been stolen and are being used by the criminals to give themselves credibility.

This is nothing new for this lot, we have seen them use Presidents, Ambassadors and eminent Judges among others on their own websites over the years, what is new here is the fact they are using genuine law firms.

Going back to 2016, Inside Timeshare published (click link) Solutions Group, Still Going?

It was the result of information received that they had begun operating again after a time in the shadows. They came under various names, but the one prominent feature was the email address they used,  [email protected] and the website which is no longer operating www.consumeract75.co.uk

Their name began to appear a couple of years after this article in conjunction with our fake law firms. Former “clients/victims” of Solutions Group were contacted regarding “a court case against their timeshare company”, which had been filed with the courts in Tenerife.

The “client/victim” has been awarded ex-amount of compensation and the “new” law firm “instructed” by Solutions Group will get your money for you. Just a matter of some taxes, court fees etc to deal with first.

Our first article showing the link was for CUC Abogados was an update in 2019, (click link) Update: CUC Abogados & Solutions

There was further update in February 2020 where Solutions “claimed” to have won in court (click link) Solutions Claim to Win Case

Full story on CUC Abogados 

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=cuc+abogados

It has now been confirmed by several readers who have had contact with all three new “law firms”, that it is a result of their initial dealings with Solutions Group, that their case has been taken to court and it is guaranteed you will be paid out. After all, going by all the other “cases” they have won, the timeshare company pleaded “guilty”. Oh, look, a flying pig!

So our conclusion is that they are all one and the same people, or two different groups working together using data from previous scams. Either way, they have your data and will exploit it as best they can so beware of the “wonderful” news you are about to receive in a cold call.

If you have been contacted by these fraudsters and were also a “client/victim” of Solutions Group Tenerife, please get in touch with Inside Timeshare, your information may be useful.

Moving on to the courts, last week the High Court of Las Palmas once again dismissed and rejected appeals by Anfi Sales and Anfi Resorts, against the judgement handed down by the Court of First Instance.

The first appeal involved a Norwegian client, whose contract was declared null and void, with the court awarding 16.030€ in respect of the purchase prices plus a further 22,900€ for the illegally taken deposits. They were also awarded legal interest and legal costs.

The High Court confirmed this original sentence and the case is now back with the lawyers for filing with the Mercantile Court.

The second High Court ruling for the English client is a great result, at their original hearing the Court of First Instance had no hesitation declaring the contract null and void and awarding the client 24,158€ plus legal interest.

Obviously, Anfi once again appealed to the High Court, but so did the lawyers of CLA.

The Court of First Instance had not included the payment of double any deposit taken illegally, which was clearly established by the Supreme Court as a way of sanctioning the timeshare companies.

The High Court agreed, awarding a further 15,861€ and also included legal costs, as for the appeal by Anfi, well, once again it is a loss.

Moving now to Marbella, where the Court of First Instance Number 8, has found in favour of German clients against MVCI Management (Europe) Ltd, MVCI Management SL and MVCI Holidays SL.

The court not only declared the contract null and void, but awarded 23,292€ for the purchase of the contracts plus a further 36,000€ in respect of illegally taken deposits. The client was also awarded legal interest and legal costs.

In the same courthouse but in Court Number 3, the judge declared another Marriott contract null and void and the repayment of 9664€ Plus legal interest.

All these cases were prepared and presented to the court by lawyers of Canarian Legal Alliance, we now wait to see if Marriott once again submit payment to the courts without the need for enforcement.

That is all for today, if you would like further information on your timeshare contracts and you would like to know your rights and options if it is illegal, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Tuesday Slot: Court News

Welcome to the Tuesday Slot with Inside Timeshare, today we have a look at the latest news on Anfi from the courts, I’m afraid it is the usual old stuff where Anfi are hammered again. First, we recap on the news around the liquidations of Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, this includes an update from CLA to their clients. Inside Timeshare along with all the law firms and lawyers working on Anfi cases, are aware that many clients are being contacted with some very disturbing false information. If you have received any call, email or text making wild claims, please inform your lawyers and contact Inside Timeshare with the details.

The placing into “necessary bankruptcy” of the two Anfi entities by the Mercantile Court of Las Palmas recently did not really take everyone by surprise, it was known to be on the cards, it was the speed with which it all happened. In one of the fastest decisions we have seen from any of the courts, the judge issued his findings and rulings.

What has come as a surprise by many is the story behind it, a company which the Mercantile Court has noted is not in “bad condition”, in other words, it is recoverable. It is all the underlying reason behind what has gone on at Anfi which has shocked many, mainly the thousands of Anfi members.

Below are a few links to the recent story, it gives a good background to what is going on, which brings us to our press release from Canarian Legal Alliance. This has been published on their website and all their clients have been notified.

Canarian Legal Alliance would like to update its clients with claims against Anfi, after the declaration of the forced administration procedure.

(Earlier notification here: https://canarianlegalalliance.com/update-on-anfi/)

Our law firm has now communicated all credit requests to the court-appointed administrator, supporting them with documentary proof. The court-appointed administrator has to revise and study them one by one, then file his findings (approval or not)  to the mercantile court. Depending on the quantity of the creditors this can take a couple of months. During this time the cases in the civil courts will continue as normal. 

In the meantime, he is also studying Anfi in order to establish the assets it has and to develop a viability plan for its continuity hand in hand with the payout of its debts. Naturally, our law firm is at his disposal for any clarification or help he might seek.

We would also like to inform our clients that the current administration of Anfi has launched an appeal against the decision of the first instance court putting the company into administration, as it was foreseen and announced by us earlier. Now the magistrates from a high court have to evaluate the case and pass their resolution on it. 

We will keep you updated.

Canarian Legal Alliance

If you have a case against Anfi, please contact your own lawyers for any updates if you have not yet been informed, only they can answer your questions.

Now for some of the latest court news where Anfi has been well and truly “Hammered”.

Court of First Instance, San Bartolomé de Tirajana

In a very unusual twist, we actually have a ruling from the Court of First Instance Number 4 of SBT, it is unusual as all the other cases we hear about are from the High Court.

This is the court where all the cases begin, from the filing, the pre-trial and then the full hearing. They have consistently found in favour of the clients in accordance with the Spanish Timeshare Laws and the confirmation of those laws by the Supreme Court.

In this case, the Anfi contract was declared illegal and therefore null & void as it breached the law on several major points. Along with the contract being dismissed the court also ordered Anfi to repay the full purchase price of 22,168€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

The judge also ordered the repayment of 11.084€ in respect of illegally taken payments within the statutory cooling-off period, making a grand total of 33,252€.

The German Client has been informed of the situation regarding the Mercantile Court and they will be presented before the administrator in due course.

We now move to the High Court of Las Palmas, as you are all aware, this is where Anfi takes all their cases for appeal, why we don’t actually know apart from it is their “legal right”!

Last week, High Court Number 3 issued three rulings on Anfi appeals, once again the judges sitting on the appeal were unanimous in their findings, the Anfi appeal was rejected and dismissed.

In all three cases the court ratified the sentence of the Court of First Instance, ruling the contracts null and void and the repayment to all three clients the following:

18.351€

32.545

71.530€

All have been awarded legal interest and legal costs.

High Court Las Palmas

High Court Number 5 also deliberated over an appeal by Anfi, in their judgement, they concurred with all previous rulings from the various High Courts and unanimously found in favour of the client.

They endorsed the sentence of the Court of First Instance, declaring the contract null & void and confirming the repayment of 35,423€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

As with all cases against Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, these clients will now be presented to the administrator for inclusion as creditors.

As we end today’s article, we must remind you that there are legal procedures your lawyers have to abide by, the courts, this may come as a surprise; are very ordered in how they function. No lawyer or law firm can fast track your claim. If you are told otherwise then contact your own lawyers.

Do you have a contract purchased in Spain, have you been told you have a “claim”, would you like to know if you do have a contract that does breach Spanish Timeshare Law and what your legal rights are?

Please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Previous articles about Anfi

https://insidetimeshare.com/anfi-are-they-using-the-law-to-delay-payments/

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-tuesday-slot-legal-news-silverpoint-anfi/

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=Anfi%3A+The+Story+Behind+the+News

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Fake Law Firms Over The Years

Our apologies for not publishing anything yesterday, the schedule was somewhat disrupted for urgent research, the results of this will be published in due course. During the searching of our archives for information required, we came across a few lists. These contained the names of the fake law firms, procurators, notaries and others who have appeared on our pages over the past years. By far the most prolific were those associated with The Litigious Abogados Family.

Some of these have only appeared on our numerous warning lists due to their associations, others had articles running for weeks. Our first selection covers 31 fakes, 24 associated with The Litigious Abogados Family, 5 with no record and 2 with articles of their own.

We begin with B Olmo Associados, they first graced our pages in December 2018 and were apparently based in Madrid. They used the address:

Calle Gonzalo de Córdoba 11 28010 Madrid

Their website which is no longer available was:

https://bolmoasociados.com

If you needed any proof these were fakes then this is it, unfortunately, this does not help those who did not heed the warnings and believed them. One reader who brought them to our attention did pass on our findings of them and the reply they received was published on 24 April 2020. This reply was further proof of the scam.

It seems that you embed us in the same category as those of others who cheat money essential methods of cajoling people who do not understand what it is about. We can not and must not accept this.

We are a serious recognized law firm whose registered holder of the Bar of Madrid, which you yourself have been able to ascertain.

We can not and must not accept that you give us guidelines how the transfer must be done to thy favors.

First because the contract for transfer is given by the Court and not by us. Second, the Court will this contract in any case give without payment of the 9.2% legal fees he had received.

If you really want to be 100% sure that it will be transferred to you allocated amount of EUR 49152.98 to you is, as you already knew, the only way to pay the statutory 9.2% amounting to 4522.07 euros in the Escrow Holding Court.

In case you do not want to do this, we owe it to the Court to indicate that YOU (clients name) to perform this payment after the Court Your file will be closed and you thereby further has no rights to use your timeshare and other recoveries.

Today after 16:00 we will contact you by phone you (if you want to be as polite phone recording)

and we will ask your any further explanation.

Sincerely;

OLMOS ABOGADOS

Very polite letter don’t you think?

This FAKE Law firm is also another that used the name of an unsuspecting genuine lawyer, the registration details they gave on the website linked to a female lawyer whose name was only very partially similar. Again more proof of fraud in the making.

Banco de España. The genuine one.

The next one which appeared was Banco de España, unfortunately, it is not or will not be the last time the name of the Bank of Spain is used.

Now, this particular Fake did not have a website, but they did communicate via email and also gave out a telephone number. The email was 

[email protected]

A Gmail account for a national Bank, come on, that is a bit too obvious!

Then the telephone number:

 0034602576406

Yes it is Spanish, but it is a mobile number and I very much doubt that any “official” for the Bank of Spain would be communicating via mobile.

The scam involved supposed court cases against a large list of companies, many of them were at the time in the news after extensive police raids. The full list is:

European Finance Solutions, EFS, Excalibur, Level 9 Resolutions SL, Sun Travel International, Half Moon Holdings, Principle Travel, Simple Timeshare Sales, Freewall Solutions, End Vacation, Iberian Dream Homes, Holiday Rentals Direct, Breakaway Vacation, CMC Accounts, Selling Time, Timeshare Resale, Emerald Rock Holdings, Blue Chip, Blue Diamond, Fast Line, etc”.

The more their email went on the more you could see it was a scam, quoting “laws” which don’t exist, tax payments required before the compensation can be paid out to non-Spanish residents and a whole host more.

They even had the cheek to warn about giving credit card details away or doing bank transfers, yet they would be requiring payment very shortly.

The other point which really hit home that it was a scam was their long tirade against Alberto Garcia formerly of Mindtimeshare. This really did make many laugh, OK, Inside Timeshare was no fan of his, but the accusations were so childish.

List of just some of The Litigious Abogados Family

24hnotificaciones 

Abogados Abel Garcia

Abogacia Española

Procuradores Tabreul – Abel Deraza Tabreul

Abogados AG – Armando Gonzalez Areca 

Abogados Amable Garcia

Abogados El Palomo

Abogados Las Alas

Abogados Litigacion España

Alberto Diendro Nabalez – Litigacion España

Alberto Rogalvera

Alejandro Omross Procuradores

Amador Ganeca – Amador Juandoz Ganeca

Amador Ganeca

Amador Galeca Abogados

Amador Malodan Galeca

Angel Alarcon Prieto Notario

Auxiliar Lawyers

Auxiliares Lawyers

Auxilium SA

Bulganu & Valentin Asesoria

Carlos Igraim Procurador                                                        

Carlos Ingramo Procuradores                                                

Carlos Imgran Procuraduria   

On the list with no research or article

Abogados Halcón

Abogados Litigation

Abogados Imdenise Procurares

Antonio Delgado Raimo Procuradores

Ayuda Legal Abogados Madrid

Canti Abogados

Some of the above are suspected of being linked to The Litigious Abogados Family, but little about them could be found at the time, so they were archived.

These may have disappeared, but the people behind them are still perpetrating their scams, they have changed their names and sometimes their methods, as we have constantly seen with The Litigious Abogados Family. Just from the short list above we have seen 24 different incarnations of their fake lawyers, procuradores and notaries.

Looking at these names from the past should remind you all of how careful you have to be when it comes to cold callers, unsolicited emails and texts. Don’t take what they say for granted, do your own checking or get in touch with Inside Timeshare.

Articles on Olmos Abogados

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-fake-law-firms/

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-fake-law-firm-from-madrid/

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-the-week-2/

Banco de España Article

https://insidetimeshare.com/fake-banco-de-espana-emails-claiming-money-is-held/