Latest Cold Callers Update

This week Inside Timeshare has published a warning on two cold calling companies, Independent Timeshare Assistance and Timeshare Support Centre, today we add another cold caller named Marketing Solutions Group. There now appears to be a link between these companies and who they are “marketing” for. We also have a look at some information supplied by our colleagues at the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association).

Marketing Solutions Group, well, there is not a lot of information on them apart from the telephone number 01513 080341 which is a Liverpool STD code. But as we have said before this means nothing as these numbers are readily available via third party suppliers and are known as VOIP numbers. More on this in a moment.

Marketing Solutions Group is yet another name that when doing a search for companies, this name comes up many times, but nothing to do with timeshare. So who are they?

No one seems to know the answer to that question but what we do know from information supplied by our readers is they appear to be calling on behalf of Aegis Direct SL based in Tenerife. They are also known to be working with several other companies, by contracting their clients “exits” out to them and not doing it themselves.

It also appears from further information received, that the two companies Independent Timeshare Assistance and Timeshare Support Centre are also calling on behalf of Aegis Direct and their associates. So we have a rather tangled web building up here.

One other thing they all have in common is their telephone numbers, all show UK locations, but we do know that many of the callers are stating they are based in Tenerife. This is because they are using what is known as VOIP, which is short for Voice over Internet Protocol. In other words an internet telephone system.

There are many companies that provide these numbers which can then be used from anywhere in the world. Two we believe have supplied these “companies” with numbers, Simwood which is based in the UK and has the website:

https://simwood.com/uk

The other is Numbergroup Network Ltd, which on researching has some very interesting information attached to them. It seems that a former “director” Jody Rhodes of Dublin, was convicted of a telephone scam back in 2018. For the full story see the link below.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-phone-gang-made-fortune-12150847

There is nothing wrong with using these numbers, they are very convenient with today’s technology, the problem comes with the more unscrupulous operations. Those who wish to deceive “potential victims” into believing that they are based in the UK and not calling from call centres in the scammer’s hotspots such as Tenerife.

Moving on to some information supplied by our friends at the TCA who have been looking very closely at the Timeshare Support Centre website, they have found some rather “erroneous facts”.

“Brexit has now impacted the time you have to legally terminate your contract please contact us urgently if you have any timeshare contract termination needs”

This is a complete lie, Brexit as we have stated previously has had no impact whatsoever on timeshare termination in Europe or anywhere else for that matter.

They also found a reference to Club la Costa and the liquidations of their sales companies, which have already been shown to be false information:

“We must also bring to your attention some more recent concerning news of several large Timeshare companies that have now gone into administration 3rd January 2021 the Euro Weekly news confirmed that Club La Costa in Tenerife has filed for voluntary bankruptcy please do urgently contact us if you have purchased any products from Club La Costa (UK).”

As we already know Club la Costa has not filed for voluntary bankruptcy in Tenerife, the Spanish arms have all filed for bankruptcy in Malaga. Club la Costa is liquidating four sales companies within the group, they have already ceased trading. This only means that the sale of timeshare has ceased, there will be no new sales of timeshare. The timeshare resorts side of the company is not affected, ownership has not changed at all and all rights of use are unaffected.

The Euro Weekly article specifically states “Mijas Costa” as the Club la Costa office that has filed for voluntary bankruptcy, not Tenerife. This further confirms our belief that this outfit is operating from Tenerife, no wonder they couldn’t quote a UK office address with ease.

Then we have some information which is really no use to European timeshare members:

“Forbes.com have only recently written an article covering How do I get rid of my Timeshare in a pandemic. This article stresses the need to instruct a solicitor to legally terminate a Timeshare contract.”

This advice relates to American ownership with appropriate comment from the American Resort Development Association. If, as the comment states, there is a need to contact a solicitor, given that Timeshare Support Centre are not even close to being solicitors, why would you deal with them?

Then to cap this off they state:

“We will make sure that the advice you receive is accurate and adheres to new legislation and law changes.”

There is no new legislation. The current EU Directive was presented in 2008. Spanish law 42/98 was enacted on 5th Jan 1999, with an update to this law which is known as Ley 4/12 we believe neither of these laws constitutes “new”.

So once again, we see statements published on a “company” website giving out false and inaccurate information. Not only are they attempting to confuse you the timeshare owners about their company, but also using some very dubious tactics such as scaremongering to convince you to use their services.

Inside Timeshare would like to thank the TCA for providing their findings above, it saved us a lot of time.

Once again, these points are published to show you the reader how careful you have to be when dealing with cold calls or any company you find on the internet regarding your timeshare. Cold Calling is not illegal, it is a recognised marketing tool, but there are certain regulations governing the industry, so it is important to do your due diligence and research the company before even contemplating engaging their services.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

One Reader Deals with a Cold Caller

Yesterday Inside Timeshare published information on Independent Timeshare Assistance, a “company” that does not appear to actually exist, well, officially that is, as no record can be found through Company House. This has prompted further inquiries from readers who have also been contacted by other “companies” which also sound rather dubious.

This particular reader has been in contact with Inside Timeshare for quite some time and was contacted by a young lady calling on behalf of Timeshare Support Centre, using the telephone number 01244 722295. Which is a Chester code. As we have said before, this means nothing as these numbers can be purchased for use from anywhere in the world.

The thing is this young lady was calling from Los Cristianos (yet a Chester code) in Tenerife but did not even know the address of the office she was working from. She also claimed that their website is “under construction” so could not give that out. Very strange because we accessed it this morning, we also checked the registration details.

https://timesharesupportcentre.org/

It was registered on 26 November 2020 and is due to expire on 26 November 2022, as usual, the registrant is hidden by privacy protection. The website also shows no company details or registrations, these facts are never a good sign. The only contact is through the telephone number, which is slightly different from the one used above, 01244 722296, a contact form or this rather strange looking email address given on the website.

Email: support at timesharesupportcentre.org

This does make it look like it is yet another lead generator, but the question is who for?

When questioned by our reader where she had got the number her response was “they had got it from the AGM (Annual General Meeting) database”. Apparently, she had no idea what this was, and to be honest neither do we, but it does look like someone may have sold the information from the club members list.

It would seem that the young lady making the call was completely out of her depth, being unable to answer the simplest of questions, she just kept saying that she just “wanted to advise me (our reader) about the danger of signing contracts”. She couldn’t even explain what contracts.

Eventually, after further questioning she stated that she thought their head office was in Sheffield, so being unable to answer the questions our reader was passed to the callers “supervisor” Natalie, who was in (?) “Manchester”.

On being passed to Natalie, our reader then managed to get an address, although Natalie seemed to struggle to give it, the address is one that we have come across before and has been used by various “timeshare advice companies” in the past:

25 King Street 5th Floor Manchester City Centre M21 9QD

Now, when questioned, Natalie could not even explain where they got our readers details as a timeshare owner. She also stated that she could not even tell our reader where her timeshare was because of “Data Protection”. A very lame excuse considering they can’t explain where they got the information in the first place.

Obviously, there is a “Data Protection” breach here as the contact details cannot be verified as coming from any legitimate source.

Eventually, after much more questioning from our reader, who incidentally no longer owns any timeshare, Natalie seemed to get very upset and kept on saying she was “only trying to help me (our reader)”. She was asked again to explain and the penny finally dropped, she hung up, much to the annoyance of our reader who was rather enjoying the encounter.

This particular reader has been through the proverbial mill regarding timeshare over the years so is now rather adept at handling the calls, even though no longer an owner. This story is a fine example of how careful you must be and question every call you receive, question every “fact” that you are told by these callers, you will catch them out. After all, many of those making the calls are just doing a job, they have no experience in timeshare or if the company is legitimate or not. They have probably just answered an advert looking for staff and got the job, then just follow the “script”. This is especially true at this time when many people are out of work in places like Tenerife and an income is needed. In a way, many of the staff making the calls are also being used without their knowledge, they believe the “pitch” given by their employer.

We have also received information on another number being used, which we believe is again for Independent Timeshare Assistance, 01392 243151, this code is for Exeter, it also has some very negative reports on who called me.

If you receive a call or have found a company on the internet, check them out first, do your due diligence and find out as much as you can. If you are unsure of how to proceed then please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

The Tuesday Slot: Another Cold Caller and More Losses for Anfi

Welcome back to Inside Timeshare after a long Easter Holiday Weekend, today we catch up on some of the news from the courts, once again involving our old friends Anfi. There is also an update on the Tauro Beach Project which has been published by Canarias 7. We begin with another cold caller to come to our attention, unfortunately, there is very little information which is rather disturbing.

The latest cold caller to come to our attention is Independent Timeshare Assistance, they have the website:

https://independenttimeshareassistance.com/

Which was registered on 25 October 2019 and is due to expire on 25 October 2021, again the registrant of the website is hidden by privacy protection. Never a good sign.

The only details they show on their website are their email address:

[email protected]

And telephone number which is a Hitchin, Hertfordshire code, although that does not actually mean they are based there:

Telephone: 01462381004

There is a very distinct lack of details on the website such as address and most importantly there are no company details such as company registration number.

However, the Home Page does state they are:

“A limited company by guarantee as well as being a “not for profit” enterprise we strive to help consumers make the right choices regarding the timeshare industry.”

Yet we have found no company registered at Company House for the name Independent Timeshare Assistance, so it would seem that their claim of being a “limited company” is false. As for being a “not for profit” company does also seem a little incredible considering the lack of details.

Looking at their website it would appear that this is yet another “lead generator”, but for who is not yet clear. So as usual Inside Timeshare would urge caution if called or you happen to find the website on the net.

We now move to news from the courts in Gran Canaria and yet more legal woes for Anfi.

On the first of the month, the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas dismissed yet another appeal made by Anfi, upholding the original verdict from the Court of First Instance Number 4 of San Bartelóme de Tirajana.

The contract was declared null and void with the Court of First Instance ordering Anfi to repay the Dutch client 32,056€ plus legal interest.

Not only did the High Court agree and upheld the original sentence but they also demanded that Anfi also repay the clients legal costs. Once again we see Anfi lodge an appeal that has seen them lose and have added costs against them awarded to the client. It has also cost them with appeal costs and their own lawyer’s fees, so a very expensive exercise for Anfi.

The client was represented by The Canarian Legal Alliance Lawyers Eva Gutierrez and Christine Ihmann, with Claims Consultant Evi Richter assisting the client throughout the process.

The following day yet another appeal by Anfi to the High Court was dismissed and the original sentence confirmed.

The original verdict from the Court of First Instance Number 1 of SBT, declared the English client’s contract null and void ordering that Anfi repays 24,478€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

The case was prepared and presented by the CLA Lawyer Adrián Diaz Saavedra Morales with Claims Consultant Jake Kaiser assisting the client.

In another case in which Anfi launched an appeal with the High Court following a ruling by the Court of First Instance, the High Court confirmed the original sentence. This declared the contract null and void with the repayment of 20,916€ plus legal interest and also adding legal costs.

As usual, the lawyers at CLA Eva Gutierrez and Christine Ihmann began provisional enforcement of sentence proceedings, this obviously saved a great deal of time while the case was waiting to be heard at the High Court. In this case, the client has now been paid and the money is now safely in their own account.

Keeping with Anfi, we now return to the long-running story of the Tauro Beach Project, this story has been followed closely by Inside Timeshare for several years now and it still does not seem to have been totally resolved.

Canarias 7 reported on 4 April that the Supreme Court has confirmed the nullity of the “Special Territorial Plan” for the regeneration of the beach at Tauro, the building of the marina along with new hotels, a commercial centre and a new promenade linking Amadores Beach with Tauro.

As we reported in previous articles, there have been many discrepancies regarding the permissions for work to be started and carried out by Anfi in this area. The head of the Coastal Authority was dismissed and also convicted of serious charges, it is also a fact the sand for the beach was illegally imported from the Western Sahara, which is part of the sanctions put into place by the United Nations and the European Union.

The full story can be found at the following link.

Original Spanish

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Danish

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Swedish

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