Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, over the weekend we have received many more emails from readers who have been contacted by Morales and Maxwell and JSD Group. On Friday we highlighted a new twist into the JSD scam, a telephone call from Helen Jones claiming to be working for the British Government. This involved the “interception” of a cheque from Morales & Maxwell which Helen Jones needed to verify was genuine and not “money laundering”, this has now moved one stage further.
We have now received another email from a concerned reader after being contacted by Helen Jones, she claims that a bank transfer has been intercepted and is being held on suspicion of “money laundering”. Obviously she needs to verify that the transfer to the clients is genuine, I suppose that once she informs the clients it is genuine they are more than likely to pay what has been demanded, an initial payment of £2,400. She also gave them a contact number 0203 769 1182.
Helen also informs our reader that they must contact Julia Lopez who speaks English and is connected to the Malaga court, the telephone number is 0034 603 249 793, which is a Spanish mobile. Surely if Julia Lopez was connected to the court it would be a landline and verifiable as a court number.
Our reader is this instance refused to pay by bank transfer, only by credit card which they are unable to do. They were sent the bank details and when doing their own “due diligence” discovered that this is a “bogus” company. Our readers are certainly right there!
Another reader has also been contacted by Morales & Maxwell, once again the pitch is that Eze Group funds and assets have been seized by the court in Malaga and are now available to be paid out to former Eze clients.
But in order to have this money released, there is an upfront fee of again £2,400!
This reader explained that they were very insistent that it should be paid quickly as if it is not paid within 5 days, the court will return the money to the government and it will be gone.
Our next reader contacted Inside Timeshare on behalf of her elderly parents, once again being contacted by phone they too have been awarded a substantial amount by the Malaga court. Problem is it is a timeshare they gave up many years ago.
Once again the telephone for Julia Lopez at “Malaga court” was given and they also were given a “case” number which on checking is fake. Luckily, this reader also did some checks and believed it is a scam contacting Inside Timeshare for further information.
We now move to more emails being received from readers regarding JSD Group, yet another “fake” firm with some very dubious past connections.
In this call from Anna Clark, she explained how they could get back over £15,000 our reader “lost” in past timeshare dealings in the 1990s and 2000s. She seemed to know a great deal about our readers’ past purchases especially those of Club Class and Marina Leisure. It does not take a genius to guess where they got that information.
This time the fee to claim back the money is £600, but this was very quickly reduced to £350 when our reader said they would not pay anything upfront. Again a sure sign this is a scam!
A very similar story came from another email, this time several more names have been provided, Michel Harper, Kathryn Clarke and Suzanna Tate. Again our reader felt suspicious especially when the “fee” was again reduced, they searched the internet for any information and came across our initial post on JSD Group. Thankfully this convinced them not to deal with JSD.
In another email one reader was contacted regarding a timeshare they gave up in 2000, that’s 20 years ago!
There was a substantial “compensation” claim including “interest”, and the cost to recover this money is only £600, again this was reduced to £350 as they refused to pay by bank transfer. Again they decided something was not quite right and did a search coming up with our articles. Thankfully they have been prevented from paying anything.
These examples are a clear sign that you must be very cautious when dealing with any “company” that cold calls you especially if they have very accurate information on past dealings. You should also take precautions before filling out any forms on websites you may come across, many of these are what are known as “lead generating sites”. This information is collected and then sold to various companies most of which will end up on these pages.
The problem is once you fill out the form and provide all the information then hit submit you have given your permission for them to “pass/sell” that on to the many bogus scam operators out there.
REMEMBER TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!