Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, just for a change, this weekend has been rather quiet with very few emails being received and no new “dubious” law firms or claims companies coming to light. Once again the emails we have received feature the same old names we have been publishing over the past few weeks such as Torcaz Abogados, JSD Group and Morales and Maxwell. All with the same wonderful news that the client has a substantial amount of money waiting for them in the courts, but as usual you must pay them first to release the money. You can see all the articles on JSD, Morales and Torcaz on the links below.
Having a look around the internet this morning at some of the other websites and forums, we could not help but notice the mindtimeshare website. They have still not published any new blog since 14 November 2019, this is highly unusual for mindtimeshare.
We do know that once Alberto Garcia was removed and they lost their funding from the RDO things have not gone well for them and they apparently reverted to using their own data to pass clients to other companies in order to survive. We just wonder if this is a sign that we may just have heard the last of mindtimeshare?
This case once again involved illegal contracts containing a duration of more than 50 years and was using the “floating weeks” system. The companies were also fined for the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period.
The original purchase price was around 70,000€ with the penalty payments this has been increased to 103,793.51€, that is almost 34,000€ more than what they originally paid. The court also awarded legal interest and declared the contract null and void.
So we have one very happy ex-Anfi timeshare owner and a very happy successful legal team. Congratulations to you all.
If you think you may have a claim for an illegal timeshare contract and would like to know more about your legal rights and options, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.
Please also remember to check any company that cold calls with the story that your timeshare company has been taken to court and they are now holding substantial sums for you. There will always be a catch.
Welcome to the last article for this week and what a week it has been, our email inbox has once again been busy with enquiries from readers trying to find out about companies that have cold-called them. Thankfully most are ones we have highlighted on these pages in the past with some new information which clearly points to a scam. Before we begin the roundup of this week’s news we begin with some new information about the “fake” law firm Morales and Maxwell.
Morales and Maxwell first came to our attention in mid-June, they appear to be targeting Eze Group members stating that the Málaga Courts have seized assets of Eze Group and there are substantial amounts of money being awarded by the courts to their clients.
These are quite substantial amounts all around £20,000 plus, but as usual, there are fees of around £2,400 which need to be paid to allow the courts to release the funds. Clients are being given a Spanish Mobile number which is supposed to belong to the Málaga courts to verify the facts. Well, we do know that the courts will not be using mobile telephones for this type of enquiry.
It has now transpired that Morales & Maxwell are now sending a document supposedly from the Oficina Judicial de Andalucia, very strange indeed considering the courts are part of the Ministry of Justice which is a National Government Ministry. We at Inside Timeshare have never seen any document like this in all the years we have been running.
The document is attached below as a PDF file, so far we have not been able to identify the Judge His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes, or if he is indeed genuine and as usual his name is being used without his knowledge. More information will be published as and when it is available.
On Tuesday we reported on the Tenerife fake law firm Torcaz Abogados, yet another incarnation of the Litigious Abogados Family we have reported on over the last 4 years. This article highlighted the same Modus Operandi as the previous incarnations right down to the “stolen” cheque from the post by a gang of “Bulgarians”, and the investigation and questioning of the post office staff as the “law firm” claimed it was an “inside job”.
You can read the full story on the following link:
On Wednesday we highlighted the continuing story of Mark Rowe and his companies and that one of them of which he is still director Lansdown Financial Ltd is now the “Trading Name” of Mellor Solicitors. A relatively new law firm only registered on 19 June 2017, and supposedly doing the “claims” for Mark Rowe’s previous clients of ABC Legal & ABC Lawyers whose claims were then passed to Lansdown Financial. The full story can be read at the following link.
On Thursday a breaking news story was published titled “Uncovered: Anfi Attempts to Avoid Embargoed Accounts”. This article highlights the tactics being employed by Anfi to divert funds from Spanish accounts that are or may be subject to embargoes by the Spanish courts.
Although the beneficiaries of the payments are Anfi, these accounts are with banks in the UK, Germany, Denmark and elsewhere. Inside Timeshare has in the past published many stories on the Anfi practice of diverting funds between accounts in order to delay or prevent payment to clients who have won their cases. This story is likely to come to the attention of the Spanish press who are very keen to publish when it does Inside Timeshare will bring you their findings.
The full article can be seen at the following link.
The court declared the contract null & void due to the duration of the contract being for more than 50 years, containing floating weeks and the illegal taking of deposits. The court, in this case, awarded the client 102,427.91€ plus legal fees and legal interest. This is a whopping 30% more than his original purchase price.
On the first day of the month in another case at the High Court of Las Palmas (appeals), CLA won on behalf of another Norwegian client against Palm Oasis Tasolan.
The appeal was brought by Palm Oasis who lost at the Court of First Instance, with the High Court dismissing the appeal. They confirmed the sentence of the lower court which declared the contract null & void and awarded over 22,000€ back to the client.
These cases do show that the courts are now firmly behind consumers of timeshare and are following the law to the letter. It just amazes us that the timeshare companies still refuse to accept that their contracts are illegal and that the Supreme Court has interpreted the law incorrectly and continue to drag the case out with frivolous appeals.
On the point of the fake law firms and dubious claims companies, it is very important that you do your checks before believing what you are told on a cold-call or engaging their services. If you do not want to lose any further money then
Here we are at the start of another week with many restrictions now being lifted in several countries, along with announcements of the easing of travel restrictions. We are also seeing the courts beginning to operate on a normal footing, although it has yet to be announced when the trials for cases will begin. Today we give an update on some of last week’s sentences issued by the courts for trials that took place before the lockdown. But we begin with the latest email received by Inside Timeshare on ABC Legal/Lawyers.
As we know ABC Legal and ABC Lawyers are yet another two companies owned by Mark Rowe, we also know that many of their clients who paid for an “exit” from their timeshare and also to reclaim their purchase price have never been exited or received any money.
The latest email is from the son of an elderly couple who many years ago purchased at Lanzarote Beach Club, eventually, it became too costly to keep it on and they walked away many years ago. They have never received any demands for maintenance or for any arrears, LBC just took back the timeshare.
Then around two years ago they were approached by ABC and invited to attend a meeting in Bournemouth. During this meeting, they were convinced that ABC would be able to get them their money back and they eventually signed up with a payment of £8,500. The promise was that ABC would get back over £20,000 from Lanzarote Beach Club. How this would be done is not known, but we do know there was no chance of the case going to a Spanish court as they no longer owned the timeshare.
It is only now that the son has found out what happened, the reason is that they have now been contacted by yet another Mark Rowe company, Lansdown Financial Ltd. We do know that many clients were passed to Lansdown for the purpose of claims, but has anyone ever received anything?
The problem here is that in the letter to this elderly couple (70’s), Lansdown has demanded they sign a “letter of authority” or they will be taken to court!
Is this yet another case of bullying by yet another Mark Rowe company?
The French client will now be paid 11,520€ as well as having their contract declared null and void.
The next was yet another sentence against Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, this German client is now set to receive 27,260€ plus legal fees and legal interest. Again the contract was declared null and void by the judge.
On Friday there were seven decisions made by the High Court (appeal court) in Las Palmas, these are cases where Anfi have lodged appeals after losing in the Courts of First Instance.
In all the seven cases involved clients from the UK, Germany, Sweden and Norway.
The High Court ruled that Anfi were in breach of the laws and confirmed the sentences, in total the court ordered Anfi to refund 271,951.56€ with all contracts being declared null and void.
All these are now firm sentences and it is now case closed for these clients.
Have you had dealings with a company and have not received what you paid for, then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you. Please also remember to do your homework before engaging with any company.