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Fakes Steal Genuine Law Firms Identity

Last week Inside Timeshare reported on the “Fake” lawyers using the identities of genuine people and law firms to defraud unsuspecting victims of thousands with false court awards. Well, they have struck again, we can also safely say it is the same people that have been behind the long-running fraud of The Litigious Abogados Family. It is not just about the thousands they are stealing from people, it is the use of respectable people and law firms to give them credibility to achieve this, that has taken this FRAUD to a whole new level.

In our previous article “End the Week: The Fake Law Firm Usurping Anothers Good Name”, we showed how they have used photographs taken from websites and the internet of some very prominent people. All to give themselves the credibility to carry out their “SCAM”.

From this, they moved to steal the name and website of a law firm based in Madrid, Adarga Abogados. To the unsuspecting victim, making a search on the internet confirms Adarga Abogados to be a genuine and seemingly respectable law firm, just what the fraudsters want.

Now they have “Usurped” the name of another GENUINE law firm, JR Abogados, based in Madrid and an office in Alclà de Henares. The director of the firm is José Ramón Felipe Condés, a lawyer from the Alcalá de Henares Bar Association (collegiate number 4,108). With a rather impressive Resume:


José Ramón Felipe Condés
  • Lawyer registered by the  Alcalá de Henares Bar Association  (nº 4,108)
  • Law degree from the  University of Alcalá de Henares  (1.993 – 1.998)
  • Master in Telecommunications Law from the  Universidad de Comillas de Madrid ICAI-ICADE
  • Master in operating systems and communications from  FYCSA  (Formación y Consultoría SA)
  • Bankruptcy Administrator. Civil and Commercial Mediator

He has also been awarded the following citation for Customer Services.

Genuine Website for JR Abogados:

https://jrabogados.es/

He himself has been in the news and the story is heartwarming, to say the least, the first link is to Youtube and a TVG interview, the second is a written version of another interview on the same subject. 

https://www.abogacia.es/actualidad/noticias/12j-jose-ramon-felipe-acogio-en-su-casa-a-una-pareja-a-la-que-defiende-de-oficio/

The law firm itself is no stranger to the press as the link below to an El Diario article on the firm and is followed by a review in Confidencial Judicial. Both highly praise this law firm.

https://www.eldiario.es/madrid/somos/malasana/jr-abogados-uno-de-los-bufetes-de-madrid-mejor-preparado-para-solucionar-tus-problemas_1_6433041.html

https://judicial.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/bufetes/probablemente-mejores-letrados-madrid-especialistas-derecho-civil-penal-internet/20210215190531013546.html

Given what we have found in a very quick search, it is obvious that many people will be taken in, just what the fraudsters wanted, along with the official and genuine looking court documents, Procurador letters and fake Notaries, they are well on their way to getting your money.

We also have to look at the possible repercussions to the genuine law firm, their reputation being sullied, plastered over the internet and unfortunately believed by some.

Our friends at the TCA did make contact with JR Abogados, who were shocked, to say the least. They categorically denied any involvement in any cases in the field of timeshare, they are also taking the appropriate legal measures.

Moving on to the documents, they are the exact same as those from our previous articles, although there does appear to be a link that confirms our suspicions they are the same outfit, is the reference to S & G Abogados. (See link to previous posts on S&G Abogados).

This firm was highlighted in several articles back in 2019, with “court cases” against various timeshare companies and individuals who were “supposed” to be the directors. Those same cases have been mentioned in the letter from the fakeJR Abogados.

Below are the letter and email from S & G Abogados from 2019, and the letter from the “(FAKE) J R Abogados” letter. They just happen to be the same victim!

Fake Court Documents

They even came up with a very good excuse for the amount being lower than the original case, apparently, it was because their previous “lawyer” didn’t turn up for court.

Well, they wouldn’t would they, if they don’t actually exist!

The audacity of their actions in fraudulently using a reputable law firm and sheer contempt for the people they are stealing from seems to know no bounds.

The email addresses they are using are not linked to the genuine J R Abogados, they are as usual either free email providers or subscription-based, which have probably been opened using false identities. These are:

Fake Contact Details:

jrabogados-canarias@consultant.com

[email protected]

Tel: 0800 802 1864

The genuine J R Abogados email is directly linked to their website and is:

[email protected]

Tel: +34 911 289 985

Whatsapp: +34 647 335 243

Once again, this shows how vulnerable timeshare owners are to scams, especially when they have been targeted before, more often than not by the very same people, if not, then by others who have bought your details.

These criminals twist the truth to draw you in, yes there are court cases being won in the Spanish Courts, but unless you have personally instigated those proceedings, then these people are telling you lies. It is as simple as that.

We cannot reinforce our message more than we already do.

Before you proceed do your HOMEWORK, not just a cursory check on google, Stop, Think, Question and Question again. You already have most of the answers, you just need to open your eyes and they will be staring you in the face.

If you are not sure how to do these checks or where to start, then Inside Timeshare will be happy to point you in the right direction. If we are not sure then we know where to look.

Do you have any comments on this subject or any other article published we would like to hear from you, please leave a comment on the relevant post or use our contact page.

Please also use our contact page if you have any questions regarding your contracts, legal position and options for relinquishing, Inside Timeshare will get back to you with the correct information.

Link to previous articles on S&G Abogados.

https://insidetimeshare.com/page/1/?s=sg+abogados

The Tuesday Slot: Legal News, Silverpoint & Anfi

Welcome to The Tuesday Slot and yet another public holiday in Spain, this one is called Fiesta Nacional de España or Día de la Hispanidad. This National Holiday has its roots in 1492, it was on this day that Columbus first set foot in the Americas. So as you will have already guessed, everything is going to be closed today, that includes the courts. But we do have some news from the courts, one item about Silverpoint and the other is important information regarding Anfi and the administration of two companies.

First Silverpoint, as we already know, although Silverpoint is in the process of liquidation with the Mercantile Court, there are still cases running in the Civil Courts, these will be Courts of First Instance and The High Courts.

These cases are going ahead as the aim is to release clients from their timeshare contracts and in many cases as “shareholders” in the “Company Participation Scheme” set up by Silverpoint themselves.

This scheme was designed from the outset to deceive, many clients who bought “shares in these companies” believing they were purchasing weeks or actual properties are now stuck in a very complex situation. They have no control over these companies but they do have all the responsibilities that go with them. In our thinking, this should not have been a civil matter but is clearly criminal in its intent.

The Court of First Instance Number 4 of Arona, Tenerife, has had the dubious pleasure of studying these contracts in the past, declaring them null & void as with other timeshare contracts. In this case, the Swedish Client has also had their contract terminated plus the return of over 650,000€, this also includes double the amount of illegally taken deposits.

This client will now have their claim processed by the Mercantile Court along with other clients which Canarian Legal Alliance is representing in order to safeguard their rights to payment and be confirmed as creditors.

Moving now to Anfi, following on from our previous news of Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL being placed into “necessary administration” by the Mercantile Court, the Boletin Oficial del Estado, which is the source for official announcements, has now issued their bulletin on this matter. As soon as a copy is available, Inside Timeshare will publish it.

The newspaper El Diario, yesterday published an article by Ivan Suarez on the liquidation of these two companies, which are subsidiaries of the Anfi Group. Suarez reports that at the end of September Anfi Sales and Anfi Resorts entered the process for “necessary bankruptcy”, this was at the beginning of 2020 and on the application submitted by Isla Marina SL, (a Lopesan subsidiary), the debt was huge and probably underestimated. This is maybe due to the fact that the court claims had not been factored in by the petitioner.

The Judge Alberto López Villarrubia, presiding at Mercantile  Court 1 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ruled in his order that these companies were insolvent, that they were unable to pay these obligations from their accounts or from any ordinary income, (remember our articles on the movement of funds?) placing them in the hands of a bankruptcy administrator, he will supervise their accounts, control expenses, negotiate the return of debts and, ultimately, attempt to prevent bankruptcy and full liquidation.

One of the entities that may just become the “main creditors” is the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance, which represents around 1,300 clients with claims at various stages of the legal process, with an estimated total value of over 56 million euros. That is an average of 43,000€ per client.

CLA Lawyer Eva Gutiérrez, who is the leading expert on Anfi and its accounts has been instrumental in the investigation of movements of funds, She is confident these resolutions will be ratified by higher authorities and is working to ensure that all clients are represented and have their payments secured.


CLA Lawyer Eva Gutiérrez,

Inside Timeshare has been informed that CLA is contacting their Anfi clients with all the latest updates and have already begun to prepare these claims. They also report that their legal team is time-limited on preparing their request for “credit recognition” and presenting it to the court-appointed administrator.

More on this story as and when it comes in, no doubt there will be plenty in the coming weeks.

If you have a contract with Anfi and would like further information as to its legality and on taking out legal action to have the contract declared null & void plus the repayment of your purchase costs, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you. Investigate now before it is too late.

El Diario Articles by Ivan Suarez

https://www.eldiario.es/canariasahora/tribunales/despacho-abogados-calcula-56-millones-euros-deuda-grupo-anfi-clientes-timesharing_1_8387739.html

An insolvent company or “a dream” for the banks ?: two experts draw opposite realities of the Anfi Group

English translation

https://www-eldiario-es.translate.goog/canariasahora/tribunales/despacho-abogados-calcula-56-millones-euros-deuda-grupo-anfi-clientes-timesharing_1_8387739.html?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-GB&_x_tr_pto=nui

Translations

Danish

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Dutch

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Finnish

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German

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Norwegian

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Swedish

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Start The Year: Anfi Loses Another Appeal

Welcome to the start of another year with Inside Timeshare, we hope that you had the best Christmas and New year possible considering the restriction placed on us all. We ended last year with the breaking news that the Provincial Prosecutors Office of Gran Canaria, which we know is investigating Anfi on possible criminal activity, has extended their investigation into the use of maintenance fees. This news was published by El Diario, a prominent Spanish daily newspaper. We also announced the liquidation of two Club la Costa sales companies, Continental Resort Services SL & Paradise Trading SL, just as we warned, the cold calls have already begun with scare stories of the effect this will have on members.

As we explained in our news item, these companies are the ones who sold the product and their liquidation has no relevance to any CLC membership. The only problem arises with any potential claims where these companies are the named entities on the contract and are the ones subject to any legal action.

If you have a case already in progress or you are about to instigate proceedings against Club la Costa and these are the entities on your purchase agreement, then you should contact your lawyer or law firm for further information and not rely on anything told to you during any cold call. If you are not sure if they are the companies involved in your case please contact your lawyers for clarification.

We now move to our old friends at Anfi, as we have already reported, there is a criminal investigation underway against Anfi by the Provincial Prosecutor, this is centred around the continuous attempts by Anfi to avoid paying the court-ordered awards to clients by constant appeals and the movement of funds between accounts. (Full story on the link below).

https://insidetimeshare.com/years-end-not-a-good-one-for-anfi/

The last sentence of 2020 was issued on 23 December, it was yet another appeal to the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, which this court rejected and dismissed.

The original judgement was made by the Court of First Instance of San Barlelomé de Tirajana, where the contract was declared null and void with 40,461€ plus legal interest. This amount also included an extra 7,718€ as double the amount taken illegally during the statutory cooling-off period.

The panel of judges at the High Court ruled as they have done in every case brought before them, that the rulings of the original court stand, returning the case to the Court of First Instance for the execution of sentence. No doubt the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance who represented the German client has already filed a “provisional execution order” and is likely to be followed with embargoes on accounts and payment to the client.

The lawyers involved in the preparation and presentation of the case were Eva Gutierrez and Christine Ihmann, with Claims Consultant Evi Richter assisting the client.

That is all for our first article of the year, no doubt over the next few weeks we will be seeing some new “cold callers” “fake law firms” and others making an appearance. Inside Timeshare will be keeping an eye open for any new websites, but we also ask all our readers to be vigilant and let us know the details of any company that contacts you. Remember, these will play on your fears and concerns using tactics designed to scare you into signing up with their “company”.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!