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Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Latest Eze Group Scam

Just as we thought we have seen everything another new SCAM has been identified, once again it is the clients of Eze Group who are being targeted. The strange thing about this SCAM is that it is purportedly from the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and refers to a “recent class-action lawsuit against various opportunist entities alike who chose to unlawfully, deceive their unsuspecting clients”.

According to the emails sent using this email address: [email protected] by Panagiotis Chatzitheofanos, Stavros Mpotsari and Nicola Stern, our reader is part of this “large lawsuit”.

Dear Sir and Madam,

We trust this email finds you well.

We kindly ask you to refer to the file attached; this file contains details of the case that is currently being heard.

You are receiving this email in respect of the recent case heard in our illustrious Supreme Court of Cassation Areios Pagos.

Your case was heard here as a part of a large “Class Action Lawsuit” against various opportunist entities alike whom chose to unlawfully, deceive their unsuspecting clients.

Should you require any further assistance then please do not hesitate to contact your representative Nicola Stern on 01305300239.

Yours faithfully,

Stavros Mpotsari

Σημείωση: Οι πληροφορίες που περιέχονται σε αυτό το email επικοινωνίας μπορεί να είναι εμπιστευτικές. Αν δεν είστε ο προβλεπόμενος αποδέκτης αυτού του email επικοινωνίας, παρακαλούμε ενημερώστε τον αποστολέα και, στη συνέχεια, να καταστρέψει οποιαδήποτε ηλεκτρονικά ή έντυπα αντίγραφα του παρόντος μηνύματος

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice Transparency and Human Rights was initially established as the State Justice Secretariat in April 1833.

It is entrusted with the management of judicial function, which is one of the three State functions. The Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights supervises the administration of justice, namely organisational issues of the courts and infrastructure as well as economic and administrative support and guarantees the personal and operational independence of judges in accordance with the Constitutional requirements.

At the same time, the Ministry is charged with the development of legislative initiative in basic justice sectors, in which is included the harmonization of internal law with the rules of international law. Additionally, this initiative includes development of institutional actions that widens and strengthens individual rights and freedoms and empowers the function of the democratic institutions in general.

The Land Registries and Real Estate Offices are also under the Ministry’s supervision, as well as all the associations of employees in the justice sector.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights is entrusted with the planning and application of the general national correctional policy.

The Presidential Decree 36/2000 (Official Government Gazette 29/17.2.2000) determines the state policy of the Ministry as well as the organisation, the responsibilities and the staffing of its services.

As you can see from the above email there is very little information but a lot of explanation and history of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights which was established in 1833, wow, that does go back a long way.

In the following document on the second page, there is also a history of the Court of Cassation in Athens, namely Areios Pagos, which was renamed the Supreme Court in 1834 (according to them). This “history again goes into great depth and even goes back to the year 462BC.  Well, all we can say is they certainly have a flair for the dramatic and not getting to the point of the case, apart from wanting money that is! (See the remaining documents at the end of the article).

The only thing that is genuine about these documents is the address that is given on one:

Λεωφόρος Αλεξάνδρας 121 Αθήνα 115 22, Ελλάδα

Which when translated from Greek is:

Alexandra Avenue 121 Athens 115 22 Greece

This does happen to be the actual address for the Supreme Court of Greece.

According to the documents provided the following companies are all being prosecuted for fraud:

Eze Group Europe Ltd, Regency Shores SL (registered in Spain), Everywhere Travel Ltd, Dreamland Breaks, La Pinta, Club Class SL, Timeshare Information Centre (TIC), Timeshare Advice Bureau (TAB) MONSTER TRAVEL SL

It just makes Inside Timeshare wonder how the Greek Courts are prosecuting companies that are based in Spain and the UK and have had no dealings that we know of in Greece.

Our reader according to the correspondence received has been awarded over 21,000€, with costs and compound interest being awarded at a later date. But in order to release this money, they must first pay the tax which amounts to 2,935.02€.

Another name has also come up with this particular scam which Inside Timeshare is familiar with, Jose Lara Cabello. As we know this is a duly registered lawyer with the  Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Malaga with the registration number 6956. This lawyer has also been linked with two companies based in Malaga which are also perpetrating a similar scam. (see the following link)

https://insidetimeshare.com/tag/jose-lara-cabello/

Inside Timeshare has tried to make contact with this lawyer to check if he is aware his name and registration number is being used, needless to say Inside Timeshare has never received a reply or had our telephone calls answered. This leads us to the conclusion that this lawyer is not what he seems! We leave you the reader to draw your own conclusions and come up with the right word to describe him.

Once again, this proves that without doing your homework and making a thorough investigation into companies that contact you out of the blue, you the unsuspecting timeshare owner is set to lose yet more money.

Have you been contacted by these people or any other company which claims that your timeshare company is in court and you have been awarded huge sums of money?

If you please use our contact page and let us know as much as possible, Inside Timeshare will then research and publish any warnings to consumers, if you need help in determining if any company that has made contact is genuine then again please use our contact page and we will point you in the right direction.

Remember do your homework, you won’t regret it in the end!

PDF’s of the documents received.

End of the Month Review

Welcome to the end of the month and our review of the articles and news for October. It was a month which saw the emergence of several new “fake” law firms and claims companies, some of which are reincarnations of ones we have reported over the past few years. October began with the story entitled Welcome to Cockroach City and ended with an update of our old friends the Litigious Abogados Family.

Welcome to Cockroach City was a horrific account of a families stay at their “5 Star” penthouse apartment in San Augustin Gran Canaria. They originally purchased the penthouse around 20 years ago at Airtours Beach Club now known as Bluebay.

Our readers provided many photographs of the disgusting state of the place, it is no longer “5 Star” but more of a “slum”.

https://insidetimeshare.com/welcome-to-cockroach-city/

On the 3rd October, we published an article based on the reports from El Diario and the Spanish television news TVE1 focusing on Anfi and Silverpoint. It focused on the attempts by both of these companies to avoid paying court-ordered payments to clients by shifting funds between bank accounts.

https://insidetimeshare.com/timeshare-companies-highlighted-in-spanish-news/

We then brought you an update on the latest incarnation of the Litigious Abogados Family, SG Abogados. This is just one of many fake law firms which Inside Timeshare has been following for the past 3 years, enticing timeshare owners with fake documents showing that their timeshare company has been taken to court and they have been awarded many thousands in compensation. The only problem is they must first pay a substantial amount to have the money released by the court.

Then on October 9th, we published yet another report from El Diario in which they reported that the Prosecutors Office in Tenerife had ordered an investigation into the movement of funds to avoid court-ordered payments. It was also reported that criminal charges for the “Crime of Obstruction of Justice and Frustration of Execution of Sentences”.

https://insidetimeshare.com/el-diario-publishes-another-article-on-silverpoint/

Our next article issued a warning on yet another two “scams” in the making, A Spanish Life and Litigation Services SL.

A Spanish Life began sending unsolicited emails contrary to the General Data Protection Regulations which forbid the sending of emails which are unsolicited. Their aim was to act as a lead generator for what we can only suspect is a “fake” law firm or claims company.

Litigation Services SL which we know is linked to another “fake” claims company Platinum Services & Administration SL. They claimed to be appointed by the courts to trace clients of EZE Group to help them retrieve the money which is being held by the courts. As we know, courts do not appoint private companies to do this and also they are not holding any money from EZE Group.

We then published yet another article on our friends Nordic Consulting, with a photograph of “The Team” outside their new offices. This did not go down well with some of those in the photo who emailed Inside Timeshare wanting it removed. They stated that they did not give permission for this to be published, but, after consulting with our legal team it was decided to keep the photo in place as it was already in the public domain and could be easily found on google.

Then on October 17th, we broke the news of more embargoes on 6 properties at the Beverly Hills Club and as the article was being prepared news came in of another 5 properties being embargoed. The reason, Silverpoint again was trying to avoid paying what the courts had ordered.

https://insidetimeshare.com/breaking-news-more-embargoes-on-silverpoint/

It was again time to report on the “fake” law firms, this time information that an old company called Solutions SL had teamed up with SG Abogados. Again this was to illicit payments from clients of closed down companies which they claimed was being held by the courts and they were appointed to help the clients retrieve.

Towards the end of the month Inside Timeshare published yet another article on our old friends in Tenerife Nordic Consulting and Viking Real Estate. This particular article focused more on Viking and the fact that their “Privacy Policy” statement showed that they had “cut and pasted” items belonging to a legitimate law firm. Obviously, their IT department is not as clever as they think they are.

On the last couple of days of the month Inside Timeshare published a warning about another new website which is targeting timeshare owners O-YOO. This is the trading name of a company called Consumer Contract Resolutions (UK) Ltd, but is actually operating from Southern Spain.

Then on the following day, we published an update on one of the controlling minds of the company Trevor McClintock. It transpired that he had been found guilty of fraud back in 2015 and was also barred from being a company director for three years. This did prove the point that the chance of this company and website is a fraudulent operation and timeshare owners should avoid them like the plague.

So that was October, there were many more articles than we have highlighted here, but you the reader can always select October from the menu and read them again for yourselves.

Now it November and we will be seeing even more dodgy companies contacting timeshare owners, after all, it is the time for the annual maintenance bills to be hitting the doormat.

As usual, Inside Timeshare issues, the warning

DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE ENGAGING WITH ANY COMPANY.

Start the Week: More Consumer Warnings

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, we begin with another two warnings to consumers. The first is a website called A Spanish Life (ASL) and the second is one we have highlighted before, Litigation Services SL. Both of these are targeting timeshare and holiday club members, both look very suspicious indeed.

We begin first with A Spanish Life, their website:

https://aspanishlife.com

was registered in 2005, and is due to expire in November this year, the registrant is hidden and is registered in Panama. When it first came to our attention it appeared to be a legitimate information website, with businesses listed offering services such as plumbers, builders, restaurants etc. It now seems to have taken another turn.

In an email received by one of our readers, this was an unsolicited email prohibited under General Data Protection Regulations, it appears the website is touting for business in the area of timeshare claims. The website is very basic and shows three sections, Timeshare, Claim a Refund, Lost Deposit, Claim a refund and Mortgage Floor Clause, Claim a Refund.

In the email and on the website they claim the following:

Timeshare Refund Laws has now changed

The supreme court in Spain has now classed timeshare as a property purchase. Meaning in a lot of cases the contract entered into is not legal and can only be terminated but a refund can be obtained for the full value of the timeshare.

We work with a leading U:K: claims company with offices in Spain that are offering to assess your timeshare, and if you have a claim will process it without any up front fee.

Well, the Supreme Court has not classed timeshare as a property purchase, what it has done is affirm that timeshare is a long term holiday product and is bound by the timeshare laws enacted on 5 January 1999.

The website itself has a form for owners to fill out with the basic information on what they purchased, it makes no mention of who this information will be passed to or the name of the “leading UK claims company” they are working with.

So caution should be exercised if you receive an email such as the one shown or if you come across the website while searching for information on timeshare claims, this is obviously a lead generator and you will not know who they sell your information to!

The next warning again comes from a regular reader of Inside Timeshare, he received an email from a Caroline Anne Hewitson of Litigation Services SL, with the email address:

[email protected]

Again a Gmail free email account not linked to the website.

http://www.litigationservices.es/

When checking for the registration of the domain name shows as

Invalid domain name…

We are unable to perform a lookup for www.litigationservices.es. It appears to be an invalid or unsupported domain extension.

And the telephone number:

+44 01905 570862 (Admin 66789) This is a Worcester number.

As we said at the start, this company has come to our attention before, along with another company, Platinum Services and Administration SL.

Litigation Services SL CIF: B93268936 and the registered address:

The director is listed as CALLE GUDEN DANIEL ERNESTO Appointment: 15/10/2014, but another very old familiar name is also listed although he was dismissed on the above date, SHARIFI DADVAR MAHMOUD REZA.

C/ CORONEL RIPOLLET EDF SANTOS REIN S/N FUENGIROLA

Platinum Services & Administration SL CIF: B93650307 with the address:

Calle Lope de Vega 60 29631 Benalmádena Málaga.

Telephone number: 0034 951122027 and 0034 951122320

The registered Director is named as  Calle Guden Daniel Ernesto who incidentally is also the registered director of Litigation Services SL.

The website is:

http://www.platinumservicesandadministration.com/

It was registered on 14 November 2018 and is set to expire on 14 November 2019, with the registrant hidden.

They also both show the name of their supposed lawyer JLC Legal Services, with a registration number from the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Malaga 6956. There is indeed a lawyer with that registration number by the name of Jose Lara Cabello with the address Av de la Estación 29631 Arroyo de la Miel  Benalmádena Costa Málaga. His office is located just opposite the train station in Arroyo de la Miel and has been there for many years. Incidentally, this lawyer was also named by another fraudulent firm called Greenges 2005 SL back in 2014.

Inside Timeshare has emailed several enquiries to this lawyer asking if he is working with these companies, we have never received any reply or acknowledgement of receipt of emails. So Inside Timeshare leaves you the reader to draw your own conclusions!

Now the problem our reader has with the email received from Caroline Anne Hewitson claims that they are working on behalf of Birmingham Crown Court who heard the case, regarding our readers purchase of an EZE Group product. They sent him a detailed document showing his purchase, membership number, date of purchase, the purchase price and also the dates when he paid the deposit and the balance and method of payment.

Caroline claims that the “courts” supplied the details, we know that the courts do not contract third party companies to contact clients or would they pass on details such as those describes above.

One part of the email which caused a very big round of laughter was the following paragraph:

“We realize that you have probably received Countless other calls regarding claiming against EZE Group:….*PLEASE BE WARNED- Some of these calls may be genuine but we do know there are many Fictitious companies preying on Eze Group members..so please be aware and be vigilant!”

Well if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black!

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-mid-week-report-platinum-services-and-administration-sl/

https://insidetimeshare.com/fridays-letter-from-america-24/

Once again these examples are a stark warning that before engaging with any company that either emails or calls to do your due diligence. If you need any help in checking them out please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will help.