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Ferrer Abogados y Asociados

Strange Comment on Fake Law Firm & Bad Week for Anfi

Yesterday we published our own tribute to Captain Sir, Tom Moore, the response from readers to this post was remarkable. It certainly shows how much he has affected the lives of so many. Today we publish a very strange comment received by Inside Timeshare on what is clearly a “fake” law firm operating out of Mexico and targeting US timeshare owners. We also have a look at the antics of our old Friends Anfi, it has not been a very good week for them, legally or financially.

We begin with a comment received today by Inside Timeshare, it is about the “fake” law firm Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, which have been operating out of Mexico. In our original article, their website was due to expire in September 2020, this has now been extended to September 2021.

According to this person who claims to be Joan Maynard, this is a legitimate law firm and has won her case and paid out. This is the message.

If I could remove the above post I would. Ferrer and Eduardo Rocha Nunez came through for me I received the proceeds of my court judgment. It was an ordeal and a roller coaster ride but the final result was very positive.

If you have the endurance stick with Eduardo. He’s an excellent lawyer.

Well, our evidence all points to the fact they are “fake” and just “scamming” US timeshare owners.

Let us look at the facts.

The website was only registered for 2 years.

Original Registration for two years, could the update be an added 1 year?

Now, why would a successful and genuine law firm only register their website for two years, then renew it for only another 1 year?

Whois entry showing another year added

The registrant is hidden by “privacy protection”, so we have no idea who is behind the website.

Again if this was a genuine and successful law firm, why are the owners hiding behind “privacy protection”?

The website has no details of the law firm, no company registration, no lawyers registration or registration of any other legal entities which may govern law firms?

On most company websites we usually find at the bottom of the page or in the menu the following:

Terms & Conditions;

Privacy Policy;

Legal Notice.

These are present but actually go nowhere, they show no terms and conditions, no privacy policy and no legal notice. Very strange for a genuine law firm?

In the letter sent to a “potential” client or victim, this law firm also claims they have been appointed by the FGR or “Fiscalía General de la República” which replaced the old Attorney General Office. Now, we cannot see an official body “farming” out investigations or “client details” to a third-party law firm.

It is also strange that almost 7 months after publishing this person suddenly comes out of the woodwork to claim the wonderful news that this “law” firm has won her case and that she has received her money!

It is also strange that considering how long this article has been circulating, no contact from the law firm has been received by Inside Timeshare. If we were wrong, we are sure that they would have been in touch with evidence to refute our article.

Then we have the email addresses for the Bank of Mexico which one “client” received with an “Account Statement”, the email came from:

banxicoorg.mx

The email used by the Bank of Mexico is attached to its website and is:

banxico.org.mx

There is a subtle difference between them, the genuine has the dot between banxico and org, this can be easily overlooked, we nearly missed it.

So just on this little bit of evidence, it all points to a fake, we suspect that this person may be involved with the scam and is using this as a way to refute our article. As we told “Joan Maynard” if this is genuine show us the proof, show “genuine” court documents, show the “genuine” transfer of funds from the courts etc.

The full article is in the link below, we are sure that you will agree with our conclusions once you have read it.

https://www.insidetimeshare.com/us-timeshare-owners-targeted-by-fake-law-firm/

We now move to Anfi and their bad and expensive week.

As we all know, Anfi appeals every defeat in the Court of First Instance to the High Court, we also know that in all cases the High Court dismisses and rejects the appeal confirming the original judgement and sentence.

In three cases so far this week, this has been the case, the first was on Monday and involved a client from the UK. Their case was originally won at the Court of First Instance which Anfi immediately appealed against.

They have now received over 10,000€ into their account after the inevitable rejection of the appeal. This payment has also come from the embargoed “tax” payment Anfi was supposed to receive.

The second dismissal of an appeal by Anfi has now confirmed that a Norwegian client is repaid over 50,000€ plus legal interest and costs. The client’s lawyers are now in the process of retrieving the money from Anfi.

In our third case, again a Norwegian client, the High Court has confirmed the original judgement and sentence issued by the Court of First Instance. This court awarded over 90,000€ plus legal interest and costs.

On confirming the original sentence the High Court has also awarded Anfi to pay the “costs” of the appeal process. Obviously, this is the court now sanctioning Anfi for these frivolous appeals, something we are no doubt going to see a lot more of.

All these cases were prepared and conducted on behalf of the clients by Canarian Legal Alliance.

That is all for today, if you have any comments, questions or would like to know what your legal options are, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

The Wednesday Report: Update on Themis, Another Fake Law Firm from Mexico and Court News from Spain

Today we bring you some news from the courts, also the latest information on a company that we highlighted back in October 2020, this latest information is rather disturbing considering the information they had on our reader. They have also been quite cheeky in attempting to give themselves some credibility, but more on that below. We also publish a warning to our friends across the pond about another “fake” law firm contacting US timeshare owners. Yesterday we published the article in our Tuesday Slot, European Resort Owners Coalition & Misinformation.This has certainly caused some response already from our readers. Many are echoing what was published and asking the question “who can we trust” if even the “trade body”, the RDO, the so-called “owners” representatives, EUROC and the timeshare companies themselves cannot tell the truth?

First, we begin with Themis Resolution, which came to our attention back in October, at the time we found no company registration either in the UK or Spain, that is still the case.

Their website https://themisresolution.com/ shows no company details or any postal address, just the email address [email protected] and the telephone number  01935 548 026, the STD code is for Yeovil in Somerset.

The website was registered on 16 September 2020 and is due to expire on 16 September 2021, with the registrant, as usual, being hidden.

In our first article, our reader after the cold call was sent an email by Dawn Knott of Customer Care, which was full of details on EU Directives and Spanish Timeshare Law, including a link to one of our articles on Silverpoint.

We also pointed out that much of the email also contained information from our articles on Silverpoint and the liquidations taking place. Our latest reader has also received an email with the same information and links, this time it is signed by Polly Ottis of Customer Care.

Now, Inside Timeshare loves the idea that our articles are being used to inform consumers about what is going on, but to use them to give a “company” which has no registration details, address or other information any credibility does not help consumers to determine the genuine companies from the scammers!

The main concern though is the information they had on our reader, now considering he was cold-called, the caller knew an awful lot about his purchase and what he was seeking to do. They knew he was wanting to get out of his contract and hopefully get his money back, they also knew that he had not been paid his “Dividends” which were part of the “deal” with the “Company Participations”.

When questioned where they got the readers information from, they claim it was passed to them by the “Ombudsman” to act for “British people in the UK Courts”. Well, we know that the Ombudsman would not be passing any of this information to any company even if they had that information.

So what does that lead us to assume?

The answer is very simple, they have had access to clients data held by Silverpoint on the purchase and terms of the contract, so it has either been stolen by ex-employees or sold by Silverpoint themselves.

There to Protect You

This does look as though there has been a serious breach of the General Data Protection Regulations. The unfortunate thing is because there are no company registrations, no address or where they are actually based, it would be difficult to file a complaint with the relevant authorities.

We have also not been able to determine if they are going to deal with the “claims” themselves or are they just a “lead generator” which then passes “prospective clients” to another company?

As and when we receive further information we will publish on our pages, but in the meantime, be aware of Themis Resolution and any other company that contacts you, especially if they already have a lot of information on you and your purchase.

We now issue a warning to our US friends on another “fake” law firm operating out of Mexico, similar to Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, published on 6 August 2020, (see link below).

https://insidetimeshare.com/us-timeshare-owners-targeted-by-fake-law-firm/

Their Modus Operandi is very similar to the one being employed by several “fake” Spanish law firms, most notably the Litigious Abogados Family. It appears that this one is using the same techniques.

The law firm is called Asesoria Juridica Bayardos, with the website

https://www.juridica-bayardos.com/

This website was registered on 3 February 2020 and is due to expire in one weeks time on 3 February 2021. The registrant is hidden by privacy protection.

Their email address: [email protected]

Telephone number: +52 332-736-4845

Address: Av. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla 1443, Ladrón de Guevara, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal.

We have not found any company registration details on their website and have found no law firm with this name or address, there are however one or two genuine law firms with similar names but their addresses and contact details are very different and in other parts of Mexico.

Although the website is due to expire, it can be easily extended so we may just see more calls to US timeshare owners in the future, they may even change their name as with our Spanish friends.

So far this week there have been three cases against Anfi published by Canarian Legal Alliance, two in the Court of First Instance and one High Court judgement following an appeal by Anfi.

On Monday, The Court of First Instance of San Bartelomé de Tirajana, declared a Norwegian client’s contract null and void, ordering Anfi to repay 31,313€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

As usual, CLA is anticipating that Anfi will lodge another appeal to delay and attempt to avoid payment, therefore they are already in the process of ensuring their client’s funds are secured by preparing a “provisional execution” order. Watch this space for another rejection of an Anfi appeal by the High Court!

On Tuesday it was a German client whose case was found against Anfi at the Court of First Instance of SBT. Their contract was again declared null and void with the court ordering 35,392€ plus legal interest to be paid back to the client. Once again the court sanctioned Anfi for the illegal taking of deposits by awarding an additional 12,255€ which is double the amount taken illegally.

No doubt the lawyers are again preparing the “provisional execution” order in anticipation of another frivolous Anfi appeal.

The High Court of Las Palmas, GC

On the subject of appeals, news came in this morning of another appeal being dismissed and rejected by the High Court.

In this case, the Norwegian client won his legal battle at the Court of First Instance of SBT, with his contract being declared null and void and the return of 26,382€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

In another frivolous attempt to delay proceedings and possibly avoid payment, Anfi launched another appeal, as we have seen with all these appeals it was dismissed and rejected by the High Court. They confirmed the original sentence and returned the case for execution of sentence. So we can expect the announcement that the client has received their payment in due course.

It does seem strange that Anfi claims to have no money to pay out what the courts have ordered, yet they seem to have enough money to pay their lawyers to make these appeals. Is it at the insistence of the directors or are their lawyers advising them to lodge these appeals?

We leave you the readers to decide what you think on this one.

That is all for today, if you have any comments or would like further information on any article published including what your legal rights are, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Friday Roundup and Update

It is the end of another week and it has proved to be a rather busy week, with an update on our old friends which are part of the Litigious Abogados Family, CUC Abogados. There was also a disturbing report about the “FAKE” law firm Suarez and Simpson, threatening legal action for “slander” against one of our readers who supplied Inside Timeshare with the information. We also highlighted a couple of new “law/claims” firms which have come to our attention, Timeshare Legal Experts who appear to be targeting German timeshare owners, then yesterday we published another new “FAKE” law firm, this time supposedly operating from Mexico Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, and targeting purchasers of timeshares in Mexico.

There was also news from the courts in Gran Canaria regarding court cases against Anfi, with many appeals being dismissed by the High Court of Las Palmas. The judges have dismissed the appeals and upheld the sentences of the Courts of First Instance in accordance with the rulings of the Supreme Court. We also published the news which appeared in El Diario on the concession for the beach at Tauro. As we know Anfi had the concession to exploit this area and began to commence work on the man-made beach, despite the correct documents and licences being approved or issued. They have now lost the concession. 

We now begin with an update about Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, yesterday we named a judge who is appearing on the “court” documents being sent by this “FAKE” law firm, Dr Alvaro Augusto Perez Juarez.

From the latest information Inside Timeshare has uncovered it is now known that this is the name of a real judge. He was, in fact, President of the Superior Court Of Justice of Mexico City, 17 April 2017 – November 2018. Obviously he has no idea his name is being used, but no doubt he will now. This is not unusual for names of real judges and lawyers to be used by these “Fake” law firms, we have seen this with all those coming out of Spain and more recently Greece.

Dr Álvaro Augusto Pérez Juárez
Has a very distinguished career

Our US reader has now informed Ferrer Abogados that they want the bank to deal with all the details of “TAX” and the Transfer. They have since received a letter from Banco de Mexico stating that they are now ready to commence the transfer of the awarded amount to either our reader’s bank account or to their “physical” address. This has been signed by a “Banxico Authorised Official” named Carolina Perez Tipox.

Our reader has also been sent a new bank account to “wire transfer” the necessary amount to begin the transfer of funds. The recipient is ABSORPTION ACQUIREMENT AND LIQUIDATION DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. with the bank being BANCO SANTANDER (MEXICO) SA. Now, this does seem strange that it is the Banco de Mexico that originally needed payment and now another entity and bank are involved. Well, our readers will certainly not be transferring any funds to any of them.

It certainly has not been a good week for the Anfi Group, not only have they lost the concession to exploit Tauro Beach. This will no doubt have cost them (or should we say you the maintenance payers) a very substantial amount of money, they have also had a very bad week in the courts.

Anfi lose concession to exploit the beach

The latest additions to Anfi’s trials and tribulations are as follows:

On Wednesday 5 August the Court of First Instance Number 5 of SBT, declared yet another Anfi contract null and void. Once again this was a very speedy case which took only 6 months to the issuing of the sentence.

In all the German client of Canarian Legal Alliance has been awarded 52,239.25€ plus the return of legal fees and legal interest. The court in calculating the award took into account the illegal payment of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period to 8000€, which is more than was originally paid.

The clients were assisted by the CLA Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the case being prepared and conducted by the lawyer Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez.

Inside Timeshare suspect that we will see this particular case back in the news in the future, given the Anfi penchant for appealing these judgements to the High Court.

Moving on to yet another High Court (appeals) judgement, Court number 5 in Las Palmas again dismissed another appeal by Anfi, confirming the original sentence from the Court of First Instance SBT.

Another German client who was assisted by Claims Consultant Jasmin Erhard with the lawyer Eva Gutierrez preparing and presenting the case.

The contract was declared null and void with the client being awarded 23,520€, plus legal costs and legal interest. This is more than the client originally paid which was 14,000€. This because the court doubled the deposit paid illegally within the statutory cooling-off period.

Any payments made within this period can have a significant effect on the claim, the law clearly states that no payments shall be taken within this 14 days period. It is also a fact that if this period is not correctly and clearly evidenced in the contract or any of its supporting documentation, this may be extended to 3 months. This means that all payments made within 3 months of signing the contract could be deemed illegal and the amount is then doubled. It appears that this is what has happened in this case.

These cases and others highlighted on Inside Timeshare just confirms that the courts are abiding by the rulings of the Supreme Court and are fully behind the protection of consumers.

That is all for this week, join us again next week for more news from the courts, updates on any “fake” law/claims firms highlighted along with any new ones that have been identified.

If you have been contacted by any company regarding a claim or relinquishment and would like to know if they are genuine, please use our contact page and get in touch.

If you have a timeshare and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim, once again contact Inside Timeshare from our contact page and we will get back to you.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Biggest Payout

so far received from Anfi

158,268.27€

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