Over the past few days Inside Timeshare has been receiving many emails from concerned timeshare owners being contacted by claims companies and law firms. Some are ones we have highlighted in the past some are very new indeed. The one thing they all seem to have in common is their approach, everyone has a claim and that they can cancel the contracts. It has also come to our attention that the names of other companies are being used by cold callers which is adding to the confusion.
We now move to our old friends CUC Abogados which are just another incarnation of The Litigious Abogados Family. It would appear they are now doing all they can to get those “clients” who have actually fallen for their “scam” to pay even more money. Could this be that they are now coming to the end of their “shelf life” as all those before?
Unfortunately, one reader was taken in as he had been dealing with them since January and actually stated he had “no complaints with them” up to this point. But now he is having second thoughts especially after reading all the articles published on Inside Timeshare.
It now looks like CUC Abogados has changed how they operate, as we know, in the past the “money awarded” by the court was sent by cheque. This duly arrived by post, but the envelope was open and the cheque missing. This left it open for yet another company to claim they had been appointed by the court to recover the “stolen” money. The cheque was apparently stolen and cashed by a gang of East Europeans and 16 postal workers were under investigation for stealing the cheque and passing it over. Obviously, this “new” company needed payment to recover the money.
The latest ploy is that the money has been lodged with a Notary called Flanagans Notary Services, based in Canary Wharf. On checking for notaries in that area, no notary of that name has been found.
According to CUC Abogados, the awarded money is for a Westgate timeshare, as Westgate was taken to court in Tenerife and found guilty. Not bad considering that Westgate is a US timeshare company and does not sell or operate in Spain. So we have to ask how the Spanish courts could have any jurisdiction for a timeshare purchased in the United States!
If that does not convince you that this is a fraud we don’t know what will.
Our last item is a warning that you must be extremely careful on who it is that is cold calling.
We have been informed that calls are being received from Tenerife on various numbers with the caller stating that they are calling from Timeshare Support Services, one number we have been given is 0203 670 2306.
The caller insisted that the consumer had a legitimate claim and would receive “compensation”, regardless of the fact the consumer has not owned the timeshare for years.
The problem here is the name Timeshare Support Services, is also the name that is used by TESS. The consumer even asked repeatedly for his name and number to be removed, which obviously has not been done. We also know that TESS does not operate from Tenerife and if a client asks to be removed and not to be called again, we know that TESS would do so. Does this look like yet another case of using another company’s name in order to confuse?
Once again, Inside Timeshare gives you the same old warning:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE ENGAGING WITH ANY COMPANY THAT CONTACTS YOU.