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Start the Week: Great News from the Courts

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare and the start of a little relaxation of the lockdown regulations. On Saturday 2 May, the restrictions on movement were relaxed and everyone was allowed to leave their homes and have a good long walk or run, although there are still restrictions in place it is just nice to get out and about. With that good news, we now move on to the news from the courts and more sentences being issued against various timeshare resorts.

Late on Friday we received the news of yet another victory in the courts against Marriott and their affiliated companies, MCVI Management SL and MCVI Holidays SL.

The case was brought on behalf of a German client of Canarian Legal Alliance, with the case being led by Judith Diaz Pascual and was heard at the Court of First Instance No4 in Marbella, Costa del Sol. The contract was as usual declared null and void as it was in breach of the Spanish Timeshare Law 42/98.


Judith Diaz Pascual

This case is very interesting as the client was awarded the original purchase price of 59,581.20€, with the judge awarding 73,829.99€ as a penalty for the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period. We are used to seeing double the amount of the deposit being paid back but in this case, this is a huge amount.

The total amount the client will now receive is 133,411.19€ plus the inclusion of legal interest. It will now be interesting to see how long it will take Marriott to deposit this amount with the court to be repaid to the client. If the way Marriott has been operating in past cases with voluntarily paying into the court before enforcement action is brought, it should not be too long.

First thing this morning the following news was received about six cases heard at the High Court of Las Palmas, with all these cases being presented as appeals.

The timeshare companies involved are Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, these appeals were launched on behalf of the clients by CLA. The reason is very simple, the Judges at the Court of First Instance did not award double the amount taken as deposits within the statutory cooling-off period.

The High Court has overruled these decisions of the First Instance Courts and has followed to the letter the rulings laid down by the Spanish Supreme Court. This is certainly a great decision for the clients.

In total the court has awarded for these six cases amounts to a staggering 374,274.72€ plus legal interest and all appeal costs.

As this was being written yet another ruling from the High Court No5 of Las Palmas has again overturned a previous ruling from the First Instance Court. At present we do not have the figures but it is known that the full purchase price, plus double the deposits taken with legal interest and appeal costs have been awarded. More on this when we get full details.

As we can see, even if the courts are not actually hearing cases at the moment, the wheels of justice still keep on turning with judges issuing sentences on cases heard before the lockdown came into place. Inside Timeshare will keep you updated on the latest news as and when it comes in.

Inside Timeshare is still receiving many emails from readers who have been contacted by Iconel Administration SL with the great news that the courts have awarded them a substantial amount of money. As usual, there will be fees to pay in order to release this money, the problem is the client never had a case in court and was totally unaware that any case had been to court.

As we have reported in many articles not just for Iconel but for all these “fake” law firms who claim they have been appointed by the courts to “trace” clients with money being held by the courts. This is a total fabrication, unless you have personally instructed a lawyer, paid the legal fees and have been informed that a trial date has been set with the possibility that you must attend, then there is no money being held by any courts.

Below are two articles on this company and the links with other dubious “fake” law firms, so if you have received a call or email with the wonderful news, do not believe it. Please use our contact page and let us know Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-of-the-week-and-another-fake-firm-emerges/

https://insidetimeshare.com/its-friday-and-the-end-of-another-week/

Quiet Thursday

Hello all, just in case you have lost track of what day it is, it’s Thursday, (I think!). Even though most of the world is on lockdown or as we prefer to call it “house arrest”, it seems that the scammers are still operating. Inside Timeshare has received more emails regarding some of our old friends such as O1C Leisure and Legal Solutions SL along with Iconel Administration SL and Perez Alonso Abogados y Asesoria part of the CUC Abogados scam. But, it is not just timeshare which you have to watch out for as you will see.

We begin with O1C and Iconel, as usual, our reader has received a “cold call” from them with some wonderful news, the courts are now holding over £50,000 “seized” from the Mark Rowe companies ABC Lawyers, Monster Rewards, Jive Hippo and Staycation Lodges.

According to O1C & Iconel the money has been seized by the courts and put aside to payout “victims”, the £56,000 is just what our reader has been awarded, yet he had no idea he had a case in court!

In order to have this money “released” there is a charge of £2,500 to be paid first, there is no indication what this money is for. Now one thing which has changed is the caller explained that it should be paid by credit card so the “client” is covered. All previous payments have been demanded by bank transfer. So, have they managed to convince the banks to allow them credit card facilities?

I doubt it, the chances are it will be through some payment app like PayPal, or you will be told the credit card payment did not go through for some technical problem and then they will send bank details to by bt transfer.

Thankfully our reader did ask himself if this was genuine and the answers to these questions gave him his answer:

  1. They cold called me
  2. They want money up front
  3. How did they have the information of what I had paid to ABC Lawyers and related companies

Very valid questions which you should all think about when being told the wonderful news of courts holding money for you.

Our second reader has been contacted by Perez Alonso Abogados y Asesoria which as we know is part of the CUC Abogados and Solution SL scam.

As usual, it is the same old story, there is a court case against your timeshare company or another company you have dealt with and you can be part of it, for a fee. Then within a few weeks, you will be informed that your case has been heard in court and the directors have pleaded guilty.

The court has now seized assets and is holding thousands of euros on your behalf, you can get this back, but, yes you guessed it, there is a “tax” or “administration” fee that has to be paid first.

Please be aware that the courts do not contract third parties, there is no “tax” to release the money and most importantly, you do not have a case in court unless you have yourself instigated legal proceedings. One important point on this is if you did take out legal proceedings the chances are you would have to attend court.

Unfortunately, it is not just timeshare owners that are “targets” for the scammers, the following are the latest warnings posted on various social media sites since the start of the current situation.

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly these people get these scams up and running.

I got a call this morning from Sky , This very nice woman said as I haven’t called out an engineer in 4 years they changing me to a low risk account, at 33% less per month. Wow great I was over the moon, this person was very articulate and very amiable, then she asked for bank details to set up a new direct debit, I told her they already had my details and refused to give them on the phone, still plausible she gave me a phone no. to call the Sky helpdesk and check this out…. I called Sky on 150 and they have said it’s a brand new scam, they had never heard it before, its now reported to police and Sky’s offices, so if you get a call, it is really plausible but don’t fall for it.

Then the North Yorkshire Police issued this warning:

Then this one was then published today.

‼️WARNING‼️

A new thing circulating now. People are going door to door handing out masks. They say it’s a new initiative from local government. They ask you to please put it on to see if it fits. It’s doused with chemicals which knocks you out cold. They then rob you!! Please DO NOT accept masks from strangers. Remember friends, it’s a critical time and people are desperate, the crime rate will spike. Please be cautious & safe!

There will always be some unscrupulous people who will do what they can to use any situation to make money.

Stay safe and remember to do your homework and beware the scammers!