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More Scam Warnings

Some time ago Inside Timeshare warned all our readers of the number of fake and bogus law firms and claims companies that have started their cold calling campaign, today we highlight the latest to come to our attention. As we explained before this is the time of year we usually do see an increase in cold callers, this is due to the fact that maintenance bills are now arriving. Obviously, this is the time many owners start to think about getting out of their timeshare, especially this year with many not being able to use their weeks due to the restrictions and they are also thinking of will next year be available? The scam artists know this only too well and are coming up with some very convincing stories, but as you will see from our first readers experience they are not as convincing as they thought.

We begin with the story of one regular reader who over the past few months has been receiving so many calls she has now lost count and is convinced she is the only one being targeted. So far Inside Timeshare has researched four companies that have called in the past 2 months.

These are:

All have called with the same fairly convincing story, either her timeshare company is being taken to court and she can be part of the case, for a fee naturally, her timeshare company has been found guilty and the courts are holding money for her as compensation and the last one which came from Blackstone International Ltd. They stated that her name has been passed to them by the courts as a company of Spanish lawyers had gone into liquidation that she had apparently paid years ago. This Spanish law firm was none-other than our old friends, the fake law firm Ramirez and Ramirez.

The most recent is very similar in the Modus Operandi, the unfortunate thing is that they have consistently avoided giving the name of their law firm, so we have no idea who to look for. What we do have is their telephone numbers, we do not even have an email address.

Our reader gave us two numbers, the first is incomplete, 0203078751 (one digit short) the second number, 02038079030, when searching the various who called websites does come up, on one website it showed that the number of enquiries in November alone rose 100%.

Huge amounts held by the Courts

Again the pitch by Colin McGill, was that he was calling on behalf of the Court of Malaga and he had been tasked with contacting victims of past timeshare scams, in this case Incentive Leisure Group, (no longer in existence). According to McGill, the courts are now holding £29,855 seized from ILG. (We just wonder where from?)

But now to release the money there are certain “tax” forms called “Non-Resident Tax” forms, which she should have received from ILG to be filled in and obviously some form of “tax” will need to be paid.

Enter Elizabeth Brown, who called several times and tried to convince our reader that it was a “legal requirement” which ILG failed to comply with and until this is completed she is unable to receive her money. The cost of getting this “NRT” is a staggering £2,500!

We can only assume this is the first of the payments they will require.

We should also point out that the name Elizabeth Brown has come up before in the following article:

https://insidetimeshare.com/tm-mediation-group-sl-resurface/

We now move forward to the latest call from Elizabeth who incidentally has a Scottish accent, when she rang our reader she was told that it was not convenient to talk at that time. While trying to explain that she was on her way out to an appointment, Elizabeth completely ignored her and started to question her when she is going to make the payment by bank transfer of £2,500.

Elizabeth continued to ignore our reader and just kept talking over her as if she was reading from a script. The gist of her “drivel” was that she needs to do this now or she is going to lose all that money!

Our reader eventually lost her temper and shouted at her, the response is here in our readers own words.

“I had to shout at the top of my voice to finally get through to her that I was still there and trying to communicate to her that I was going out, right now and please could I get a word in and would she shut up and listen for a change. She did – eventually and told me “Don’t you speak to me like that!  All our calls are recorded here.” I said “Thank God because if you listen back to the call, all you will hear is yourself talking – and maybe me pleading with you to stop”.”  

Even this didn’t seem to put Elizabeth off, she kept insisting to know when our reader would be back home so she could call again and arrange everything.

This type of call is sheer desperation, not only are they trying to convince the “victim” that they stand to lose a substantial sum, but there is also a very strong bullying tactic being deployed.

Thankfully our reader who has been in touch with Inside Timeshare for quite some time has come to realise that these are all fraudulent people and no longer believes what they say.

Our second “scam” law firm or lawyers comes from a German reader, this was sent by email and not a telephone call, unfortunately, there is no company name given only a telephone number and an email address:

Telephone: 0034 604 207 033 which is a Spanish mobile number

Email: [email protected] consultant.com is a free email provider, we have seen this used on countless occasions and it is a favourite of the Litigious Abogados Family of fake law firms operating out of Tenerife. It is also interesting to note that when translated the email address “GerichtsKasse Madrid”, means “Court Cash Register Madrid”.

The letter, shows the Spanish National Coat of Arms (which is very pixelated) and the following address and telephone number:

AUDENCIA NACIONAL JUZGADO DE INSTRUCCION NR. 3  

Avd Del Romero S/N en 28004 Madrid.

This address is not genuine, it does not show on Google maps, there is however a Calle Antonio Romero, so just on the address, it is shown to be fake.

This lot need to!

Now for a document that is supposedly from the Spanish Courts, the spelling is not very good, 

AUDENCIA should be spelt Audiencia, INSTRUCCION should be Instrucción, with an accent above the O. If this isn’t a sign that it is a fake I don’t know what is!

The telephone number given is: Central: 902 989 898 

This number is a premium rate number, so anyone calling is going to be charged at a very high rate, so even if you don’t sign up with them it has cost you money to call the “court” to verify if it is genuine. Quite a twist for these scammers!

Two names are also given in the letter:

RA Dr Hermann Weber who signs the letter and Antonio Gomez who is mentioned as “Your responsible contact person” he has a direct extension which just happens to be the mobile telephone number above.

The pitch is the same as we have seen with all these “fake” law firms and court cases, according to Dr Weber, Madrid’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has forwarded them our reader’s file and they are “currently examining it”.

Once again it is regarding the “reimbursement of expenses and damages in connection with a timeshare company in Spain”. In this case, it just happens to be Marriott. They have now been commissioned by the Madrid District Court to “handle the reimbursement, settlement and the entire legal process against the Time-Share company because of the fraud that has occurred”.

This is really fantastic news, the only thing is, there is no company name and the letter is supposedly on “court” headed paper, so does that mean they are “part of the courts”? If so, how come they have been “commissioned”, does that mean they have been contracted? Why would a court “commission or contract” their own employees?

The last paragraph is the one that has really got to be the real “convincing” part of the letter:

“In your case, we work free of charge, as we act on behalf of the state. This means that you will not receive any invoices, neither from us nor from the court administration. According to Spanish and European law, the court costs go in favor of the accused. We endeavor to deal with this matter as quickly as possible in your interest.”

This is brilliant, who would not sign up for this?

Now the question is where is the scam going to come in to get hold of your money?

Well, I think our regular readers will have the answer to that question, There will be “tax” to pay to release the money, this will no doubt be supported by “tax forms”, “fake court documents” and we suspect more “tax” demands or even pay to get an NIE Number to have the tax “refunded”.

These are just two more scams that you should be aware of, the story seems to be taking a very familiar turn with all these “fake” companies, they are all appointed by the courts, some kind of tax needs to be paid and the money is already being held by the courts on your behalf.

The high figures these “fraudsters” are using are certainly designed to entice people to believe the story, after all, they are about average for timeshare purchases and what some have paid out in the past to other scammers. It is also a fact that the vast majority of the “victims” are going to be elderly and vulnerable, they have also more than likely lost a lot of money in the past and the promise of a large amount of money at this time will be very tempting.

Once again these “readers” stories are all the proof you need that not every call, letter or email you receive with a similar story cannot be believed. These “crooks” have invested a lot of time and probably money in setting up these operations, the more convincing they can be the more money they are going to steal from you.

If you have received a call, letter or email with a pitch the same as those we highlight, take down as much information as you can, if it is a telephone call and you have a recording facility, use it. Use our contact page and let us know, your information could save another vulnerable person from losing thousands.

Not sure if the company or law firm that has contacted you is genuine, again use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

REMEMBER, THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY IS TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Marriott Payout & Abogados El Palermo the Story Continues

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Inside Timeshare, today we report on the latest from the Courts in Malaga and the latest defeat for Marriott. We also highlight a story that has been published over the past few years, that of the Litigious Abogados Family and their various incarnations. The latest being Las Alas Abogados, over the years we now have over 120 different names for the law firms, procurators and notaries which have surfaced in this very sophisticated and well-planned fraud.

On Monday, Marriott paid over 28,934€ into the court’s account and this has now been transferred to the personal account of the English client.

The contract with Marriott Vacation Club was originally declared null and void by the Court of First Instance of Estepona, Malaga, with the court initially awarding 27,642€ a decision which Marriott then appealed against.

Marriott, unlike many of the other timeshare companies, duly complied with the court’s instructions and lodged the funds with the court immediately. Although Marriott appealed, this was their legal right, but it looks like it was just them clutching at straws.

The case itself has only taken 16 months to conclude from first being presented, this does really show that these appeals are lodged with only one purpose in mind, to delay proceedings for as long as possible. The hope we believe is that with these long waits for cases it will put others off from launching further cases.

The case was prepared and conducted by the Canarian Legal Alliance Lawyer  Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez, with Claims Consultant Jake Kaiser assisting the client through the procedure.

We now move to a story which originally began around 10 years ago, our reader was originally contacted by Solutions SL, this “company” has been around for a long time it has used various names in the past such as Simple Solutions. The company is registered with Spanish Company records as XYZ Solutions SL, Company Registration Number B76558519.

The address they have used in the past is:

Avenida Del Claudio Delgado Diaz 101, Las Chafiras, San Miguel De Abona, 38620.

Their registered address is:

Avda Del Sur S/n Edificio Ocean Golf And Country  38002  Santa Cruz De Tenerife

They used the website:

www.consumeract75.co.uk

They are also known for their email address: [email protected]

When Inside Timeshare first came across this company they were in the process of contacting consumers who had purchased the Designer Way Vacation Club from Incentive Leisure Group and the Personal Travel Group with promises of making a claim. This is how our reader first became involved.

We now come forward a few years to early this year, when our reader received notification from Grupo Perez Alonso, which is part of the “fake” El Palermo Abogados, which also included a “fake” court document showing that DWVC, Incentive Leisure Group, Personal Travel Group and the directors have been indicted and the amount of 32,000€ has been filed as the claim.

Well, considering that all these companies were closed down years ago and the Owner/Director Gary Peter Lee was killed several years ago in a cycling accident, it makes us wonder how he ended up in court?

In order for the case to be filed and being able to receive this bumper payout, there is a fee to be paid to Pérez Alonso of 768€, this has been reduced by negotiation by Julia Garcia of Solutions, as our reader is elderly, to just 695€!

Wow, that is a “massive” reduction, so very generous!

We now move to the point where the next part of the “sting” comes into play, the court hearing has been held, but this was in “camera”, not sure why as there is nothing which would warrant a closed hearing. Obviously, the outcome is just what we expected, they have all been found guilty and the 32,000€ has been awarded. Below is the “fake” court document sent to our reader.

The next stage has now been set, along with the “fake” court document is a photocopy of a cheque made out to our reader for 32,000€. It has been drawn on a La Caixa cheque, the only thing is that it is fake. The IBAN Number is false as have all the previous ones. Below is a copy of the email sent to our reader and a copy of the cheque and also the IBAN check results.

From: Amador Colatamo <[email protected]>

To: [email protected]

Date: 07 October 2020 at 15:46

Subject: Santa Cruz Compensations

Dear Mrs XXXXXX,

We are glad to inform you that we have this morning received, from the Courts, a certified copy of your cheque for the amount of 32,000€. A copy of which has been attached.

The compensation was meant to be remitted by International bank transfer, but due to the numerous cases they had at the Santa Cruz Court, they issued the payment in cheque form. This only means losing a few pounds when you deposit the Euro cheque in a Sterling account, but after all, we are very pleased that this has all come to a successful conclusion.

The Court Judgment for your compensation and the relevant tax documents have also been received on the 1st of October and posted to you on Friday the 2nd of October and we trust those should be with you soon.

Once the tax element has been met, our Lawyers shall finalise the tax logistics in order for the courts to release your compensation cheque and it will be posted to your address and should arrive to you in 5-8 working days, from the day it has been posted.

Assuring you of our best attention at all times, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement thus far and send you our best regards.

Yours sincerely,

Amalia Lalamo Adiario

Departamento Legal

This email is confidential and intended for the named recipient only. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately and delete the email. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or take any action in reliance on it. This email message and any attached files have been scanned for the presence of any computer viruses.

© 2013 Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Tenerife. Todos los derechos reservados.

European Union Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

As you can see from the above email, a tax must now be paid in order to release the cheque, they have even obliged the “client/victim” by sending them a “Tax Form” already made out for the amount of 372€. Although the amounts being asked for are small, there are many of them to be made and they all soon mount up.

The main part of the “sting” is yet to come, had our reader paid this money, they would have received a jiffy bag by post with a letter from the court and the cheque attached. The only problem is the cheque is missing, enter the new company.

This company has been appointed by the court to investigate the missing cheque, which it turns out has been stolen by a gang of East Europeans and cashed. To add credibility they will claim that 16 or so post office workers have been arrested for conspiring with the criminal gang to steal the cheques. In order to get this money back, the new firm will require payment of between 10 & 20% of the cheque value, apparently, this will be reimbursed once the money has been recovered and paid out.

Previous opened envelope where the cheque was missing

At least our reader decided to make some enquiries before paying any more money and found Inside Timeshare. So at least they have only paid a small amount along with what they paid to Solutions in the first place.

The scenario of this fraud is the same as it has been for all the incarnations of these fake law firms right from the start. It is only the names that have changed.

When you begin to add up the total cost some people have paid it begins to run into the thousands. The list of crimes is getting ever longer, from falsifying court documents, cheques, notaries, procurators all the way to using photographs of people such as the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Argentina, a Senior Judge on the California District Court, the late president of Venezuela and the latest Las Alas Abogados using the current President of Mexico.

This is a fraud which has been able to keep one step ahead of the authorities, and has over the past five years defrauded hundreds of thousands from unsuspecting timeshare owners. This story is a very good example of why you should always check any information you receive from any company that contacts you and not just believe what they say because of the huge sums they claim you have been awarded or can get.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.

An earlier article on Solutions.

https://insidetimeshare.com/solutions-group-still-going/

Litigious Abogados Family Previous Articles.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=litigious+abogados+family

Origanl Article on El Paloma Abogados.

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-new-name-added-to-the-litigious-abogados-family-a-name-from-the-past/

Another New Name added to the Litigious Abogados Family & A Name from the Past

Well, it has finally happened as we knew it would, another new name has emerged which can be added to the list of “FAKE” law firms dubbed the Litigious Abogados Family. The name of this new “FAKE” law firm is Abogados El Paloma, very similar to previous incarnation Paloma Abogados. We have also come across another name we have not heard from in years, in fact, it was back in 2012 when we first published about them. The company is called Verity Claims Ltd and there is some rather strange information about them.

Abogados El Paloma, another incarnation of the group of “FAKE” law firms Inside Timeshare has been highlighting for around 4 years, these we have dubbed the Litigious Abogados Family after one of the very first. Nothing has really changed, they appear to be following their Modus Operandi so far, so we can expect the same old scenario to continue.

The website itself has not changed apart from the names used for the lawyers, as usual, the Home Page shows the claim that they were founded on 1 September 1994 by Amador Dularta Colatamo. His photograph is the same one that appears on the Torcaz Abogados and Paloma Abogados websites. On these he is named as Fernando Olawza Garcia of Torcaz Abogados and Fernando Nialgan Torkas of Paloma Abogados, he is in fact Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.


Amador Dularta Colatamo, Fernando Olawza Garcia, Fernando Nialgan Torkas,
is actually
Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

The website was only registered on 16 June 2020 and is set to expire on 16 June 2021, a very short time for a “law firm” that has been operating for around 25 years. As usual, the true registrants and owners of the website are hidden by privacy protection.

They also show their “fiscal” number (company registration), A34258954, but again this is a fake number and no trace of it can be found. They also state that they have 23 lawyers working for the firm and name these three:

Their photographs appear with that of Ricardo Olunkman or is it Ricardo Lunkmant or Ricardo Lunkmand in the “Litigation” section under “Civil Law”. These pictures have been used on previous websites with different names or variations of the same one. Must admit they really are very creative with these names.

The address they give on the website is:

Número 5, Calle Emilio Calzadilla, 38002, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The address is genuine but there is no sign of their office.

The telephone number is: 0800 802 1678

Email: [email protected]

This is a free email address provider and is not linked to the website which you have expected especially with a law firm.

So far that is all we have, obviously having only just started up we will no doubt hear much more about them in the next few weeks.

Back in 2012, Inside Timeshare began research into a claims company which was cold calling clients of Incentive Leisure Group and Designer Way Vacation Club. This company was called Verity Claims, at the time they were registered at Company House with the Registration Number 08068318 and the registered address:

Interchange House, Howard Way, Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes. MK16 9PY.

Changing in August 2015 to:

75 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JB

At the time they used the following telephone numbers:

Tel: 01908 299 162       Fax. 01908 299 163

The Company Directors were:

Mr David Paul Sperring, Director I.D: 917228853

Mr George Burbidge, Director I.D: 908798815.

At the time these calls were being made a link was found between George Burbidge and Mohamed Dhanji who were both directors at Hamilton Smythe Legal Service Ltd. Now why this link was felt to be important is that Dhanji was also a partner and director is ILG’s UK companies:

This was all around the time that ILG and DWVC were closed down by the UK authorities, then suddenly all ILG & DWVC clients just happened to start receiving calls about claims against them. Doesn’t take much to realise where the data came from.

Now the strange thing is Verity Claims Ltd was dissolved in December 2017 after filing for voluntary liquidation in 2015.

Yet their website was re-registered on the 25 October 2018 and is due to expire on 25 October 2021. So for a company which was liquidated and dissolved a year previously, why is the website still operational and re-registered the following year?

They are still showing claims against the timeshare industry and holiday clubs, but no surprise to us is the fact they also now go after solar panels. Not the first “timeshare” claims company to do that!

It does seem as though timeshare may just be getting a little too hot for some of these fraudsters and they now need to find a new market, so purchasers of solar panels beware.

If you have been contacted by any company featured on Inside Timeshare or one we may not know about please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Links to previous articles on the Fake Lawyers

https://insidetimeshare.com/paloma-abogados-latest-edition-to-the-fake-litigious-abogados-family/

https://insidetimeshare.com/torcaz-abogados-the-case-of-the-missing-cheque/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-playing-catchup/

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-the-week-torcaz-abogados-update/

https://insidetimeshare.com/litigious-abogados-family-new-names-added/