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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

Paloma Abogados: Latest Edition to the Fake Litigious Abogados Family

Well, it didn’t take long for Inside Timeshare to uncover yet another incarnation of the “FAKE” law firm we have dubbed the Litigious Abogados Family, this time they are called Paloma Abogados. As usual, they are operating out of Tenerife and it certainly looks like the same old Modus Operandi is being employed. Your timeshare company is being taken to court and for around 1000€ upfront you too can be part of the case. No doubt within a few weeks the director will have pleaded guilty and you will be awarded thousands back.

According to their website which is exactly the same as all the previous incarnations with just some minor changes, they were founded on 1 September 1994, by Fernando Nialgan Torkas. That’s funny, his picture is the same as for Fernando Olawza Garcia of Torcaz Abogados, who is actually Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Fernando Nialgan Torkas of Paloma Abogados
or is it
Fernando Olawza Garcia of Torcaz Abogados

The genuine person
Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California

The website was only registered on 12 June 2020 just about a month ago and is set to expire on 12 June 2021, so only registered for one year. Seems very strange that a “law firm” as “prestigious” as this founded in 1994 has only just set up a website and only for one year?

The “lawyers” shown are the very same as those for Torcaz Abogados, only now with new names. Hernan Destaras Caletasan becomes Eduardo Antanari Morintora, Juan Erestaldo Goberas is now Manuel Fulama Alinternu, Manuel Fertals Idelaris is now Francisco Golerbol Lantas and  Ricardo Lunkmand transforms into Ricardo Luncmant, just a slight change here, but he is also now a “Paralegal” not a lawyer.

Or is it
Hernan Destaras Caletasan of Torcas Abogados
Or is it
Juan Erestaldo Goberas of Torcaz
Or is it
Manuel Fertals Idelaris
Or is it
Ricardo Lunkmand of Torcaz

Link to the Torcaz Abogados article.

They show a CIF (fiscal) number on their logo A77439012, which again as always is “FAKE”. They show their address as:

Calle Emilo Calzadilla Número 5 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Although the address does exist it is more than likely false for this firm. Checking Google street view it was too dark to make anything out.

They show a freephone number 0800 802 1659

Their email address is [email protected] which as we know is a free email address provider and is not linked to their website which one would have thought it would be, especially being a “law firm”.

Going by the Modus Operandi of all the previous incarnations they will be providing “prospective clients” with all the “official-looking” court documents, procurator letters and not to forget a photocopy of the cheque (fake IBAN) you will receive when your case has been won.

Then the cheque will be sent by post, and yes you’ve guessed it, the cheque will be missing and you will be informed it was stolen by a gang of East Europeans with collusion from post office workers (16 of them).

So once again Inside Timeshare warns all our readers to be aware of any calls or emails from Paloma Abogados with the great news they have a case about to go to trial. If you have been contacted by them please use our contact page and let us know.


Torcaz Abogados: The Case of the Missing Cheque

Over the past few years Inside Timeshare has been reporting on a huge fraud being perpetrated from Tenerife, it involves a series of “FAKE” law firms which we have named as the Litigious Abogados Family. The latest incarnation was highlighted on 1 June, the name is Torcaz Abogados and they are following the same pattern as all the previous incarnations. Today we publish the story from one of our readers who at first believed that they were genuine, but as things went on he refused to pay any further fees and played along with their little game.

It was late February early March when our reader was contacted by a cold call from a representative from Torcaz Abogados, with the news that they were initiating a “class action” against Club la Costa. In order to go ahead with the case, Torcaz required payment of £650 which he duly paid.

In a subsequent letter sent and signed by Juan Erestaldo Goberas, Spanish authorities have been investigating “various irregular holiday operations” throughout Spain and the Canary Islands. The letter goes on to say that in “most cases” they have frozen bank accounts and seized assets. Which according to Juan means that lawyers can now “assist owners and legal process in relation to such matters has become easier”

Further in the letter, Juan states that:

“CLC World Hotels and Resorts SL on Thursday 15th March 2018, one of the directors Mr James Barras pleaded guilty to the indictment of the Spanish civil code. The High Courts of Santa Cruz declared 28 of our clients’ contracts null & void and seized Mr Barras’ assets and personal accounts in Spain and the Canary Islands”.

So in March 2018 a director of Club la Costa, James Barras, which is a name that has been used before in conjunction with a similar case involving Diamond Resorts, has had his personal assets seized!

The letter goes on to explain some legal points then comes the following:

“As you are now aware, we are currently involved in a Class Action for Punitive Damages against Club la Costa SL, Paradise Marketing and Mr James Barras”.

“Our lawyers have on Tuesday the 24th of March successfully submitted the claim on your behalf and now await its official Lodgement on Thursday 9th of April for a Court date on that day to be scheduled for the final hearing in Tenerife at the Santa Cruz Court First Instance No. 5”.

Our reader is then told that a Mr James Stephenson from the Claims Department who is working with the lawyers will be contacting our reader shortly. So another new name to add to our ever-growing list.

Eventually the case “was heard” and our very lucky reader had been awarded £40,000 and that a cheque would be issued as soon as “legal and tax” were organised by Torcaz Abogados. Unfortunately, there was a “TAX” to pay amounting to £2000. Our reader refused to pay and told them he would pay it once he received his money.

Less than 2 hours later he received another call from Jean or June who told him that the office was in an uproar at his suggestion that they were anything but above board. So to prove they were legitimate they agreed to pay the “TAX”.

About a week later he received another call to tell him that the cheque had been issued and he would be receiving it soon. Lo and behold to his surprise a few days later the post arrived and there was an envelope from Spain. Wow, had the cheque arrived!

But as we know from the past incarnations, the “jiffy bag” was open and although there was a letter inside, the cheque was missing, there was a staple and a piece of paper in one corner where the “supposed” cheque should have been. Needless to say, our reader instantly contacted Torcaz.

He then received a letter outlining what had happened, they had just been notified by the Local Police that our reader’s parcel and 2 others had been “intercepted into an import export company account registered to four Bulgarian citizens”. The cheques being deposited into a Banco Popular SA account. Hang on a minute, Banco Popular no longer exists, it has been taken over by Santander and the brand of Banco Popular being replaced with the Santander logos. Plus if the cheque was made out to his name how did they manage to deposit and clear the cheques?

Open Jiffy bag with no cheque

Apparently according to the letter signed by Carlos Ivan Mar, Abogado, Departmento Legal, that the police suspect it was an inside job and all 16 post office employees are being interviewed. Torcaz has also been informed that the National Police are now involved, well, for those who know Spain this would have been dealt with by the National Police or the Guardia Civil, not by the Policia Local. The letter also explains that “their (Torcaz) lawyers have filed an official complaint against the post office”.

In an email, our reader was then told that a new cheque would be issued, but he would have to pay fees of £1000. He refused and eventually they came back to him and offered to pay 750€ leaving him to pay 360€. A very generous offer, which our reader declined.

As we have seen this is the same Modus Operandi that we have seen for the past 4 years, we now just wonder how many people have actually paid the full amounts as and when the demands come in. It is bound to be a very huge amount of money these crooks have defrauded over the years. We now just wait to find out what the next incarnation will be, going on the past there should be a new one emerging very soon.

Once again this proves that before you believe anything that you are told, do your homework, don’t be blinded by the huge amounts of “compensation” they claim you have been awarded. If you need help in determining if a call or email from any company is genuine please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Previous articles on Torcaz.

Link to past names used.

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