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.
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:
Their registered address is:
They used the website:
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]>
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Litigious Abogados Family Previous Articles.
Origanl Article on El Paloma Abogados.