Over the past few years, Inside Timeshare has been highlighting a string of fake law firms operating out of Tenerife, we dubbed them the Litigious Abogados Family. Every few months they resurface with new names, although the websites are all exactly the same with only the names of the fake lawyers, the photographs and the company addresses changed.
One of these names is Legalidades Tenerife which we highlighted back in July 2018, (see link below), well they seem to have resurfaced with their latest scam.
One of our regular readers who unfortunately did pay them for a supposed claim has now received their latest email. Our reader who we shall call Mr X, contacted them as he had not received the cheque from the court as they had promised. According to the email signed by Javier Montoya Mulata from the Departmento de Reclamaciónes, there is some very bad news.
Apparently, Legalidades Tenerife has been informed by the Comisaria General de Policia Judicial (Judicial Police), that our of 64 “compensation” cheques issued by the Courts in Santa Cruz their cheque was intercepted and cashed. A time and precise date were given.
The cheque was paid into an account for an import-export company registered to four Ukrainian citizens. The police suspect that it was an “inside job” and 16 Post office employees are being interviewed.
According to Javier Montoya Mulata, banks have been on the receiving end of many fines for inadequate record keeping on the opening of accounts with the clearing banks having many discrepancies to be formally addressed.
The Legalidades lawyers are “most disappointed and upset of the stress this must be causing you through no fault of ours or yours”. They also go on to say that they will extend their full support to provide the documentation for a replacement cheque.
They also go on to say that although the correct documentation can be provided within days, the “protocols and implications are severe and protracted”, so it will take 180 days or more to try to resolve the matter.
According to Mulata, the National Police are now involved in the investigation in tracking the cheques path, with the Santa Cruz Courts even going to the length of appointing an “independent trustee” who specialises in this field to “expedite and resolve” the matter without further delay.
Mulata also goes on to state that Legalidades lawyers have filed an official complaint against Sociedad Estatal Correos y Telégrafos SA (post office). The lawyers have also learnt that a small standard compensation payment will “without question” be paid within the next few weeks for their “contractual negligence and shortcomings”.
Well, this is all very nice, the court issues 64 cheques and apparently, the post office workers are in cahoots with a Ukrainian gang and steal only one cheque to the value of over 21,000 euros belonging to our reader. I suspect that another batch of letters just like this one has been sent to the other “clients” telling them the same thing.
No doubt the next phase of the scam will be another letter saying that they are so sorry, but to get the money paid out a fee will now have to be paid, will this be for tax or what?
This is a very eloborate and long running scam, in fact there are so many names we just can’t keep up, below is the link to article with a list of names so far. You can also read the full letter in the PDF below.
If you have had anything similar to this, whether it is from Legalidades Tenerife or another fake name, contact Inside Timeshare through our contact page. Your information just may help to save someone else from being taken in.
Back in September 2016 Inside Timeshare highlighted two fake law firms, Litigar Abogados and Litigious Abogados, which began contacting timeshare owners with news that their timeshare companies were being taken to court. Since that time they have reinvented themselves with many new names.
The common factors with all the new incarnations have been the websites, all have been exactly the same apart from the new names and photographs of the fake lawyers. Even the logos have been very similar.
How they have all operated has also remained the same, the client is informed that their timeshare companies is about to be taken to court, for a fee to a fake procurator they can become part of that action. Within weeks the client receives a very convincing looking court document showing that the “Director” of the timeshare company pleaded guilty and the client has been awarded a substantial amount of money. The client also receives a photocopy of the check made out in their name to bolster this deception.
Unfortunately, there are now taxes to be paid before the money can be released by the court, the “tax” is 20% of the awarded amount. Once this “tax” has been paid, the client receives a letter by post, the thing is the letter has been opened and the cheque is missing, only a staple and a small fragment of paper is left on the letter.
Low and behold, the client receives another email from another company, they claim they have been appointed by the court to get the client their money back as the cheques was “cashed” by a foreign criminal gang. But again, in order to do this 10% of the cheques value must be paid.
All payments are also to be made by bank transfer and to a named individual.
As you can guess, once this is paid that is it, you will never see the money or hear from them again.
This whole fraud is a very clever and sophisticated one, all documentation looks very genuine, from the court documents, procurators and lawyers letters and the cheques. All bearing what look like official stamps and logos of various official bodies.
In this time, Inside Timeshare has been sharing and receiving further information with Mindtimeshare, the whole point was to publicise this fraud to a wider audience. Recently Mindtimeshare published a list of all the fake lawyers and procurators associated with what Inside Timeshare has dubbed The Litigious Abogados Family. This is Mindtimeshare’s list, as you can see it is huge.
If you receive a call or email from any of these or any company with a similar story that your timeshare company is in court and you can be part of the action, remember don’t pay them any money. Contact Inside Timeshare using our contact page and let us know the details.
Moving on, Mindtimeshare has shared new information on yet more “Fake Procurators” working alongside the “Fake Law Firms” which we have dubbed The Litigious Abogados Family. As our regular readers will know this plethora of “fake lawyers” has been running for around 3 years, every few months they change name and websites, yet all the websites are identical. All money they require from “clients” has to be paid to a Procurador, and there have been many of these surfacing.
Another fake address that cannot be found on any map!
All these are “FAKE”, they do not exist, somehow they have been able to set up bank accounts for you the unsuspecting client to pay in your hard earned cash.
If you are contacted by any of the “fake lawyers” or “fake Procurators” that we have highlighted in previous articles, then contact Inside Timeshare and let us know as much detail as possible.
To check all articles we have published, use Litigious Abogados in the search box, this will bring up all articles published, beware there are a lot of them.
Want to know if any “lawyers”, “claims companies”, “procurators” or any company that contacts you is genuine, use our contact page and gives us as much information as you have, we will then do the relevant checks and let you know if they are genuine or fake.
Remember, doing your homework is essential, there are many more “fake and scam” companies out there, with many more emerging each week. We need your information to identify them and warn others.
Join us tomorrow for our weekly Letter from America and another “Nightmare on Timeshare Street”
For a long time now Inside Timeshare has been running many articles on the “Fake” law firms we have dubbed The Litigious Abogados Family, each time there then follows the names of “Fake” procurators, who will require payment to bring your case to court.
Well as you can guess, there has emerged a very new name to add to the growing list, Carlos Ingram Procuradoria, the address they give in the website:
which we highlighted in our article on 12 November.
The website for Carlos Gabriel Salva Imgran, was registered only on 27 November 2018 and is set to expire on 27 November 2019. So, for a so-called procurator a very short lifespan indeed. The registrant is hidden by a privacy protect company and is registered in Panama.
They also show no telephone numbers or any details of company registration or even if they are members of any professional associations, although we have been given the following email address:
So there we have it, more new “fakes” to be wary of, as and when we come across the new incarnations we will publish those here. This does show you the need to be be very careful with any “Law Firm” that contacts you about your timeshare, or even one you may have found on the internet. Do your homework, if you are not sure what to look for, use our contact page and we will help you find them.
Welcome to another week in the world of timeshare, In tomorrow’s Tuesday Slot we welcome the Sharp Family with their first contribution. In Festiva Fury, they explain the pitfalls of having no secondary market for timeshare and the fact it is worthless from the moment you sign. So join us for another “Nightmare on Timeshare Street” tomorrow.
Now we have some news of the latest “FAKE” law firms to emerge, we begin with one that was highlighted on Mindtimeshare last week, with a little extra that Inside Timeshare found and shared with them.
The name of this “Law Firm” is B Olmo Y Asociados and are based according to their website at:
They do show an email address on the website [email protected] but no telephone or fax numbers, which for a “law firm” is very strange.
Another fact is they do show a registration number B Olmo Asociados Colegiado numero: 56040 (see PDF below) when checking this number against the database for registered lawyers in Madrid we do come up with a lawyer with that registration number, Beatriz Olmo Sere, who registered in 1995, but the entry does not show any address or telephone number, although it is a current registration.
As we have seen in the past, these fake law firms do use registration numbers of genuine lawyers and also use parts of their names, this is obviously to give them credibility if any searches are made. Somehow we don’t think that Beatriz Olmo Sere is actually aware her registration number is being used.
According to the caller named Henk de Koning (Henk the King!), the timeshare owner is due thousands awarded by the court, but to release this 9.2% of the awarded amount has to be paid first to cover administration costs. Again this has to be paid by bank transfer.
It would seem that they are contacting those who have previously paid the fake law firms and are needing further “administration” payments. This needs to be paid by bank transfer probably into an account of a named individual.
As usual, all we can do is warn you that these are all fake law firms and lawyers, do not be taken in by their false claims, that you have been awarded large amounts by the courts or that your timeshare company is about to be taken to court.
Do not pay them anything, it is a “fraud” and you will never see that money again, if you are in doubt about any company, law firm or lawyer that contacts you then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare and we will help you to do your checks.
Which was registered on 2 November 2018 so is only 25 days old, it is due to expire on 2 November 2019, so only paid for one year!
As usual the registrant is hidden by a privacy protect via GoDaddy, this in itself is usually a sign of a “Scam” outfit.
According to the website the firm was founded on Friday 2 october 1992, again very precise, by Juan Folanta Hadorso, they claim to be a legally registered Spanish company with the CIF Number A25891623. No company can be found on Spanish company register and the CIF Number is also a fake.
The address is one that we have seen before on several other incarnations:
We are still in the process of identifying the other pictured “lawyers”.
Another name that has surfaced is Alberto Nalgata Solatez who is from Departmento De Reclamaciones or claims department.
Well we all know what the “pitch” is going to be, your timeshare company is to appear in court very shortly, you have a case and can be part of this. But to do so there is going to be a procurator fee to be paid direct to a named individual and a personal bank account.
Then you will be informed that the director of your timeshare company pleaded guilty to all charges and you have been awarded a substantial amount of money. Fantastic, an early Christmas present, unfortunately you must first pay a “TAX” to have this money released, this will be around 20% of the awarded amount.
This will all be backed up as in the past by very convincing court documents, along with probably a photocopy of the cheque made out in your name. This will never arrive, well, an envelope will arrive but it will be open and the cheque will be missing.
Then out of the blue, another company will be in touch and tell you the cheque was stolen and cashed by a foreign gang. This company has been charged by the court to recover your money for you, but, yes you guessed it, they will want around 10% to 20% of the awarded amount to carry this out.
This is a “FRAUD”, do not be taken in by them, all the names are FAKE, all the documents are FAKE, everything about them is FAKE!
If you have been contacted by this or any other company with a similar story, use our contact page and give us the details, it is through your information that we can warn others and also pass this information to the appropriate authorities.
Remember, doing your homework first will in the end save you thousands and a lot of heartache.
This information has been supplied by one of our readers who has been contacted by them, but there is now a new aspect to how they are operating. As we have explained before, the initial contact is to inform the owner of a pending court case against their timeshare resort / company, now to be part of this action, a “procurator” fee is required to be paid by bank transfer. The case was to be against Marriott Marbella Beach Resort and Marriott Son Antem SL, with the director being named as Marcos Row, ( we wonder if this is a play on Mark Rowe). The case was lodged on 9 October 2018 and a hearing set for 30 October at 12.20pm in Court No 5 Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Very quick indeed. It must also be pointed out that Marriott did not sell in Tenerife, only Marbella and Mallorca, so any cases would need to be brought at those respective courts, not in Tenerife.
Now our reader refused to pay this fee, and told them they were not interested, then on 31 October they received an email from Litigaciones SL, another “fake” firm informing them that the court case had been heard and they had been awarded over £34,000 by the court. All this even though they did not pay the initial “procurator” fee!
This award is to be paid by bank transfer or personal cheque, once they receive confirmation from the court that the funds can be released. No doubt there is going to be an “tax” which needs to be paid first, going by the previous accounts we have received this is going to be around 20% of the awarded amount.
We do know that at least 25 other owners have been contacted with this same case, Inside Timeshare does have the names, but as yet we are unable to trace them.
Below are PDF files of all the documents received by our reader, they are all “FAKE” including the court document. If you have had a call or received any similar documents via email, please note they are a very sophisticated fraud, they are also very similar to the documents all the other incarnations this group has been using over the past 3 years. Each incarnation runs for only around 3 to 4 months before a new name appears.
As if things couldn’t get any stranger, the “FAKE” law firm in Tenerife Litigacion Abogados which is one incarnation of the “FAKE” lawyers we have dubbed the Litigious Abogados family has now surpassed themselves with the lengths they will go to dupe timeshare owners.
The blog sight Mindtimeshare is now the victim, timeshare owners are now receiving calls from one Joyce Adams, who claims she is calling from a “law firm” called Mindtimeshare, from the following number:
As well as the Mindtimeshare name they are also using their logo, if you look at it carefully is not the same typeface as the original.
The story is the same as always, the consumers timeshare company is being taken to court and you can be part of the case. All you need to do to “benefit” from this is to pay the Procurators fee into an Escrow Account with the court in Tenerife.
One snag here, the account is in the name of the “Fake” Procurator Alexander Bowross. If you were paying money into a court I very much doubt that it would be into the account of a named individual!
For those of you who are aware of mindtimeshare you will know they are not a law firm, but a consumer advice blog site which also issues warnings of rogue and bogus operations, just like Inside Timeshare. Over the past year or so, Inside Timeshare has been sharing information on this “fake” lawyers in all their incarnations, we shall continue to do so which is why we are publishing this article today.
Inside Timeshare will continue to publish articles on these “FAKE, BOGUS and DUBIOUS” companies to warn you the reader and help you to save your hard earned cash.
If you have been contacted by any company or found one on the internet and want to find out if they are who they say they are, contact Inside Timeshare, we will help you to find out if they and what they say is genuine.
Remember the golden rule
CHECK, CHECK AND CHECK AGAIN, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Tomorrow in Friday’s Letter from America the article is entitled
Are Timeshare Developers the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?
The Heir Scare – The Same Scare Provided by a Timeshare Sales Agent and a Timeshare Exit Company Sales Agent!
Which was registered on 11 October 2018 and is due to expire on 11 October 2019, so not only has it been registered for only 11 days, but will only last for 1 year. As usual the registrant is hidden by privacy protection. They also show another fake CIF Number (company number) to add credibility: A12475921
The address is also very familiar as it has been used before:
The “company” was founded in August 1990, a slight difference to previous one as they do not give the day or the date, but the founder is Juan Drimals Deolaro, another name that we published in the article Litigacion Abogados on 10 October, using the same photograph:
The names and photographs of the lawyers are also the same although they do have a new name and photograph for another young lady on the contact page, Mevalena Cacha Coquina. She is in fact a young lawyer from a firm in Chile, Carmen Castillo Arenas, obtaining her law degree in 2006, the firm she works for is Manuel Acuña Kairath Abogados, based in Santiago, Chile.
They also show many official logos such as the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados for Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife including this one below.
Well, we don’t need to guess what the pitch is going to be, we are by now very familiar with their modus operandi, the news that your timeshare company is being taken to court within the next few weeks. Pay the “FAKE” Court Procurator a fee and you can be included.
Then the great news that the director of your timeshare company pleaded guilty, (we just wonder what name will be used for this director), with the court awarding you a very substantial amount of money. One snag, they now need 20% of the awarded amount to pay “TAXES”!
This firm is just the latest incarnation of many which have now been operating for around 3 years, continuously changing names and website addresses, one thing that has remained constant is the all the websites are the same and the story is always identical.
Remember, unless you have personally instructed a law firm and gone through all the legal procedures, then you do not have a case in court. Do not be fooled by these criminals, it is a very elaborate and well put together fraud, we know many who have fallen for it and have lost thousands with no way of getting it back.
If you have been contacted by this “fake law firm” or one with a similar story, then contact Inside Timeshare, we will help you check their validity.
Welcome to this week’s Letter from America, today we publish another “Nightmare on Timeshare Street”, this is the experience of the Cameron family and their dealing with Westgate. But as usual we bring you some news from Europe.
We start with the headlines in La Provincia published on 18 October 2018
Grupo Anfi denuncia a Santiago Santana Cazorla por “apropiarse” de un barco
La compañía acusa al empresario de sustraer la embarcación y llevársela a Marruecos
Grupo Anfi denounces Santiago Santana Cazorla for “appropriating” a ship
The company accuses the businessman of stealing the boat and taking it to Morocco
It centers around Santiago Santana Cazorla“appropriating” a boat which the Anfi Group claims belongs to the company, of which Cazorla owns 50%, as the boat was included in the register of assets of the company until around 1 year ago, when Cazorla decided to transfer it to his name.
The Court of Instruction No1 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, heard in testimony from Cazorla (17 October 2018), that he purchased the boat in 2012, he transferred the ownership of the vessel to Anfi Group“as part of the payment to forgive a debt”, however, he changed his mind and about the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, began procedures to transfer the vessel back to his name.
In his testimony Cazorla assured the court that the vessel was his, something Anfi Group does not agree with, no agreement was reached.
One thing is for sure, we are never short of a story with Anfi!
Seeing other Westgate owners talk about their experiences has prompted me to do the same, in the hope that more people will come forward to put pressure on timeshare companies and regulators to take a closer look at timeshare sales practices we feel are unfair and deceptive.
It is obvious that Westgate, and I believe timeshare in general, has a recipe for success, designed to keep their money rolling in and my money rolling out.
I think I have figured out the secret ingredients!
Step 1: Over promise features and benefits. Add copious amounts of salt with one or two grains of truth.
Step 2: Make them your BFF. Then tenderize customer by forcefully kneading them with one sales pitch after another until they are flattened and easy to manipulate.
Step 3: Quickly gloss over the contract with a nice coating of sugar. Make sure to cover up the actual details of what the customer is buying so that they remain in the dark until much too late for them to cancel their contract. They call this the rescission period and it is quite easy for timeshare sales agents to dodge.
Step 4: Serve on a dirty plate with a fork. I call this plate foreclosure when the buyer finds out you bought something you can’t sell. What product is out there you can’t get rid of?
Step 3: When the customer realizes they have been served a steaming pile of something or other, pretend to be very concerned and run back to the kitchen and hide for months and months. The customer can listen to commercials about why you are happy to have invested in their timeshare while they wait on hold.
Step 5: Finally, when the customer is starting to cause a scene, have the monosyllabic thugs, Greenspoon Marder, eject them from the premises.
The Tennessee AG will be sitting at the next table, pretending like nothing happened while he tucks into his gourmet meal, although I did research and found out the TN AG helped Festiva victims recover $3.5 million.
I understand that the consumer needs to take charge here. If there are not enough complaints, as must be the case with Westgate, nothing will happen. I also learned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigated Westgate for two years but dropped the investigation shortly after the presidential election.
That’s Westgate owner David Siegel, King of Versailles next to candidate Trump.
Here’s what happened to us
Salesmen, Jonathan Smith, and Mario Pineda (Manager) sold us a timeshare in July 2016 and convinced us that we were making a good, sound financial decision.
They said we were buying something that would:
Financially benefit us,
Allow us to make money renting our weeks and that they would help with this free of charge,
They said we would never have to pay the HOA fees because the rentals would pay for that,
They said we would hold a deed to the property and would own this property (Bldg 2041, Villa 302H and 302I). They left out the part that if you want to sell it nobody wants it,
It would be a great tax write off,
The equity would keep increasing.
Given all these benefits we signed the contract in good faith, thinking that we would get everything Westgate told us we would get and we would see some return on our “investment” which turned out to be anything but an investment. The reality is that we have not made a penny on this investment. None of the reasons for which we bought this timeshare exist.
While they may define this as real estate, what kind of real estate is worth nothing, except in disaster stricken zones? It is certainly not a tax write-off, it does not gain in value and it would therefore be stupid to pass it on to our family. We would only be passing on a liability.
On top of all this, our experiences at Westgate locations have been awful. We went to a Westgate property to enjoy time together as a family and wind down. Instead we were pressured to buy more and had our precious vacation time stolen.
The first time we went to Gatlinburg we booked a 3-day trip. We were invited to a presentation. They said it would last 90 minutes but we were held hostage for seven hours! This totally ruined our vacation, plus the loss of what little time we had was the cause of much stress.
All this stress came right back when we had our first full week stay and they tried to do and say anything to get us to upgrade to a more expensive unit and more weeks. They held us again for four hours. The stress of this again completely ruined my vacation.
It was after this last stay I started to have heart pain. When I went to the doctor he said it was stress related. This is when it really hit me that I can’t keep going through the stress of Westgate’s high pressure to buy more and more Westgate. My wife and I work very hard. We don’t get to take many vacations together, so do not enjoy spending our vacation in a bad mood after it feels like we underwent CIA manipulation techniques. Plus, we can’t afford to go through this again.
What Westgate is serving up is no good. We suggest you dine elsewhere.
The Queen of Versailles wants to be Florida’s Governor?
Thank you to the Camerons for sharing their timeshare story. It is our hope that timeshare companies will read some of these accounts and think about ways to improve customer relations. We encourage members to submit articles, good or bad experiences, but the satisfied customer is less likely to reach out. They are having too much fun vacationing with a product they bought explained properly, compared to the family who feels they were duped.
These self-help websites and Facebooks are resources and provide a way for members to reach out to help other members.
We seek to provide members a way to proactively address membership concerns; to advocate for timeshare reform; to obtain greater disclosure from the company; to advocate for a viable secondary market; and to educate prospective buyers.
So that is another week over and the start of the weekend, join us again next week and remember to do your homework before engaging with any company. If you are not sure then use our contact page and we will point you in the right direction.