Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, we start this week with yet another new “Fake Law Firm” which has come to our attention, Suarez and Simpson. But, there is something familiar about them which cannot just be a coincidence, it is the Modus Operandi and the documentation which they use. Once again, this “Fake Law Firm” is targeting ex-Club Class members, but how long before they begin to target other timeshare owners and members of now-defunct “Discount Holiday Clubs”?
On 24 June, Inside Timeshare published the first warning to readers of the “Fake Law Firm” Morales Maxwell, who began targeting clients of Eze Group. According to Morales Maxwell, a recent court case in Málaga had found Eze Group guilty and seized sizable assets on behalf of clients in excess of £20,000 per client. But in order to release this money, a fee of around £2,400 was required.
In “fake” documents sent by Morales Maxwell they name the Judge who presided over the trial, His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes, as yet we have not been able to verify if this is indeed a real judge whose identity has been illegally used or if he is just a fake name.
In this latest incarnation, the same judge has been named, which obviously leads us to believe that this new “Fake Law Firm” Suarez and Simpson are the same people as Morales Maxwell, as they are using the same format for the documents and also the name of the presiding judge His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes.
Was only registered on 30 June 2020 and is due to expire on 30 June 2021, again only registered for one year. Yet according to the “Testimonials”, it appears they have been around much longer.
The registrant of the website is also hidden which is usually a good indication of a scam operation.
So far no company registration has been found either in Spain or the UK, but according to the “court” document the “prosecution lawyers from Suarez and Simpson” work under “autonomo” which is self employed. This may just explain why there is no company registration.
There is also no mention of who the lawyers actually are or any bar registration numbers on the website.
The address given is:
Planta 2 2A 79 Calle Carreteria Malaga 29008 does exist although anyone familiar with Spanish addresses will spot that the order is incorrect.
Their telephone number is 0034 951 667 450
The email addresses they use are:
The email (below), signed by Megan Lowe, explains that the courts have been working on skeleton staff due to the CoronaVirus. But she is pleased to inform the client that their settlement offer has been finalized at £21,850.
It also goes on to say “Please do not hesitate to contact the Court of Malaga Maria Rodriguez on 0034 604 189 749”. This is a Spanish mobile telephone number and is not likely to be used by any court or court official for any official business.
Along with the email, there was a “court” document signed by Judge Savantes and the Duty Registrar Maria Ramirez. (seems to be a lot of Maria’s).
As well as explaining the “lawyers” work under autonomo, the document states that the “accusations of fraud by way of deception, gross mis-conduct and missold product/services were brought to the Tribunal Superior de Justicia Sala de lo Social de Málaga num 1 by the Spanish Securities Market Commission by (name and address of the client)”.
It then goes on to say that the Tribunal Superior has awarded compensation in favour of the client to the tune of £21,850, not including reimbursed costs and compound interest. This is dated 10 March 2020.
The address given on the “fake” document from the court is:
With the telephone numbers:
Again the last number is a Spanish mobile.
Below is the PDF of the “Fake” court document.
According to information supplied by our reader who became suspicious and began a search, finding our previous warnings on Morales Maxwell, he was told that the money is being held by ITI in London. If he did not respond within 5 days, the money would be returned to Spain!
Now that is putting on the pressure to pay!
So far Inside Timeshare has not found any firm using the initials ITI in London who would be involved in holding any money from Spanish courts.
Now one of the points which aroused our reader’s suspicions was the fact they had never instigated any legal action through the court and had never taken on the services of any lawyer. So again the question is if this case was genuine how was our reader named as one of the accusers?
This is a very valid point, unless you have personally instigated legal action, how did they have the clients details?
Obviously somewhere along the line, these people have managed to get hold of protected client data. Our guess is they either worked for Club Class and stole the data, or they have purchased it illegally from an ex-employee.
Another point which our reader found very strange was that they called one of the numbers and explained that they would be travelling to Málaga in the very near future. They offered to attend the office of Suarez & Simpson to discuss the matter and pass on all their documents.
The response was not surprising, the person told them that would not be possible due to the restriction imposed by the CoronaVirus.
Now if that does not raise your suspicions, I don’t know what would!
Once again, this is a very good example of why you need to be extra vigilant when receiving cold calls or unsolicited emails. This also holds true for any company that you may have found on the internet when looking to exit your timeshare or reclaim money for mis-sold timeshares.
If you have received any calls or emails from Suarez & Simpson, Morales Maxwell or any other “dubious” company or law for, please use our contact page and let us know. Inside Timeshare will also help you to research these companies to check if they are indeed genuine or fake, this service is provided free of charge and without any obligation.
Keep your money safe and do your HOMEWORK!
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