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Litigious Abogados: The Story Moves On.

Over the months Inside Timeshare has been publishing articles and warnings about a very sophisticated and well planned out fraud, operating out of Tenerife, Litigious Abogados and family.

One reader has been taken for thousands, he believed everything he was told, he believed the authenticity of the documents including the fake court papers. But the scam has gone one stage further. But first we’ll go to the beginning.

It started as usual with contact from the fake law firm telling the client that his timeshare resort / company was about to be taken to court, that he could become part of this action as there was a very good case. All it needed was to pay the Procurator fees and his case can be lodged with the court, the case would be going ahead in around a month. (very fast work indeed).

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This fee was to be paid to the Procurador Darstun Jilmo Davida, a name we have come across before.

It then turns out there was a groundbreaking ruling against Incentive Leisure Group SL (a company that ceased to exist when Garry Peter Leigh was killed in an accident in July 2010). The director of the company, another name that we have come across in respect of this scam, Keith Balker aka Keith Baker, has pleaded guilty. So now Keith is director of ILG, not bad as he happens to be director of Club la Costa, Diamond, Silverpoint and many others according to this law firm. Certainly a man with his fingers in many pies.  Also as we are very familiar with ILG from the past, there was never any director named Keith Balker.

Now another little twist in this is that according to the fake court document the other defendant, with the director Keith Balker is Club Class Holidays SL, and for those who remember the days of ILG, they were great rivals, yet according to this document they are in bed together!

2nd round

Now, we come to the second part of the scam, in order to release the thousands awarded by the court, tax needs to be paid first, this was duly done and a cheque from the court was now on its way.

The envelope duly arrived, problem is it had been opened and the cheque was missing. Lo and behold another company now contacts the client, Manuel Valentin, they have been appointed by the court to investigate and retrieve the money stolen. Again it turns out it was that unscrupulous Romanian Gang who stole the cheque.

In order for Manuel Valentin to carry out his investigation and get the client his money back, he needs to be paid. Then the scam takes on a new dimension.

The client is now told that he owes property tax on a property he owns in Spain, that his NIE number has expired, so he can’t get the money owed to him until this is all paid and dealt with. But never mind, these lawyers can sort this all out for him, for a fee that is. Another twist to this story is one that has really taken the biscuit, it turns out the client has outstanding fines for a traffic offence! One does wonder how these people would know about that.

The following are some of the new names and bank accounts that have come up with this story.

The Procurador (an old name): Darstun Jilmo Davida, Banca March Arona.

Notario: Roberto Arturo Sanson Banco Sabadell

Ricardo Sannino Bankia

Notario: Yary D, Marco La Caixa

Gina Bulanu Accounts Sabadell

Ricardo Zanino BBVA

Other names that have surfaced:

Juan Portalabo

Paralegal: Ms Sarah Ellingwood

Secretaria de Abogados: Sandra Fonto Bello

Secretaria de Abogados: Lorna Lablub Taza

Departmento Legal: Maria Sanchez Gotera

Lawyer: Jesus Iful

It is important to thoroughly check any company that claims you have a court case, do not be taken in by the sums of money they say is waiting for you. Unless you have instructed a lawyer personally to conduct a case, then there is no case pending, especially in the time scales this lot are looking at. From first contact to conclusion is a matter of 2 months, totally impossible.

If you have been contacted by any firm and want to know if it is genuine contact Inside Timeshare and we will point you in the right direction. Remember it pays to do your homework!

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A Narrow Escape!

Inside Timeshare received from another reader more information on the group of fake lawyers operating out of Tenerife, these are known by various names which we have been publishing since September 2016.

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Luckily for this particular gentleman he found the information about them on Inside Timeshare before he paid them any money. He was completely taken in by them, believing the official looking letters and a copy of the court document showing the case had been lodged. For some reason he decided to check the internet and came across one of our articles on Abel Garcia Abogados, after seeing this he contacted us for confirmation.

It was the images of all the other documents we have been receiving over the past 6 months or so which we published in our articles that drew his attention. After all, they were just like the ones he had received.

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Fake Court Document

Another fact was that we had highlighted the name of a director, Keith Baker, this name has been used in other documents but for different timeshare companies. These have included: Silverpoint / ; Club la Costa and Diamond. In each case he is the director and has pleaded guilty to the mis-selling of the timeshares. His personal and business assets in Spain and the Canary Islands have also been seized in order to punish him and pay back those he sold to.

It just seems strange that the same person is a director of separate and competing timeshare companies, (although in one he is named as Keith Balker, possibly a typo). Well, for a director of a timeshare company to plead guilty in court on these charges is, as far as we know unheard of.

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Fake Procurator

The latest letter from Abel Garcia, in the second paragraph states the following:

“As you have been informed, following a ground breaking ruling against, Resort Properties S.L on Tuesday 10th March 2015, one of the directors Mr Keith Baker pleaded guilty to the indictment of the Spanish civil code. The High Courts of Santa Cruz declared 28 of our clients’ contracts NULL AND VOID & seized Mr Baker´s assets & personal accounts in Spain & the Canary Islands.”

Now the other strange thing is, this gentleman was told by Abel Garcia in the introductory letter that the case had been lodged with the court, but he had no idea he had instituted the legal proceedings in the first place. So the question is how did this “law firm” lodge the case in the client’s name when he did not instruct them or give power of attorney to the “law firm”?

He also received two emails, first this one:

From: Abel Garcia [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Thursday, April 6

To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Subject: Claims Department

Dear

I hereby attach a letter with some good news from one of our Lawyers Mr Ramon Quena Cinol                                            

Assuring you of our best attention at all times, we would like to send you our best regards.

Kindly confirm receipt of this Email and the attachment.

Yours sincerely

Lucia Nohemi Carlitos

Departamento Legal

PDF of attached letter: Abel letter judgement

Then around 10 days later:

 

From: Abel Garcia [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Friday, April 21

To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Subject: Santa Cruz Claims

Dear 

We are pleased to inform you that an official lodgment has successfully been implemented. Your case can now be pursued with the Santa Cruz courts should you wish to proceed.

Our Lawyer’s office will then liaise with you every step of the way until final settlement is obtained. We have been informed that there are very strong grounds for compensation.

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.

I remain

Yours sincerely

Maria Sanchez Gotera.

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

PDF of attached letter: Abel Letter Intro

The name of the sender on the second has been seen before and is in a previous article, the second name Lucia Nohemi Carlitos is a new one.

At least this is one UK resident and timeshare owner who has been saved thousands of pounds by just getting inquisitive and doing his homework and due diligence!

We have said it before and we will say it again, unless you have personally instructed a legitimate law firm to act on your behalf, you do not have any claim waiting to be heard at court. This gentleman’s story is a stark reminder of DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND DUE DILIGENCE.

For all the articles on this group of “fake law firms” type litigious abogados in the search box.

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Litigious Abogados: New Update

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Further to the articles published on Litigious Abogados and the two other companies, Litigar Abogados and Abogacia Española, Inside Timeshare has recently noticed that Abogacia Española is also the name of the register where you can check the validity of registered lawyers:

http://www.abogacia.es/servicios-abogacia/censo-de-letrados/

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So if you were to conduct a search for Abogacia Española you would in fact come up with that website heading the page. This would give you the confidence to believe that they were in fact a legitimate law firm.

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As we have stated before in our articles, there are many ways in which “bogus” operations will attempt to confuse you, using actual or similar names to legitimate companies, including using their website names albeit with different domains for example .com, .co.uk, .me, etc.

The more that we look into this operation the more it becomes apparent that it is very sophisticated indeed. From very genuine looking court documents to the letters and copies of the cheques that clients receive.

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Court Sentence (Right click to enlarge)

Along with the fact that all three websites are the same except for the names of the so-called lawyers, none who appear on the official Abogacia Española register, is proof enough that this is setup to fleece you of your hard earn cash.

Following is a list of all websites associated with these companies:

litigiousabogados.com

http://emiliocatillianos.com/

litigarabogados.com

http://manuelamasconde.com/

abogaciaespanola.com/

fernandoholaci.com/

www.davidoharstunjaime.com/

Names appearing on emails:

Luisa Ernas Fernandez Departamento Legal

Layla Lavame Fernandez Departamento Legal

Layla Lavame Carita Departamento Legal

Maria Sanchez Gotera Departamento Legal

Madelena Huele Aflores Departamento Legal

If you have received any call or email from any of these or similar firms purporting to be lawyers claiming against your timeshare company or resort, Inside Timeshare would like to hear from you. We will also help you to make official complaints to the relavent authorities, this may not help to get any money paid back into your account, but it will help to have operations such as this closed down. Remember any payment made by any other means than a credit card, that money is almost certainly lost.

If you are unsure as to the legitimacy of any company, Inside Timeshare will do its utmost to find the truth for you.

As we always say it pays to do your homework, it will save you money and a lot lot of heartache.

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