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Fake Law Firms Over The Years

Our apologies for not publishing anything yesterday, the schedule was somewhat disrupted for urgent research, the results of this will be published in due course. During the searching of our archives for information required, we came across a few lists. These contained the names of the fake law firms, procurators, notaries and others who have appeared on our pages over the past years. By far the most prolific were those associated with The Litigious Abogados Family.

Some of these have only appeared on our numerous warning lists due to their associations, others had articles running for weeks. Our first selection covers 31 fakes, 24 associated with The Litigious Abogados Family, 5 with no record and 2 with articles of their own.

We begin with B Olmo Associados, they first graced our pages in December 2018 and were apparently based in Madrid. They used the address:

Calle Gonzalo de Córdoba 11 28010 Madrid

Their website which is no longer available was:

https://bolmoasociados.com

If you needed any proof these were fakes then this is it, unfortunately, this does not help those who did not heed the warnings and believed them. One reader who brought them to our attention did pass on our findings of them and the reply they received was published on 24 April 2020. This reply was further proof of the scam.

It seems that you embed us in the same category as those of others who cheat money essential methods of cajoling people who do not understand what it is about. We can not and must not accept this.

We are a serious recognized law firm whose registered holder of the Bar of Madrid, which you yourself have been able to ascertain.

We can not and must not accept that you give us guidelines how the transfer must be done to thy favors.

First because the contract for transfer is given by the Court and not by us. Second, the Court will this contract in any case give without payment of the 9.2% legal fees he had received.

If you really want to be 100% sure that it will be transferred to you allocated amount of EUR 49152.98 to you is, as you already knew, the only way to pay the statutory 9.2% amounting to 4522.07 euros in the Escrow Holding Court.

In case you do not want to do this, we owe it to the Court to indicate that YOU (clients name) to perform this payment after the Court Your file will be closed and you thereby further has no rights to use your timeshare and other recoveries.

Today after 16:00 we will contact you by phone you (if you want to be as polite phone recording)

and we will ask your any further explanation.

Sincerely;

OLMOS ABOGADOS

Very polite letter don’t you think?

This FAKE Law firm is also another that used the name of an unsuspecting genuine lawyer, the registration details they gave on the website linked to a female lawyer whose name was only very partially similar. Again more proof of fraud in the making.

Banco de España. The genuine one.

The next one which appeared was Banco de España, unfortunately, it is not or will not be the last time the name of the Bank of Spain is used.

Now, this particular Fake did not have a website, but they did communicate via email and also gave out a telephone number. The email was 

[email protected]

A Gmail account for a national Bank, come on, that is a bit too obvious!

Then the telephone number:

 0034602576406

Yes it is Spanish, but it is a mobile number and I very much doubt that any “official” for the Bank of Spain would be communicating via mobile.

The scam involved supposed court cases against a large list of companies, many of them were at the time in the news after extensive police raids. The full list is:

European Finance Solutions, EFS, Excalibur, Level 9 Resolutions SL, Sun Travel International, Half Moon Holdings, Principle Travel, Simple Timeshare Sales, Freewall Solutions, End Vacation, Iberian Dream Homes, Holiday Rentals Direct, Breakaway Vacation, CMC Accounts, Selling Time, Timeshare Resale, Emerald Rock Holdings, Blue Chip, Blue Diamond, Fast Line, etc”.

The more their email went on the more you could see it was a scam, quoting “laws” which don’t exist, tax payments required before the compensation can be paid out to non-Spanish residents and a whole host more.

They even had the cheek to warn about giving credit card details away or doing bank transfers, yet they would be requiring payment very shortly.

The other point which really hit home that it was a scam was their long tirade against Alberto Garcia formerly of Mindtimeshare. This really did make many laugh, OK, Inside Timeshare was no fan of his, but the accusations were so childish.

List of just some of The Litigious Abogados Family

24hnotificaciones 

Abogados Abel Garcia

Abogacia Española

Procuradores Tabreul – Abel Deraza Tabreul

Abogados AG – Armando Gonzalez Areca 

Abogados Amable Garcia

Abogados El Palomo

Abogados Las Alas

Abogados Litigacion España

Alberto Diendro Nabalez – Litigacion España

Alberto Rogalvera

Alejandro Omross Procuradores

Amador Ganeca – Amador Juandoz Ganeca

Amador Ganeca

Amador Galeca Abogados

Amador Malodan Galeca

Angel Alarcon Prieto Notario

Auxiliar Lawyers

Auxiliares Lawyers

Auxilium SA

Bulganu & Valentin Asesoria

Carlos Igraim Procurador                                                        

Carlos Ingramo Procuradores                                                

Carlos Imgran Procuraduria   

On the list with no research or article

Abogados Halcón

Abogados Litigation

Abogados Imdenise Procurares

Antonio Delgado Raimo Procuradores

Ayuda Legal Abogados Madrid

Canti Abogados

Some of the above are suspected of being linked to The Litigious Abogados Family, but little about them could be found at the time, so they were archived.

These may have disappeared, but the people behind them are still perpetrating their scams, they have changed their names and sometimes their methods, as we have constantly seen with The Litigious Abogados Family. Just from the short list above we have seen 24 different incarnations of their fake lawyers, procuradores and notaries.

Looking at these names from the past should remind you all of how careful you have to be when it comes to cold callers, unsolicited emails and texts. Don’t take what they say for granted, do your own checking or get in touch with Inside Timeshare.

Articles on Olmos Abogados

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-fake-law-firms/

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-fake-law-firm-from-madrid/

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-the-week-2/

Banco de España Article

https://insidetimeshare.com/fake-banco-de-espana-emails-claiming-money-is-held/

Another New Cold Caller Identified with Rather Dubious Links

Starting the day in our usual way checking on articles and posts on other timeshare related websites over coffee, we came across the Mindtimeshare blog and their warning on Timeshare Helper. Looking at their website something caught our eye as being very familiar, checking our own recent posts we were not disappointed. It certainly seems they are linked to other entities that we have published information about over the past couple of weeks.

Timeshare Helper using the website:

https://timeshare-helper.com/

Which was only registered on 26 November 2020 and expires on 26 November 2022, again the registrant of the website is hidden by privacy protection, so there is no indication of who is behind it.

The website itself is very basic, being one page with a menu that scrolls to the relevant section. These sections are headed:

  • Who We Are
  • Why Choose Us
  • How Can We Help
  • Client Appreciation
  • Current Legislation
  • Contact Us

The Who We Are section contains no real company information whatsoever, in fact, there is nothing about them anywhere on the website, no company registration, no address or telephone number.

But it does say:

“We are leading experts in the area of timeshare purchases and contracts having assisted hundreds of clients. What’s more, the advice we offer is completely impartial, designed to give you a clear picture of your entire situation.”

Now for a website that has only been registered for 5 months, they certainly must be very good to have helped “hundreds of clients”:

The start of that statement is also rather telling, that they are “leading experts” in timeshare purchases and contracts. That is probably because they are the ones that sold it to you in the first place.

What caught our eye was in the Client Appreciation section and the three testimonials they publish, there was something very familiar about them, we were sure we had seen them before and yes we were correct.

All three appear on the website for Timeshare Support Centre, another new cold caller we published a warning about on 7 April 2021, (see link below).

https://insidetimeshare.com/one-reader-deals-with-a-cold-caller/

The “testimonials” published on both websites are exactly the same, word for word, the only differences are the names of the so-called “clients”!

Client Appreciation Page: Timeshare Help
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Testimonials: Timeshare Support Centre
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Now if that doesn’t get the alarm bells ringing, we are not sure what will!

As we stated there is no address or telephone number, just a very simple contact form, so the website itself is just a lead generator for those searching for help with their timeshare problems.

Now as for the “cold calls”, these are being made from a number with a Birmingham code, 01216302276, but again this does not mean they are actually located in Birmingham.

The number, however, does come up with links to various other scams, not just timeshare, according to the website who called me, (see link below), page 2 also mentions that it has been linked to a “National Insurance Scam”.

https://who-called.co.uk/Number/01216302276

So far, everything about these cold callers looks extremely dodgy, the lack of company information, the obviously fake “testimonials” and then the comments on who called me.

It also appears they may be linked to companies we have had reason to warn readers about this month:

According to information from our own readers, these are all calling on behalf of Aegis Direct who are based in Tenerife. Just on this alone, we can safely assume they are also calling on behalf of Aegis Direct. (see link below).

https://insidetimeshare.com/latest-cold-callers-update/

Once again, this reinforces the care you must take when receiving cold calls or searching the internet for a company to help you with your timeshare problem. Not all are genuine, in fact, most are more than likely to be scam operations and it can be virtually impossible for you to tell the genuine from the fake.

If you have received a call from any of the companies mentioned above even ones that have not appeared on our pages, or you have found one on the internet and you would like to know if they are genuine or more than likely scammers, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

Wednesday News: Another New Fake Lawyer and More Woes for Anfi

Welcome to our Wednesday edition of Inside Timeshare, today we have a look at yet another “fake” law firm to emerge, once again it appears they are using the name and details of a genuine lawyer to give themselves credibility. This is another example of the theft of someone’s identity to commit fraud. We also have a look at the latest case involving Anfi in the High Court and a look at yet another article on the Tauro Beach Project.

First, we have a look at yet another “fake” law firm to rear its ugly head, during our usual morning search of the internet, we found this on the Mindtimeshare website, so Inside Timeshare decided to delve a little deeper into this “Law firm”.

The firm is called Cabrera Ayala Abogados with the website:

https://cabreraayala.com/

This was registered on 4 May 2020 and is due to expire next month on 4 May 2021, so again only registered for a short time. The registrant is also hidden so there is no clue as to who is behind the website.

The given address on the website is:

Calle Alejandro Casona 22 4B 28035 Madrid España

Email Adress:

[email protected]

Telephone: +34 931 845 020

Now considering they claim to be in Madrid, 931 just happens to be the code for Barcelona.

Mobile: +34 603 365 063

The information also includes the following information

Cabrera Ayala Abogados

With the Colegio de Abogados de Madrid registration number:

Colegiado nº 63893

On checking the Censo de Letrados, which is the register of all licenced and practising lawyers in Spain, we find that the actual lawyer is Jose Luis Cabrera Ayala. The address given on the registration is Calle Alejandro Casona 3 12 28035 Madrid. As you can see the address is in the same street but the numbers are different.

It is also noticeable that the mobile number given for the Genuine lawyer is +34 626 312 905, again different to the one shown on the website.

Doing a search for Jose Luis Cabrera Ayala came up with some very surprising information, this is a lawyer who seems to have a very respectable reputation and specialises in Sanitary Law, (health), so nothing to do with timeshare law or contracts. This information came from Emerita Legal, see link below.

https://www.emerita.legal/abogado/jose-luis-cabrera-ayala-84087

There is also a Linkedin page for this lawyer which also shows his rather illustrious career.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jose-luis-cabrera-ayala-564a96177/

It is absolutely clear that whoever is behind this website has stolen and is using the identity of a respected lawyer for fraudulent purposes.

Again this enforces the point that you must be very careful when dealing with any company or law firm that contacts you or that you have found on the internet.

High Court of Las Palmas

Moving on to Anfi, they have once again lost another case in the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas, yet another of their appeals to go down the swanny.

The original case brought on behalf of the Norwegian Client by Canarian Legal Alliance was heard in the Court of First Instance Number 2 of San Bartelóme de Tirajana. The contract was deemed illegal and declared null and void, the court also ordered Anfi to repay the client 48,197€ plus legal interest.

As was expected by the lawyers at CLA, Anfi lodged another appeal to the High Court, CLA Lawyers also launched an appeal of their own. This appeal was regarding the payment in double of deposits illegally taken within the statutory cooling-off period in line with the law and the rulings of the Supreme Court, due to the Court of First Instance who appeared not to have taken this into account.

The High Court as expected rejected and dismissed the appeal by Anfi and upheld the original sentence. The judges also accepted the appeal by CLA in regards to the doubling of the illegally taken payments, increasing the award by 45,654€ bringing the total to 93,851€ plus legal interest.

The case was prepared and presented by Eva Gutierrez with Caroline Castro assisting the client.

Yesterday, the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) published a short article on the Anfi Tauro Beach Project, a story that Inside Timeshare has been following for a number of years. In this article, they explain the long-running battle over this project with not only the local citizens but also the authorities.

The project has now been well and truly cancelled, it now remains to be seen if it is ever resurrected in the future or if the beach will be returned to its original state. Obviously Inside Timeshare will be keeping an eye on any developments and let you know.

If you require any information on any company regarding your timeshare or you would like to know your legal options be they a claim or just relinquishment, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.