Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, just for a change, this weekend has been rather quiet with very few emails being received and no new “dubious” law firms or claims companies coming to light. Once again the emails we have received feature the same old names we have been publishing over the past few weeks such as Torcaz Abogados, JSD Group and Morales and Maxwell. All with the same wonderful news that the client has a substantial amount of money waiting for them in the courts, but as usual you must pay them first to release the money. You can see all the articles on JSD, Morales and Torcaz on the links below.
Having a look around the internet this morning at some of the other websites and forums, we could not help but notice the mindtimeshare website. They have still not published any new blog since 14 November 2019, this is highly unusual for mindtimeshare.
We do know that once Alberto Garcia was removed and they lost their funding from the RDO things have not gone well for them and they apparently reverted to using their own data to pass clients to other companies in order to survive. We just wonder if this is a sign that we may just have heard the last of mindtimeshare?
This case once again involved illegal contracts containing a duration of more than 50 years and was using the “floating weeks” system. The companies were also fined for the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period.
The original purchase price was around 70,000€ with the penalty payments this has been increased to 103,793.51€, that is almost 34,000€ more than what they originally paid. The court also awarded legal interest and declared the contract null and void.
So we have one very happy ex-Anfi timeshare owner and a very happy successful legal team. Congratulations to you all.
If you think you may have a claim for an illegal timeshare contract and would like to know more about your legal rights and options, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.
Please also remember to check any company that cold calls with the story that your timeshare company has been taken to court and they are now holding substantial sums for you. There will always be a catch.
Welcome to the last article for this week and what a week it has been, our email inbox has once again been busy with enquiries from readers trying to find out about companies that have cold-called them. Thankfully most are ones we have highlighted on these pages in the past with some new information which clearly points to a scam. Before we begin the roundup of this week’s news we begin with some new information about the “fake” law firm Morales and Maxwell.
Morales and Maxwell first came to our attention in mid-June, they appear to be targeting Eze Group members stating that the Málaga Courts have seized assets of Eze Group and there are substantial amounts of money being awarded by the courts to their clients.
These are quite substantial amounts all around £20,000 plus, but as usual, there are fees of around £2,400 which need to be paid to allow the courts to release the funds. Clients are being given a Spanish Mobile number which is supposed to belong to the Málaga courts to verify the facts. Well, we do know that the courts will not be using mobile telephones for this type of enquiry.
It has now transpired that Morales & Maxwell are now sending a document supposedly from the Oficina Judicial de Andalucia, very strange indeed considering the courts are part of the Ministry of Justice which is a National Government Ministry. We at Inside Timeshare have never seen any document like this in all the years we have been running.
The document is attached below as a PDF file, so far we have not been able to identify the Judge His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes, or if he is indeed genuine and as usual his name is being used without his knowledge. More information will be published as and when it is available.
On Tuesday we reported on the Tenerife fake law firm Torcaz Abogados, yet another incarnation of the Litigious Abogados Family we have reported on over the last 4 years. This article highlighted the same Modus Operandi as the previous incarnations right down to the “stolen” cheque from the post by a gang of “Bulgarians”, and the investigation and questioning of the post office staff as the “law firm” claimed it was an “inside job”.
You can read the full story on the following link:
On Wednesday we highlighted the continuing story of Mark Rowe and his companies and that one of them of which he is still director Lansdown Financial Ltd is now the “Trading Name” of Mellor Solicitors. A relatively new law firm only registered on 19 June 2017, and supposedly doing the “claims” for Mark Rowe’s previous clients of ABC Legal & ABC Lawyers whose claims were then passed to Lansdown Financial. The full story can be read at the following link.
On Thursday a breaking news story was published titled “Uncovered: Anfi Attempts to Avoid Embargoed Accounts”. This article highlights the tactics being employed by Anfi to divert funds from Spanish accounts that are or may be subject to embargoes by the Spanish courts.
Although the beneficiaries of the payments are Anfi, these accounts are with banks in the UK, Germany, Denmark and elsewhere. Inside Timeshare has in the past published many stories on the Anfi practice of diverting funds between accounts in order to delay or prevent payment to clients who have won their cases. This story is likely to come to the attention of the Spanish press who are very keen to publish when it does Inside Timeshare will bring you their findings.
The full article can be seen at the following link.
The court declared the contract null & void due to the duration of the contract being for more than 50 years, containing floating weeks and the illegal taking of deposits. The court, in this case, awarded the client 102,427.91€ plus legal fees and legal interest. This is a whopping 30% more than his original purchase price.
On the first day of the month in another case at the High Court of Las Palmas (appeals), CLA won on behalf of another Norwegian client against Palm Oasis Tasolan.
The appeal was brought by Palm Oasis who lost at the Court of First Instance, with the High Court dismissing the appeal. They confirmed the sentence of the lower court which declared the contract null & void and awarded over 22,000€ back to the client.
These cases do show that the courts are now firmly behind consumers of timeshare and are following the law to the letter. It just amazes us that the timeshare companies still refuse to accept that their contracts are illegal and that the Supreme Court has interpreted the law incorrectly and continue to drag the case out with frivolous appeals.
On the point of the fake law firms and dubious claims companies, it is very important that you do your checks before believing what you are told on a cold-call or engaging their services. If you do not want to lose any further money then
Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, over the weekend we have received many more emails from readers who have been contacted by Morales and Maxwell and JSD Group. On Friday we highlighted a new twist into the JSD scam, a telephone call from Helen Jones claiming to be working for the British Government. This involved the “interception” of a cheque from Morales & Maxwell which Helen Jones needed to verify was genuine and not “money laundering”, this has now moved one stage further.
We have now received another email from a concerned reader after being contacted by Helen Jones, she claims that a bank transfer has been intercepted and is being held on suspicion of “money laundering”. Obviously she needs to verify that the transfer to the clients is genuine, I suppose that once she informs the clients it is genuine they are more than likely to pay what has been demanded, an initial payment of £2,400. She also gave them a contact number 0203 769 1182.
Helen also informs our reader that they must contact Julia Lopez who speaks English and is connected to the Malaga court, the telephone number is 0034 603 249 793, which is a Spanish mobile. Surely if Julia Lopez was connected to the court it would be a landline and verifiable as a court number.
Our reader is this instance refused to pay by bank transfer, only by credit card which they are unable to do. They were sent the bank details and when doing their own “due diligence” discovered that this is a “bogus” company. Our readers are certainly right there!
Another reader has also been contacted by Morales & Maxwell, once again the pitch is that Eze Group funds and assets have been seized by the court in Malaga and are now available to be paid out to former Eze clients.
But in order to have this money released, there is an upfront fee of again £2,400!
This reader explained that they were very insistent that it should be paid quickly as if it is not paid within 5 days, the court will return the money to the government and it will be gone.
Our next reader contacted Inside Timeshare on behalf of her elderly parents, once again being contacted by phone they too have been awarded a substantial amount by the Malaga court. Problem is it is a timeshare they gave up many years ago.
Once again the telephone for Julia Lopez at “Malaga court” was given and they also were given a “case” number which on checking is fake. Luckily, this reader also did some checks and believed it is a scam contacting Inside Timeshare for further information.
We now move to more emails being received from readers regarding JSD Group, yet another “fake” firm with some very dubious past connections.
In this call from Anna Clark, she explained how they could get back over £15,000 our reader “lost” in past timeshare dealings in the 1990s and 2000s. She seemed to know a great deal about our readers’ past purchases especially those of Club Class and Marina Leisure. It does not take a genius to guess where they got that information.
This time the fee to claim back the money is £600, but this was very quickly reduced to £350 when our reader said they would not pay anything upfront. Again a sure sign this is a scam!
A very similar story came from another email, this time several more names have been provided, Michel Harper, Kathryn Clarke and Suzanna Tate. Again our reader felt suspicious especially when the “fee” was again reduced, they searched the internet for any information and came across our initial post on JSD Group. Thankfully this convinced them not to deal with JSD.
In another email one reader was contacted regarding a timeshare they gave up in 2000, that’s 20 years ago!
There was a substantial “compensation” claim including “interest”, and the cost to recover this money is only £600, again this was reduced to £350 as they refused to pay by bank transfer. Again they decided something was not quite right and did a search coming up with our articles. Thankfully they have been prevented from paying anything.
These examples are a clear sign that you must be very cautious when dealing with any “company” that cold calls you especially if they have very accurate information on past dealings. You should also take precautions before filling out any forms on websites you may come across, many of these are what are known as “lead generating sites”. This information is collected and then sold to various companies most of which will end up on these pages.
The problem is once you fill out the form and provide all the information then hit submit you have given your permission for them to “pass/sell” that on to the many bogus scam operators out there.