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Marriott Payout & Abogados El Palermo the Story Continues

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Inside Timeshare, today we report on the latest from the Courts in Malaga and the latest defeat for Marriott. We also highlight a story that has been published over the past few years, that of the Litigious Abogados Family and their various incarnations. The latest being Las Alas Abogados, over the years we now have over 120 different names for the law firms, procurators and notaries which have surfaced in this very sophisticated and well-planned fraud.

On Monday, Marriott paid over 28,934€ into the court’s account and this has now been transferred to the personal account of the English client.

The contract with Marriott Vacation Club was originally declared null and void by the Court of First Instance of Estepona, Malaga, with the court initially awarding 27,642€ a decision which Marriott then appealed against.

Marriott, unlike many of the other timeshare companies, duly complied with the court’s instructions and lodged the funds with the court immediately. Although Marriott appealed, this was their legal right, but it looks like it was just them clutching at straws.

The case itself has only taken 16 months to conclude from first being presented, this does really show that these appeals are lodged with only one purpose in mind, to delay proceedings for as long as possible. The hope we believe is that with these long waits for cases it will put others off from launching further cases.

The case was prepared and conducted by the Canarian Legal Alliance Lawyer  Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzalez, with Claims Consultant Jake Kaiser assisting the client through the procedure.

We now move to a story which originally began around 10 years ago, our reader was originally contacted by Solutions SL, this “company” has been around for a long time it has used various names in the past such as Simple Solutions. The company is registered with Spanish Company records as XYZ Solutions SL, Company Registration Number B76558519.

The address they have used in the past is:

Avenida Del Claudio Delgado Diaz 101, Las Chafiras, San Miguel De Abona, 38620.

Their registered address is:

Avda Del Sur S/n Edificio Ocean Golf And Country  38002  Santa Cruz De Tenerife

They used the website:

www.consumeract75.co.uk

They are also known for their email address: [email protected]

When Inside Timeshare first came across this company they were in the process of contacting consumers who had purchased the Designer Way Vacation Club from Incentive Leisure Group and the Personal Travel Group with promises of making a claim. This is how our reader first became involved.

We now come forward a few years to early this year, when our reader received notification from Grupo Perez Alonso, which is part of the “fake” El Palermo Abogados, which also included a “fake” court document showing that DWVC, Incentive Leisure Group, Personal Travel Group and the directors have been indicted and the amount of 32,000€ has been filed as the claim.

Well, considering that all these companies were closed down years ago and the Owner/Director Gary Peter Lee was killed several years ago in a cycling accident, it makes us wonder how he ended up in court?

In order for the case to be filed and being able to receive this bumper payout, there is a fee to be paid to Pérez Alonso of 768€, this has been reduced by negotiation by Julia Garcia of Solutions, as our reader is elderly, to just 695€!

Wow, that is a “massive” reduction, so very generous!

We now move to the point where the next part of the “sting” comes into play, the court hearing has been held, but this was in “camera”, not sure why as there is nothing which would warrant a closed hearing. Obviously, the outcome is just what we expected, they have all been found guilty and the 32,000€ has been awarded. Below is the “fake” court document sent to our reader.

The next stage has now been set, along with the “fake” court document is a photocopy of a cheque made out to our reader for 32,000€. It has been drawn on a La Caixa cheque, the only thing is that it is fake. The IBAN Number is false as have all the previous ones. Below is a copy of the email sent to our reader and a copy of the cheque and also the IBAN check results.

From: Amador Colatamo <[email protected]>

To: [email protected]

Date: 07 October 2020 at 15:46

Subject: Santa Cruz Compensations

Dear Mrs XXXXXX,

We are glad to inform you that we have this morning received, from the Courts, a certified copy of your cheque for the amount of 32,000€. A copy of which has been attached.

The compensation was meant to be remitted by International bank transfer, but due to the numerous cases they had at the Santa Cruz Court, they issued the payment in cheque form. This only means losing a few pounds when you deposit the Euro cheque in a Sterling account, but after all, we are very pleased that this has all come to a successful conclusion.

The Court Judgment for your compensation and the relevant tax documents have also been received on the 1st of October and posted to you on Friday the 2nd of October and we trust those should be with you soon.

Once the tax element has been met, our Lawyers shall finalise the tax logistics in order for the courts to release your compensation cheque and it will be posted to your address and should arrive to you in 5-8 working days, from the day it has been posted.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Amalia Lalamo Adiario

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

As you can see from the above email, a tax must now be paid in order to release the cheque, they have even obliged the “client/victim” by sending them a “Tax Form” already made out for the amount of 372€. Although the amounts being asked for are small, there are many of them to be made and they all soon mount up.

The main part of the “sting” is yet to come, had our reader paid this money, they would have received a jiffy bag by post with a letter from the court and the cheque attached. The only problem is the cheque is missing, enter the new company.

This company has been appointed by the court to investigate the missing cheque, which it turns out has been stolen by a gang of East Europeans and cashed. To add credibility they will claim that 16 or so post office workers have been arrested for conspiring with the criminal gang to steal the cheques. In order to get this money back, the new firm will require payment of between 10 & 20% of the cheque value, apparently, this will be reimbursed once the money has been recovered and paid out.

Previous opened envelope where the cheque was missing

At least our reader decided to make some enquiries before paying any more money and found Inside Timeshare. So at least they have only paid a small amount along with what they paid to Solutions in the first place.

The scenario of this fraud is the same as it has been for all the incarnations of these fake law firms right from the start. It is only the names that have changed.

When you begin to add up the total cost some people have paid it begins to run into the thousands. The list of crimes is getting ever longer, from falsifying court documents, cheques, notaries, procurators all the way to using photographs of people such as the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Argentina, a Senior Judge on the California District Court, the late president of Venezuela and the latest Las Alas Abogados using the current President of Mexico.

This is a fraud which has been able to keep one step ahead of the authorities, and has over the past five years defrauded hundreds of thousands from unsuspecting timeshare owners. This story is a very good example of why you should always check any information you receive from any company that contacts you and not just believe what they say because of the huge sums they claim you have been awarded or can get.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.

An earlier article on Solutions.

https://insidetimeshare.com/solutions-group-still-going/

Litigious Abogados Family Previous Articles.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=litigious+abogados+family

Origanl Article on El Paloma Abogados.

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-new-name-added-to-the-litigious-abogados-family-a-name-from-the-past/

Demands for Payments and Threats by Fake Law Firms

Inside Timeshare has been receiving many emails from some very concerned readers regarding demands for payments. These have included demands from the “FAKE” law firms that we have highlighted. These have also included threats of taking legal action against the “client” from our old friends the Litigious Abogados Family, CUC Abogados.

We begin with CUC Abogados operating out of Tenerife, on 30 July, we published another warning about this lot, from one reader who has lost thousands of pounds. Unfortunately, this reader was taken in by the very slick operation these crooks have concocted. These include “FAKE” court documents, “FAKE” Procurators and even “FAKE” Notaries based in the UK.

It all began when he received a “cold call” regarding his Westgate (US) timeshare, that they were being taken to court along with the director. As he purchased in the US, the Spanish Courts do not have any jurisdiction. It later turned out the case was against Incentive Leisure Group, DWVC and Personal Travel Group. As we know these companies no longer exist and have also been used before by not only CUC Abogados but all the previous incarnations we have named the Litigious Abogados Family.

Although we did not name him, CUC Abogados knew full well who he was due to the case. After the article was published they telephoned him and threatened his partner and told her that;

“the payment (non-existing) would now be stopped, and they will be taking me to court for slandering their name.”

This is not the first time this has happened, it has also happened with previous incarnations of this CRIMINAL GANG.

What a complete joke, a FAKE and FRAUDULENT operation threatening legal action for Slander! Should that not be Libel as it was written and they are supposed to be LAWYERS!

Yet Inside Timeshare has not even received any emails with any threat of legal action from CUC Abogados and it was published by Inside Timeshare!

We wonder why?

Well, our reader has not been rattled by this, although it may have caused some distress to his partner, he has just shrugged it off and is only pleased that his information may just help others to not get “stung” by this disgusting bunch of “CRIMINALS”.

We now move to Suarez and Simpson who we began to highlight on 18 July, this is yet another “FAKE” law firm operating out of the Costa del Sol, claiming to be working with the Màlaga High Court. They have even used the name of a Judge, who we as yet are not sure if he is genuine or fake, His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes. Enquiries are ongoing. This name is also being used by another “FAKE” law firm Morales Maxwell, which along with identical Modus Operandi and “FAKE” documents leads us to believe are the very same people.

We must also point out that the use of genuine names without their knowledge is a very common practice, this helps to convince people that the “law firm” is genuine if any searches are made.

Below is an example of this on the right is one of the “supposed founders of CUC”, next to it is the actual person whose identity has been stolen. Notice it is the same photograph but reversed and turned into monochrome in an attempt to stop any identification. Sorry CUC, it didn’t work!

Our latest information from a reader who contacted us this morning has been informed by Internal Transfer Investigations in London, phone no 0203 7692195;

“that award waiting for me but has “embargo” on, with a time limit of 5 days to sort out and to ring Maria Rodríguez at Courts of Malaga on 0034 604189749”.

If our reader did not pay the “LEGAL” fees by this Friday, the “embargo” would not be released and they would not receive the “Bankers Draft”.

Please note that the telephone number for Maria Rodriguez at the Courts of Málaga is a Spanish mobile telephone number, these would not be used by court officials.

So far we have not been able to identify any firm or organisation called Internal Transfer Investigations, but we have had the number checked and so far over 13,000 enquiries have been made. All have considered it a “Dangerous” number. The link below is from the website Who Called Me and shows those enquiries with another entry in Who Called Me UK .

https://who-called.co.uk/Number/02036277695

https://whocalledmeuk.co.uk/phone-number/2037692195

This link below explains the 0203 number, please also be aware that many genuine companies do use this configuration of London numbers.

https://www.lovemoney.com/news/28892/0203-code-phone-number-scam-cost-who-owns-this

One company that sells 0203 telephone numbers

https://www.switchboardfree.co.uk/0203-numbers/

These stories from our own readers are a very stark reminder of how vigilant you must be when being approached either by phone, email or post by any company or law firm. Especially if they are claiming they are either holding vast sums of money awarded by the courts on your behalf or that they are or have taken your timeshare company or other holiday product such as DWVC or Club Class to court.

The information is out there on the internet, you just have to know where to look, so it is vitally important for you to do your homework. If you are not familiar with searching for information and need help, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get in touch. The chances are we may already be aware of them.

REMEMBER PROTECT YOUR MONEY AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

UPDATE RECEIVED

Regarding our article published yesterday on Global Timeshare Legal Experts, Inside Timeshare received an email from the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) to inform us that cases and sentences published by ECC and M1 Legal have also been “Cut and Pasted” from their website. We just wonder how many more have also been used and not published but sent to clients as their own?

CUC Abogados: Latest Update & A Stark Warning

Today is the last article for this week due to personal reasons, but it was important to get this update on the latest information about the “FAKE” law firm in Tenerife, CUC Abogados. Unfortunately for this particular reader, he found our warnings too late and has gone the whole way with the “FRAUD” and has now lost a lot of money. He and Inside Timeshare have not even begun to calculate how much, but we suspect it will amount to several thousand pounds over the period he was taken in. Today we reveal the end game with the latest players.

It all began last year when our reader received a “cold call” from CUC Abogados. They informed him that his timeshare company Westgate was being taken to court for misselling and he could be part of the case. There is only one problem here which our reader did not realise, Westgate is a US company and only operates there and not in Europe, so the Spanish courts would not have had jurisdiction.

He also received a court update from Julia a very familiar name, from Solutions Ltd using the email [email protected] an email address that has been used for a number of years and was highlighted as a scam operation many years ago.

Later it turned out that the “case” involving at least 43 named individuals was against Incentive Leisure Group, DWVC and Personal Travel Group. As we know these companies no longer exist and have also been used before by not only CUC Abogados but all the previous incarnations we have named the Litigious Abogados Family.

Follow this link for all articles published over the years:

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=litigious+abogados+family

He then received an email with an attached “court sentence” showing that each person named had been awarded 32.000€. Inside Timeshare has received many of these over the past 4 years and all are very good fakes. All names have been redacted.

He then received another email with yet another attached sentence, this time only he was named. It confirmed that he had been awarded 32,000€.

Over the ensuing weeks, he received several emails with various attachments along with invoices for payment. The next point was the “tax” that was required in order to release the payment made by the court. Again he followed their instruction and transferred the requested amount. See PDF below.

At last, he was going to receive the cheque for 32,000€, an envelope duly arrived by post, but as we already know from previous readers, the envelope had been opened and the cheque was missing.

Enter the new law firm appointed by the court to investigate and recover the “stolen and cashed” cheque. Obviously another fee required which he again paid by bank transfer. Apparently as with the previous instances of the “missing cheques”, it was cashed by a gang of East Europeans, with around 16 postal workers being arrested for colluding with the gang.

Eventually, he was told the money had been lodged in an Escrow account with a UK Notary called Flanagans Notary Services. Tara Quinn Flanagan, the notary then issued an invoice for £261. This was to be paid by bank transfer to:

Bank: Revolut Ltd

Bank Address: 7 West Ferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4HD

Account Number: 43688128

Sort Code: 040075

Another invoice from Flanagans Notary Service was also received, this time the name of the account holder and bank details are different from the first one:

Account Holder: Peter Klan Flanagans

Holder´s Address: 111b, Maldin Walk, Woodford Green, Flanagans Notary, London, IG8 7HA

Bank: Lloyds Bank Bank Address: 15 Merthyr Road, Cardiff, South Glamour, CF14 1DA

Account Number: 12598468

Sort Code: 309894 

Inside Timeshare has not found any Notary in the UK using the name Flanagans Notary Services. It is also a fact that the logo on the invoice is the same logo used in the past for the “FAKE” Spanish Notaries.

There is now also a new twist to the tale, an indemnity insurance costing £139, from Brockway Insurance and Reinsurance apparently based in Cardiff. Again this was to be paid into a Nationwide account in Cardiff to a P A Brockway. The account details are:

Account Number: 07705422

Sort Code: 070806

Account Title: P. A. Brockway Account

Address: 18, Queen Street, Brockway Services, Cardiff, CF23 3BC

Again Inside Timeshare has not found any insurance company by that name in the UK.

This is a very well planned and orchestrated “FRAUD”, the documents and letters all look very genuine, especially to those who have never seen the originals

Inside Timeshare has all documents and emails received by our reader and will provide the Spanish authorities with them in due course. Our reader has also filed a full report with Action Fraud in the UK and also supplied them with all documents and emails.

It is a shame that our reader was taken in for the full “scam” before he found out the truth. It is unlikely that any of this money will ever be recovered, but we do hope that the perpetrators of this massive fraud are eventually caught and brought to justice.

This is just one person, remember that there were 43 named individuals on the first court document, how many more than this have also been taken in?

This FRAUD will have netted at least several hundreds of thousands of pounds from all the incarnations of this despicable group.

It is stories like this which enforce the need to be ever vigilant when receiving any cold calls, emails or letters regarding your timeshare, or even companies you may have found yourself on the internet.

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST, IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY AND HEARTACHE.