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Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Monster Clients Targeted

At the start of this year Inside Timeshare published an article on the latest scam which was then targeting Eze Group clients, only this was not coming from Spain but Greece. Clients were being contacted supposedly by The Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, well, they seem to have switched their targets, it is now clients of companies owned and operated by Mark Rowe.

The scam is just as before, the clients are contacted by an unsolicited email claiming their case which is part of a “Class Action Lawsuit”. According to the email which from Panagiotis Chatzitheofanos, another familiar name and is signed by none other than Stavros Mpotsari who we have already mentioned in the previous articles, the case was originally heard in another “European member” state, where the “initial crime” took place. But unfortunately, the assets had already been moved so there was no “compensation” for the claimants.

The email address being used is [email protected]

Now for the good news, thanks to the “tenacity” of the lawyer who worked on this clients behalf he found a link between several new companies formed in Greece. We just wonder who the lawyer is?

Well, our guess is it is yet another name linked to Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and dubious companies in Spain, namely Platinum Services and Administration SL, Litigation Services SL and a name from the past Greenges 2005 SL. All are using the name of Jose Lara Cabello, who we do know is a lawyer registered with the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Málaga.

Inside Timeshare has in the past published his name, emails have been sent to him to verify if he is aware that his name is being used or if he is working with these companies, no reply has ever been received. Again Inside Timeshare leaves you the reader to draw your own conclusions.

With the email, there was also an “official court summary” with English translation, which begins with “The Honourable High Judge Dr Nikos Paraskevopoulos sited at court room 1a of the Court of Cassation, chosen by the Cabinet of the Council of State under the Articles 87-100A of the constitution”.

There is a Dr Nikos Paraskevopoulos, he is actually a very eminent criminologist who was also at one time the Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, being appointed after being elected an MP in 2015 Professor of criminal law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s Law School and is also Vice President of one of Greece’s largest drug rehabilitation and social integration clinics. We wonder if he knows his name is being used?

See link to Wikipedia entry for Dr Nikos Paraskevopoulos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikos_Paraskevopoulos


Dr Nikos Paraskevopoulos

The companies named as appearing in court are:

Now we do know that these companies which are part of the Mark Rowe “empire” (albeit crumbling), are under investigation in Tenerife and the UK, but as yet no case has been brought, which makes a mockery of the claim made in the email.

The Greek version of the “summary” includes the Signature of  Dr Nikos Paraskevopoulos which you can see in the PDF below, we have also found a letter from the good Dr to the European Commissioner for Human Rights with his signature. They are very obviously different.

Now considering that Eze Group were originally targeted by the Spanish companies we mentioned and also by Hellenic Republic, then the switch to Monster clients, along with the name of the Spanish lawyer Jose Lara Cabello, it is now looking like this “fraud” is being perpetrated by the same people. The links are too close to be just a coincidence, again we leave you the reader to decide!

If you have been contacted by any of the companies mentioned, especially Hellenic Republic please use our contact page and let us know.

Links to previous articles

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-consumer-warnings/

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-mid-week-report-platinum-services-and-administration-sl/

https://insidetimeshare.com/hellenic-republic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-the-latest-eze-group-scam/

https://insidetimeshare.com/update-eze-group-scam-coming-from-greece/

Timeshare Owners Protection Plan Ltd: Another Mark Rowe Creation

As our regular readers are aware, Inside Timeshare has been publishing over the years many articles on the antics of Mark Rowe and his various companies. This began with his Monster Credits and Monster Rewards package, through to sellmytimeshare.tv which was the initial contact to sell the much-maligned and discredited Monster Credits scheme. He then replaced Monster with a renamed version called Jive Hippo and at every point, he has come up with new companies and money-making schemes. Today we highlight yet another of his worthless programmes to help timeshare owners.

This particular scheme stems from the “exit” & “compensation” scheme set up by Rowe using his companies ABC Legal & ABC Lawyers, this along with a plethora of other so-called “legal” firms duped timeshare owners into signing up to relinquish their timeshare memberships. Along with this, there would be a claim for “compensation” once the cancellation has been done. This is passed to yet another Mark Rowe company Lansdown Financial Ltd.

As we know from the many enquiries Inside Timeshare has received that these “cancellations” of membership have never actually been done. The client receives a letter from whichever of Rowe’s “law” firms they have dealt with to inform them that their ownership is in their “opinion terminated”

Mark Rowe, not as innocent as he looks!

The common factor for all those who have enquired is the fact they were told to just stop paying the annual maintenance fees. The hope of Rowe was that the timeshare companies would not chase for arrears. Unfortunately, this is not the case, Inside Timeshare knows for a fact that many of the timeshare companies will actively chase for arrears and send in the debt collection agencies. If the “debt” is not paid then action against the member is taken in the County Courts, this results in either the owner paying the debt before a court hearing to avoid receiving a County Court Judgement.

Now as Mark Rowe does know this fact as he has been around the industry for many years, he came up with yet another scheme to allay the fears of “his clients”. This is the Timeshare Owners Protection Plan.

It is a “certificate of indemnity” so if the timeshare company does take legal action then Rowe’s clients will get legal cover to fight the case. The only problem is that according to the “Certificate of Registration” it clearly states:

“This certificate confirms that discretionary legal benefits scheme cover (subject to terms and conditions overleaf) is supplied and operated by Timeshare Owners Protection Plan Ltd”.

Then if we go to the terms and condition section 3.1 it explains what is meant by discretionary:

“Discretionary means that our directors have the unfettered, optional, non-compulsory right and authority to decide whether or not to provide support in connection with a claim against you by a timeshare resort owner”.

Well, it could not be clearer than that, it is the directors who decide if they will fund any defence!

So who is the director?

I do think you have already guessed, Mark Rowe himself, along with Clifford Donald Wing, who is a rather new name to come up, (we just wonder if he is aware of Rowe’s somewhat colourful past).

The company Timeshare Owners Protection Plan Limited is registered with Company House with the Company Registration Number 10775452. It was incorporated as a company on 17 May 2017 and the registered address is:

71 Queen Victoria Street London England EC4V 4BE

The company itself is listed as a “Micro” entity and in the PDF file below you will see last year’s account statement, as you will see it has no funds or assets. Now, this does beg the question: Where does the funding for legal representation come from?

Inside Timeshare thinks that the answer is in the “discretionary” point of the scheme, it will not be forthcoming!

On the 10 May 2018, there was a change in persons or entities with significant control, this was passed from ABC Legal to another company called TOPPL Holdings Ltd, Company Registration Number 11347556 and the registered address:

71 Queen Victoria Street London England EC4V 4BE

The company was incorporated on the 4 May 2018, just 6 days the change of significant control, but the person who has this control and is the director of TOPPL Holdings Ltd is none other than our old friend Mark Rowe!

So once again we see the devious mind of Rowe in action, taking money from unsuspecting owners, filling them with false hopes and promises, worthless certificates showing “cancellation of timeshare contracts” and then the certificate promising protection from legal action.

Over the year this man has invented and run some of the most prolific scams in the timeshare world yet he has been able to get away with it all. Well, that is until now, we know that several of his companies are under police investigation for fraud in the UK and Tenerife, it is only time before the authorities go knocking on his door and he will eventually see the inside of a prison cell!

If you have been a victim of Mark Rowe or any of his companies please use our contact page and let us know, Inside Timeshare also urges you to file complaints with Action Fraud and also Trading Standards.

Remember do your homework before engaging with companies such as these, if you are not sure if they are genuine and will do what they promise the contact Inside Timeshare for advice. You have nothing to lose and it will save you in the end.

Start the Week

We start this week with a look at some of the companies we have highlighted over the past few months, many of these are now going into liquidation. These companies are in most case only around two years old and began as “contract termination” with “no win no fee” claims once the contract has been cancelled. We also look at some of those that are under investigation or are in court and those that have even been sentenced.

First we look at RSB Legal, this company first came to our attention back in 2016, there modas operandi was very simple, once they contacted the timeshare owner the offer was to meet at one of their offices to discuss a “no win no fee” claim against the clients timeshare company. This soon turned into a pitch for the cancellation of the contract first, once this had been completed then the claim could go forward.

The one problem was they needed upwards of £6,000 to do the cancellation to be paid in advance, the claim would come later. The question that was asked was how was the claim to be made? After all it couldn’t go to court, especially if it was a timeshare bought in Spain, as once a contract is cancelled then no claim could be taken to court.

This left a Section 75 claim under The Credit Consumer Act 1974, against the credit card company or the finance company if it was purchased with a loan supplied by the timeshare company.

These were unlikely to have paid out, as with all section 75 claims you must show either: you have not received the goods or services paid for; the company has gone into liquidation; faulty goods unfit for purpose. This is fine if you are purchasing say a washing machine, but with a holiday product, especially a timeshare purchased many years ago, you will have used it and taken holidays. Even if the company no longer exists it would be difficult to get a payout.

Section 75 does not cover the misrepresentation of the sales agent at the time of purchase, if it is not in the contract it was never said!

The credit card provider will always contact the company involved to get their side, obviously, they will say that you have received the goods and services, after all you have used it. You may argue that you were unable to use it as you could not get the dates you required, the answer of the timeshare company is always going to be, sorry but these are always subject to availability, we did offer alternatives but the member didn’t want those. Hence claim denied.

Another twist is RSB Legal palmed off the cancellations to another firm Taylor Marshall Associates, a very clever move as if the contract wasn’t cancelled, no claim could be made against RSB Legal under section 75. They would claim that they have fulfilled their part of the contract and it was Taylor Marshall who had not done the work.

This is a scenario that we have seen on many occasions with many of these “Exit Companies”. Once it is passed over the client is then told that they should no longer pay their maintenance fees as their contract will be cancelled within weeks. The unfortunate thing is that nothing was done, the exit company did not carry out the work and the client ends up with several years of maintenance fee arrears. This has been the case with RSB Legal clients passed to Taylor Marshall, especially those members of Club la Costa. In this case CLC had informed RSB and Taylor that they do not recognise them, that they do not deal with third parties, but will cancel a membership directly with the member only and free of charge!

For those clients who have been through this, you can try a section 75 claim, but you should also report to Trading Standards and Action Fraud.

Back in January 2018, we reported on the announcement that Standon Mortimer Associates were the subject of a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation. Again this was a company contacting clients for exit and claims, the list of companies they were involved with is quite extensive, including RSB Legal, FHA Marketing along with Anderson Read Consultancy, Warwickshire ConsultantsCharles Ashworth Consultants and Harwood Jones Consulting.

So it looks like all these companies were all working hand in hand, the unifying factor appears they all worked with or for RSB Legal. The unfortunate thing is that many people have paid and lost thousands, yet these companies are limited liability companies and go into liquidation after spiriting the money away leaving no way of retrieving what you have lost. It just makes you wonder what new companies and scams they owners are going to come up with next.

As we know the Regional Organised Crime Unit of Somerset & Avon Police are investigation several Mark Rowe companies, we have also been told by reliable sources that Hollywood Marketing in Tenerife is also under investigation by the Spanish Authorities.

The companies under investigation include sellmytimeshare.tv, Monster Rewards and Monster Credits, yet Mark Rowe is still advertising in the press, facebook and other media his ABC Lawyers, Timeshare-Lawyers and other companies. The unfortunate thing is that many people will believe any advert they see in the press.

A good example is one reader, an elderly lady who saw one of his adverts in the Royal British Legion magazine, so naturally she thought it was genuine. The next thing is she had been sold Monster Credits. As we explained, just because the advert appears in a publication which we know and trust, does not mean it is genuine. After all, the magazine publishers need to sell advertising space to cover costs, they don’t check if advertisers are genuine, they only take the money.

Back in February we also reported on the jailing of several people involved in a long running timeshare scam, this revolved around the resale of timeshare. It then went on to contacting those who paid to sell their timeshare being contacted yet again, this time to get the money back from the original scam. There was then a third part, another company called to say they had been appointed by the Spanish courts to contact clients who had been scammed before, that there was money waiting for them and a tax needed to be paid to release the money.

The full article can be seen by following the link below:

http://insidetimeshare.com/they-get-them-in-the-end/

There is still no news on the sentencing of Dominic O’Reilly or his Daughter Stephanie O’Reilly of EZE Group. From information received this may not be taking place until around September. This leaves it very difficult for those taken in by the Leisure Credits to be able to get their money back. When new information becomes available we will publish it here.

So, we are losing some of these companies, but how long before other surface to take their place, as always, beware the calls offering “no win no fee” claims, the guaranteed exit solution or the “fake” law firm that tells you a case against your timeshare company is about to go to court or has been to court. Check, check and check again, do your homework, contact Inside Timeshare if you want help in checking the validity of any company that has contacted you or even one you have found either on the internet or advertising in the press.

Tomorrow we publish another Tuesday Slot with Irene, this week it is about “Special Assessments” at the Americano Beach Resort.