Welcome to the start of yet another week in the world of timeshare, yes, it is only Monday and we have yet another fake firm. Once again it looks like a genuine lawyers name and Colegio registration number are being illegally used to perpetrate this fraud against members of Eze Group. There is also a very disturbing aspect to this one, they seem to know the client’s precise details from how much they paid to the date they purchased and their membership number. This leads us to believe that the details have come directly from the Eze Group client database, most likely from an ex-employee.
The name of this particular “scam” company is Gonzalez Abogados Services, with the address
Calle Valez Malaga 29016
This is actually the wrong spelling. It should be Calle Vélez Málaga 29016, the address also does not show any building number so it would be difficult to actually locate them.
They also use the email address [email protected] which as you can see is a free Gmail account.
The contact number given is +44 1173 180515 which is a UK code for Bristol.
The email received is introduced and signed by a Caroline Brooke’s, yes, you have seen it correct, an apostrophe in the name!
The email begins with
My name is Caroline Brooke’s,
The Intent of this email is to make you fully aware of the recent closure of the week Regency Shores (EZE Group) Holdings SL and also to stress that this will be your last opportunity to recover any funds from the aforementioned company.
It then goes on with the story of the Birmingham case against Dominic O’Reilly and Stephanie O’Reilly, outlining the sentences they received. It then goes on to explain how much the client is to receive and that:
The details we have are in line with EZE GROUP records that are now held by the court.
This is where we get your details from as obviously, you are listed as a member of Eze Group and we work directly for the High Court.
Well, this particular paragraph certainly increased the noise from the alarm bells, as we have stated before, the courts do not employ any outside firm to contact “victims”, they will certainly not divulge any details of contracts or membership. It is also a case that the High Court of Malaga is not and has not heard any case against Eze Group, Regency Shores SL or the O’Reilly’s.
The email also has two paragraphs designed to try and put the client at ease:
We realize you have probably received Countless other calls regarding claiming against EZE Group:…*PLEASE BE WARNED-Some of these calls may be genuine but we do know there are many Fictitious companies preying on Eze Group members..so please be aware and be vigilant!
PLEASE NOTE- WE DO NOT RIP PEOPLE OFF OR ARE WE ASSCOCIATED WITH ANYONE RIPPING PEOPLE OFF…WE CHARGE A FAIR PRICE, THE BEST YOU WILL FIND…AND WE DO THE JOB!!
This last paragraph really did make us laugh, I have never known any law firm use this type of language and as you can see from the snippets published here their spelling has a lot to be desired!
They then introduce the lawyer, giving a very brief history of the law firm, the lawyers Colegio (bar association) number and also a NIF number.
Gonzalez-Abogados is a totally legal company founded by Maria Gonzalez in 1964.
The email ends with the following:
**Please note this is your last chance to process a claim as all cases will be closed after 28th JANUARY 2020**
The Colegio registration number given is for a lawyer named José María González López, who was first registered as a lawyer in 1993. One fact of the email is genuine and that is the date the law firm was founded, 1964 by José María González Carrera.
Looking at the website there is a biography of the lawyer and he certainly is what can be only described as a very upstanding lawyer who also co-founded InterLaki Spain Finland in 2009. This firm gives comprehensive advice on legal matters for those with interests in Spain and Finland.
The lawyer concerned has been contacted and informed of the situation by email, as soon as we receive a reply it will be published here. But we are absolutely sure what that reply will be!
This once again shows that you need to be on your guard when receiving any telephone calls or unsolicited emails such as this just as this particular reader has done.
If you receive any calls or emails regarding Eze Group or any other timeshare related company giving you information on court cases or the fact money has been awarded or set aside for you, please use our contact page and let us know. We will help you find out if they are genuine or not.
Remember doing your homework is a vital step in not losing your money!