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Start the Week: Court News and Yet Another Warning on Misinformation

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, last week we reported on the latest “fake” law firm to appear, Martin and Perez, supposedly based in Madrid. According to them, they have been appointed by the courts to trace “victims” of either past timeshare scams or their own timeshare resort has been found guilty and there is a substantial amount being held by the courts for repayment. As we know the courts do not appoint or contract third parties, this method is also being used by two other fake law firms which appeared around the same time, Suarez and Simpson along with Morales and Maxwell. We do believe that these are connected. Today we bring you the latest Anfi appeal to be dismissed at the High Court and yet another win at the Court of First Instance. On the subject of court cases, we also answer the comments which have appeared on one particular Facebook page that “no one” gets paid out.

We begin with yet another appeal being dismissed by the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The case brought on behalf of a Norwegian client of Canarian Legal Alliance was originally heard at the Court of First Instance Number 3 of San Barlelomé de Tirajana. The judges at this trial declared the contracts null and void and ordered Anfi to repay the clients over 54,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

As we have seen with all past cases, Anfi once again launched an appeal, although it is their legal right to do so, it does make us wonder why they are wasting time with these appeals considering every single one has resulted in the dismissal of the appeal and the confirmation of the original judgement and sentence.

No doubt CLA will have already launched their case for the execution of the sentence and the immediate payment to the courts of the required sums.

The case was prepared and presented by the Lawyer Eva Gutierrez with Claims Consultant Michael Gadman assisting the client.

In another case against Anfi, this time at the Court of First Instance Number 5 of SBT, the lawyer representing another Norwegian client was Eva Gutierrez with Michael Gadman assisting.

The court once again found the contracts illegal with many breaches of the timeshare laws form duration of the contract being over the prescribed 50 years maximum, the containment in the contract of floating weeks and not to forget the illegal taking of payments within the statutory cooling-off period. Along with these infringements, there will be others regarding the non-disclosure of information in the contracts required by law.

The contract was duly declared null and void with the court awarding 28,840€ plus legal interest and legal costs. The court ordered 12,265€ in respect of the cancellation of the contract but added an additional 16,575€ as double the amount taken in the illegal deposit.

CLA is now in the process of making their application to the court for a provisional execution of sentence before Anfi lodges their appeal. We all know that Anfi will go through the process of filing with the appeal court, even though we and they know the case will just be dismissed and the sentence confirmed.

These appeals are lodged for one reason only to cause as much delay legally possible, we also know that the State Prosecutors Office is investigating the movement of funds between accounts which we know is being done to delay the payments. This investigation could lead to some very serious criminal charges. We will just have to wait and see what the outcome of this investigation brings.

We now move to comments being made by some Anfi members of the Anfi Del Mar Rentals, Resales and Contract Discussion Facebook Group.

One member asked the question about clients being paid out after winning their cases against Anfi. A rather important question for someone who may be thinking of taking up legal representation against Anfi.

It is a fact that payments to clients from their cases against Anfi are taking time to be paid out, but Inside Timeshare has published the reasons for this on many occasions in the past couple of years. The answer has even been given in the first part of today’s article but here it is again.

Anfi has over the past few years removed money from accounts that are about to be embargoed by the courts, these funds have been deliberately moved to avoid payment of court orders. This in itself is the basis for the investigation and is a criminal move. Part of this is to launch appeal after appeal.

Eva Gutierrez has been investigating this for some time, with all information being passed to the relevant authorities. You can see the article where Eva was interviewed on Spanish National Television News on this subject below.

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-latest-news-in-brief-azure-services-limited-in-liquidation-and-anfi-funds-frozen/

All we can say is that if you wish to believe those who claim that CLA do not pay their clients, the proof that they do is available, it is also well documented that Anfi are the ones who do not pay.

FB is not the place to get any accurate information, it is full of people with their own agendas and views, they speculate on legal matters without having any knowledge and create confusion with their answers. It should also be noted that most people who have won their cases and have received their payments always opt for anonymity, after all, would you like the world to know your business?

Below is a link to the Canarian Legal Alliance website and their “dashboard”, this gives an up to date breakdown of the number of cases, the amount that is being claimed and the amounts which have already been received and paid to clients. Some of the documents showing the latest payout are also included.

End the Week: Another New Fake Law Firm Rears Its Ugly Head!

Yes, it’s Friday and the end of another week, today we publish a warning about the latest “FAKE” law firm to rear its ugly head and take unsuspecting “victims” for thousands. Unfortunately, the ones that have been in touch with Inside Timeshare are all elderly. This week we also brought you news on the situation in Gran Canaria and one of the timeshare resorts being used to house refugees, this has stimulated quite a debate, next week we’ll be publishing one conversation via email between Inside Timeshare and one member. We also published the article on the success of two law firms and an independent lawyer in timeshare cases, so yes there are genuine law firms out there.

We begin with the “FAKE” law firm Martin and Perez, which has only just reared its ugly head and has already scammed thousands of pounds from unsuspecting victims. All have been contacted with the same story, following a court case against a timeshare scam, the courts have appointed them to contact victims of these “scammers” with the great news that a substantial amount of money is now sitting in the court waiting for them.

One reader was contacted and told that a company that he had dealt with back in 2011, Key Properties Town Advisory, based in Fuengirola. This was also part of the “fake” law firms set up by our very old friends Ramirez and Ramirez.

According to the caller, Judge Juan Miguel Hernandez had ruled that “his (victim) civil rights had been deliberately deprived”, the Judge then awarded over 28,000€. This was to be settled immediately following the “civil action” at the court in Madrid on 29 June 2020. So far Inside Timeshare has not seen any case such as this in Madrid for that date on any official website which lists all cases and judgement.

Unfortunately, our reader has already paid a lawyers fee for them to commence release of the funds from the court, he did not disclose the amount but we suspect from the other readers we have heard from it is going to be at least £2,500. This will have been paid by bank transfer into a named account of a private individual.

Further payments are now being demanded to complete the release of funds, probably some kind of “tax” along with a fake tax form, the same as all the court documents are fake.

In another email received on this “fake” law firm, our reader wrote to us on behalf of a friend who is 83 years old, he has paid them £2,600. He is currently being groomed to pay more, so out of desperation to get him to see that it is a scam.

He was originally contacted by David Hargreaves who convinced him that his case had been heard by the Madrid Courts and he had been awarded a huge amount of money. Obviously, the story was the same as all the others, they had been appointed by the court to trace and contact victims.

Well, we do know that this is not true, the courts do not contract or appoint third party firms to do this work.

So what do we know about Martin and Perez apart from the “scam”, well, not a lot yet, but it does not look good.

There is no company registered with this name and there are no company details on their website which you would expect if they were genuine.

The website

https://martinandperez.com/

Was only registered on 24 July 2020 and is due to expire on 24 July 2021, so we have a “law firm” which claims to be genuine and operating for years with no company registration, only just getting a website which is only registered for 1 year!

Not very convincing so far.

We then also found on the website that at the bottom the name of yet another “fake” law firm we first highlighted back in July when they first came to light, Suarez and Simpson. So we can safely assume that they are linked along with yet another “fake law firm” using the same methods Morales and Maxwell.

The address they give is:

Paseo de la Castellana 257 28046 Madrid Spain

Now, this address is a huge office block in Madrid and it shows no office number or even what floor it is on.

Telephone: 0034 911 231 165

Email:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Once again, we have a “FAKE” law firm cold calling mainly elderly victims of past timeshare frauds, which also leads us to believe that it is the same people as in the past (Ramirez and Ramirez for instance) of the client details have been sold to new crooks.

These stories show how careful you must be when dealing with calls such as these, it also shows that you need to be vigilant especially if your own family are in this vulnerable group.

If you have been contacted by this or any other “law firm” with a similar story or you just want to know if they are genuine before engaging with them, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Have a great weekend and remember

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Recent articles on Suarez & Simpson and Morales & Maxwell.

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-yet-another-fake-law-firm-emerges/

https://insidetimeshare.com/friday-roundup-2/

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?

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