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Fakes Steal Genuine Law Firms Identity

Last week Inside Timeshare reported on the “Fake” lawyers using the identities of genuine people and law firms to defraud unsuspecting victims of thousands with false court awards. Well, they have struck again, we can also safely say it is the same people that have been behind the long-running fraud of The Litigious Abogados Family. It is not just about the thousands they are stealing from people, it is the use of respectable people and law firms to give them credibility to achieve this, that has taken this FRAUD to a whole new level.

In our previous article “End the Week: The Fake Law Firm Usurping Anothers Good Name”, we showed how they have used photographs taken from websites and the internet of some very prominent people. All to give themselves the credibility to carry out their “SCAM”.

From this, they moved to steal the name and website of a law firm based in Madrid, Adarga Abogados. To the unsuspecting victim, making a search on the internet confirms Adarga Abogados to be a genuine and seemingly respectable law firm, just what the fraudsters want.

Now they have “Usurped” the name of another GENUINE law firm, JR Abogados, based in Madrid and an office in Alclà de Henares. The director of the firm is José Ramón Felipe Condés, a lawyer from the Alcalá de Henares Bar Association (collegiate number 4,108). With a rather impressive Resume:


José Ramón Felipe Condés
  • Lawyer registered by the  Alcalá de Henares Bar Association  (nº 4,108)
  • Law degree from the  University of Alcalá de Henares  (1.993 – 1.998)
  • Master in Telecommunications Law from the  Universidad de Comillas de Madrid ICAI-ICADE
  • Master in operating systems and communications from  FYCSA  (Formación y Consultoría SA)
  • Bankruptcy Administrator. Civil and Commercial Mediator

He has also been awarded the following citation for Customer Services.

Genuine Website for JR Abogados:

https://jrabogados.es/

He himself has been in the news and the story is heartwarming, to say the least, the first link is to Youtube and a TVG interview, the second is a written version of another interview on the same subject. 

https://www.abogacia.es/actualidad/noticias/12j-jose-ramon-felipe-acogio-en-su-casa-a-una-pareja-a-la-que-defiende-de-oficio/

The law firm itself is no stranger to the press as the link below to an El Diario article on the firm and is followed by a review in Confidencial Judicial. Both highly praise this law firm.

https://www.eldiario.es/madrid/somos/malasana/jr-abogados-uno-de-los-bufetes-de-madrid-mejor-preparado-para-solucionar-tus-problemas_1_6433041.html

https://judicial.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/bufetes/probablemente-mejores-letrados-madrid-especialistas-derecho-civil-penal-internet/20210215190531013546.html

Given what we have found in a very quick search, it is obvious that many people will be taken in, just what the fraudsters wanted, along with the official and genuine looking court documents, Procurador letters and fake Notaries, they are well on their way to getting your money.

We also have to look at the possible repercussions to the genuine law firm, their reputation being sullied, plastered over the internet and unfortunately believed by some.

Our friends at the TCA did make contact with JR Abogados, who were shocked, to say the least. They categorically denied any involvement in any cases in the field of timeshare, they are also taking the appropriate legal measures.

Moving on to the documents, they are the exact same as those from our previous articles, although there does appear to be a link that confirms our suspicions they are the same outfit, is the reference to S & G Abogados. (See link to previous posts on S&G Abogados).

This firm was highlighted in several articles back in 2019, with “court cases” against various timeshare companies and individuals who were “supposed” to be the directors. Those same cases have been mentioned in the letter from the fakeJR Abogados.

Below are the letter and email from S & G Abogados from 2019, and the letter from the “(FAKE) J R Abogados” letter. They just happen to be the same victim!

Fake Court Documents

They even came up with a very good excuse for the amount being lower than the original case, apparently, it was because their previous “lawyer” didn’t turn up for court.

Well, they wouldn’t would they, if they don’t actually exist!

The audacity of their actions in fraudulently using a reputable law firm and sheer contempt for the people they are stealing from seems to know no bounds.

The email addresses they are using are not linked to the genuine J R Abogados, they are as usual either free email providers or subscription-based, which have probably been opened using false identities. These are:

Fake Contact Details:

jrabogados-canarias@consultant.com

[email protected]

Tel: 0800 802 1864

The genuine J R Abogados email is directly linked to their website and is:

[email protected]

Tel: +34 911 289 985

Whatsapp: +34 647 335 243

Once again, this shows how vulnerable timeshare owners are to scams, especially when they have been targeted before, more often than not by the very same people, if not, then by others who have bought your details.

These criminals twist the truth to draw you in, yes there are court cases being won in the Spanish Courts, but unless you have personally instigated those proceedings, then these people are telling you lies. It is as simple as that.

We cannot reinforce our message more than we already do.

Before you proceed do your HOMEWORK, not just a cursory check on google, Stop, Think, Question and Question again. You already have most of the answers, you just need to open your eyes and they will be staring you in the face.

If you are not sure how to do these checks or where to start, then Inside Timeshare will be happy to point you in the right direction. If we are not sure then we know where to look.

Do you have any comments on this subject or any other article published we would like to hear from you, please leave a comment on the relevant post or use our contact page.

Please also use our contact page if you have any questions regarding your contracts, legal position and options for relinquishing, Inside Timeshare will get back to you with the correct information.

Link to previous articles on S&G Abogados.

https://insidetimeshare.com/page/1/?s=sg+abogados

Court News and Another Twist to the Litigious Abogados Family

Welcome to a rather short Thursday article. First, we have a look at news from the courts of two cases. Both companies are very familiar to our pages, Anfi and Silverpoint. We also report on the first information regarding our old friends in Tenerife, The Litigious Abogados Family, who appear to have resurfaced, this time using the name of a genuine law firm.

Our first court report is from the High Court Number 3 of Las Palmas and once again involves Anfi.

This case was originally heard at the Court of First Instance of SBT, where the contract was declared null & void with Anfi being ordered to repay the client 22,574€ plus legal interest and legal fees.

As we have come to expect from Anfi, they once again decided it would be a “great laugh” to delay everything and lodge an appeal with the High Court. Another waste of the clients, lawyers and courts time, not to forget the legal bill for their own lawyers.

The Judges at the High Court, following all other cases and the rulings of the Supreme Court, roundly dismissed and rejected their appeal. The original sentence was confirmed and is now being filed with the Mercantile Court and the Court Appointed Administrator for the payment of the awarded funds.

In Tenerife, the Judge of the Mercantile Court Number 1, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, after examining the contracts has declared them null & void, plus awarding the client 147,420€.

As Silverpoint is now under the Mercantile Court and a Court Appointed Administrator, the client’s lawyers will now file this claim with the Mercantile Court for payment along with all the other claims against Silverpoint which have been found in favour of the clients.

One thing that is similar to both cases is that both companies used the same techniques to avoid payments, both moved money from their accounts to others so when an embargo is placed, nothing is in the accounts for the court to take. Both are being investigated by the authorities for the illegal movement of funds.

In both cases, the clients were represented by lawyers of Canarian Legal Alliance.

Along with our friends at the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association), we are investigating another use of a genuine law firm by scammers.

So far from the documentation we have received, it appears this is yet another incarnation from our old friends The Litigious Abogados Family, with a new “Procuradores” or “Procurator”, this one is called José Vazques.

It is to this person that the “victim/client” has to pay, the account is in the name of José Motoz Vazquez, the bank is Evo Banco and the IBAN ES30 0239 0806 7526 6701 5925. Any payment being made to a named individual is always a bad sign.

In the letter sent to the “client”, it is purportedly from a law firm in Madrid called Adarga Abogados, along with all the names and bar association numbers of their lawyers.

The website for the law firm which does appear on the letter is

https://adargaabogados.es/

but, the email addresses on the letter are:

[email protected] 

[email protected]

These are free email providers such as Hotmail or Gmail, the email address for the genuine law firm is linked to their website.

Inside Timeshare and the TCA are in contact with the genuine law firm with the TCA already having established they have nothing to do with the letter or with any timeshare related claims.

We have seen these people use pictures of genuine people with fictitious names in the past, the most notable of them is the use of the late 39th President of Venezuela and the Ambassador to Argentina. But now they are using a genuine law firms name and their website!

Our inquiries are ongoing and we will have a full report once all the information has been received. In the meantime, if you receive a call, text or email using the name Adarga Abogados, please let us know.

Once again this reinforces the point that you should not accept as genuine any call or correspondence you receive, without first doing your own due diligence. If you are not sure how to go about this, please contact Inside Timeshare and we will help you determine if they are genuine or not.

Do you have a timeshare you purchased in Spain, is your contract legal under Spanish Law, if you would like further information on this and your legal rights and options, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Abogados Alitas: Another Fake Law Firm from the Litigious Abogados Family

Once again Inside Timeshare along with our friends at the TCA has identified yet another website for a fake law firm that is linked to the Litigious Abogados Family. This group of crooks have been operating now for several years, every few months or so they change the name and open a new website. Their modus operandi though, has not changed nor does the website apart from the name and the names of the “lawyers, paralegals and secretaries”. This is the information Inside Timeshare has uncovered so far.

The new name is Abogados Alitas and according to their website they were formed on Tuesday 9th May 1995, the founder being Manuel Carimba Dertalso. They show the CIF Number A-43681392, which again is a fake company/tax registration number.

As yet the genuine person is unidentified

As usual, they show their “lawyers, paralegals and secretaries” on various pages, all have been taken from other websites or image banks on the internet, with the names being obviously made up.

According to the information received they also claim that their “lawyers” are “legally authorised to operate in any Court of Law in Spain, Portugal, Italy & Malta”. Not bad for a “law firm” that has only just been identified.

Their website was only registered on 3 November 2020 so is only just 6 months old and is due to expire on 3 November 2021. So for a “law firm” that claims they are 26 years old, there is no mention of them anywhere with a very new website being registered for only 1 year!

https://abogados-alitas.com/

In their letter to “clients”, which we would rather call “victims” they go into great detail about their CIF Number, the type of company they are registered as and include the names, DNI and NIE numbers of their “shareholders”.

These are:

Alberto Terizal Rimerol DNI: B35984872

Amador Linatom Lanomo DNI: S78721104

Francisco Beludor Rilmoran DNI: C04685987

Fernando Goinaba Doleban NIE: Y2035891G

These are obviously fake numbers as they are unique to the individual and can identify the person.

In our searches, we have found no trace of any company registration or link to the above numbers.

The address they give is Avda Emilio Calzdilla Número 5 38002 Santa Cruz Tenerife.

Interestingly enough this address is for a Genuine law firm called ADL Abogados SL, the only difference is that the genuine law firm gives a floor number and office numbers. The telephone numbers are also Spanish landlines and mobile, not a UK freephone number 0800 802 1774 or as on their emails +34 822 684 655 where apparently English speaking staff “will gladly assist you”. No doubt they are as they want your money.

As usual, the email address they give is a free email address provider and not linked to their website which you would expect from a “genuine” law firm:

[email protected]

As for the photographs of their “lawyers” we have so far been able to identify 4 of them to the original persons and these are very surprising.

Alberto Terizal Rimerol is actually Adriana Zapata

https://www.asuntoslegales.com.co/actualidad/la-firma-cavelier-abogados-tiene-nuevo-director-2836864

 Fernando Goinaba Doleban is Arturo Solarte who we have identified as a Supreme Court Judge.

https://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/exmagistrado-arturo-solarte-habla-de-su-renuncia-en-la-corte-suprema-de-justicia/540528/

Fuela Golazo Roliban identified as Juan Ignacio Navas Marqués

https://www.lawandtrends.com/abogado/barcelona/juan-ignacio-navas-marques-598

Gabriel Selameten Alfontoh identified as Dr Victor Lucas Ticona Postigo

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%ADctor_Ticona_Postigo

There also seems to be a rather interesting play on names as well, both Inside Timeshare and the TCA think that one of the secretaries going by the name of Yurena Lamamel Conioh is a play on the Spanish word Coño, which is used either as a swear word or between friends in a non-insulting manner.

The other secretary is named as Maria Corretem Ibocha, as yet both genuine persons have not been identified-

Just as we have seen before with all the other previous incarnations they claim they have lodged a case with the courts against a well-known timeshare company, in this case, Club la Costa SL and Paradise Trading SL. All this without the “client” ever having filed a case with the court or ever having appointed a Spanish law firm to carry out a claim.

In this case, the sum is 17,221€ with a “refundable Procurator fee” of 675€, to be paid directly to the Court Procurators, at present we have no details on the bank account but we do have the name of the “Procurator for this case”, Juan Carlos Morales. So far we have not yet identified any Procurator going by that name, well, to be honest, we did not expect to.

We can also be very sure that this fee will not be the only one required, if they follow their previous modus operandi, there will be further fees required for various “taxes and notary fees”, again paid to named individuals.

This case according to Alitas is scheduled for Tuesday 11th May 2021, well we know for a fact that there is no case scheduled by this law firm as the court documents as usual are fake and so is the case number.

Once again these crooks have set up a very elaborate fraud, with very “plausible” information and very good fake documents which would be difficult for people to spot as fakes, especially when most timeshare owners have no idea what genuine legal documents and case numbers look like.

Rest assured if you are contacted by these fraudsters or any company with a similar modus operandi, you can be sure it is not genuine.

Other “lawyers” pictured on the Abogados Alitas website.

If you have been contacted by Abogados Alitas or anything similar, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND DEFINATELY DO NOT PAY THEM ANYTHING UNTIL YOU ARE 200% SURE THEY ARE GENUINE.