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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.

Latest Cold Callers Update

This week Inside Timeshare has published a warning on two cold calling companies, Independent Timeshare Assistance and Timeshare Support Centre, today we add another cold caller named Marketing Solutions Group. There now appears to be a link between these companies and who they are “marketing” for. We also have a look at some information supplied by our colleagues at the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association).

Marketing Solutions Group, well, there is not a lot of information on them apart from the telephone number 01513 080341 which is a Liverpool STD code. But as we have said before this means nothing as these numbers are readily available via third party suppliers and are known as VOIP numbers. More on this in a moment.

Marketing Solutions Group is yet another name that when doing a search for companies, this name comes up many times, but nothing to do with timeshare. So who are they?

No one seems to know the answer to that question but what we do know from information supplied by our readers is they appear to be calling on behalf of Aegis Direct SL based in Tenerife. They are also known to be working with several other companies, by contracting their clients “exits” out to them and not doing it themselves.

It also appears from further information received, that the two companies Independent Timeshare Assistance and Timeshare Support Centre are also calling on behalf of Aegis Direct and their associates. So we have a rather tangled web building up here.

One other thing they all have in common is their telephone numbers, all show UK locations, but we do know that many of the callers are stating they are based in Tenerife. This is because they are using what is known as VOIP, which is short for Voice over Internet Protocol. In other words an internet telephone system.

There are many companies that provide these numbers which can then be used from anywhere in the world. Two we believe have supplied these “companies” with numbers, Simwood which is based in the UK and has the website:

https://simwood.com/uk

The other is Numbergroup Network Ltd, which on researching has some very interesting information attached to them. It seems that a former “director” Jody Rhodes of Dublin, was convicted of a telephone scam back in 2018. For the full story see the link below.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-phone-gang-made-fortune-12150847

There is nothing wrong with using these numbers, they are very convenient with today’s technology, the problem comes with the more unscrupulous operations. Those who wish to deceive “potential victims” into believing that they are based in the UK and not calling from call centres in the scammer’s hotspots such as Tenerife.

Moving on to some information supplied by our friends at the TCA who have been looking very closely at the Timeshare Support Centre website, they have found some rather “erroneous facts”.

“Brexit has now impacted the time you have to legally terminate your contract please contact us urgently if you have any timeshare contract termination needs”

This is a complete lie, Brexit as we have stated previously has had no impact whatsoever on timeshare termination in Europe or anywhere else for that matter.

They also found a reference to Club la Costa and the liquidations of their sales companies, which have already been shown to be false information:

“We must also bring to your attention some more recent concerning news of several large Timeshare companies that have now gone into administration 3rd January 2021 the Euro Weekly news confirmed that Club La Costa in Tenerife has filed for voluntary bankruptcy please do urgently contact us if you have purchased any products from Club La Costa (UK).”

As we already know Club la Costa has not filed for voluntary bankruptcy in Tenerife, the Spanish arms have all filed for bankruptcy in Malaga. Club la Costa is liquidating four sales companies within the group, they have already ceased trading. This only means that the sale of timeshare has ceased, there will be no new sales of timeshare. The timeshare resorts side of the company is not affected, ownership has not changed at all and all rights of use are unaffected.

The Euro Weekly article specifically states “Mijas Costa” as the Club la Costa office that has filed for voluntary bankruptcy, not Tenerife. This further confirms our belief that this outfit is operating from Tenerife, no wonder they couldn’t quote a UK office address with ease.

Then we have some information which is really no use to European timeshare members:

“Forbes.com have only recently written an article covering How do I get rid of my Timeshare in a pandemic. This article stresses the need to instruct a solicitor to legally terminate a Timeshare contract.”

This advice relates to American ownership with appropriate comment from the American Resort Development Association. If, as the comment states, there is a need to contact a solicitor, given that Timeshare Support Centre are not even close to being solicitors, why would you deal with them?

Then to cap this off they state:

“We will make sure that the advice you receive is accurate and adheres to new legislation and law changes.”

There is no new legislation. The current EU Directive was presented in 2008. Spanish law 42/98 was enacted on 5th Jan 1999, with an update to this law which is known as Ley 4/12 we believe neither of these laws constitutes “new”.

So once again, we see statements published on a “company” website giving out false and inaccurate information. Not only are they attempting to confuse you the timeshare owners about their company, but also using some very dubious tactics such as scaremongering to convince you to use their services.

Inside Timeshare would like to thank the TCA for providing their findings above, it saved us a lot of time.

Once again, these points are published to show you the reader how careful you have to be when dealing with cold calls or any company you find on the internet regarding your timeshare. Cold Calling is not illegal, it is a recognised marketing tool, but there are certain regulations governing the industry, so it is important to do your due diligence and research the company before even contemplating engaging their services.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

End the Week: News from the Courts and the Latest on the Hellenic Scam

It is the end of another week and today we bring you a roundup of this week’s court news with more results against Anfi in Gran Canaria, a payout for a Palm Oasis (Tasolan) client and the Malaga Courts finding against Club la Costa. We also bring you the latest information on the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs scam coming out of Greece. Following on from our report on Global Timeshare Legal Experts on Monday, our friends at the TCA also covered this story on Wednesday. As we stated in our article not only has this company used cases from CLA but they have also used cases from M1 Legal based on the Costa del Sol, claiming that they are their cases. They also backed up our findings on the Dubai office and that they are not known in the building. Certainly does not look good.

Back in January 2020, we highlighted a scam that came to our attention originating from Greece and using the name “Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs”. We also brought updates in March 2020 and June 2020, (see links to the original articles below).

Today we bring you an update that is very disturbing and also gives Two new names to add to the growing list being used by these scammers.

Our reader was contacted by the usual “cold call” informing them that a company they had dealt with some years ago which was also a scam and is also known to us as Solutions Group (Tenerife) and is also working with the fake lawyers from the Litigious Abogados Family.

According to the caller who claims to be working for the Greek Supreme and Civil Courts, explained that her case (which they had no idea she had instigated) had found in their favour and she has been awarded £11,920 in compensation.

Great news and an unexpected windfall, but as usual there is a catch.

Our reader then received a letter via email informing them there is a payment that needs to be made to release the money which is being held in trust. This was followed up with an email confirming the details of the account and the name of the Beneficiary. The letter does have a name but it is written in Greek. We converted the PDF document to word to copy the name into translator, but the signature and the name is actually an image file, the email is signed by one Georgios Argiris or in Greek, Γεώργιος Αργύρης which is not the same as the signature.

Now it is the payment details that does show this is an out and out scam.

The payment is to be made to Ivanova Plamena, doesn’t sound very Greek to me, it also gives the following details:

Date of Birth: 16/07/1980

Email address: [email protected]

Postal address:  106 Akti Moutsopoulou Piraeus 18535 Attica

Telephone: +30 698 199 1100

Again there is another indication this is a scam, the Email address, it is a free Gmail account. So along with this along with the fact, the payment is made to a private individual and not any of the official authorities clearly shows this is a “FRAUD”.

Once again this really does show how diligent you must be, don’t be blinded by the sudden “windfall”, no matter how excited you might be to be receiving a large sum of money.

Now we move to the courts and these are genuine cases instigated by clients of Canarian Legal Alliance.

The first case involves our old friends at Anfi and a Swedish client, They have now received into their own bank account the sum of 31,302€.

The original sentence by the Court of First Instance declared the contract null and void and the court ordered the return of the money. As usual, Anfi decided to play the stalling tactic by appealing the decision to the High Court. But as we have seen in all these appeals the High Court rejected it and confirmed the original sentence.

In the meantime, the lawyers from CLA placed the usual “provisional execution order” and received a bank guarantee. This means that the bank itself physically blocks any movement of these funds during the appeals process.

Then on Tuesday, German clients had their contract with Palm Oasis (Tasolan) declared null and void with the return of 12,659€ plus legal interest by the Court of First Instance of San Bartolomè de Tirajana.

Going by their usual practice CLA applied to the court for a “provisional execution order” until the procedure is concluded if the company lodges an appeal with the High Court.

In this case, this was not actually required as Palm Oasis (Tasolan) paid the money VOLUNTARILY into the court. This was then released directly to the client’s own personal account.

Anfi, take note.

Wednesday brought news for a Norwegian client against Anfi, the Court of First Instance of SBT, declared their contract null and void, awarding 53,029€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

In this case, the client took out Anfi’s own finance package, this came with a huge interest rate of 11.5%, which the court ordered Anfi to repay.

The breakdown of the payment is 43,838€ for the purchase, 6,188€ for the interest and 3,003€ for the illegally taken deposit.

No doubt Anfi will not be following the example of Palm Oasis and we expect they will lodge another frivolous appeal with the High Court.

We now move to the Costa del Sol and the Court of First Instance of Malaga and a case against Club la Costa, the companies named in the case are:

Woolwich Investments SAU

Club la Costa Resort Management Ltd

Club la Costa Vacation Club

The court declared their contract null and void with the return of 53,593€ plus legal interest.

The amount was calculated by the court as 24,972€ plus an additional 32,981€ which is double the amount taken illegally as a deposit within the Statutory cooling-off period.

The courts are certainly all following the rulings of the Supreme Court and in the case of Club la Costa, the High Court of Malaga regarding the jurisdictional issue.

Well, that is all for this week, we hope you all have a great weekend and join us again next week for more news and information on the murky world of timeshare.

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs pats articles

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

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

https://insidetimeshare.com/hellenic-republic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-monster-clients-targeted/