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BBC Radio 4 You and Yours: Timeshare Maintenance

Today’s short article looks at the BBC Radio 4 program You and Yours which was broadcast yesterday. In this program, they explored the problem of maintenance fees being charged by timeshare resorts even though members are unable to use them due to the pandemic. We have already seen the underhand methods of Anfi as far as this subject is concerned, several months ago Inside Timeshare reported on the letter being sent to Anfi members who have not been able to use their timeshares this year. In effect, they are holding them to ransom, Anfi will only give them an accommodation voucher to save this year’s weeks only and only if they sign the new contract. This contract will replace the illegal ones which Anfi are currently up to their eyes with in court cases, the point is to legalise the contracts to ensure that members do not then have a right to take a case to court.

The program also involved a spokesperson from the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association), and also from the RDO, who just, as usual, was non-committal in their response.

The TCA explained that it is fundamentally wrong for these timeshare companies to still charge full maintenance fees from members who due to no fault of their own are unable to travel as flights were cancelled and all the resorts had to close down as each country went into lockdown.

The RDO in it’s response to the question is this fair, basically did not answer, well we didn’t actually expect them to come out in favour of the consumer, but they stated that it was “too early” to give any answers.

So why are the timeshare companies still charging the full annual maintenance fees for this year even when they are closed?

That is a question that we leave you the reader to answer, but we know what our answer is, “GREED”!

To hear the full recording of the program please follow the link below.

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/10/29/radio-4-report-on-the-great-maintenance-heist-of-2020-with-timeshare-consumer-association-and-ecc/

Las Alas Abogados: The Latest Name for the Litigious Abogados Family

Here we go again, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the “family” of “FAKE” law firms which we have named as the Litigious Abogados Family came up with another new name, Las Alas Abogados. Once again they have excelled themselves with their choice of photographs of their founder and one of their lawyers, you will be very surprised when we reveal who they really are. It also appears that their “Modus Operandi” is going to be the same as for all the other incarnations, but as usual, Inside Timeshare along with the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) have already got a bead on them.

Las Alas Abogados according to their website was founded on Tuesday 22nd November 1994, by Alberto Canbamo Farola, with the Company Registration A29388115, which as with all the company registration numbers is a fake.

The website

https://las-alas-abogados.com/

Was registered only on the 1 September 2020 and is as usual only registered for 1 year, so it will expire on 1 September 2021, not very inspiring, a law firm formed in 1994 yet has only just got themselves a website and only registered for 1 year!

The actual registrant is also again hidden, so there is no way of knowing who is actually behind it. Surely the companies that register these websites also hold some responsibility in allowing them to be registered. The question is and we think we know the answer, is why do they allow these scam operators to register their websites through them? The answer is pure and simple greed.

The website itself is the same as all the other previous websites which we have highlighted over the past few years. The only difference is the photographs of their lawyers and secretaries, along with their names and dates the firm was formed.

The address they give is Número 5 Calle Emilio Calzadilla 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

They use the email address:

[email protected]

Which is a free email address provider

Telephone Number: 0034 822 860 322

We now move on to the lawyers, as we have already stated the founder is named as Alberto Canbamo Farola, the photograph of him shows a rather distinguished gentleman, but he is not genuine. His real name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he is, in fact, the current President of Mexico, he assumed office on 1 December 2018, so is well into his term as President.

Another photo of one of their lawyers is Antonio Lamamel Cunio, he is, in fact, Carlos Torres Vila, he just happens to be President of the Spanish banking group BBVA.

Carlos Torres Vila BBVA President

On the home page Las Alas Abogados also shows a group photograph, this was taken during a meeting of the BBVA Group in Mexico, when it was announced that the BBVA was investing substantial sums in Mexico.

Las Alas Abogados Website photo
Original photo from BBVA website

The other lawyers are:

Francisco Galbasa Acatanor

Manuel Yermo Dorselan

Ricardo Luncmande

This last name is a variation on several used in the previous incarnations such as Abogados El Palomo and Torcaz Abogados where he is named as Ricardo Olunkman or is it Ricardo Lunkmant or Ricardo Lunkmand. Whichever one it is it is certainly a fake name.

They also have photographs of two new secretaries, Jessica Conito Estretsho and Maria Corrioh Emiboca.

So far we have only managed to identify two of the pictures, the others have eluded us, but that does not mean we will stop trying to identify them and to inform the genuine people that their images are being used for criminal purposes.

As for the scam, well, we know how they operate, it is a long drawn out scam, with rather small amounts being requested at first to get the case registered. Once the “victim” has been snared with this fee, the scam proper begins. There will be demands for “court or hacienda taxes” to be paid, then taxes to release the money and also for the “procurator” to work on your behalf.

Then comes the main part of the scam, you will be shown a copy of the cheque, supposedly issued by the court, next, you will receive an envelope in the post with a letter from the court and the cheque. Unfortunately, the cheque is missing, step in the new company who is investigating the missing cheque. Apparently, it was stolen and cashed by a gang of East Europeans. To add credibility to this story, the “victim” will be informed that around 16 post office workers have been arrested for aiding and abetting the stealing of the cheques.

To get this back, the new company needs a payment of around 10 to 20% of the cheque amount, although you will be promised that this will be refunded.

But the start of the scam is always “your timeshare company is being taken to court and you can be part of the case”. Then the following email arrives to tell you that the case is concluded and the court has awarded you thousands of euros in compensation.

Dear Mr & Mrs XXXXXXXXXXX

We are glad to inform you that we have this morning received, from the Courts, a certified copy of your cheque in the amount of 32,000 Euros. A copy of which has been attached.

The compensation was meant to be remitted by International bank transfer, but due to the numerous cases they had at the Santa Cruz Court, they issued the payment in cheque form. This only means losing a few pounds when you deposit the Euro cheque in a Sterling account, but after all, we are very pleased that this has all come to a successful conclusion.

The Court Judgment for your compensation and the relevant tax documents have also been received on the 21st October and posted to you on Thursday the 22nd of October and we trust those should be with you soon.

Once the tax element has been met, our Lawyers shall finalise the tax logistics in order for the courts to release your compensation cheque and it will be posted to your address and should arrive to you in 5-8 working days, from the day it has been posted.

Assuring you of our best attention at all times, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement thus far and send you our best regards.

Kindly confirm the safe receipt of this Email. 

Yours sincerely,

Maria Corrioh Emiboca

Departamento Legal.

This email is confidential and intended for the named recipient only. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately and delete the email. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or take any action in reliance on it. This email message and any attached files have been scanned for the presence of any computer viruses.

© 2013 Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Tenerife. Todos los derechos reservados.

European Union Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Apparently, due to the number of cases, the money could not be transferred using international transfers, so a cheque has been issued, hang on they have always issued cheques from day one of their scams. It is required to get more money, after all a bank transfer is not likely to be stolen by a gang of East Europeans, with postal workers being arrested, where would the credibility be then?

So there we have it, the latest in the incarnations of Litigious Abogados Family, Las Alas Abogados, same Modus Operandi, same websites and the very same illegal use of other people’s images.

If you still believe that what they are telling you is the truth, then, to be honest, you deserve to lose your money, it is not rocket science to tell this is a scam, it is also important to do your homework before engaging with “scam” companies like this. They are professional in what they do, they know how to part you from your hard-earned cash.

Previous articles on the Litigious Abogados Family.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=litigious+abogados

New Legal Consultants Appear

Over the past few weeks Inside Timeshare has been warning about the proliferation of new “legal & claims” companies which have now started their “cold call campaigns”. Today we highlight one new company to come to our attention, but that is not all, there seem to be several companies all linked together by the same director and all being registered within a couple of years of each other. Three of them have the same address in Falkirk and one is based in Edinburgh.

We begin with the first company which came to our attention from our readers, C and J Legal Associates Ltd, Company Registration SC599970 and now registered at the following address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Their original registered address which is still shown on the website is:

20 Meeks Road, Falkirk, FK2 7ES

Telephone: 01786 609 074

Email: [email protected]

The website was registered on 21 June 2018 and is due to expire on 21 June 2021 with the name of the owner/registrant being once again hidden.

http://candjlegal.co.uk/

The registered director is Christopher James Collins who is also the director of the following companies:

C and J Consultancy Ltd registered on 28 October 2019, Company Registration SC645442, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Website: http://www.candjlegalconsultancy.co.uk/ but at present does not seem to be operational.

C and J Management Services Ltd registered on 14 June 2019, Company Registration SC633400, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Contract Litigation Services Ltd registered on 12 May 2020, Company Registration Number SC661004, with the registered address:

64a Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6RE

Website:

https://contractlitigationservices.co.uk/

The website was registered on 7 May 2020 and is due to expire on 20 May 2021, once again the owner and registrant are hidden.

So what are the services being offered by these companies?

Well, it appears it is the usual termination of timeshare contracts and claims, but, considering these are very new companies we have to ask what experience they have and how successful have they been?

As of yet, we don’t have any answers, all we can say is that there is nothing on their websites to show any success and very little on the internet. Although the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) back in April did publish an article on C & J Management where Christopher Collins along with C & J Associates were mentioned.

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/04/01/cj-management-services-limited-amaryllis-associates-limited/
https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2019/11/19/fca-instructs-amaryllis-associates-ltd-to-stop-claims-activities/

According to the TCA article, Collins offered a 6-month money-back guarantee but the process had to start before Brexit as it would then be more complicated to terminate the contract. Well, we have heard that one before.

According to the TCA, the consumer who contacted them was being charged £12,000 for a TERMINATION!

Apparently this fee was high because the “lawyer” they subcontracted charged over £250 per hour!

Well, it seems as though this price has now gone up as our readers have been told the cost is £14,000!

Another link which was discovered by the TCA is Amaryllis Associates, Company Registration 11449932, registered address:

71-75 Shelton Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9JQ

Now the most intriguing fact which the TCA published is the director of Amaryllis Associates is the director, Sabrina Kaur Kumar, who was also once a director of Lansdown Financial Ltd, another of the previous Mark Rowe companies.

Just on the information we have and the link with Kumar gives Inside Timeshare grave cause for concern on several points:

  • The time these companies have been operating;
  • The costs involved;
  • The use of “Brexit” as a reason to sign up now;
  • The link with a Mark Rowe associate and director.

Once again this does show how careful you the timeshare owners must be when being contacted by these types of companies. They may appear to be genuine, but it is not until you start to delve into what they actually say and who they are linked with that the alarm bells begin to ring.

Have you been contacted by any of these companies or any other company offering termination or claims services?

If so, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Within minutes of publishing, Inside Timeshare received a message from a very reliable source, it seems that Christopher Collins is known in Tenerife and worked with Jeroen Martijn Brussel at Sim Legal Services. This is a company and person who has figured on our pages many times.

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-information-received/

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!