Welcome to the start of another week in the world of timeshare, today we highlight another new “SCAM” in the making and revisit another which we highlighted back in January.
As we know Eze Europe Ltd (Eze Group) along with Dominic O’Reilly and his Daughter Stephanie O’Reilly, have been in the news recently and are due to appear before Birmingham Crown Court for sentencing on 29 March. It was only a matter of time before some unscrupulous people got on the bandwagon and started contacting those who have been involved with Eze Group.
The company is called Claims Assistant Bureau with the company registration number 06832938, with the address:
Ty Glen, 1 Brecon Court, William Brown Close, Llantarnam Industrial Park, Cwmbran, NP44 3AB
This address is actually used by a company called Help Debt Plus (Wales) Limited, who have full Financial Conduct Authority authorisation, so obviously have nothing tho do with Claims Assistant Bureau.
The company was registered with Company House on 2 March 2009 and the current director Stephen Michael Francis being appointed on 2 December 2009, he is also the Company Secretary, appointed on 2 March 2009.
According to the filing history at company house, the company has been listed as “dormant” since 2 April 2010 and is now listed as a “Micro Company”.
So it would seem that it is only registered so it can be used for initiating various “scams”, to fool people into thinking they are dealing with a “legitimate” UK company.
So what are they promising?
According to information from several readers in the past few days they have either been appointed by Birmingham Crown Court, The High Court in Madrid and the Courts in Tenerife to make contact with Eze Group victims. Apparently there is a substantial amount of money being held and Claims Assistant Bureau can help you retrieve it. For a fee that is.
According to one of the readers they received a call from a Harry Evans, who explained that due to a recent court case against Regency Shores (Eze Group) Holdings SL they have been awarded their money back. They then received an email from one Mel Rhys:
Dear Mr & Mrs XXXXXX
Further to your telephone conversation with Mr. Evans here is an email giving you further insight into the situation at hand.
All monies that you will be receiving are being settled to you by the successful outcome of recent court proceedings against Regency Shore (EZE Group) Holdings SL, were upon you were listed as one of their members GP11186.
The amount you will receive is £3,950.
About any paperwork you may or may not have, do not worry as we will be sending notarised legal paperwork that will include all company histories and court documentation regarding your outcome.
Some of your paperwork will be in Spanish if you have any problems understanding it please do not hesitate in contacting us as we offer a free translation service for you the client.
Our processing fee is £695 this includes our fees, courier service and translation services, once you have paid our fees we will be under contract with you to finalise the claim, all monies will be settled within 10 working days. If the process does not complete within the given timeframe all monies will be returned to you the client.
We are now giving you not only our company guarantee but that too of our contractual and fiscal arrangements with the Bank of Spain, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and the High Court of Madrid. This means that all business is backed and covered by these three entities and ourselves.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting us on the details below.
Claims Assistance Bureau Limited
Ty Glen, 1 Brecon Court, William Brown Close,
Llantarnam Industrial Park, Cwmbran, NP44 3AB
06832938 companies house
As you can see from the email, not only do the clients get the “company guarantee” but the company is also guaranteed by The Bank of Spain, The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and th High Court of Madrid!
With those sort of “Guarantors” it must be safe!
Well, not very, for one there is no money being held by the courts, there has been no case in Spain against Regency Shores, those institutions would not be making any guarantee or have any dealing with a private company for any legal matter.
The case in Birmingham has not been concluded so no money has been set aside for victims.
If the courts had your name and membership numbers as victims of any company, they would have been in contact through official channels, not using a third party company. If you have been contacted with this or a similar story, do not be fooled into paying anything, it is a “fraud” pure and simple.
In January we reported on another company JB Legal / SIM Legal owned by Jeroen Martijn Brussel, pictured below.
Another of our Scandinavian readers has been contacted by this person and his companies, our reader has paid a substantial amount for the Silverpoint “Company Participations” and somehow Brussel had his details.
Unfortunately, our reader was taken in by the pitch that JB Legal / SIM Legal would take their case against Silverpoint to court, claiming fraud. A lawyer was named as the person taking on the case, Ruben Padron Perez, but it seems he claims his identity has been stolen for illegal purposes.
This reader then paid over 17,000€ to a company called Walker Padron Perez Consultants Ltd, a UK registered company, Company Number 11099369, registered on 6 December 2017 with the address:
The Apex, 2 Sheriffs Orchard, Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom, CV1 3PP
This address is mail box and virtual office run by Small Firms Service Limited, so is not a permanent address.
The director is named as Alan Walker with according to filing history one Mrs Marisol Sanati De Walker (Dominican Rep) as a person with significant control.
Mr Brussel also required a payment to himself of almost 2000€ to be paid in cash for the notary, that is a rather large amount for any notary.
But it doesn’t end there, without his knowledge of permission, his documents were handed to another firm, which at this point is not being named. He has also paid this other company over 28,000€ to take on the case.
So what has happened to the initial payments made to Walker Padron Perez and Jeroen Martijn Brussel?
Our reader has not been able to contact Walker Padron Perez or Brussel, all emails are being ignored and the telephone calls not being answered.
He has been told by the “new” company that they will get him back this money, we will just have to wait and see.
Once again, these two stories reinforces what we have been saying all along, before doing any business and paying out substantial amounts of money, do your homework. If you do not know where to start, then use our contact page, we will help you find the genuine from the fraudsters.
If you have also been contacted by any of the companies mentioned, Inside Timeshare would like to hear from you, use our contact page and let us know what happened.
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