US Timeshare Owners Targeted by Fake Law Firm

Before we begin today’s article, Inside Timeshare and all our readers would like to offer our sympathies and condolences to the people of Beirut following the tragic explosion on Tuesday.

As our title suggests US timeshare owners are being targeted in a legal scam by a “FAKE” law firm. Inside Timeshare is issuing this warning to timeshare owners in the US, it is following the same Modus Operandi which we have been highlighting and warning timeshare owners about in Europe for several years.

In this case, the “FAKE” law firm is supposedly operating from Mexico and is called Ferrer Abogados y Asociados

Address: Av. Ricardo Margain Zozaya 444 San Pedro NL 66267 México.

Telephone: 814.770.3299

Website: http://ferrabogados.com/

The website is registered using privacy protection offered by Privacy Protect LLC based in Burlington MA. It was registered on 20 September 2018 and is set to expire on 20 September 2020, only a month away.

Our reader who contacted Inside Timeshare for information as to whether this was genuine or not was called by this “fake” law firm regarding a timeshare purchased in Mexico. According to the person who called there was a Federal (Mexican) investigation into the fraud of timeshare/vacation sales and personal data which is on-going.

In the follow-up letter signed by Karen Guerra Benitez received by our reader stated:

“Ferrer Abogados y Asociados is a law firm, appointed by the F.G.R. to filter and conduct an investigation on all private information seized on Mexican territory. There is an open federal case for many counts of fraud, money laundering, amongst other major crimes. F.G.R has seized assets along with catalogs and data bases from “Boiler Rooms” involved in fraudulent transactions, with connection to timeshare.”

They go to explain how Article 68 of Mexico’s L.F.P.D.P.P.P. (Ley Federal de Proteccion de Datos Personales en Posesion de los Particulares), translates to Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data, as well as under Article 56 of the Consumers Protection Law, your information is protected, and both of the consumers right laws have been violated. (Our readers own words)

Copy of the letter

Initially taken in by the call and the follow-up letter, our reader agreed to sign an “Authorization and Complaint Form”, they remained in contact with updates.

About ten days ago our reader was informed that the case had been to court, was won and that she had been “awarded restitution”. The money awarded is apparently in a “Custodial account at the Bank of Mexico. She also received copies of the “Judgement” and the “Custodial account”. The sentence is signed by the Judge Dr Alvaro Augusto Perez Juarez. (Is this a genuine name?)

Copy of the judgement in English

Now they say she has to travel to Mexico City to deal with the SAT, get a “Tax Code ID” before they can send the money. The other alternative is for Banco de Mexico to do it all on her behalf, as we have seen with these scams in Europe a payment now needs to be made. This requires payment by “wire transfer” of $1200 which will be added to the “settlement”.

Another email was then received supposedly from the “Banco de Mexico” with the “Account Statement”. The email address which this originated from is actually not the genuine email address for the Bank of Mexico, it is banxicoorg.mx whereas the genuine email address iswww.banxico.org.mx a subtle difference which could easily be overlooked. But it didn’t fool our reader, she also discovered that it carried a different IP. It would seem that after her initial contact with Inside Timeshare her own investigative skills began to kick in!

Copy of the Account Statement

It now turns out that one of her friends who purchased at the same resort has also been contacted and the same “FAKE” law firm is handling both cases.

Again this is a very stark reminder of how easy it is to be taken in by these very clever fraudsters, the use of “FAKE” court documents, official bodies such as National Banks and the use of email addresses which are very similar are all designed to catch you out.

Have you been contacted by Ferrer Abogados y Asociados, if so please use our contact page and let us know?

REMEMBER DOING YOUR HOMEWORK WILL SAVE YOU FROM BEING SCAMMED! 


14 Comments

  • Jo Maynard

    January 26, 2021

    I hate to admit that I’ve been taken in by this massive scam and put up a substantial amount of money due to promises made by Ferrer and by many high ranking government officials of SAT , CNBV and Bank of Mexico.

    I am hopeful that someone knowledgeable about this scam can contact me ASAP to advise of remedies that may be available.

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    • Jo maynard

      February 4, 2021

      If I could remove the above post I would. Ferrer and Eduardo Rocha Nunez came through for me I received the proceeds of my court judgment. It was an ordeal and a roller coaster ride but the final result was very positive.

      If you have the endurance stick with Eduardo. He’s an excellent lawyer.

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      • Charles Thomas

        February 4, 2021

        Is it not strange that if this was a genuine law firm that they have not contacted Inside Timeshare direct. It is also strange that almost 6 months after publication you suddenly appear with this wonderful story of receiving your money. Sorry Joan Maynard, all the evidence shows that this is a scam, if you are as genuine as you say, then show us all the official documentation. Also ask the question why does a genuine and supposedly successful law firm only register their website for 2 years and has the registrant hidden under a protection policy? Also when you click on their “privacy policy, terms & conditions and legal notice at the bottom of their website, nothing shows up, no company details, no lawyers registrations, nothing. This is not a genuine law firm and I actually believe you may be just working with them. Prove to everyone who you are and show us “GENUINE” DOCUMENTS THAT YOU HAD A CASE IN COURT AND HAVE BEEN PAID OUT!

        We are all waiting with bated breath! Your move!

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      • Heather Lucius

        May 11, 2021

        Please, I’ve put in $13,000. I have four children and I’m a single mom. They want another 4000 from me. AFC Abogados. Franco Ruiz. $13,000 just gone. And they say if I don’t send another 4000 over, for an SRE Permit I will lose everything. And there’s nothing I can do.

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  • susan

    April 9, 2021

    We have been contacted by a so called company with a similar name “AFC Abogados”. The letter is exactly the same.
    If it sounds too good to be true – it is.
    Glad I did my homework and checked your site.

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  • Ismael

    June 28, 2021

    I was just contacted by AFC Abogados as well by Lic. Pedro Padilla Zapata. I kinda figured this was a scam, too good to be true….

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    • william

      June 30, 2021

      i used to think the same way its a fraud, theyre taking for a ride, im being scammed i got sick whe i got in to the process but after a couple of weeks i gt my check in the mail with the couthouse documents and my fisical certified cashiers check for over 30k so i have nothing bad to say about Pedro Padilla.

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      • Timeshare Insider

        July 2, 2021

        Well William, if what you say is true then show the evidence that you have been paid what you were promised. I suspect you work for them after all your writing has a lot to be desired and not one other person has been intouch with this same wonderful news. This so-called lawyer and law firm are nothing more than a fake and scam.

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  • Franz Scheidl

    July 9, 2021

    SCAM. LOST ALL MY MONEY.
    THE FOLLOWING 3 FAKE LAWFIRMS ARE THE SAME INDIVIDUALS: FERRER ABOGADOS & ASOCIADOS, AFC ABOGADOS, F Y M ABOGADOS CONSULTORIA LEGAL

    WE HIRED AN INVESTIGATOR AND FIGURE IT OUT THIS IS ALL RUNNED BY OSCAR RAYGOZA FROM NAYARIT

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  • Liam Smith

    September 8, 2021

    I was just contacted by Lex Abogados y Asociados as well by Lic. Eduardo Lopez. I kinda figured this was a scam!

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  • Carly

    September 8, 2021

    I have been defrauded by FERRER ABOGADOS too. I almost lost my whole life savings because of them. I had a private investigator look into my case and he informed me that they were two different persons in charge Josue Trujillo and Linda Juarez and theyre both located in Mexico city. Im moving to the next step. They will regret what they did to me.

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  • MIriam Olmos

    September 9, 2021

    I was contacted by Oli Sanchez from Lex Abogados y Asociados saying the same thing. i did provide them with the evidences, i dint see why not. 11/17/2020 she called me back saying that the judge ruled in my favor and im going to be compensated. she said i shoul be expecting a call from banxico which is the central bank of mexico. looks like i have to option of payment certified check or wire. It sound too good to be true.

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  • Deborah

    September 15, 2021

    I too, have been scammed by this particular group. I have lost everything. I am so ashamed that I was that gullible and stupid to fall for this. I truly believe that karma will take care of things in the long run, but of course that doesn’t help my current situation. I’m picking up the pieces and trying to move on…

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