The Essential Group / Essential Travel Club. Update

A week ago we published our article about the Nerja connection (http://wp.me/p1kmoi-3M) and all the bogus holiday clubs that all seem to be connected through the main company Euromarketing Group Spain SL, Euromarketing Emporium SL, Capital Marketing SL & Xtreme Living SL. Address: Edificio Flores 1B, Calle del Mar 32, Torre del Mar, Málaga 29740

One of the companies mentioned is the Essential Group or Essential Travel Club, Apartado Correos 33 Torre Del Mar, Malaga, Spain, telephone  0871 244 5171

It seems now they are not only targeting English speaking consumers as they are also linked with a website called http://www.quitamelamultipropiedad.com (“take my timeshare away”) which we already reported on our blog as being a suspicious website in April this year. (http://wp.me/p1kmoi-2D)

We can only assume that with the holiday season starting and many tourists of all nationalities heading towards Nerja and surrounding villages for the main summer holidays, this group of companies is getting ready for their main “hunting” season and are preparing on all fronts.

So please be aware and extremely cautious when walking around Nerja or Torre del Mar, being spoken to by a nice young man or woman with a scratch card and surprisingly you winning the main prize…always remember, it is them aiming for the main prize by selling you another membership in a discounted holiday club!

 

 

 

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33 Responses to The Essential Group / Essential Travel Club. Update

  1. Beverley says:

    I had one of these letters from LAS Luis Viciana Ramos last year, dated 17th April 2013 for €280 arrears – ‘membership fee debt and accrued interest & collection fees, our ‘membership’ only started January 2013! We also had a call just before that asking us if we wanted to sell, we hadn’t even used it! I called the number I had for Essential Travel or Elitravel and was told that there had been a mistake and to ignore it. That phone number is not in use now. I realise that we too are victims of this holiday club scam and have contacted our credit card company to make a claim under section 75 of Consumer Credit Act. We booked 1 flight with them last year and could have got the same price booking it online. I have since found out that Essential Travel UK Ltd was dissolved 22 October 2013.

  2. Bernard says:

    Bernard
    Has anyone had dealings with Essential Legal in Nerja??

  3. paul says:

    Had series of 3 letters from Senor Ramos dated 29 April, 7 June and 4 July. As others told signed contract on 6/12/07 and now have debt of 786.84 euros for annual subscriptions. Vague recollections of Travel Emporium and a 3? year deal offered by phone – had written details (mine) of later conversion to ETC for £199 fee again on phone – mislaid or lost. Have no recollection of signing anything.
    Membership no but have not been on website for years and can’t remember password to access.
    Never traveled with them.
    Last letter threatened legal action and possible confiscation of goods if court order ignored. Have been asked for £175 cancellation fee. Finding this site and other comments decided to do nothing.
    This am (19 July) wife contacted by English (?) lady from Spain twice in few minutes. Date of ‘contract’ quoted to her and she was told court action would be started on Monday next. Could be avoided by payment of 80 euros to activate our account and then could cancel for no more.
    She will ring back at 2 pm. Now 11 am.
    Am getting very concerned obviously but unwilling to pay them any more for no service whatsoever – anyone else in similar position or can offer useful advice – and quickly please?

    Paul

  4. Barry says:

    I too have received several letters and phone calls from Mr Ramos stating that I owe 560.48 Euro. I was tricked by the scratch card and a fast taxi to Tuesday Market Rd in Nerja. I have never fallen for anything like this before and will certainly never fall for it again. I asked for the Terms and Conditions at the time and was told they would be forwarded. After several angry emails I still hadn’t received them so they are in breach of contract and would not be able to enforce the debt (even if the were a real company). The poor quality of the letter head and lack of information on the letter tells me that they are a poor effort at impersonating a genuine company. Also the letters have a Royal Mail Postage Paid stamp on them (HQ 51618) so would have been posted in the UK. When they phoned, my wife has asked them for their Company Registration Number and the registered address. The woman got flustered and put the phone down! I am not playing their game!

    • Sara says:

      Same as everybody else, we have also started receiving threatening letters. Unfortunately for them, I have alot of friends who live in the Nerja area. After some digging they came back to me with the following…

      “we found a few people who have heard of them, they didn´t have anything good to say about them. The company names you gave me (all the company names listed above) are all related to these people. They said the owner is a man called Colin Bird, but a lady called Rachelle Dawson apparently does all his dirty work”

      • Roger says:

        Colin Bird & Rachelle Dawson were both allegedly connected to Capital marketing SL, Oak Tree Consultants & Euromarketing SL. Just saying…

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I have received 2 letters from LAS informing me that I owe 787 euros dating from non-payment of fees from June 2007. I went on 3 holidays with Travel Emporium but never joined a “club”. When it was taken over–or changed name–by Essential Travel, I too received letters asking for 1,200 euros to cover admin.costs so that I could sell my membership. I ignored this and this is the first correspondence I have had since then. I was going to write and tell Mr. Ramos what he could do with his threats but I shall follow the advice on this web page and ignore him.

  6. phil says:

    same as everybody else asking for 913.77 euros. got my final reminder today,spoke to a solicator who said seems like a scam and not to contact las,they are not getting a penny from me
    phil (bristol)

  7. Helen says:

    I have had two letters from LAS Legal & Accounting Services, I have checked out legal services in Malaga and this company does not exist! I also had a phone call threatening legal action, I told her where to go. They are not getting a penny from me, scammed enough already. I was told some years ago that I had won holiday membership, I have never used it. From what I can gather they are presentations where you get a hard sell to join a holiday club. Not worth the hassle, there are some very nasty people out there, beware!

    • Barbara says:

      We have received the same letter from LAS asking for 786.84 euros. We ignored the first letter as the date they said we had signed we were at home in England. They are persisting and sent another letter yesterday by Royal Mail. I was going to write back to ask for proof of us joining this club but after reading this page I think I will ignore the letter again

  8. Claire says:

    Received letter yesterday 15th June and letter is dated 14th June by mr Ramos from las legal and accounting services apparently I’m in debt of 786euros with essential travel holiday club due to no payment of annual fee, I did pay a membership fee some years ago to emporium holiday club and never heard nothing from them till now asking for this money, not to mention iv not used them so why bother me now? Think there is something not right with this

  9. Angela says:

    I have also had the same letter 1st one on 29th april from mr ramos asking for 560.48 2nd letter came june 7th still asking for money or cancellation fee £175.00 not paying anything had enough money of me over the years same as every body else avnt heard anything for years then this another scam if you ask me not paying anything Intend to ignore

  10. Matthew says:

    I have had letter making same demands after I ‘ won’ three year membership of Travel Emporium in 2007. Since when I’ve had no contact except an attempt to scam me further in 2008 by arranging to ‘sell’ my membership for a 1,200 euro fee. Once I had sent the money they became unobtainable by phone or e-mail, although within days a Mr. Nigel Bayfort posted a statement online stating that regrettably he’d been forced out of business and was unable to fulfill his obligations. I was eventually able to recover my money from my credit card supplier after I was able to show that it was a fraud. It’s clear that Travel Emporium, Leisuretime Marketing and Essential Travel are either the same organisation or work together to operate their scam. I have never received any ‘membership conditions’, never signed a contract, never received any offers or correspondence at all since 2009. But yesterday I received two vaguely threatening phone calls from them on a UK number. I told them to expletive deleted off. Anyone else had this?

    • mike says:

      Nice one!
      I had the same letter demanding arrears or cancellation fee. Then 2 phone calls today purporting to come from a solicitors—where—malaga of course—threatening legal action.
      Told the lady in no uncertain terms where to “get off” ( did’nt use one nasty word thought)
      We must all be aware!!
      PS—actually used the “holiday club” twice years ago—great deal to Tailand, on agreement to a day timeshare sell! and also to ocho rios jamaica for same thing.

  11. G & M says:

    I have had the same letter it arrived today, 07/05/13 never used them, not intending to pay looks like it is still doing the rounds, again send by royal mail and not airmail.

    • Paul says:

      I received a letter too on 14.05.2013, exeactly as other posts asking to pay charges of €786 Euros including membership arrears, interest and charges, alternatively £175.00 cancellation fee within the next 10 days.
      I’ve spoken to CAB who advised me to speak to Office of fair trading, they gave me the telephone No. for Action fraud, an agency that works on behalf of the police. I have completed an Information case report (takes 10 minutes) in order that evidence can be collated. They advised either LAS are a victim of fraud, if have been misold debt by travel emporium/ essential travel that doesn’t exist, however they are managing the email account “admin@essentialtravelclub.com” so I believe they maybe the same company.
      I have been advised not to pay a penny.
      I’m fortunate enough to work in the Finacial and Legal services industry and I am taking appropriate advice if only to minimise the sucess of this scam and warn others!!

  12. Nick says:

    Essential Travel – overdue fees demand
    After four years of no communication from them I was surprised to find that I have received a letter today from Legal & Accounting services indicating I am in arrears of my membership and either I have to pay charges of 366.40 Euros including membership arrears or a £175.00 cancellation fee.

    I told them in 2009 I wanted to cancel my membership and was also told they had a buyer and I needed to send 1200 Euros to secure the sale. I ignored this as I new it was a scam and just sent them a letter confirming I no longer wished to be a member and would not be paying my annual membership any longer.

    There is nothing in the terms of my membership to say there is a cancellation fee and I have never received anything since joining or at the time I cancelled to indicate there would be.

    The reason I cancelled was that I have never used any of the services of the Essential Travel Club since the date of the agreement in 2005 and decided in 2009 to cancel my membership and write off the Joining fee of 500 Euros plus 50 Euros a year membership.

    I shall not be paying

    • paul says:

      nice one mate. I had the same letter -just another scam. I did the same ‘won a membership. Paid for the 1st 2 years then as I never used it cancelled-heard nothing until now . Just keep stum

  13. yvonne says:

    We have just got the same letter, decided to ignore it as another scam, we have never used it either or had any contact with them since march 2007 when they were travelemporium.Yvonne

  14. Charlie says:

    Hi,

    I received a letter from Legal & Accounting Services today demanding accrued unpaid fees (with interest and admin charges added) to “your holiday club”. Alternatively, pay a cancellation fee of £175.

    I was stupid enough to be co**** into a 3 year membership in 2009 with Essential Travel Club. The letter from LAS was the first contact I have had relating to them since 2009.

    I intend ignoring the letter as I have been advised that to respond is to provide these conmen with information they can use to pursue you further. I would also advise the immediate cancellation of any credit card used in any previous transaction with them.

  15. betty says:

    BETTY I also received a letter asking for 786euros for none payment of annual subscription .I have been advised to contact them and ask them to validate the debt and send me copies of contracts and payment records I certainly will not be sending money I have been scammed in the past by holiday firm who offered to sell my holiday if i sent them money and I would make a profit still waiting.

  16. paul says:

    Well I am. I was told if we do not pay membership it just lapsed.funny 2 of you have got the same 913 euro, what about you Dawn. Mine was for 700 euro. They are just trying to scam I am not doing anything.

  17. Chris says:

    I too received the same demand from LAS for accrued debt of 913,77 Euros (or £175 cancellation fee!) regarding a ‘holiday membership’ from 4/9/06 which we have never been able to use. Interesting, as they did not even mention ‘The Essential Travel Club’ in any part of the document and this is the only communication that we have ever had: no promotions, reminders etc.

    • Kev says:

      Hi everyone,
      I’m kev from Kent and like chris, I too have got a letter demanding 913.77€ ‘very coincidental’ I have now received a ‘final reminder’ not a ‘final demand’ from Mr Ramos at LAS. However LAS have failed to reply to my letter dated 21/4/13 in which I requested full and detailed debt validation paperwork, surprise, surprise!!!
      Anyone else owe the same amount and had the same corrispondance from LAS??
      Kev from Kent!!

  18. paul says:

    hello
    I have had the same letter.I have the same info as you Never used my membership -you could get the same prices on the web .and have not paid for a few years. Seems plenty of sites about these company’s ripping people off. I am not going to do anything. Any further info would be appreciated into this ,what I reckon is another attempt to scam money

    • rbat says:

      Thx paul, I was going to reply asking them to send proof of contract and validation of debt, which I doubt they can given I asked to cancel membership and also attempted to recoup initial payment from visa as believed it a scam..or do u think just ignoring it?

    • Harry says:

      I am currently getting letters asking for 913,77 euros or the same £175 cancellation fee. In fact got a phone call only this morning asking what I intend to do & could I contact the holiday club. I had asked for prove that I had agreed to pay this membership fee to The Essential Travel Club as I had only dealt with the Travel Emporium who were shut down by the Spanish police in 2006 or so I was informed. Just received a phone call from the holiday club telling me they took over the clients of the travel emporium who went in to liquidation, the caller was told in no uncertain terms where to go.

  19. Rbat says:

    I have just received a letter from LAS Legal & accounting services (apartado correos 24 velez-malaga 29700 spain 0034 XXXXXXXXX signed by “Luis viciana Ramos” Abogado reg no . 4918. Letter says they have taken over management & admin of holiday club & i agreed to pay annual sub in membership conditions & since 15/1/2006 debt has accurred to 913 euros which i have got pay within 30days plus another £175 in next 10 days if i want to cancel membership ot they take legal action . It is true in 2004 i won a “holiday” club membership but in my agreement if you did not pay annual fee only suffer loss of membership rights & indeed if you paid fee & didnt use club in that year -full refund given. In my conversation with club in past when i said i was not paying any more -they said not to worry just can’t use services but if changed mind just have to pay fee to resume. I have never used any services & indeed first communication in 6 plus yrs . club name was “travel Emporium ” & changed to “essential travel” 2008 apx – please help/advice – does “4918″ exist etc

    • paul says:

      I have had the same letter.I have the same info as you Never used my membership -you could get the same prices on the web .and have not paid for a few years. Seems plenty of sites about these company’s ripping people off. I am not going to do anything. Any further info would be appreciated into this ,what I reckon is another attempt to scam money

    • dawn says:

      Hi, I have just recieved the same letter today 20th, it was dated 19th and sent by royal mail not airmail, looks suspicious to me. do we just ignor it?

      • Marian says:

        I have also had the same letter (2nd time today) from Mr Ramos asking for, you guessed 913,77. I cancelled a year after winning the membership of Travel Emporium as I could get cheaper holidays in other ways. My credit card company tells me they have not had any requests since 2007 for payments so I am very angry they are trying to get more money out of me now. Intend to ignore it.

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