Newsletter October 2011

Dear All,

It has been quiet a busy month on the timeshare “fraud” front I must say, and we have been surprised with breaking news and appearance of so called new companies who are actually the same as the old ones but with a “new jacket”.

The breaking news of Club Class International going into liquidation has been thrown on the consumers as a bomb, although looking at the track record of Club Class Group it should not have been such a big surprise…unfortunately. Read more: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-b3

Club Class has actually taken up a lot of space in our blog this month as we also had to mention yet again ITRA and EFTAG because of the amount of emails we receive from consumers with very worrying stories. (http://wp.me/p1kmoi-9G)

As it sees they not only target UK Consumers but also consumers from other countries we had to place the warning in Dutch as well http://wp.me/p1kmoi-ah

One of these worries is that EFTAG seems to be especially targeting DWVC members http://wp.me/p1kmoi-b1! Question is obviously where did they get the details from?

The story of Mr. and Mrs. Smith who went through a nightmare trying to dispose of their timeshare is one of those stories where a lot of people recognize themselves or at least in part of this story http://wp.me/p1kmoi-aI

Some of the dubious resale companies are now obviously feeling the pressure on as many people do search on the web before paying any money, or even after they pay and start claiming a refund straight away. As a result, companies like Half Moon Holdings now have a trick upon their sleeves called “second offer” which is basically pretending there is a corporate resale offer but the consumer has to change to a different club before being able to sell. And as nothing is for free, they require another upfront fee…read more in our article about this http://wp.me/p1kmoi-aC We actually mention the Find me Travel membership but we have seen others like the Touchdown Holidays membership offered after the Realm Travel Services sales fells through or the Essential Travel one for a sale fallen through with Holiday Rentals Direct (http://wp.me/p1kmoi-5q)

One main advice given this month was regarding the payments done through Money Grams or Western Union. Please be extremely careful with this as this money is not recoverable! There is NO WAY a tax agent, a lawyer, a notary or anybody actually from a decent company would take money by this payment method! http://wp.me/p1kmoi-b9

Companies who entered our “name and shame” list this month are the following:

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-as                      Beauregard Marketing

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-aw                     Rincon Holidays

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-aG                     T & D Associates

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-aQ                     Abbey Services

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-b7                      TDE Services

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-bb                      Association Professional Enterprise

http://wp.me/p1kmoi-bd                      The Diamond Marketing Group

As we are working on the new website, we have now changed our contact email address to customercare@mindtimeshare.com Please feel free to contact us about any doubt or question you might have. And please, always let us know about those companies who cold call you with a “too good to be true” offer as thanks to alert consumers this month again we have been able to place warnings really quickly and avoid a lot of damage!

About mindtimeshare

Mindtimeshare is registered as a Spanish Association - reg number: G-98401524. Mindtimeshare provides assistance to timeshare owners who have been defrauded by holiday clubs and bogus resale companies. The Mindtimeshare project was launched in February 2011. After dealing with timeshare members over several years who had been defrauded by numerous bogus companies and for large amounts of money, I considered launching an Organisation to help timeshare owners that have been targeted by bogus companies. On this blog you can find information about the different active scam companies and their “modus operandi” and also place comments, ask questions and see comments from other consumers who have the same doubts or have been through the same experience. Mindtimeshare has resulted in a huge success and has received the back up from not only timeshare consumers but also from the professionals in the timeshare Industry. Mindtimeshare helps timeshare owners who have been scammed by bogus Discount Holiday Clubs; bogus cash back companies; fraudulent timeshare resale companies; bogus class action companies and false lawyers and notaries. We offer professional answers and advice to Timeshare users. If you want to send an email instead of posting a comment on the blog please do so by emailing: customercare@mindtimeshare.com
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11 Responses to Newsletter October 2011

  1. geoff and sam says:

    Hi we were caught out with united online and didnt know till we came across this site we have had many companies ring us to sell our weeks of timeshare,so we are weary about it . we are the point of wanting to be rid of it one way or another, as my partners health is not good so this is not helping . We were wondering if you have heard of consultants that take on time share that are called The Essebtial Group as we are near the end of our tether at the moment .

    many thanks

  2. Earth-G Seasun-Moonstar says:

    Dear Alberto,
    Do you remember that I had written to you about a company by the name of Supreme Services?
    You do not have them on your list as another scam company. What is the reason.

  3. TRACY says:

    HI ME AND MY PARTNER HAVE RECENTLY BEEN CONTACTED BY T,S CONSULTANTS WHICH I THINK THEIR BASED IN IBIZA TO SEE IF WE WOULD LIKE TO SELL OUR TIMESHARE.WE HAVE ARRANGED TO GO TO SHEFFIELD TO DISCUSS IT AS THEY SAY THAT THEY HAVE OFFICES THEIR BUT BECAUSE WE TOO HAVE BEEN BITTEN ONCE WE ARE RELUCTANT TO GO BUT DESPERATE TO SEE IF THIS COMPANY IS YET ANOTHER SCAM.CAN ANYONE TELL US IF THEY HAVE HEARD OF THIS COMPANY THANKS.

    • Hi Tracy,
      Thanks for your message.
      These meetings never end up in taking over your timeshare just like that..
      Most probably they present you with another holiday club or a real estate project somewhere in the world, and yes if you join / invest they will take your timeshare.
      Be cautious if you go to a meeting like this!
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  4. D. Wreford says:

    Good Morning

    Like all your all the letters sent to you – we have received the same from different companies, with more of less the same offers – It seems that once you have a timeshare you cannot get rid of it if you tried, Please tell any person who has sold on a Timeshare or on the Points Scheme in recent times, Also how come all the companies have all your details – what you own and were, the pionts you have saved and all your personnel details.

    • Dear Mr. Wreford,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Indeed all these companies seem to have the same pitch, same dubious offers and that is why they are on this site, as we want to warn people about them.
      Of course there are other companies who do work by the rules, and they don’t promise people quick money, exagerated purchase prices and miracle solutions, ah and they don’t do cold call campaigns asking for an upfront fee!
      The fact that the dubious ones seem to have all your details is because they sell / exchange the data between them, data obtained through illegal sources as obviously there is a personal data protection law both in UK and Spain where most of these companies seem to be based.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  5. gabby babbs says:

    Hi i have paid halfmoon holdings 1395euro in march . They have not sold my DWVC membership so keep passing me onto other companies. The last being Q DOS 5 . a micheal ashton 0203 3849098 . I was told i would get £9800 any info please.Gabrielle Babbs

    • Dear Gabby,
      Thanks for your message.
      Really sorry you have paid them, as you know by now there is no sale and nothing is happening..
      We will send you the information by email.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  6. Mike says:

    I keep getting companies phone me asking if I still wat to sell my dvw weeks. It is about every 2 weeks that a batch of calls from different companies come my way. How do all these people get my details from. I was told this week that my account is dormant and has never been used. This is true and this makes them so excited because of this. The deals I get are great the last offered £5,900 for my account and then I asked how much I have to pay, Eventually we get down to the nitty gritty and he asked for 7,000 euro’s, about £6,000 as a surity that I will surrender all documents on completion. I honestly think that these Morons think I am stupid. I have been hit once and twice shy. They are getting nothing from us ever again. So guy’s never part with any cash every again
    Mike Charlton

    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I don’t think they assume people are stupid, they just play the numbers game..the more you call the more likely you’ll find somebody who will fall for it.
      And unfortunately there are a lot people out there still who are desperate to sell and might not have access to internet for research.
      Regards
      Customer Care

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