Another month has passed and here we are again with the Monthly resume of what happened on the Mindtimeshare blog.
This month we have seen a lot of new companies, recently created ones but also some that have been active in the past but people who were defrauded by them only recently found our blog and asked us for advice. This is actually most important, as although a company has maybe defrauded you in the last years, we still want to know. And believe me, these fraudsters are most probably still active but under a different!
The impact our blog has on the dubious business of some companies can be noticed by the fact that a lot of companies are changing their name quickly after a blog is published. It is almost impossible for us to keep up with all new names that pop up in blog comments and direct emails, and we really want to stress that the fact some companies are not mentioned on the blog does not mean they are not dodgy! So always consider the obvious, was it a cold call? Are they asking for money upfront? Is the offer too good to be true? And always check with us first!
But we are confident we are reaching more and more consumers every time, and March saw a breathtaking 40.000 visitors to the blog!
In order to call the attention of the authorities of Gran Canaria we published an article about what is going on: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jI and also a real testimonial of a British Tourist who personally went through this very bitter experience: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jK
Another 2 informative articles we published with great success were; Did you get a “We are sorry but the sale has fallen through?” http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jZ and “I wish I had found this blog earlier” http://wp.me/p1kmoi-lf
March was also the month where we started to receive notifications about the Membership fee bills mailed out by Pro Travel Solutions http://wp.me/p1kmoi-iN to DWVC members, and pretending nothing has changed, and also by Club Class to the Leisure Alliance Members http://wp.me/p1kmoi-l8 for a renewal fee.
Most worrying thing that was brought to our attention is the latest twist in requesting upfront payments, using UKASH Vouchers. Consumers received calls from different companies claiming to have access to funds set aside by the Spanish Government from court cases against timeshare companies, and in order to release these funds the consumer he had to buy 5 UKASH vouchers of £100 each and give the last 10 digits to proof they had actually purchased them. What most consumers don’t know is that although the code consists of 19 digits, the first 9 relate to the country where purchased, so by giving the 10 last digits the consumer was handing over the vital information to cash out the UKASH Voucher. Several consumers have been duped and the same as in the case of Western Union or Money Gram payments, these cannot be recovered!
Best news we received in March was that the Spanish Government has finally taken on the Timeshare Directive, which means that for example the upfront fees for timeshare resale transactions is now illegal as well in Spain! Read more: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-k6
And as always a (long) list of cold calling companies mentioned in our articles this past month:
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-iz One on One Sales
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-iT The Express Leisure Group
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-iW Legal & Taxation Services
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-j5 La Vida Viva
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-j8 Carmar International Advisory
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jf Castle Marketing
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-ji Rafael Vasco Lawyers
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jm Inmobiliaria Alhambra
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jw Superior Resorts
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jB Lombard Services
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jU Hacienda Multiservices
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-jX Kingston Brokers
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-k2 World Marketing
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kf Asset Accounting Services Ltd
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kj GBS Asociados
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kt Zandar Enterprises Ltd
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kw Legal Disposal SCH
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kA Iniexsa Inmobiliaria
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kK Spectrum Travel Services
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-kN Blue Flag Travel
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-l4 Extra Time Online
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-l6 ZES Enterprises Ltd
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-la Tour Mundial
http://wp.me/p1kmoi-lc Timeshare Relief & Unleashed Deed Services
Many thanks to you all for following our blog and keeping us updated!
Director at Mindtimeshare