ABC Solicitors, cold calling (fake) lawyers from London.

A new dubious company has been brought to our attention called ABC Solicitors.

This company contacts timeshare owners out of the blue and notify them that there has been a “group claim” in the Malaga Supreme Court.

The strangest part of the story is that this claim was also on behalf of the consumer who apparently had no idea they were included.

So now ABC Solicitors is informing the consumer that an overseas payment has been issued from the Malaga Courthouse to the consumer.

How amazing is that?

The person contacting the consumer from ABC Solicitors is called Sarah Bean and she sends the consumer an informative email about this Group Claim from an email address sarahbean862@gmail.com

This looks more like a personal Gmail account than a professional account from a legal company!

As per the header of the letter attached to the email, ABC Solicitors is based in London but on the said address no company by this name has been found.

They also mention a website www.abcsolicitors.org and an email info@abcsolicitors.org

There is no website created though and the domain name was only purchased at the beginning of July 2019 for 1 year. So looks like they are not planning to keep the website for a long time…

In this same letter, they also mention all the court claims done by different companies on behalf of consumers against their resorts.

There is not really any indication this has anything to do with the group claim ABC Solicitors is handling, but probably it looked good in the eyes of these fake solicitors.

Contact number for ABC Solicitors is 0208 638 8258

Susan Marshall the admin of ABC Solicitors signs the letter.

Consumers are informed that a lawyer will soon be in contact with them about the transfer of the money.

Please note that there are no group claims in Spain where consumers are included without even knowing this.

Money doesn’t get awarded to people out of the blue and Courthouses do not use the services of lawyers companies that are not registered at the company’s house and use Gmail accounts.

Always go by the golden rule of “if it sounds too good to be true….”

If Sarah Bean from ABC Solicitors has been on the phone already, please do let us know.

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Timeshare ‘con artist’ sentenced to pay back victims!

Good news needs to be shared, so that is why we are pleased to have woken up today with the following articles in the newspapers:

Timeshare con artist Francis ‘Frank’ Madden in court and Timeshare conman must pay victims

Frank Madden is not unknown to this blog as we already posted a couple of years ago articles about this man.

One of these blogs referred to the company ITRA who hired his services for some time, selling their ” services” 

And another article in May 2018 when he was convicted to jail: Timeshare fraudster jailed for more than 3 years by Bournemouth Court. 

Frank Madden, was sentenced in May last year to 40 months in prison after admitting three counts of fraudulent trading and one of breaching a suspended sentence.

A subsequent Proceeds of Crime Act investigation into his financial affairs identified he had made £135,000 from the businesses.

At a hearing, Judge Stephen Climie ordered Madden to hand over £20,000 of available assets within the next three months, including £10,534 to be returned to 16 victims who assisted in the prosecution.

The judge also banned Madden from taking part in or owning any timeshare related business for a period of 10 years. He is currently disqualified as a company director.

Peter Haikin, regulatory services manager for Trading Standards, said: “These cases are extremely difficult to process but in addition to successfully prosecuting Mr Madden in 2018, BCP Council Trading Standards have now succeeded in getting him banned from being legally involved in the operation of any timeshare or holiday club related business for the next 10 years.

“We hope that this will put an end to any potential of Mr Madden’s fraudulent timeshare businesses operating again in the area.”

You can read the full articles on the following links:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17757459.timeshare-conman-must-pay-victims/

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/17757467.timeshare-con-artist-francis-39-frank-39-madden-court/

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Ringleader of timeshare scam gang ordered to pay back £85k

In February 2018, we posted an article about the jail sentence from the Stafford Crown Court against a gang of Timeshare fraudsters.

“It was a calculated and cynical fraud and was carefully planned to ensnare the victims without them becoming suspicious,” said Judge Gosling

You can read this article still on the following link:

All about the Stafford Crown Court Sentence

The news has now reached the newspapers that Ringleader of this timeshare scam gang which conned over 400 victims, has been ordered to pay back £85k

Brian Carr is behind bars for being the ringleader of the gang, but will have to pay back over £80,000 under Proceeds of Crime proceedings

Brian Carr, 31, is estimated to have made £829,319 from his scam.

The fraudster shamefully targeted the elderly and those in poor health.

To facilitate the frauds, the group set up more than 10 limited companies (both in the UK and abroad), with offices in the West Midlands, staff, bank accounts, and the means to process card payments.

The total value of the funds fraudulently obtained by the group is more than £875,000, made up of payments from around 470 victims.

All outstanding benefit from criminal conduct is a lifetime debt owed until such time as it is fully repaid.

Source: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ringleader-timeshare-scam-gang-conned-16517332

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Direct Claims, another cold caller for recovery of the money paid to Eze Group

The latest cold caller that has been added to our lists is Direct Claims.

The agent, Julie Golden, contacts the consumer out of the blue with all the details of the consumers’ Eze group account on file already.

Julie Golden explains she works for Direct Claims, a company that can help with the recovery of the money paid to Eze group.

They claim that the consumer is entitled to a refund from Eze Group (Regency Shores) who has been convicted of fraud.

Once the consumer has shown their interest in this matter, Mr. Harris from Direct Claims contacts the consumer later the same day with more details.

In that call,  it also becomes clear that Direct Claims is not going to offer their services for free and as a matter of fact they request an upfront fee of £795 for their services.

The company email is directclaims@mail.com and their telephone number 0207 183 6533

Supposedly they are based in London.

No further company details were given and we have been unable to find a company by the name of Direct Claims.

The email address is once more an email set up on a free server, available to anybody. They don’t seem to have a website.

This is yet again a company contacting consumers on cold calls with great stories of recovering the money from Eze Group.

Please do not trust cold callers and certainly be very cautious when they already seem to have all your details including what you paid to Eze etc.

If Direct Claims has been on the phone to you already, please do let us know.

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Timeshare Cold Callers for the month of June 2019

Dear All,

The latest cold caller list is ready. Attached the complete report of the total of 43 cold calling companies in the month of June 2019.

From the 43 companies, 8 are new names on the list.

Cold Callers June 2019

The best news that reached us only at the end of last week, was though that the police in Tenerife has finally taken action against the group of FAKE and FRAUDULENT lawyers based in Tenerife.

A set up that has been active for over 2 years and cheated many innocent consumers out of their hard earned money.

We wrote numerous articles about this set up, which changed the company names over a 100 times! You can see the list of names in the following article: 101 names for the Fake Lawyers

So far the police has arrested 3 people, but they are confident that there will be many more.

If you at some point had contact with any of the fake lawyers companies of this set up, and you paid them money, please do let us know if you haven’t done this before.

The payment details are very important, as the bank accounts lead to people belonging to this set up.

Thanks again to all consumers who advised us throughout the month about the cold calls they received and send us through all the information they obtained.

Have a great month of July and please don’t let your guard down! Cold calls should always be treated with caution!

Customer Care

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BREAKING NEWS!!!!! FAKE LAWYERS TENERIFE ARRESTED BY SPANISH NATIONAL POLICE

After 3 years the Spanish National police has taken action against the criminal set up of the FAKE lawyers in Tenerife.

This news was published yesterday after the Spanish police gave out a communication.

Mindtimeshare published recently an updated list of the more than 100 company names these criminals were using. you can see this list on the following link: 101 names

For the moment only 3 people have been arrested, 6 more have been charged but they could not be detained because they reside outside Spanish territory or do not know their whereabouts.

MORE NEWS TO FOLLOW!

All those who have fallen victim of this criminal set up should make sure they reported the fraud to the police.

If you had not written to us before and you did pay at some point to these FAKE lawyers, or their procurators, please let us know.

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The Spanish newspapers that published the news about the arrests wrote the following about what happened:

The National Police has dismantled this criminal organization that would have defrauded more than 130,000 euros to timeshare owners located in the south of the island of Tenerife, as reported by the Superior Police Headquarters of the Canary Islands.

As a result of this operation, three people of 25, 30 and 55 years old, from Italy and the United Kingdom, have been detained as alleged perpetrators of three crimes of fraud and belonging to a criminal organization, and six more have been charged for the same acts.

The investigations by the National Police began in the month of February of the year 2018, when the first denunciation was received. Subsequently two more complaints were received, all from citizens of the United Kingdom.

The diligences practiced were able to demonstrate the modus operandi of the organization, as well as the identification of all its members. The remaining six could not be detained because they reside outside Spanish territory or do not know their whereabouts.

The members of the organization obtained listings of timeshare owners that had been defrauded before or simply owned a timeshare membership, or for some reason problems had arisen with the company that had sold them the property / membership.

Once they obtained the list, on the black market or from disloyal workers, they began a telemarketing operation in order to capture the most propitiatory victim. After contacting the victims, they presented themselves as a lawyer specialized in scam cases, informing them that they had been awarded through trial against the company that had cheated them or that for some reason had left them without the timeshare.

Likewise, they offered the possibility of taking up the services of this firm, to obtain all the money invested in the purchase of the vacation package on a timeshare basis. Once they agreed to be represented, they sent them various false documents, which they passed as officers, while they claimed different amounts of money to continue the negotiations, all with the purpose that they would be returned all the money.

Through this remission of false documents of courts, Tax Agency or advice, they gave the scam the legal appearance necessary for them to continue entering different amounts of money in bank accounts that facilitated them, until they realized the possible scam. In this way they obtained more than 130,000 euros.

The organization was distributed in three hierarchical levels. In the first would be the head of the organization, which made the decisions and steps to follow. In the second level would be the workers who performed the practical functions of the organization; location and contact with the victims, processing of documents, recruitment of personnel that would act in the third level; holders of bank accounts for the payment of the payments made by the victims. The third level would be those responsible for opening bank accounts for the organization and transferring the funds to the account of the leader of the organization.

Once the police report was processed, together with the detainees, it was placed at the disposal of the competent judicial authority. The investigation has been developed by agents of the National Police of the Local Brigade of the Judicial Police of the South of Tenerife, Adeje.

SOURCES:

https://www.laprovincia.es/sucesos/2019/06/26/cae-organizacion-criminal-estafo-130000/1187898.html

https://www.eldiario.es/canariasahora/tenerifeahora/sucesos/detenidos-investigados-propietarios-viviendas-Tenerife_0_914108992.html

https://www.cope.es/emisoras/canarias/santa-cruz-de-tenerife/tenerife/noticias/policia-desarticula-una-organizacion-internacional-que-estafo-130000-euros-20190626_444810

 

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