Cold calling WDL Services and the strange story of awarded money in Spanish courts.

WDL Services is a name we first got mentioned over a year ago. At that time, they were contacting consumers on cold calls and telling them about money awarded through the courts but the money could not be paid out.

The issue was a missing TIE number.

TIE numbers were given out to British residents in Spain after Brexit, and really these numbers have nothing to do with money transfers to the UK.

Follow up emails were received from a Patricia Earnshaw, who stated they could help with obtaining a TIE number, for a small amount of money, cheaper than if you would do it yourself, and the money should be paid to Joanna Bailey their Spanish Liaison.

The emails would come from: wdlservices89@gmail.com

After several inquiries it went all quiet on WDL Services. But to our surprise, they are back!

This time they present themselves as “Financial Investigators” and it seems they know about the consumers dealings with (bogus) companies in the past, and they state these companies managed to get a pay out through the courts and again the money is locked up.

This time it is the outstanding notary fees that are holding it up, and the consumer is asked for over 2000 Pounds to get this sorted and become the proud owner of 25.000 Pounds awarded by the Spanish courts.

Yes, it all sounds too good to be true, don’t you think so?

Patricia doesn’t seem to work any longer in DWL Services because now it is Sara Goodwin from the Financial investigations Department.

Do we need to say more?

Telephone number quoted on their correspondence is 012252921**

Please if you are contacted by WDL Services, do not pay them a penny and let us know.

Our email is customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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Legalion, the fake lawyers from Tenerife strike again

After all these years one would have hoped these people would be gone by now, but no, they are not gone and are still here!

This time they use the name Legalion, not to be mistaken with the genuine lawyer’s company in Madrid, the bogus one is based in Tenerife.

Always tricky when they use the same or similar name as a real one, as consumers try to do their homework and are still confused with the outcome.

The fake Legalion claims to be acting on behalf of the courts, where the consumer has been awarded money, but the amount is blocked in the account.

First the consumer is cold called with the good news about the awarded money. But then in the follow up email the consumer is made aware of the “slight” problem with the transfer of the awarded amount. The letter from the FAKE Legalion states the following:

“The Santa Cruz Court Office has been advised that you are now making payment the Brexit stamp fee, along with the 4% conversion rate, a standard fee put in place by all banks to allow the conversion of foreign currency into the designated UK bank account provided and of course the 21% IVA which as explained is a the standard taxation fee of mainland Spain. I hereby attach the relevant pay slip for you to kindly make payment of the total amount of 2,750 Euros, as soon as possible and contact us to inform that payment has been made. Once that stamping fee has cleared, our Lawyers will liaise with the Santa Cruz Court Instance No. 3 directly for the immediate release of your compensation to your nominated UK account without delay. “

The money they ask for is supposed to be paid into a bank account in the name of an individual.

The email is signed by Camillia Luis Rodigues posing as “Court Trustee

Other names used by the people contacting the consumers (victims) are Alistair White and Carla Montoya.

Contact details are telephone: 0034 822 689 ***

Email: info.legalionabogados@consultant.com

Please don’t be fooled by this bogus company and if you are contacted with this incredible story of being awarded thousands of euros by the courts just like that, please hang up…

If you have already spoken with Legalion or worse, if you have paid them, do let us know.

Our email is customercare@mindtimeshare.com

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You paid Arbitration Consultants and now Timeshare Compliance offers help to recover the money?

Funny how companies seem to vanish, claim to go into liquidation or that no funds have been received and straight after that, you get a new company cold calling to offer help to all those consumers who are victims of these companies.

Obviously, when you paid a company like Arbitration Consultants, you did because you were convinced, they were the ones that were going to help you.

And receiving an email telling you the case is closed as no funds were received or they are going into liquidation, leaves you desperate to recuperate the thousands of Euros you seem to have lost.

So, any help offered is appreciated.

But PLEASE think twice!!

A cold caller, who knows you had dealings with Arbitration Consultants, a cold caller like Timeshare Compliance that have been calling lately, does not seem to be the solution.

 Timeshare Compliance states they are based in Mallorca, could be a coincidence, but weren’t all supposed legal associates of companies like Arbitration Consultants not based there as well?

Please if you are contacted by Timeshare Compliance Office, Timeshare Complaints company or any other offering “help” with recovering money from previous dubious companies, don’t pay them!

Recovery fraud is a very dangerous fraud, as it plays with the fact that victims are desperate to make everything ok again and want to recover what they lost. It’s not going to happen like that with the help of yet another cold caller who got your personal details probably from the other company or they might even be the same people!

If you paid a dubious company, send us an email and tell us what happened, and we can give you FREE advice about your possibilities to recover the money and FREE guidelines on how to do this.

Our email is customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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Breaking news, Spanish courts award money to victims of DWVC, Timelinx and incentive Leisure group!

Wow, how’s that for a header? Is this not the news you were waiting for after all the cold calls received with statements like this?

Well, we are sorry to say but the header is NOT TRUE!

Unfortunately, there is no other way to catch the attention of those consumers who unfortunately fell for the above-mentioned companies and clubs and are still hoping that somewhere there is money to be recovered.

Hope, which is taken advantage of by different fraudulent companies, who keep on exchanging the clients’ contact details between them, in order to try and get money out of them.

Disgusting on itself, but apparently there are still consumers who sadly send money to these cold callers, hoping the awarded money will appear on their bank account.

Every day we receive inquiries from innocent consumers who have been contacted by different companies and given the “congratulations you have been awarded money” pitch.

Companies that seem to know all about the dealings of the consumers with ILG and their holiday clubs DWVC or Timelinx.

Please note that ILG went into liquidation in January 2011 and there were no assets at all, neither are there now 11 years down the line!

Companies that have been contacting are among others:

If you have been contacted by any of these companies or maybe another one, as they seem to keep on changing names, do let us know.

Always distrust a cold caller, there is no logical and acceptable explanation on how they obtained your contact details and details from your dealings with ILG / DWVC or Timelinx

In case you need more information or help in this matter, please contact us by email at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

 

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Have you received an email from the Madrid Courts?

Not a cold caller this time but a company sending out emails.

Worried consumers have written to us about a n email they received recently which is signed by the Madrid Courts.

Email address used: madridcourts01@gmail.com

The text of the email is as follows:

Dear XXXXX

We are sending this email to you because it has been brought to our attention, that you have an outstanding claim sitting with the Spanish Courts. We have attached paperwork that needs to be signed and sent back to us for the Courts to release your funds. The Spanish Courts where your claim was made has asked us to contact you to find out whether you want to claim and finalise your settlement.

The papers that are attached to this email are in Spanish and English, both copies must be signed and sent back to us you will also see the amount of your settlement that was awarded to you, for your claim against certain timeshare, resales companies etc also find attached a bank transfer approval that has been approved to be forward to you once all paperwork has been signed and sent back to us.  Please acknowledge receipt of this email and if possible, a preferred time to contact you,

Yours sincerely

James Watson

Madrid courts : (+34) 6043680**. Fax.:  070 119744**

Attached to the email is a 6 pages long document supposedly from the court in Madrid where the consumer is awarded over 30.000 Pounds(!!) and an invoice for 850 Pounds for legal services.

Strange enough the payment must be done by bank transfer to an account in the name of an individual who seems to be living in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. That is 700 kilometers away from Madrid.

Why would a court in Madrid use a personal bank account of somebody that lives that far away?

Please note that this is a scam, and if you would transfer money to the given bank account you won’t see that money back!

If you received an email or any communication from the (FAKE) Madrid Courts, please let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

 

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Valencia Juristic Reclamacion and the court claim against DWVC

A very strange cold caller has popped up by the name of Valencia Juristic Reclamacion.

This company assures the consumer that there has been a successful court claim against DWVC, and the consumer has been awarded money.

The settlement has been agreed and a substantial amount of money was supposed to be on its way to the consumer.

But as always happens with these kinds of calls, things are never that straightforward as they seem, and the money seems to be held up.

The reason for this is due to the Entitlement documentation being absent from the file of the consumer.

Luckily, the agent from Valencia Juristic Reclamacion, Mr. Johnathan Jones assures the consumer that the lawyers from his company are aware of the situation, and even better, they can help to solve this!

The following steps need to be taken:

The entitlement documentation must accompany any compensation due that has been awarded by a European Court of Law.
The entitlement documentation along with the compensation due must be registered with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This document must evidently state that you are the beneficiary and with full clarification of the legitimacy of the monies.

The lawyers will contact the consumer and explain how they can solve the above and make sure the consumer is going to receive the awarded money of over 30.000 Pounds.

To back up the story, Jonathan kindly sends out a follow up email from the email address valenciajuristicreclamacion@gmail.com

Oops that is a Gmail, bit strange for a lawyer’s company working alongside the Valencian Courts, no?

The email repeats what already has been discussed on the phone and encloses a copy of the bank-transfer, which is held up, a transfer supposedly made by Santander Bank, and a 30-page court document with endless court talk about a supposed claim against DWVC.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A SCAM.

There is no such thing as a court claim against DWVC, in any case it would not be against the club but against the company running the club, which was ILG, Intensive Leisure Group.

But ILG went into liquidation in January 2011, that is 11 years ago, and there is nobody to claim against or anything in the assets to claim from.

Without a doubt the Valencia Juristic Reclamacion will ask money for their “services”, but we seriously doubt you will ever see that money back!

If you have were contacted by Valencia Juristic Reclamacion with a similar bogus story about claims in court, please do let us know.

You can contact us by email at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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Fernando y Asociados, another cold calling “litigation” Company based in Majorca.

 

There seems to be a thing going with lawyers’ companies in Mallorca. If before they all seemed to be based in Tenerife, now all companies that are brought to our attention seem to have an address in Mallorca.

This is also the case with the cold caller Fernando y Asociados.

Several inquiries from concerned consumers indicate they have been cold called and referred to Fernando y Asociados for a zoom meeting.

The services offered are claims and “getting out of your timeshare”

It is important you always remember that when receiving such a call that the caller should never ever know you are a timeshare owner unless you provided them with the information.

Genuine legal companies do not cold call and they do not break the Law on Data Protection, so cold calls from so called legal companies talking about your timeshare are a NO NO from the start.

Going back to Fernando y Asociados, consumers tell us they were cold called and did feel rather pressured by the caller to take up a zoom meeting.

The address of the Fernando y Asociados offices is: Guillem Massot, 26 7, 07003 Palma, Balearic Islands

Website: www.fernandoyasociados.es

Telephone: +34 871 181 0** and 019042111**

Email info@fernandoyasociados.es

Although it does mention a privacy policy, the actual link takes you to their page with “services”

There is no companies house number displayed on the web or any full name of a lawyer running the company or an associate.

They claim to have over 20 years of experience, but the company was only registered in October 2021. That’s maybe the reason the number is not on display as obviously the consumer could find out through the internet this company was registered only 5 months ago.

The company activity is described as intermediation of accounts and administrative services.

If you received a cold call from an agent referring you to Fernando y Asociados, we would like to have your feedback.

Please send us a message to customercare@mindtimeshare.com

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Arbitration Consultants and the failed STRIPE payment

 

Worrying messages are received from consumers about an email they received from the company Arbitration Consultants.

Mindtimeshare posted a warning about this company last year and you can read this post on the following link: What about the services from Arbitration Consultants in Tenerife?

The email message is as follows:

Dear Client,

We are writing to you today in relation to your case XXXX. 

As you are aware, you paid for our services via Stripe, our merchant terminal. Stripe facilitated all of our clients credit/debit card payments and through no fault of our own Stripe has not paid your funds to us to date.

As I am sure you can understand, there is now no possibility of us continuing with your case under these circumstances because your payment was required to pay our costs, and the costs of our lawyers, to progress your case.

From the date of this email, we also need to make you aware that Arbitration Consultants will be forced to cease all business activities and we will be placing ourselves into voluntary administration immediately.

Our company administrators will be in contact with you in the coming weeks.

Sincere Regards, 

Lucy

Arbitration Consultants

This message is not even personalized with the name of the client, and by the number of inquiries we received, it has all the looks that they did a bulk mailing to the clients who (unfortunately) paid them and are at the stage of claiming their money back due to undelivered services.

Consumers are also informed that Arbitration Consultants is closing business. The Spanish companies house has no indication of that at all and the company appears active on the Companies House website: https://www.infocif.es/ficha-empresa/arbitration-consultants-sl

Checking on the internet, indeed STRIPE is an internet payment platform and there doesn’t seem to be any problem. In cases like this we certainly would recommend all consumers who receive a similar email to contact STRIPE immediately through email at info@stripe.com and clarify if this information is correct.

Include a copy of the email received and a copy of your payment receipt.

If you paid Arbitration Consultants, please contact us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com and we can help you further.

 

 

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Who are ERS or European Recouperation Solutions?

We have received a large number of inquiries in the past week about a cold caller by the name ERS Solutions.

A cold caller with apparent “transparent” services for timeshare owners. ERS  presents themselves as consultants whose “role” is to establish which timeshare and point owners are eligible for compensation, due to the mis-selling of timeshares.

That might sound plausible, but the fact they are cold calling is already ringing all the alarm bells. How do they know you own or owned a timeshare?

The follow up email assures the consumer that ERS Solutions is working with several legal teams across the UK and in partnership with SRA Regulated Law panels.

As far as we know the SRA code of ethics strictly forbids approaching consumers on cold calls, either directly or indirectly through other companies.

ERS Solutions has a website www.ers.solutions which was registered on the 3rd of October 2021, that is just 2 months ago.

The company has also registered at the Spanish companies’ house in August this year.

They display an address in Tenerife and the UK but there doesn’t seem to be any Spanish telephone number, only one UK number which is for both branches.

On the website the word timeshare is not used, and the services they describe is “Ensuring Contracts are Fit for Purpose” and they would offer help with reviewing agreements, rewording agreements of disputes. But really nothing indicates they “specialize” in timeshare claims or any lawyers are involved.

The website lacks a privacy protection link or Terms and Conditions.

They use two different email addresses: info@ers.solutions and enquiries@ers.solutions

At the UK companies house there is no such company by the name of European Recouperation Solutions but there are companies by the name of ERS Solutions, although none at the address mentioned on the web.

There is no further information so far, but we must insist that it is never a good sign when a company approaches you on a cold call, knows more about you from the start than you about them, and the offer is related to a timeshare and legal services.

So please be extremely careful!

If you have been offered a telephone consultation with ERS Solutions or European Recouperation Solutions, please do let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

 

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Did you receive a call from the FAKE Grupo Logra about a Brexit Stamp?

A recent cold caller has been spotted by the name of Grupo Logra.

There seems to be a real company with this name, but please note they have NOTHING to do with these cold callers who pretend to be lawyers in Tenerife.

The agent from this fake Grupo Logra contacts consumers to inform them about an awarded amount of money through the Santa Cruz Court in Tenerife.

To obtain this money, the consumer must pay an upfront fee of 680 euros to pay for a ‘Brexit Stamp’ which is needed in order to release the money.

Emails from this FAKE legal company are send out by somebody called Mariano Ramirez with email address grupologra@consultant.com

But the actual mail is signed by Mrs. Elizabeth Walker who has given herself the title of “Trustee”.

Contact Telephone number:  0034 822 689 ***   

The email is full of “official” names of the people involved such as Mr. Allister Hillington from the Liaison office, one of the supposed lawyers: Mr. Alejandro Cabello and the supposed Senior Trustee Mrs. Charlotte Millington.

They complete the email with copies of documentation that has been copied from the internet and adjusted to the consumer.

Please be assured that this is a SCAM and in case you send them any money for the “Brexit Stamp” we are afraid you won’t see this money back.

If you have been approached by anybody from the fake Grupo Logra, or any other company with a similar story about money awarded through court and Brexit Stamps, do let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

 

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Careful with the bogus company Servicios Legales Barcelona!

One of the latest bogus companies brought to our attention is a company called Servicios Legales Barcelona.

This company sends an email to consumers who have been defrauded before and were actually offered a “refund claim” by another fraudulent company.

Now years later, Servicios Legals Barcelona sends an email out of the blue, notifying the consumer about their claim being successful and a big lump sum of money coming their way.

Companies mentioned in these emails are Blue Chip, True Valid, ILG, etc.

The email sounds as follows:

Dear xxxx

We are pleased to inform you on the success of your claim against XXXXXX

Please find attached the Court Transcripts, your settlement description and your bankers draft receipt as confirmation that the funds have been sent. 

We understand that you were contacted by C.H.A.P.S regarding a stop on the payment, we believe this to be due to your Value Proceed Document being omitted from your case file. Please rest assured the lawyers are aware of this situation and will contact you Monday to rectify this problem. 

For your information;

Value Proceed Document must accompany any compensation amount that has been awarded by a European Court of Law.

The Value Proceed Document along with the compensation amount must be registered with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This document must clearly state that you are the beneficiary and with full clarification of the legitimacy of the funds.

We look forward to speaking with you next week. 

Kind regards 

Sofia de Leon

Tel: 0034 603 336 0**

Together with the email the Consumer is send attachments of documents that are clearly falsified, a bank receipt of supposed money in an account from the national civil court, a transcript of a court claim that has taken place in Barcelona, something that makes no sense at all, and a breakdown of the fabulous amount of money awarded to the consumer.

They already “highlight” a problem which will be rectified with the lawyer, but we can assure you that the solution to this problem will be some kind of payment, and another one, and another one, until you realize you have been scammed!

Ms. Sofia de Leon sends her emails from an email address: info@servicioslegalesbarcelona.com

The actual domain name of Servicios Legales Barcelona was registered on the 27th of September 2021, so just over 6 weeks ago at time of writing this blog.

They also “created” a website www.servicioslegalesbarcelona.com  which is a landing page with a picture and a simple button stating “EMAIL”.

Please do not engage with this company as this is a SCAM!

There is no money to be recovered through the courts for payments made to bogus resale and holiday clubs over ten years ago!

If you have been contacted by Sofia de Leon or any other person stating they work for Servicios Legales Barcelona, please do let us know.

You can email customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

 

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Mindtimeshare active companies October 2021

Dear Consumer,

Here we are another month with the list of active companies who approach consumers about their timeshare and holiday ownership.

The past month we counted 32 active companies of which 7 are new companies.

New, as in new names as there seem to be a lot of companies that are very similar to the ones that disappear from one month to the other.

For a complete list of the active companies please press on the PDF link below:

Mindtimeshare Active Companies October 2021

Please be careful who you talk to, and who you give personal information to.

When cold called, just step back after the initial conversation and think twice.

Is it normal a strange person calls you out of the blue knowing where you own your timeshare? Or even worse, is it normal a strange person calls you and knows exactly about your payments to fraudulent companies in the past?

The answer is always NO, it NOT normal and you should be very cautious with companies and people who approach you just like that out of the blue!

The latest one over the past 2 months is all the consumers who are approached by certain “legal companies” that were taking up the “legal” part of an agreement signed with Aegis Direct, Meridian litigation and J Foster Associates.

Consumers are being told the bills have not been paid and their services won’t be delivered…

Do not engage with them and worse all, do not pay any further money to get things sorted or to take up services with yet another bogus claims company.

In case of doubt, ask us for more information!

You better be safe than sorry.

Regards

Customer Care

 

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JR Abogados, more fake lawyers from Tenerife

 

One of the latest cold callers is a company using the name of JR Abogados (FAKE).

This (fake) lawyers’ company is based in Tenerife and their way of working has all the looks of the Fake lawyer group from Tenerife that has been defrauding consumers over the past years.

These bogus lawyers are using or better said abusing the name of a genuine lawyers company that is based on mainland Spain, and certainly do not have anything to do with claims against timeshare companies or similar. If you compare contact details you will see they do not coincide!

As consumers tell us, the representatives of this company who seem to have their full history of timeshare ownership and dealings, tells them about a claim being lodged shortly in the courts.

This representative is referred to as the “Senior Consultant” Mr. Matthew Forton.

Follow up emails are signed by Maria Navas from the Legal Department.

The bogus law company JR Lawyers quotes as their address the Avenida Daltar 109, Edificio Borla, 38001, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.

Once they have the consumer’s attention they quickly go over to asking money for all kinds of fees and taxes before the consumer can actually get the awarded amount transferred to their bank account.

Please note that you cannot join a claim just like that, with a cold call from a company you never spoke with before.

There are no class actions in Spain against holiday companies, and again, you cannot just jump into a claim and join.

If you are approached by these “senior representatives” from J.R. Abogados or any other company telling you they are lawyers and you can join the upcoming claim, please let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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Méfiez-vous des fausses sociétés de revente Macquarie Developments Ltd.

Une nouvelle société de revente bidon a été portée à notre attention sous le nom de Macquarie Developments soi-disant basé à London.

Macquarie Developments contacts multipropriété parlant français propriétaires par appel à froid et leur raconter une histoire au sujet d’un acheteur d’entreprise qu’ils ont déjà en attente, vif sur l’achat de leurs semaines, et le prix offert est bien sur le prix de marché actuel.

La société qui étaient censés acheter les semaines à temps partagé est Charter Queen basé à Hong Kongmais le fait est que cette société ne sait rien de tout cela.

Le propriétaire de temps partagé est demandé un paiement.

Macquarie Developments envoie au consommateur une copie d’une (fausse) contrat de revente et ils réclament de l argent pour les droits de revente et l inscription au cadastre.

Personne du contact de Macquarie Developments, cet Sophie Auvant.

Miss Sophie assez étrange utilise un compte Gmail pour communiquer avec les clients :

sophieauvant17@gmail.com

Et même s’ils sont basés à Londres, elle utilise un téléphone portable espagnol. 0034 602 44 29 **

Veuillez noter que les entreprises qui vous appellent sans vous demander un appel, ils ont évidemment obtenu vos coordonnées et les détails d’adhésion par le biais d’une source illégale et s’elles vous offrent une garantie de revente demandant de se rendre à un autre pays et payer des frais initiaux … elles ne sont pas dignes de confiance!

S’il vous plaît nous contacter par e-mail customercare@mindtimeshare.com ou laissez votre commentaire ici sur notre blog, et nous prendrons contact avec vous.

ENGLISH VERSION

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Beware of fake resale companies Macquarie Developments Ltd.

A new bogus resale company has come to our attention as the supposedly London-based Macquarie Developments.

Macquarie Developments contacts French speaking timeshare owners by cold calling and telling them a story about a business buyer they already have on hold, keen on buying their weeks, and the price offered is of course the current market price.

The company that was supposed to buy the timeshare weeks is Hong Kong-based Charter Queen, but the point is, there is no such company or buyer of timeshare weeks.

The timeshare owner is asked for payment to show their interest in selling.

Macquarie Developments sends the consumer a copy of a (fake) resale contract and they demand money for the resale rights and cadastral registration.

Macquarie Developments contact person, this Sophie Auvant.

Strange thing is that Miss Sophie uses a Gmail account to communicate with the customers:

sophieauvant17@gmail.com

And although they are based in London, she uses a Spanish cell phone: 0034 602 44 29 **

Please note that companies that cold call you, obviously got your contact details and membership details through an illegal source and if they offer you a resale guarantee asking to pay an upfront fee … they are not trustworthy!

Please contact us by email customercare@mindtimeshare.com  or leave your comment here on our blog, and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Mindtimeshare Active Companies September 2021

Dear All,

A new Month has started, and we have counted the active companies for the month of September, who have been contacting consumers with offers regarding their timeshare through un-solicited calls, emails and even SMS notifications.

There have been 33 active companies, of which 12 companies are new on the list.

For a complete list of active companies please click on the following link:

Mintimeshare Active companies Sept 2021

Names of the new companies are:

Most of the active companies are offering a claims service together with a relinquishment from the timeshare. Reading through the paperwork it appears that they are only offering a relinquishment and the claim is not guaranteed at all. Logical, as no legally qualified person has even looked at the case when consumers are handing over the money.

Consumers are attending Zoom meetings and are under the very mistaken impression that these meetings are harmless and for free. The way these meetings are conducted, and the length of time consumers are kept in the meeting, certainly reminds us of those meetings at the sales offices in certain resorts where people ended up signing their life away for the sake of getting out.

Here we have now a situation where people are sending money transfers and providing their card details after 4 hours (!!) of zoom meeting, without any interruption and without any possibility to check on all the facts they have been bombarded with.

Only when they get out of this meeting, they start to search online and find the warnings and complaints from other consumers about the company they just paid close to 2000 Pounds to.

Recently it has been brought to our attention that consumers who paid close to 12 months ago to similar companies, are now being approached by third party companies, assuring the consumer the company they paid to has gone into liquidation and the services won’t be delivered.

After breaking the news, the consumer is then offered new services and even a service to recover their money from the previous scammers.

After checking online at the Spanish Companies house, the companies supposedly closed or in liquidation, are still actively registered. And certainly, no third party should have the details of the consumer anyway…

So, are they the same people? Trying to get out of the clause in the agreement that states that the consumer can claim a refund if after 12 months their relinquishment has not been processed?

Please be extra careful with these calls because you already have been fooled once, and you don’t want to fall for this again!

If you received a cold call, letter, or email from a company you have not asked for information and never given your contact details, please do let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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Did Aegis Direct or Meridian Litigation go into liquidation?

We are receiving some very worrying emails from consumers who unfortunately paid to companies such as Aegis Direct or Meridian Litigation Advisors.

It seems that the consumers who paid almost a year ago to these companies, are now approached by other cold callers who have all the details of their payments.

The consumer is informed that the companies have closed, they have gone into liquidation or simply did not pay the “solicitors” who were going to take care of their claims and relinquishment. So, the bad news is that the consumer won’t receive the services they paid for.

This is of course quite upsetting, and it also seems very awkward that these calls are received just a couple of months before the 12-month contract expires and the consumer should receive a refund if the services weren’t delivered.

Why was the consumer not notified about this before? Was there not this mention in the agreement they could not claim a refund after paying, not even in the 14-days period straight after paying? And this was explained because the lawyers start straight away on their case!

But now, 10 months later, the story is that there was no money received, their file has not been touched and “we are really sorry, but we cannot do anything for you”

Well, there is something they can do for the consumer…

Help them with claiming a refund under the consumer act if they paid by credit card.

But this help comes with a price tag, if the claim is successful, the supposed legal company wants a 25% of the awarded refund.

For those consumers who are looking on the internet if indeed Aegis Direct or Meridian Litigation have gone into liquidation, please find the links to the Spanish Companies’ House where you can see that these companies are still actively registered.

Aegis Direct: https://www.infocif.es/ficha-empresa/aegis-direct-sl

Meridian Litigation Advisors: https://www.infocif.es/ficha-empresa/meridian-litigation-advisors-sl

If you have paid these companies and were waiting for their claims and relinquishment services to be delivered, you might want to read the warnings we placed on this blog some time ago:

Aegis Direct: https://wp.me/p1kmoi-41L

Meridian Litigation Advisors: https://wp.me/p1kmoi-3BU

If you paid to above companies and would like more information, please contact us by email at: customercare@mindtimeshare.com

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BCN Legal Group and the fake Court Case against Club Class

A new bogus company has been brought to our attention by the name of BCN Legal Group.

The representatives from BCN Legal cold call and explain to the consumers that over £27,500 has been awarded to them,  following a Spanish “Class 1 Court action” against Club Class.

To access these funds a tax reference is required which the consumer won’t have as they are not residents in Spain

But not to worry, BCN Legal can help the consumer with obtaining this number and all the consumer needs to do is send £2,500 to BCN Legal.

The good news is that the money paid for the Tax reference number will be refunded, so first the consumer must pay £2,500 but then when the Tax reference number has been submitted, the money will be reimbursed.

This reimbursement will be included with the amount on the cheque of the awarded money from the courts.

The agent from BCN Legal follows up the call with an email including a “compliance letter”. There is also a form the consumer needs to fill in for application of the Non Resident Tax number, this form they call the Model 2010 IRNR (Nonresidents tax certificate)

They also ask for a copy of photographic ID either a passport/driving licence or bus pass, for proof of identity, and a copy of current utility bill as proof of residency.

Please note you should NEVER send such proof of ID to people who cold-call you!

Contact details of this dubious set up are:

Email: infobcnlegalgroup@gmail.com

Address: Rbla. Catalunya 53-55, 7º-B, 08007, BARCELONA

Telephone:    0034 951 122 1**

For those who are in a doubt, please note that there have been no court claims against Club Class, and it is very unlikely there will be in the future.

In any case NOBODY should know you had a membership with Club Class unless YOU told them.

So, any cold caller with stories of claims and awarded money regarding Club Class should be treated with extreme caution and the best and cheapest way to deal with these callers is to HANG UP!

If you had calls or emails from BCN Legal, please do let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

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Beware of the latest cold caller Newgate Legals!

A new cold caller has been spotted by the name of Newgate Legals.

When you investigate the way of working of Newgate Legals, and who they work with, you get the funny feeling these people are not new at all, and it probably is another name change.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Newgate Legal cold calls from a UK Landline 019135921** but they are not based in the UK at all.

They are supposedly based in Mallorca.

 

As with all cold calling “claims companies” they assure the consumer they stand a good change for a claim and obtaining a substantial amount through the Spanish courts. Never mind the consumer relinquished years ago or stopped paying fees, never mind if they bought prior to 1999, everybody has a claim with Newgate Legals.

Although they use the word “Legals” in their name, they apparently are not really “Legals” as for the legal part of the services they use another company; Tranquilitas Legal Consultancy in Mallorca.

Oh dear…yes!

What more can we say about Tranquilitas that we haven’t said before?

It also looks seems that many of the consumers that are approached, have paid to another claims company before. They paid Meridian litigation Advisors.

Does this not sound like Aegis Direct or maybe Arbitration Consultants? And what about J Foster Associates?

Newgate Legals is a registered company in Spain.

They were registered at the Spanish Companies House in March 2021. That is only 6 months ago. How many claims can they have done so far, taking in mind claims take up to 2 or even 3 years to go to court in Spain?

The nature of business is registered as “business consultants” a vague description which should not be necessary if you are a legal company.

And another detail is that the administrator of Newgate Legal is a Mr. Dragos Tanase who is also the administrator of the company J Foster Associates.

All this information is available on the internet.

Contact details for Newgate Legals are email: info@newgatelegals.com , Spanish number +34 871 18 08 ** and the above-mentioned telephone number in the UK..

It doesn’t come as a surprise that we are now receiving inquiries about cold calls from Newgate Legals, and the inquiries of Arbitration Consultants have stopped. Same thing happened before with Aegis Direct and J Foster Associates.

Same people or not, the offer is the same and we certainly do not recommend hand over any money to any of these companies.

They “free advice” in a zoom meeting quickly converts into paying a deposit at the end of the meeting of close to 2000 euros and a balance of another 7000 euros approximately.

Please remember, if you relinquished your timeshare, you will NOT be chased by the resort or any other company that has “taken over”.

If you have doubts, call the resort! They are the only ones who can give you the status of your membership.

Legal companies do NOT cold call. Neither do they work with other companies who do the cold calls for them!

If you have been approached by Newgate Legals, please let us know.

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com

 

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