Last October 2010, I informed about the latest Spanish Police intervention against bogus resale companies.
The Spanish Police closed down 9 companies in Benalmadena-Costa del Sol-Spain, and arrested 4 British Nationals, among them; the main alleged responsible Christopher Gerald Hannington, who was also requested by the Interpol.
Companies closed down:
• INSIDE EUROPE (DENTRO DE EUROPA)
• VIVA CHOICE
• VIVA TRAVEL SPAIN S.C.
• VIVA INTERNATIONAL VACATION AGENCY S.L.
• BLUE CHIP S.L.
• EURO INDEPENDENT MARKETING
• WESTMISTER CONSULTANTS
• AGRICO LTD
• CONTINENTS CONNECTIONS S.C
All companies were related.
So, five moths later, Blue Chip has is on stage again.
The alleged bogus resale company Blue Chip is cold calling timeshare owners, points, holiday club ownerships, and indicating them that they have a corporate buyer keen on their ownerships / memberships, making firm cash offers; however as usual it is requesting upfront “temporary retainers” – up to 1200 Euros.
Telephone number used is 0844 811 4363 And the websites they have set up are:
We still are not aware of any resale carried out through this resale firm though.
This company is also claiming to be able to offer as a “trade in” bogus Discount holiday club memberships, as Incentive Leisure Group, to its clients / victims, as a way to surrender their ownerships / memberships.
The company director was Howard Manton, who is also behind another bogus Malaga based timeshare resale firm, Excalibur Sales & Marketing.
Blue Chip informs the victim that Incentive Leisure Group has gone into liquidation and they offer themselves to resale the membership and get the victim some money back.
All the victim has to do is paying the 1,200 €.
Do not fall for this!
If you have been cold called by Blue Chip, please, send us your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org