Have you been called by Summer Sun International?

A new consumer alert goes out for a dubious resale company called Summer Sun International.

This company has started cold calling recently and it appears that they are very convincing in their dubious pitch of guaranteed resale and we are receiving numerous complaints.

They claim they are Manchester based 53 Fountain St., Manchester M2 2AN and their telephone number is: 08458697449 or 08458697448

Their story is that they are brokers and they want to market the consumer’s membership at a roadshow quoting a very suspicious high sales price for the membership. The sale will be done in 4 to 6 weeks.  Summer Sun International claims to be a mere marketing company and of course the Road Show is starting soon so the consumer has to make up his mind quickly.

There is though a retainer fee of £1295 to be paid; to secure the consumer won’t back out of the sale…

This retainer would be paid into an Escrow Account with a tracking number (??) and the money that is in it for Summer Sun is that they take a 35% from the purchasers, fully indemnified for 90 days

Obviously we are yet again talking about a company that cold calls, offers ridiculous sales prices for mainly worthless holiday packages, claims a guaranteed sale in 4 to 6 weeks and on top a retainer fee of a substantial amount or money which actually goes against the timeshare directive.

Do we need to say more?

Have you been called by Summer Sun International from 0845 869 7449 or 0845 869 7448 ? Please let us know

Mindtimeshare

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Mindtimeshare SLU is registered Company reg number: B35957182 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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38 Responses to Have you been called by Summer Sun International?

  1. Ike says:

    Yes I have been contacted by them. They sounded very plausible and elequent.
    I was naive enough to pay £1200.
    I was then asked for a further £1600 but when I refused, they reduced to £1000 to pay Notary fees for a corporate company who was buying. Money will be in my account next week.
    Then they asked for Euro 720 registration fee ( all would be refunded) I was stupid enough to pay.
    The sale was imminent. When they requested a further £ 1690 – duty for my sale
    (also refundable) and I said NO, they slammed the phone on me and I could not speak to them again.
    I have all the names, telephone numbers and addressees to whom money was sent. I wish I could skin them alive!.
    Ike

  2. Kath says:

    I was conned out of about £3000 by summer sun.They were very convincing and new what we wanted to sell. This has been going on since January 2012 every time they rang they were allways asking for money the final one was we had to pay £603 moneygram to clear the cheque we have tried to ring them but all I get is the answer phone.So thinking I was doing the right thing has lost me a lot of money. In future I will be declining any cold callers,this has been a very bad experience for me and one I will not be doing again.I just hope something is done about these people before anyone else gets caught the same as me.

  3. John says:

    I too have been contacted by Summer Sun International who wanted to sell my Club Class Concierge Membership that had arisen out of a TimeShare ‘Sale’;; disposal would be a better word. At various times they offer £5-6000. However they then wanted Liability Insurance Payment of E1295. Since this was to be done through Visa I foolishly thought it should be OK. Subsequently they returned asking for yet more money upfront before the contract could go through. At this stage I discovered the dubious press about the company.. I have since taken the matter up with Visa who hopefully will investigate; The Visa Statement was to Carpark Malaga. I imagine Visa must have other similar experiences; it was really only because of the established respectable nature of Visa that I went ahead — wrongly.

    • Sue says:

      Hello John,
      They have been very busy, haven’t they? I got a call on Tuesday, I was told that my husband had spoken to them. He was out on business for a few days & the lady I spoke to (Sophie) was very pleasant & asked if we still wanted to sell our Club La Costa points. The answer was yes. I asked for info to be emailed across, I received this,
      Holiday Ownership Information
      1,100 Club la Costa Points
      Contract Sale Price: £11,000
      The Liability Insurance of £895 will be held until the sale is completed upon which the said amount will then be reimbursed to your Visa/Master Card.
      The normal time procedure for completion is estimated at between 4 to 6 weeks.
      Please call the office if you have any further questions between the hours of 9.30am and 5pm.
      Kind regards
      Rhona Jackson
      Administration
      0845 8697449

      When Sophie called me back, I said I was very interested & could she forward me the paper work. I received the same information again.

      I said all I would like to see is a copy of an offer letter or a sample contract, she said no one else had ever asked for this. I told her that I’d called Barclay Card (true) & they said that to be covered I would need to have more identifiable paper work (not true). Sophie suggested I change credit cards!! I’ve been with Barclay card for over 20 years & never had a problem. I said that she should get a senior manager to call me & we could go from there.

      Today I got a call from a S/M who tried to blind me with science! Have I had an email with the paper work? NO. Keep away from these people.

  4. Barry says:

    These guys have ripped by 75 year old father off for 1250 which apparently was for the sale of his timeshares. They came back with a story that the orginal purchaser had had a car accident an couldn’t go through with the purchase.
    But for another 1600 they had a new buyer.
    Lucky I got involved and could see this was a scam. When my dad said he couldnt pay 1600 as he didn’t have any more money, they states that he had gone against his contract and as such had now lost his 1250 orginal payment.
    Can you help me as to what to do now please, apart from turning up at their office.

    • J B Hay says:

      Have today (Friday 13th April !!) had similar type offer from Pippa Ridgewell of Summer Sun Intl 53 Fountain St M’chester. The Office of Fair Trading or Trading Standards should be doing something – bet they aren’t)

  5. Chris says:

    I just lost a detailed description of a ‘no fee or retainer’ offer for a £12000 sale of our Club Class Concierge membership,from Kelly Hughes of Summ,er Sun, by apparently typing an ‘invalid’ e-mail address. If you would like more details or wish to comment, please reply

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment.
      £12000 for a Club Class Membership, that sounds like a lot of money. And a buyer waiting already?
      Let’s see what you need to pay first and isn’t classed by them as an “upfront fee”..
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  6. Neville says:

    I have just had a call, this afternoon, from Summer Sun International from a lady named Holly, who offered to sell my timeshare weeks at Villacana in Spain. There was no request for any money upfront, at this juncture and they apparently take their fee from the buyer!!
    Neville

  7. Ken Kelly says:

    My wife and I were approached by Summer Sun on 26th March with an offer of £3100 for our Timeshare in Spain and to secure the sale we would be required to place a deposit of £957 which represented the insurance cover in the event we defaulted on submitting our deeds. We pointed out that this was firstly contrary to their initial sales pitch when they stated they did not require any upfront fees and secondly it was a disproportionate premium. We did not get a satisfactry response to these points.

    We have now told them we are not prepared to deal with them.

    Ken.

  8. I guess it’s Mad March Hare time as we have also been cold called today by Summer Sun. Gentleman by the name of Richard Helliwell with a guaranteed sale of our Holiday Club membership as it’s certainly up for sale according to his database. The buyer offering £12K and already having made a £6K deposit (how trusting) to secure a purchase. To complete the process from our side and receive all the contract details etc just a matter of paying £1400 which will be returned to us once everything has gone through. Slight variation on what others have said being the advice to do it using our Credit Card as we would be protected from any fraud because of the 1974 Consumer credit act. Nice to think they have our best interests at heart although it soon became apparant not so friendly when having obtained his contact number I requested some time to think it over. I can only agree with Peter that the information provided on this site assists us all in avoiding these people like the plague.

    E. S. C.

  9. Peter Coghlan says:

    Thank God for you guys. I’ve had phone calls from Andrew Morgan and today from a Rhona Jackson…. same story Dubal, want golf cllub access; £1200 bond on my credit card and £12000 offered. Fortunately I said i’d call back back tomorrow after consultation with my wife.

    Thank you for your work.
    I’m most grateful.
    Peter Coghlan

  10. JOHN GREGSON says:

    Me too. I had a call from Pipa Ridgewell offering me over 7k for my DWVC membership. It expired over a year ago, but if i pay the insurance on my credit card the buyer will have it extended? Has this company not read the new directive that it is illegal for them to take any money upfront whatever the reason. They think that old folk are stupid. She won’t be spending any of my money.

    • Thanks for your message John.
      They do not comply with the directive and apart from that, a buyer for DWVC membership? Don’t think so with the situation DWVC is in!
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  11. Raeline says:

    And so the game goes on: today (14/3/12) I was called by ‘Andrew Morgan’ from Summersun International saying he had an eager buyer downstairs who had already paid in £4500 towards his £12,000 offer for my Club Class Concierge Membership – of which I know nothing. He explained I had bought it under another name from another company and with the new owning company, mine was the only membership up for sale. So far, so good (except I would suggest any reader of this comment look up the CCCM scam on the web as well). That said, I would need to pay a £1500 ‘indemnity fee’, returnable on the completion of sale in four to six weeks. Sound familiar? My offer to sign the ‘indemnity form’ without paying a fee was turned down, although the fee was dropped, via a supervisor, to £1200.
    Of course, I was assured, my fee would be protected by the company’s own financial protection procedures, backed up of course by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
    I told him I would not be paying any upfront fee – and lo and behold, within minutes a telephone call from Spain, the speaker with a distinctive Yorkshire accent, offering me the same deal for a return of £17,000.
    Interesting world we live in isn’t it.

  12. Pam says:

    Pam.
    Cold call today trying to get me to sell a ‘Club Class Consierge’ package for a time share I gave back to the owners in Nov 2010. I didn’t know I owned such a package! Martin quoted the MD’s name of the timeshare I used to own as saying I had this item to sell. I would get £12000 in return for a refundable deposit of £800 on my credit card and I had a paper to sign when I received the cheque.
    They have called at least 4 times to close the deal – I think they have now got the message that I am not interested in scams!! “Honest, they are based in Manchester and comply with all the legal requirements!!!”
    Sorry, can’t believe anyone would pay me for something I didn’t know I had!!!

  13. Marian Smith says:

    My husband has just been cold called by Summer Sun International. They were very knowledgeable regarding us and our timeshare. They nearly convinced him to part with £1200 but said he’d check with his wife before proceeding. I’d looked at this website a few weeks ago regarding another company and thought I’d look up Summer Sun and just as I thought another scam. He’s phoning back at 18.00 when my husband will tell him a thing or two. To be avoided at all costs.
    Marian

  14. Peter says:

    Hi I was called by Summer Sun International today! They have a buyer from Dubi who wants to buy my Club Class Gold Membership for £12,000 They have a £4800 deposit paid by these rich buyers from Dubi. They like playing golf so want to buy a holiday package from Club Class The name of this guy is Andrew Morgan on 08458697449 53 Fountain Street Manchester. Makes a lot od fuss about indemnity form after a lot of questions from me wants a upfront £1200 on a credit card. I asked him for details of customers prepared to endorse his wonderful offer but suprise suprise there are not any! Its another scam even better this time because we never had any club class products ever. Still he will be calling back after i reaserch his company. Its a scam !!

    • James says:

      I have just had the same sequence of events s Peter. Needless to say, I wil not be proceeding any further.
      Many thanks for the website.

      • Brenda says:

        I have just received a call from the said Andrew Morgan with the same story re a confirmed buyer from Dubai wanting to purchase and with the same story he gave to Peter and James. Apparently the buyers have already deposited 4,500 towards the sale and just need me to pay £1200 into an Escrow account and sign the paperwork to enable the sale to go ahead. I was told that my holiday club membership with ILG /DWVC has been turned into a Club Class Gold package – it’s the first I heard about it, and I’m troubled because he had all my details including holiday club account number and my phone number. I’m so grateful – yet again- to this website for highlighting yet another bunch of crooks and I’ll be glad to tell them where to go when they phone me back tomorrow night to see if I will agree to sell.

  15. dave says:

    1 march 2012
    I have been “cold called’ by Alison Campbell, of Summersuninternational.com.
    They give an address in Manchester, 53 Fountain Street, Manchester M2 2AN tel.0845 8697449
    they say they have a buyer for my time share 2750 pounds but require an advance payment of 950 pounds from me and they want a photocopy of my passport and a reticent utility bill..
    Thye will not say how they got my details.

    I consider this an intrusion, a threat and probably an attempt to de- fraud,
    I feel this may contravene data protection act and the time share sales legislation.
    I will not communicate further with the company, despite being very keen to dump my timeshare.
    !
    Dave

  16. Trevor Poole says:

    Hi I was just called today 1115am and spoke to a Lisa Done who had all mu information on the Timeshare in Portugal I have with Petchey Group. They knew how much maintienance I owed and they had a travel agent in the office who was buying a number of units at that resort and wanted to offer me £4800 for my one. This Lisa Done told me she was a solicitor so I asked her for more details so I could check her out, she then deflected this onto saying I needed to get out of this timeshare as it was costing me more money. She wanted a deposit on a visa or delta card of £800 and that this would be refundable on completion. I said they were not genuine and she called off.

  17. Winston Holt says:

    I was contacted yesterday by Chris Campbell of Summer Sun Int. with an extremely good offer for the sale of my timeshares in Orlando. I thought the offer was too good to be true and decided
    to check it out before proceeding. Thank goodness, I came across your very informative website and will not now be proceeding with the sale. I was asked for an Insurance Indemnity of £1250.00
    returnable on completion of sale. Needless to say I will not be going ahead now that we have
    realised this is a scam. Thanks for your invaluable site.
    Winston

  18. Geoff says:

    Was contacted last week by someone from Summer Sun Intenational, saying they could sell my membership to DWVC. a Lisa Preston called back today, saying they had a buyer willing to pay £7,200 for what I beleive is a defunt club. She wanted an insurance indemnity payment of £935, which would be returned at end of sale. No mention of how they would make money from the sale. I said I would need to know more about the company & deal before parting with any money, so she sent me a usless email from a Rhona Jackson. I will tell where to stick the offer when she phones back.

  19. Peter says:

    I was approached and agreed a fee for my timeshares in Spain.From the start I was told no fee needed from myself after a few tele calls they informed me that a Mr Baxter ,falkirk had agreed to purchase and paid a deposit, would receive the payment in 4/6 weeks,they then pointed out I would have to pay “an insurance fee” of £1295 which would be returned on completion of the deeds in order to secure the sale.when I queried this and offered alternative methods they hung up on me.The lady dealing with me was Julie Cambell at 08458697449.

  20. harry says:

    I had a call today 2nd march from lisa dunn of summer sun with offer for my florida timeshare.
    she then asked for 800 pounds and I said goodbye.just another scam.

  21. Ngozi Ifere says:

    We were contacted yesterday by a Collin Cockcroft from Summersun International who said he had a buyer interested in our timeshare which we had not used since purchasing it in 2010.He knew this and much more about our timeshare including how much we purchased it for and our personal contact details. I asked how he had secured all this information and he said it was passed on to him by timeshare club, as we were not using it. Anyhow I informed him that I would not be making any comments/agreements until I have researched them and spoken to my holiday club. I asked him to email me more information about them which he did not. Today we got a call from another man – Steve Carter who told us that he had now taking over our case and wanted to know “if we had made a decision about selling”. Again I explained that we had not carried out the necessary checks as I had told his colleague. He got a bit stroppy, saying that they were only trying to help, to which I debunked – reminding him that he contacted us and not the other way round. When I asked again if he can confirm that my club supplied him with my details, he deflected by saying that they were covered by the Register of Timeshare owners. When I asked, he stressed that there would be no upfront monies required from us. I stuck my guns, saying I still needed to do my research and agreed that he would call me back tomm at noon. I m glad we found this website. I am so going to tell him what to do with his offer. THANKS A MILL!!! My only major concern is where did they get all their information from?

    • DAVE says:

      I have been contacted by a girl called Lucy who said she can sell my holiday club membership
      for £11000, All i needed to do is pay £1200 security on my credit card and my membership will be sold and the £11000 will be in my bank account within four weeks plus the £1200 pound returned,
      I DONT THINK SO…THANKS SUMMER SUN INTERNATIONAL..BUT NO DEAL

  22. Garry says:

    I have just been contacted by this company and went ahead with a transaction; thank goodness I logged into your website – I have contacted my bank who will sort ot out for me.

    Garry

  23. Gillian Springate says:

    I had a call from summer sun international. And they offered me 500 pounds over what i paid. and they wanted me to pay a retaner fee of 800 pounds. So i looked them up on the internet and found they are totaly bogus. i hope this company get closed down before much longer.

  24. Claire says:

    I just wanted to let you know that Sean Oliver of Summer Sun International has been phoning my elderly neighbour repeatedly. He asked for £1,500 to secure a deal in selling my neighbour’s club holiday for which Oliver reckoned he could get £12,000. When he didn’t get an immediate “yes” to his cold call, he telephoned several times and became more intimidating and agressive with my neighbour. It was extremely stressful and upsetting for him, so I looked at their website on his behalf and read through some of the pages. Much of it is waffle, many paragraphs don’t make sense, there’s no real information and it’s obvious that this is a scam. It is actually unlawful to ask anyone to pay money upfront with regard to selling their timeshare or club holiday. I spoke to Oliver on my neighbour’s behalf and told him that he would not be receiving any money or business and to leave my neighbour alone. He became extremely agressive on the phone, called my neighbour a liar and then he hung up on me. Good, because I obviously riled him.

    • Hi Claire,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It is worrying that apart from trying to dupe people out of their money by asking an upfront fee, on top of it they are rude and intimidate people.
      We just hope that more consumers will check the web before paying anything and avoid giving their money to these kind of companies.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  25. Gillian says:

    Only today we have had a cold call from Summer Sun International wanting to buy our time share and they wanted us to pay them 800.00 pound’s to consumer the deal and I spoke to a woman called Lisa Dunn, which I think is a good name because if we decided to do the deal we would have been done so good name!!!! and why would they pay more then you paid for the time share in the first place which set me thinking that this might be a scam, Could you tell me if anyone is dealing with this fraud company to get it closed down now

  26. Jim says:

    Yes – I was called today and am relieved to find your warning before following up on the very attractive offer from Summer Sun International. The requirement to cough up £1200 to ‘insure’ my comitment to the deal was clear enough – they would not agree to that amount being retained from the BUYER before settling with me.
    Thanks. Jim

  27. Jim says:

    I have been approached by several people asking me if I want to sell my Club Class Platinum membership. Today I was told by someone from “Summer Sun International” in Manchester, that they had buyers who were prepared to pay £9,200 for the product. I asked for email confirmation and got an email from “Carlton Consultants” based in the Isle of Wight. They wanted me to pay them £1,484 to secure the sale.

    What is interesting is that the phone number given by the person from “Summer Sun International” is the same telephone number given to me by someone from “Club Class”, again in Manchester, who cold called me a little while ago asking if I wanted to sell. When I asked the person from “Summer Sun International” for a direct line to her, she gave me an Isle of Wight number.

    None of the businesses identified to me are registered and I am exptremely dubious about the whole business.

  28. Dave says:

    I was called by Summer Sun International who asked what minimum price I would accept. 3 days later they phoned back and said that they had a buyer offering £500 over my minimum price. The reason given for the quick sale was that our maintenance costs are exceptionally low and the type of holiday gives a buyer more choice of holiday sites, with some in the UK. To secure the deal I had to pay £995 ‘Liability Insurance’ which would be refunded on completion (about 4-6 weeks). I was offered more details by email. When this arrived it merely listed the name of the holiday I was selling and the ‘contract sale’ price. I said I thought it was illegal to ask for money up front and I would not be pursuing their kind offer.

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