Have you received the cold call from GBS Asociados already?

New alert for a new company, or at least “new” company name; Gonzalez, Bratley & Sharp Asociados. I say new name, as Bratley & Sharp Associates was already known by us from before.

S & B Associates (Bratley & Sharp) is known to be a dubious “legal services company” and does not exist at the Spanish nor the UK Companies House and they do not comply with legal requirements on their webpage. (More info http://wp.me/p1kmoi-u )

So now we have Gonzalez, Bratley & Sharp Asociados, who on their website www.gbsasociados.com explain with all details how successful they are.

The website, created on the 16th of March 2012 does not comply with any legal requirements; there is no company identification and no address or contact number.

They have started to cold call timeshare consumers, and they seem to target those who have been defrauded by supposed resale companies in the past, and GBS Asociados seem to be fully aware of the fees paid to these dubious companies.

The pitch is that there seems to be money waiting for the consumer in a Spanish Bank Account. Funds which can be released to the owner without any payment upfront.

In order to do so, the only thing the timeshare owner needs is the NIE number.

The Spanish TAX Identification number or some mention Social Security number (which is not even the same!).

GBS Asociados charges £860 to get you the NIE number, which is actually a bargain if you take in account you need to queue up at the police station at 6 in the morning, get a translator to do the paperwork and pay the fees, and then wait, and come back after weeks…

A bargain? There is NO money waiting in Spanish bank accounts! Not for the sale of your timeshare and neither because the government has done a claim against your timeshare company!

NIE numbers are for residents in Spain and those who own houses, boats, cars, self employed, opening a bank account, etc. But certainly not for a timeshare sale!

If you have been called by GSB Asociados, or GSB Associates, please let us know!

About mindtimeshare

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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6 Responses to Have you received the cold call from GBS Asociados already?

  1. Ron says:

    I have had an identical call from Sarah Winchester as Louise above. I also had a call from an Elizabeth Knight and I have the feeling that she and Sarah Winchester are the same person.

    Obviously, having been scammed last year by Client Mediation Services, I have no intention whatsoever of sending them the £1,800.

    How are these people allowed to get away with this because I expect they will trawl up some victims from their current cold calling?.

  2. Louise says:

    I did get called back twice yesterday by Ms Winchester who got quite aggressive. She sent me forms which were supposed to be from the Malaga tax authorities (not sure what happened to Gibraltar!). It included a Western Union form to send this ‘tax’ payment to a Stephen Marshall at a private address in Malaga. I have replied to say I am contacting my solicitor with regard to possible action over the abuse of my personal data and attempted fraud. it will be interesting to see if I get any reply. I also had the NIE number call about a year ago from another company, presumably a predecessor of GBS, who also wanted me to pay £860 and go to Spain to ‘validate’ my cash-back certificate. Needless to say, we didn’t go! i must say, they are very persistent.

  3. Ron says:

    Hello, I was called by a Stephen Andrews from GBS Asociados.com this lunch time. He new about thye fact that the Timeshare Factory had promised me £8k for the purchase of my DWVC pack. He assured me that the money was still there plus £995 I had paid to TF. But I needed a NIE number which they could get for me for £860. of I could go to Malaga and sort it out myself at a cost of £1500. He left it for me to get back to him, needless to say I shall not avail myself of his services. How do I get my £995 back?

  4. Louise says:

    I was cold-called last night about a supposed court-case payout relating to the resale of our Club la Costa timeshare to TWC. I was told the money (£18k) was waiting in a Spanish bank account, but I’d need to send 10% fee to cover the ‘tax’ payable to the Gibraltar tax authorities before the money could be released. If I didn’t pay this week the money would go back to ‘the defendants’ (didn’t say who they were). She, Sarah Winchester, would give me a bank account number to send the money to, but I’d have to send it via Western Union (she even looked up my local office!). Upon receipt of this £1800 they’d send me a ‘tax paid’ form “so you don’t get hit with 55% UK tax” and I’d get the £18,000. I said it all sounded very ‘interesting’ and I’d look into it. She is supposed to be calling me back tonight. Needless to say, I have checked out Gibraltar tax regulations amongst other things and it looks like a complete scam.

  5. Brian says:

    I had a cold call from this company a few days back.
    They knew I had paid a fee last year and they knew exactly how much the fee was as well.
    They knew the date I paid it but they did NOT know I got my money back.
    They told me that as I had paid the fee last year they had now SOLD my membership of DWVC and the money is waiting for me to collect.

    They said under Spanish law I had to have an NIE number and to do this I needed to travel to Spain a few times.
    I told them I was not prepared to do that as I am a disabled person.
    Out of the kindness of their hearts they said that if I gave them “Power of Attorney” and a small fee they would do it for me and send the money to an account of my choice.

    I told them that this sounded wonderful and to send me more information via email which they agreed to do.

    I went on to say that I would put wheels in motion to have them checked out thoroughly by my own solicitor and other organisations and only when I had a full and detailed report about them would I agree to proceed.

    They said this was a good idea and would call me back in a day or so.

    Needless to say, I am still waiting for that call.

    • Rose says:

      We had a phone call from GBS associados today!
      Could you give me the name of the company you used to get your money back? It would be much appreciated…thank you.

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