Newsletter March 2012

Dear All,

Another month has passed and here we are again with the Monthly resume of what happened on the Mindtimeshare blog.

This month we have seen a lot of new companies, recently created ones but also some that have been active in the past but people who were defrauded by them only recently found our blog and asked us for advice. This is actually most important, as although a company has maybe defrauded you in the last years, we still want to know. And believe me, these fraudsters are most probably still active but under a different!

The impact our blog has on the dubious business of some companies can be noticed by the fact that a lot of companies are changing their name quickly after a blog is published. It is almost impossible for us to keep up with all new names that pop up in blog comments and direct emails, and we really want to stress that the fact some companies are not mentioned on the blog does not mean they are not dodgy! So always consider the obvious, was it a cold call? Are they asking for money upfront? Is the offer too good to be true? And always check with us first!

But we are confident we are reaching more and more consumers every time, and March saw a breathtaking 40.000 visitors to the blog!

In order to call the attention of the authorities of Gran Canaria we published an article about what is going on: and also a real testimonial of a British Tourist who personally went through this very bitter experience:

Another 2 informative articles we published with great success were; Did you get a “We are sorry but the sale has fallen through?” and “I wish I had found this blog earlier”

March was also the month where we started to receive notifications about the Membership fee bills mailed out by Pro Travel Solutions to DWVC members, and pretending nothing has changed, and also by Club Class to the Leisure Alliance Members for a renewal fee.

Most worrying thing that was brought to our attention is the latest twist in requesting upfront payments, using UKASH Vouchers. Consumers received calls from different companies claiming to have access to funds set aside by the Spanish Government from court cases against timeshare companies, and in order to release these funds the consumer he had to buy 5 UKASH vouchers of £100 each and give the last 10 digits to proof they had actually purchased them. What most consumers don’t know is that although the code consists of 19 digits, the first 9 relate to the country where purchased, so by giving the 10 last digits the consumer was handing over the vital information to cash out the UKASH Voucher. Several consumers have been duped and the same as in the case of Western Union or Money Gram payments, these cannot be recovered!

Best news we received in March was that the Spanish Government has finally taken on the Timeshare Directive, which means that for example the upfront fees for timeshare resale transactions is now illegal as well in Spain! Read more:

And as always a (long) list of cold calling companies mentioned in our articles this past month:                        One on One Sales                        The Express Leisure Group                      Legal & Taxation Services                       La Vida Viva                       Carmar International Advisory                       RIOCC                        Castle Marketing                        Rafael Vasco Lawyers                      Inmobiliaria Alhambra                       Superior Resorts                       Lombard Services                       Hacienda Multiservices                       Kingston Brokers                       World Marketing                       Resorts4all                       Asset Accounting Services Ltd                       GBS Asociados                        Zandar Enterprises Ltd                      Legal Disposal SCH                      Iniexsa Inmobiliaria                      Spectrum Travel Services                      Blue Flag Travel                        Extra Time Online                        ZES Enterprises Ltd                        Tour Mundial                        Timeshare Relief & Unleashed Deed Services

Many thanks to you all for following our blog and keeping us updated!


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:
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14 Responses to Newsletter March 2012

  1. john says:

    Hi Alberto. Just recived a call from a new player in the game called GBS Associates at Malaga they have £38000,00 to send me for my cash back certificate all I have to do is to send £1500,00 to Mariana Sanda Drunea in the spanish tax office and my certified cheque will be belivered by DHL on Wedsenday morning payment must be by money transfer! The guys name was STEVEN HARRIS tel no 0034602113194.He hung up on me when I told him what I thought of his offer.. Thought this may be a new one to you, if so pass it on. Keep knocking them down ! JOHN.

  2. Pauline Lodder says:

    Hi Alberto Thanks for yet another great Newsletter. Must tell you I received full and final settlement from my credit card following my scam with Cyb/Templegate. I claimed under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. ( £1495.00) Thanks for all your help and advice.
    Pauline Lodder

  3. SUE says:

    im constantly getting cold calls from all sorts of companies say that they can sell our membership but after being ripped off to the tune of £1300 i have quite a few choice words to say to them they all asking for money upfront too if that not enough we booked a holiday to malta and unbe known to us they to turn out to be a club trying to get you to buy into them have these people no shame at all praying on good hard working folk we have lost thousands of pounds to these shark and have got nothing to show for it the loan we still paying is secured against our home and we have another 7 years to pay this if we dont pay then we lose our home
    so people please beware !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ray says:

    does anybody know of a company called benchmark services ,we have just been cold called and we would have to go to London for a meeting ,sounds dodgy to me?

    • Hi Ray,
      Thanks for the comment.
      The name sounds familiar, must have seen it somewhere, we will investigate certainly.
      In the mean time let’s see if they have contacted more consumers who also read the blog.
      Thanks for letting us know.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

  5. Geoff says:

    Can anyone advise me if Excalibur Sales and Marketing still operate. Based in Malaga – apparently ? They are another fraudulant company promising that your DWVC contract has been sold and offer silly money if you pay up front fees on credit card. I am still arguing with my credit card compant 12 months after being ripped off. Any info would help.

    • Hi Geoff,
      Yes these people are still active.
      Please send us your details and copies of the documents received and we will have a look for you how we can help with the refund claim.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

    • Mrs H says:

      Join the club Geoff, I have written to my credit card company Tesco who are refusing to pay up, I even got the financial ombudsman involved and boy did they move then, more correspondence quicker than ever but are still refusing to pay up, their guarantee of
      fradulent transactions isn’t worth the paper it is written on, they are demanding proof of our DWVC membership and ignoring the issue that we have been ripped off by Excalibur, I have written them a stinking letter as they are closing the case and I now refuse to have anything to do with Tesco or their products!!

  6. PAT says:

    extra time on line from us,even phoned good friday trying to say they were a travel agent and had 600£ of vouchers for us ,she said they were from shepton mallet,in england i told her we wanted money back not vouchers ,as they follow up was after gift company ,i no longer want too answer my phone,to ghange number they want £100 unless you have a complaint,with police,then they do it for free ,

  7. rena mcl says:

    contact from galans sanz last month re cash back that should have been pain out never got any.
    They said that the court has awarded use our £6000 back and is sending the court order papers have you heard of this. We have to pay 10% which we would not mind if this is true. Please let us know thanks rena

    • Hi Rena,
      You must be on the “popular csutomers” list of these people as you get all the calls!
      Unfortunately yet again one that you cannot trust…don’t even go near them..sorry!
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

      • rena mcl says:

        thanks for every thing we must all be mugs, dont want to beleive anyone now.

      • rena mcl says:

        have just sent you the e’mail with attachments, with court order and invoice for £600 upfront, no way are sending it our £10,000 is well lost so no more.

  8. GTJ says:

    I have been contacted by Ramirez and Ramirez “lawyers in Spain” saying they have access to Spanish Government funds and assets of the dead DWVC owner are available to claim as a result of impending class action. Is this true or not? I don’t know what to believe in the timeshare fiasco.

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