Imperial Strength Travel Services a new cold caller for timeshare resale

A new alert goes out for a company called Imperial Strength Travel Services or simply Imperial Strength.

This company seems to be based in Nottingham, at the Icon Centre, Lake View Drive, Sherwood Park, Nottingham NG15 0DT

Their contact number is 0845 542 0125 and their email info@imperialstrength.com

The website www.imperialstrength.com is very recent; the registration was done on the 27th of August 2012 so that is a week ago at the moment of writing this alert.

The website seems a bit “empty” for a travel agent. In their Services section Imperial Strength mentions Holiday Rentals and Timeshare Resale, but what they really have on offer is not displayed. So the slogan “Book your holiday now” seems a bit odd as there is nothing to choose from!

Worse even, there is no clear identification of Imperial Strength on the web, and the privacy policy seems to have been copied in a hurry from another website based in the USA (!!) as it still mentions that clients can contact the American office about the Data Protection. California? What happened to Nottingham?

Imperial Strength cold calls timeshare consumers and seems to have buyers lined up for even DWVC packages for which they offer as much as £15000!

The sale can be processed straight away as soon as the timeshare consumer pays a 15% security fee over the sales price. A security fee taken upfront that is by credit card!

So, not good…

Recent web, strange info, cold calls, upfront fee..What more can we say?

If you have been called by Imperial Strength from 08455420125 for a timeshare resale, please let us know!

You can email us at customercare@mindtimeshare.com or place a comment on the blog

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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15 Responses to Imperial Strength Travel Services a new cold caller for timeshare resale

  1. Isabel says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I wrote to sellmytimesharenow website as I was interested in selling my timeshare. After a week I was contacted by the Exchange Companyby phone. The procedures are very similar to the ones used by ‘The Timeshare Factory’ they had a buyer, and wanted my personal details( address, phone number, name) and my bank details( for the transfer Of the money after the sale). They also told me on the second call, that I needed to allow 1.295 pounds to be transfered to a new account by MasterCard, as a guarantee bond. The money would be kept by MasterCard and It would be refunded at completion Of the sale. ( then, I would receive a code and once I gave it to MasterCard, they would refund the money back into my usual account).
    In the third call, i asked him for details Of the company. He gave me the company’s website and the contact details ( same information in the website) when I Visited the website I Found it too poor and empty.
    Another suspicious thing is that the phone number is always hidden.( unknown).
    I think there are too many resemblances with the sc** companies You have already discovered.
    I would appreciate any feedback on this company.
    Looking forward to receiving news from you.
    Kind regards
    Isabel

  2. Sandra says:

    I too have been scamed by Universal Travel Market who it turns out are the same people as Imperial Strength. I know this because one of the several people who I spoke to made a mistake and introduced herself as from Imperial Strength instead of Universal Travel Market. When I queried this she covered by saying that UTM were simply the brokers and that Imperial Strength actually carried out the transaction on their behalf. I was scammed initially for almost £2k followed by another £800 when they came back for more. With hindsight I know how stupid I have been but these people are soooooo plausible it’s unbelievable. I even wondered if the people making the calls are being scammed themselves and don’t know that they are telling lies they are so convincing. After I paid the £800 I never heard from them again and I couldn’t get hold of them on the number they had provided. Thankfully I managed to claim back the £2k but not the £800. I hate the thought of these b*********s profiting at the expense of the credit card company though.

  3. Steve says:

    We too have been contacted by Lyn MacDonald who offered £5000 for 1 week timeshare – to enable this we had to pay £1500 “Liability Insurance” by credit card!!
    We shortly had a second call from Kelly saying the same thing.
    Both were polite & believable – and therefore dangerous in my opinion.
    We told them that under no circumstance would we pay anything upfront – they said they take it on CC and not “take” it unless the sale went through – also that it would be refunded upon receipt of deeds (of course they would)
    They did not like our suggestion of just send us the £3500
    They even asked for our bank details

    Everything screams “CON” to us – we have been involved in timeshare for nearly 30 years and seen lots of versions to take the money & run – this is slick and the women we talked to very believable (I repeat – dangerous!!)

    PLEASE do not trust these people

    However we do want to sell so if you know a genuine company please advise!!.

    • Hilary says:

      Was contacted beginning Sept – wish this had all been on the site when I checked! I’ve probably lost £800 although I’ve got my bank onto trying to get it back. That’ll never happen to me again. Plus my friend, who lives in Nottingham, has just been to the address and it is a “virtual office” – the police raided it for non-payment of bills, but it is completely bogus!

  4. Keith says:

    10-9-2012
    A man from Imperial Strength called and asked if I was interested in selling my Club Class Concierge membership . I said I was but would not be prepared to pay anything upfront for the service . He responded that he would add my details to a presentation coming up shortly adding my saphire membership should be valued around £9000 . I would not have to pay anything up front as their fee is taken from the buyer . He said he would pass details onto the company`s admin. department . I await further contact .

  5. Shirley says:

    Had a call from a man from Imp Strength yesterday with all my DWVC details and an offer of £12000 and the same story as a previous UK caller- -that we had been upgraded to a pro golf package and if I didnt accept the offer they would have to send me a bill for maintenance arrears. All I had to do was post a bond (sum unknown),which would be returned on completion. He also said he had money for me which his company had recovered from Half Moon so I suggested he use that for the bond and hung up. He called back twice more and then gave up

  6. Kevan says:

    Gidday. today 6/9/12 at 1600hrs I received a cold call from a firm called Imperial strength of Nottingham, one was a mr john davis sales manager, and the other salesman Jim mathews. they wished to purchase my DWVC PACKAGE that I own. They stated that they had a client downstairs in the suite who would be flying back to Dubai in the morning and would pay me £12,000 for it, I would have to put up a ” Bond ” of £1800, using a visa/mastercard and then they would send me a cheque for the other amount. They rang off but rang back again about 40 minutes later and stated that the clients that were in their suite had gone off into the town centre and were now offering £13,900. and that the bond had been reduced to £1200, payment by way of visa or mastercard. On checking the internet I found you and they are the same firm with the same address and telephone numbers that you have. The first salesman spoke with and ” ASIAN” accent

  7. Jim says:

    I too received a call offering to sell a time share we walked away from over 10 years ago. They were adamant we still “owned” the timeshare and they had an offer of £8000!!!
    I would need to pay a “Liability Insurance ” payment of £800 to proceed. However when they sent an email this figure jumped to £1500

    To make it even more comical after spelling my email address to Richard at least six times, they still got it wrong and kept calling to get my correct email address..

    I offered to put a payment into an escrow account to cover “Liability Insurance” but this didn’t appeal to them. I await another call from them later today.

    And to add to main posting, and another concern is the domain imperialstrength.com has ben registred to a person by the name of
    simon galley based at 63-65 boulevard Massena in Paris. This appears to be a domain registration company. So why didn’t they put their own name as registrant of the domain? Very suspicious.

  8. vk says:

    their website states they are fsa authorised through lmc compliance. neither Imperial strength or LMC appear to be on the FSA register.

    • Thank you for this information!

      Regards
      Customer Care

      • kay says:

        Had a call from them yesterday, lady called Holly,had all my timeshare details including where I currently live and my UK postcode which is my mailing address. When asked where they obtained my details from she replied ‘you contacted us previously’ I hadn’t. I suspect they had their info from NETTIME BROKERS….who did con me. !!!!!

  9. RKK says:

    We too have received a call from this organisation with a specific request for our resort and asking for £1200 insurance cover which would be returned in three weeks. The offer made for our unit was very enticing, but when they were told we were the sellers and unprepared to part with any funds the calls ended.

    RKK

  10. Alan says:

    Got one this morning from this company. mentioned our last issue with holiday rentals direct, lady seemed genuine sad for us, going to wait for “details” to come in theory as described buyer pays commission and no upfront from seller. Will keep in touch.

    Alan

  11. Norm de Plume says:

    More worryingly, neither of the companies mentioned on the website exist on the Companies’ Register!

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