When you think you have seen it all, a new scheme appears on stage. This time it isn’t the Spanish Tax or Notary office, no this time it is Portal Da Financas the Portuguese Tax Office.
Timeshare Consumers who have been defrauded in the past by dubious resale companies, mainly based in Spain are now cold called by Portal Da Financas.
For some strange reason, the alleged bogus resale company has been taken to court in Portugal and amazingly the case has been won and money is to be paid out to the victims.
Wow! The only thing that separates the Timeshare consumer from getting his money back is a TAX payment or IVA Payment of 10% over the awarded money. And this money has to be paid by Western Union to an individual. They go even as far as to point out in the email to the consumer where he can find a Western Union office in his area!
On the email send from “Ministerio Das Financas” to the timeshare consumer, they actually provide the address and web details for the real tax office plus an email address and a Portuguese Mobile and a UK number.
The email address is email@example.com
Telephone number Portugal: (+351) 707 707 602 and United Kingdom: (+44) 0113 815 3257
Obviously from the email address we can deduct they have registered a domain under www.portaldafinancas.com And indeed this is the case and this website was registered on the 19th of February 2013
Even stranger though is the fact that if you visit this website it jumps automatically to another one, registered the same day; http://www.lifetime-resorts.com
Their address on the web is Lifetime Resorts, Suite 4564, 6 Slington House, Rankine Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8PH Contact number (+44) 01225 290907 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How on earth does that add up to the Portuguese Tax website? Cold calls, Portuguese Tax payments by Western Union and a website that jumps to a timeshare reseller…not good at all!
If you have been contacted by Portal da Financas from 01138153257 in the UK or 351707707602 in Portugal then please let us know immediately.
Do NOT pay them any money!
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