Recently we are receiving a lot of inquiries from Timeshare owners, who after dealing with dubious resale companies are now approached by the supposed Supreme Court in Portugal.
That is Suprema Tribunal Justiça in Portuguese.
A cold call from a person claiming to be working for the Supreme Tribunal in Portugal, explains the dubious company they dealt with before has been taken to court in Portugal.
Money has been awarded to the victims of this company and these are now contacted by a “bilingual representative” in order to help them with the settlement of the taxes the timeshare owner is liable for.
The paperwork this company sends to the Timeshare owner is looking extremely “genuine” and can be very confusing for consumers.
They have used the logos of the real Supreme Court and stamps of supposed Court Houses.
The email comes from email@example.com and is signed by a António Silva Henriques Gaspar with as title: Presidente do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça.
The address mentioned is actually the “real” address of the Supreme Court: Praça do Comércio, 1149-012 Lisboa, Portugal.
The tax payment requested is supposed to be the 14% IVA of the amount awarded, and as the amount awarded is thousands of Pounds the tax to pay is around 1500 to 2000 Pounds.
The money is requested to be paid by Money Gram in the name of an individual called Daniele Pereira Santos Almonte or Pedro Miguel Viegas Brissos
Please note that there has not been anything such as a court case against dubious resale or other timeshare related companies in Portugal. Neither has there been any money awarded to the victims.
As far as we know the Portuguese Tax Offices do not require payment through Money Gram to individuals either.
This whole set up looks very similar to the one called Portal da Financas about which we placed a warning not so long ago.
If you have been approached by Suprema Tribunal Justica for a Tax payment, then please let us know.
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