Yesterday we were pleasantly surprised by a news publication in the Exeter Express & Echo who informed about the sentence against two Timeshare sales man involved with the company called Devon based Associates.
You can read the article on the following link: http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Shady-timeshare-salesmen-set-new-scam-fleece/story-20698328-detail/story.html
We are very pleased to read that justice has put an end to the dubious practises of this company.
About Devon Based Associates we actually informed already in July 2012 through a blog article on the Mindtimeshare blog. (link: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-v2)
As you can read in this article there are strong indications that this company was involved with ITRA and as a matter of fact, were using the same tactics and publicity material to convince the consumers.
We have seen this over and over again with ITRA and related companies, the pitch that people can claim against their company on a No Win No Fee basis, the scare tactics at the meeting telling the consumers they will be linked to their timeshare for life and beyond, and the extortionate amount to pay to be “released” of their timeshare. Something that in the practise is not always done! So consumers have ended up paying up to £8000 to be released of their timeshare, and this has never happened and neither did they get a refund of their money or their original deeds returned!
These meetings also include the pitch about joining the RCI Action Group. Again a story about claiming back money through a Class Action, No Win No Fee, but certainly not very clear rules about what will happen in reality.
Apparently just another “carrot” used to get consumers through the door in order to make them pay for the above mentioned services.
“…The judge said the customers had been lured to the meetings on the false pretence they were dealing with lawyers and then charged ‘exorbitant fees’ to get out of their timeshare deals…”
If a judge and court can see clearly the intentions of these people and the companies behind them, where does this leave the companies that are backing up these so called “Class Actions”? Where does this leave Edwin Coe LLP and Litigation Management?
Where does this court ruling leave the entire ITRA set up, and their so called RCI Action Group?
It certainly makes one think why reputable companies such as Edwin Coe LLP or Litigation Management think they are on the winning side.