A new cold caller / bogus resale company has been spotted, by the name of Best House or Grupo Inmobiliario Best House.
The issue with this cold caller is though that there is a real company with the same name, and the people behind the fake Best House are even using the logos and the website of this real company. Obviously this creates a false sense of trust with the Timeshare owners who are approached.
Mr. Manfred Lutz Wolff from Grupo Inmobiliaria Best House cold calls Timeshare owners throughout Europe. He claims to have buyers lined up for the timeshare, and these buyers are based as far as in Singapore.
Best House confirms everything in writing, with very official looking paperwork. They send all details through, even those from the actual buyer. These details are on a “purchase agreement” where it is mentioned that the buyer is paying a €5000 deposit into a Notary Escrow account.
For the Timeshare owner there is also a document, the Sales Agreement. Everything is pointed out clearly, including the fact that in case one of the parties involved withdraws from the sale, a fee of €1500 has to be paid to Best House. In order to make sure that the seller will honour this, the €1500 has to be paid up front, although will be refundable upon completion of the sale.
This is of course an upfront fee in disguise, a fee that is forbidden as per the Timeshare Directive.
After these payments are settled, there is though another “hiccup” in the story as when transferring the membership; the Spanish Government is requesting taxes. Best House sends the paperwork received from the Tax office and indeed there seems to be a charge of close to €2000
This to be paid into the account of the notaries dealing with the sale, called Notaria Triana 91
Once the Timeshare owner has transferred all the payments, there is all of the sudden no more contact with the (fake) Best House or the Notaries Triana 91 and the owner realises that he has been defrauded.
Contact details for this fake Best House are email firstname.lastname@example.org and mobile telephone 0034 672 545 528
Notarios de Triana 91 use the email address: email@example.com
If you have been approached by this fake Grupo Inmobiliaria Best House for a Timeshare resale, then please let us know!
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