It becomes very difficult to try and warn consumers about certain scams, when the fraudsters don’t even bother to provide a company name or as in this case, use the name of a reputable Spanish bank.
Cold calls have been received lately from people pretending to be working for a “Legal Service” of the La CAIXA BANK in Spain.
The person calling, by the name of Rebecca Walkman or Steve Payne, seems to know all about the membership the consumer has with Club Class and it also seems to coincide all the consumers have been dealing with a dubious resale company called Sunset Sales.
Rebecca or Steve explains that the Club Class Membership has been sold and that money is held in a La Caixa bank account to be transferred to the consumer.
All the consumer needs to do is pay the 21% VAT (IVA) over the blocked amount of money and this will be released then to the consumer.
As they pretend that the membership has been sold for thousands of Pounds, the VAT requested is around £2000
The bank account number in this La Caixa Bank is as follows:
IBAN: ES21 2100 2639 4120 1015 4186
Branch: Avenida, Matias Saenz De Tejada, Fuengirola, Malaga
They also provide the telephone numbers and website of La Caixa Bank, but obviously that is nonsense as NOBODY in the bank would know what the consumer is talking about!
If you have been approached by a person claiming to have money for you waiting in a bank account in Spain, subject to a VAT payment, please let us know!
The above people are obviously trying to leave no traces and are using fake names, and change email addresses and possibly their mobile phones. They need to be stopped and this can only be done with your help!