A new company name has popped up this week on the cold caller list. The company is Harper Associates and they cold call timeshare consumers who have been duped in the past by bogus resale companies.
The pitch from the agent of Harper Associates is very similar to others we have seen on the blog before. The agent informs the Timeshare consumer that the company who has defrauded them has been raided, money has been seized and is now waiting to be paid back to the victims.
The problem is though, as per the agent from Harper Associates, that the bogus company used different bank accounts all around the world, and the amount paid by the Timeshare consumer has been spotted in China.
A company by the name of Harper Associates exists as such in the UK Companies house, but we have serious doubts that the person calling is really from this company.
They also call from a withheld number, so no possibility to check any further details.
They do provide a number 0203 695 8257 to get an “insurance number” from (supposedly) Lloyds of London. When the consumer obtains this number, he is asked to send £100 to a bank official in China via Western Union.
The name of this bank oficial is Yanhailia Ng, or Xiaojia Huang. After sending the £100 to China though another phone call is received, this time from a man called Martin Shields of Harper Associates saying there has been a mix up and to claim the consumer needs to send a further £1,000.
Please note that there has been no police raids where accounts are blocked in china or any place in the world and people are called to make Western Union payment to release these funds!
We recommend extreme caution when speaking to any person telling you they are calling from Harper Associates and certainly not send a penny to any person and place in the world.
If you did receive a call from Harper Associates or any other company with a similar story, then please let us know.
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