From all the types of scams, generated most of the times through a dubious (cold) call, the one that seems to be very active over the past years is the one of the so called fake notary.
Not always is the consumer called directly by this notary. Most of the times the consumer speaks to a different company first, which can be a bogus resale, fake lawyer or even a fake claims company, who then passes the call or the supposed processing of the case to the notary.
Fake notaries have been passing the scene, and this blog in all kinds of shapes and forms.
For a resume of all articles published where a fake notary was mentioned please have a look at the following link: https://mindtimeshare.me/?s=notary
The latest being the one supposedly based in “Corfu”, who has dealt with the resale of the timeshare and has money waiting in an “escrow” account to be paid out to the client.
Consumers have to be aware that notary offices in Europe or worldwide are not all the same, and what you may be expecting from a UK notary won’t be the case for example in Spain.
It is not a common procedure for a notary to contact consumers and tell them they have large sums of money waiting for them, and “just pay the fees and we send you thousands of pounds…”
If you are contacted by somebody claiming to be acting on behalf of a notary, than make sure you do your homework and proper research.
Notaries worldwide are registered professionals, and they should provide you with all the proper company details and registration numbers, address and other contact details.
Notaries do NOT pay money to people they only have spoken to over the phone and have not provided any official document to proof their identity.
- Notaries do not cold call
- Notaries do not handle timeshare resale’s.
- Notaries do not process timeshare relinquishments.
- Notaries do not take money through Money Gram, Western Union or bank accounts in the name of an individual.
Payments for the services of a notary should always be accompanied by a proper invoice with all the corresponding details (as mentioned above), VAT number, or TAX ID of the corresponding country.
If somebody claiming to be speaking on behalf of a notary has approached you, then do let us know and please do not provide him or her with any personal or private details, and certainly do NOT make any payment to this person or company.