Sad but true, for over a year now we have been seeing inquiry after inquiry from timeshare consumers who have been approached by fake lawyers supposedly based in Tenerife.
All the offices seem to have the same pitch.
They claim to be lawyers acting in the Tenerife courts, and a claim against your resort is shortly due and you can still join.
The lawyers work on a “NO WIN NO FEE” basis, but soon after the consumer shows their interest this changes to “certain fees due prior to be paid out”.
You name it and they will ask for it, Translation fees, procurator fees, lawyer fees, court fees, taxes due, etc. etc.
If the poor consumer is still holding on to them after paying all these fees (and yes sad enough there are victims who went through these stages) supposedly a cheque is being posted to the victim.
But guess what? The cheque is lost in the post! The victim receives an empty envelope.
This is yet again a follow up on an already very ugly scam, and from this moment the victim is led to believe that a new lawyers company is handling the case of the lost cheque. And yes, one more time some fees are due…
For as much as we have been posting blog warnings over the past year, still at this stage we receive emails from consumers who are actually quiet taken by this all, and find it hard to believe it isn’t true.
Of course, they receive (fake) court documents, pages long explanations on how good and experienced the lawyers are. Names and ID Numbers of lawyers are thrown into the text…websites seem to come out of the woodworks for each one of them and even a copy of the cheque is attached.
Overwhelmed with all this information, consumers don’t always think that it is necessary to double-check any of the details and they just go ahead.
But not only the names of the lawyers don’t exist, or as a matter of fact the whole court claim they go on about…the cheque of the bank, the BANESTO bank is fake as well and this bank does no longer exist. Banesto was taken over by Santander 5 years ago. So nobody will issue a cheque in the name of a bank that no longer exists.
Seen the extend of this fraud, (and the numerous victims counted by us so far) we can only fear the worse on how much money these scammers have really put in their pockets.
Consumers always ask us, why does the police not act?
And actually part of the answer is quiet simple. Because not all victims report this to the police and probably this is why the police has no idea of the actual extend of this scam.
With this article we are not only trying to “refresh” the information on the names used so far, we also want to ask all victims to step forward and report this to the police, to Action Fraud and if travelling to Spain, to the Spanish police.
DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS!
Fraudsters survive based on the shame and embarrassment their victims feel when they realize they have been defrauded and avoid telling anybody about this, not even the police.
If you have been approached by any of the below companies, or maybe a new one with yet again a different name but similar stories and contact details, and you haven’t contacted us yet, PLEASE LET US KNOW!
You can contact us through the Contact form or place a comment on this blog.
List of company names used:
Emilio Leyes Catillianos & Litigious Lawyers / Litigious Abogados
Abogacía Española & Fernando Roleba Holaci or Ramon Quilon Climol
Abogados Amador Ganeca & Amador Juandoz Ganeca
Amador Galeca Abogados
Ivani Birka Asesoria Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulo Finucie Asesoria Email email@example.com
Paolo Morris Asesoria
Jessica Kiegle Procurador y Notario
Abogados AG or Armando Gonzalez Areca
Marco Cravina Asesoria Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Freephone 0034 822 250 490
Abogados Canarias Website abogados-canarias.com Telephone: 8008021662 and 822680088 Email: email@example.com
Lawyer: Manuel Cilavoz Varintos Email: firstname.lastname@example.org