Every month we see it again on the cold caller list, the amount of cold calling claims or legal companies offering consumers to recover their money.
Money consumers paid towards dubious holiday clubs and other fraudulent companies.
When someone contacts you out of the blue saying there is some kind of government “fund” available to compensate you for the dubious holiday club membership or timeshare you purchased, most likely you have become the target of a “refund” or “recovery” scam.
With most of these cold calls the timeshare owners are contacted by someone impersonating a government official or pretending to be working for a legal company appointed by the (Spanish) government or Court House.
The scammers convince the consumers that the government has set up a fund to recompense people who were cheated by various timeshare companies; often the amount to be refunded is more than the victims originally paid.
All the potential victims have to do is pay an amount of money to cover various fees and taxes, and the refund will be sent to them.
But we can assure you that there are no individual lawyers or other “officials” designated by the government to contact victims after a court claim has taken place.
The very authentic documents shown to you are all forgeries.
THERE ARE NO FUNDS SET ASIDE TO PAY YOU OUT. It is all a lie.
Do not send any money, no matter how convincing they are or how much you want it to be true!
It might sound harsh but Scam artists buy and sell “sucker lists” with the names of people who already have lost money to fraudulent companies. These crooks may call you promising to recover the money you lost for a fee in advance
Many consumers might not know that they have been scammed by a bogus holiday company or other timeshare related scam.
But if you have unknowingly paid money to such a scam, chances are your name is on a “sucker list.” That list may include your address, phone numbers, and other information, like how much money you’ve spent responding to bogus offers. Dishonest companies buy and sell “sucker lists” on the theory that people who have been deceived once have a high likelihood of being scammed again.
If you are the victim of this kind of scam, please report this with the police / Action Fraud immediately.
Although it might be too late for you to get your money back, but eventually it might help obtain some sort of justice in shutting them down/getting some of them arrested.