After being cold called from so many different firms over the years.. countless times trying to sucker me in for numerous different reasons, I have decided to do the public a service and make my own blog. I will dissect all these companies 1 by 1 in the event to eventually let the world know who are scammers and who are legitimate companies actually here to help us…

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Bouncing Back from a Timeshare Resale Scam

In the timeshare resale industry, there are few things that can be more damaging and devastating than timeshare resale scams. These are very real frauds that can cause very real and substantial problems for those who fall victim to their tactics. They are fast becoming one of the most common consumer scams in the country, and despite efforts from the Better Business Bureau and news groups to get the word out about these frauds thousands of people suffer their wrath each year. But what happens if you fall victim to one of these scams? How can you bounce back from them and still successfully get rid of your timeshare?

Despite their commonality, timeshare resale scams are a fairly new problem. As people start to reign in their spending, luxury items like vacations (and this timeshares) are often the first to go. However, getting rid of a timeshare can be a lengthy and complicated process. With so many people trying to sell their properties in order avoid paying costly fees on their property, scammers have stepped up to take advantage.

You may think it is the answer to your prayers – a company that will sell your property for you, and may even have buyers already interested! In a matter of days, maybe even hours, your timeshare can be a distant memory. All you have to do is pay upfront to cover administrative fees and sales costs, and some of it will be refunded once the property sells. Unfortunately, it is all a ruse. The property never sells and your money is gone, leaving you potentially out thousands of pounds and still in possession of your expensive timeshare. Now what?

In many cases, once you are hit with a timeshare resale scam you are at risk of getting scammed again. Recently, people who have were victim to scams have found themselves being contacted by companies offering recovery services to help them get their money back. Again, they just need some money up front. Unfortunately, these are often the same companies that scammed the money out of them in the first place and they find themselves facing the same situation a second time.

Many countries now are helping protect timeshare owners from these scams and those caught face tough prosecution, hefty fines, and restitution. A lot of times these criminals are caught, but the money may be gone and hope of ever getting it back is too. Because of this, the only real way to fight timeshare resale scams is to not fall for the schemes in the first place. Never pay upfront fees for any services and insist you do your own research first. By sticking to your guns and only working with companies you know are reputable you can successfully sell your timeshare quickly without falling victim to and having to deal with the fallout from timeshare resale scams.

Any question contact us: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Avoiding Timeshare Scams

When trying to sell your timeshare it can be a confusing time. There are several options to choose from, but many of them can take a long time and be extremely frustrating. Add to this the fact that timeshare resale scams are some of the most common business frauds as reported by the Better Business Bureau, and getting rid of your timeshare can seem nearly impossible. So what is the best way to avoid timeshare scams and successfully sell your timeshare in a timely and affordable manner.

The easiest and most effective way to avoid these scams is to arm yourself with knowledge and follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Research Your Options

You generally have four options – giving it away, giving it back to your developer, donating to a charity, or selling. Most people choose to sell, since other options are often extremely complicated and difficult. If you choose to sell, you can do this on your own or with the help of a timeshare resale company. Many choose to bring in the professionals, which presents its own list of challenges in the form of timeshare resale scams.

Step 2: Ask the Tough Questions

If you do decide to use a timeshare resale company, be sure to ask the company plenty of questions. How long does it usually take to sell a timeshare? Who do they sell to? What is their sales process? How many other timeshare owners have they helped? What happens if they can’t sell your timeshare? Asking these and other relevant questions will allow you to get a feel for the company and feel out whether or not they are a timeshare scam.

Step 3: Be Assertive

Many of these companies use high pressure tactics to get customers to agree to commit to their services. No matter how much they hassle you, it is important to stand your ground until your are absolutely positive this is the company you want to work with. If they begin to harass you, it is probably time to tell them that you won’t be working with them and move on.

Step 4: Get It In Writing

Whatever they tell you, make sure you get their answers as well as the terms of their agreement in writing before you make any commitment. Read it over and address any concerns you have before you sign anything. This will allow you to cover yourself in the event that they turn out to be a timeshare resale scam.

Step 5: Never Pay Upfront Fees

Charging upfront fees is how these timeshare scams make money. They require their customers to pay them upfront, and these fees can range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand. When they are unable to sell your timeshare they often are able to keep the money through contractual loopholes or by outright stealing the money and disappearing. They will make it seem like these fees are a normal part of the industry, but this is not true. There are timeshare resale companies that do not charge upfront fees and guarantee your satisfaction before you pay them anything. Upfront fees are now illegal in the United Kingdom.

By following these simple steps and relying on trusted resources you can protect yourself from timeshare resale scams and successfully get rid of your timeshare once and for all!

For more info please email us or place a comment on our blog: yourtimeshare@hush.com

ABC Mediation, or Anthony Bains Cohen?

A new mediation company has been brought to our attention over the past few days called ABC Mediation.

ABC Mediation is cold calling, and it seems (for the moment) that they are targeting DWVC members especially. The story they tell is that the directors of DWVC are to appear in the Mercantile Court of Malaga on the 23rd of May and the victims of this company can place a claim.

ABC Mediation is based in London. Their address Suite 1097, Kemp House, 152 – 160 City Road, London, ECIV 2NX, and contact details are Telephone: 0203 627 4664, Fax: 0203 627 4767 and Email: info@a-b-c-mediation.com

That is exactly the same address and phone numbers as the one for Bains Cohen, a dubious lawyers office who also started cold calling recently with the same story.

The website for ABC Mediation http://www.a-b-c-mediation.com was registered on the 3rd of May 2012.

ABC Mediation charges £378 upfront to cover all costs, on the understanding that the full amount will be recovered from the defendants. Since when does a lawyer guarantee he will win the case?

Apart from the £378 ABC Mediation also invoices a 15% of the agreed settlement if the claim is successful.

All this is explained in the documents they send to the consumer after the initial cold call, including the bank details of Anthony Bains Cohen for the transfer of the fee!

Do we need to say more? We have a dubious lawyers office / Mediation Service who changes name and websites in a timeframe of 1 month, cold calls timeshare consumers and talk about a court case nobody knows off, asks for an upfront fee to be paid by bank transfer and ..it just doesn’t sound right!

Have you been called by Bains Cohen or ABC Mediation from London?

Please let us know: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Holiday Letting & Sales offering resale of your timeshare?

A new cold caller alert goes out for a company called Holiday letting & Sales. But there seems to be a slight mix up with names as they also present themselves as Direct Letting & Sales or Holiday Letting Direct.

That might be a result of the numerous name changes that the staff has undergone and they now don’t know who they should be saying they are.

For us it seems clear though, the above are one and the same as Holiday Rentals Direct!

The website from Holiday Letting & Sales Ltd is http://www.lettingsdirect.eu and was registered in December 2011.

But the website is not about Timeshare sales at all, it is a rental website for Holiday Accommodation.

Not sure how that adds up, but maybe the simple explanation is that Holiday Rentals Direct – HRD has such bad reputation on the web and numerous refund claims running, that the change of name had to be done without further delay.

The address of Holiday letting & Sales is a post box Apartado Correos No. 66, Torrox Sur 1, 29793,Torrox, Malaga, Spain. And the telephone number: 0034 952 547 124

No email Address.

There is one thing though that doesn’t change: The Upfront Fee Request!

The cold calling agent from Holiday Letting and Sales explains they want to buy the timeshare off the consumer as they have a client waiting, but in order to do this they need a security bond of £1500

Same story all over again, just a different twist in company name…

We are still waiting for a consumer to step forward about a successful sale with Holiday Rentals Direct, hundreds did step forward to say they paid money and the sale fell through and HRD did not refund..

Have you been called by Holiday Letting & Sales or Holiday Letting Direct from Spanish phone +34 952547124 ? Please let us know!

You can write to us at:
yourtimeshare@hush.com

or place a comment on the blog.

Asociados de Hacienda, Málaga

We don’t use a lot the word fraudulent but in this case we have no problem to put it as clear as it is, Asociados de Hacienda is a fraudulent cold caller!

This company which supposedly is based in Calle Puerto 9 – 12, 29601 Malaga, Spain, cold calls timeshare consumers to notify them of the sale of their timeshare and the fact they need to pay an 8% tax over the sales price.

Explanation is once again the “famous” NIE number, the Tax Registration number which they claim is necessary for this transaction.

Asociados de Hacienda even spent time on elaborating a website where they display logos of the Spanish Tax Office and pretend to be genuine lawyers dealing with real estate sales and tax declarations.

The website http://www.asociadosdehacienda.com was registered on the 29th of March 2012 and lacks all information required for a website.

As contact number they have a Spanish mobile +34 602 155 609

The timeshare owners, who informed us about this scam, did luckily their research and realized that the supposed Tax payment form 214 that was sent to them has not been in use for over 3 years now. Neither did they find it logical that the tax payment was to be done to an individual with a British name; Paul Robert Strickland on a different address; Senorio De Aloha, Avda Manolete, 29660 Nueva, Andalucia, Malaga

Please be extremely cautious when companies like Asociados de Hacienda or any other claiming to be working on behalf of the Spanish Government or Tax Offices, as these companies are not for real!

DO NOT pay ever money by bank transfer, Western Union or Money Gram in names of individuals that supposedly work for Lawyers offices, notaries or other official institutions in Spain.

Have you been called by Asociados de Hacienda from 0034602155609 ? Please let us know!

You can place a comment or write to us at:

yourtimeshare@hush.com

Bains Cohen from London?

This alert is a tricky one, as we have a company cold calling timeshare consumers under the name Bains Cohen, but there is also a genuine company with this name that has nothing to do with this!

Our cold caller Bains Cohen claims to be based in London and say they are going to take DWVC to court in Spain and ask the timeshare consumer to join this court case.

The timeshare consumer has to send all relevant paperwork and an upfront fee of £378

They also mention a firm in Spain on the Costa del Sol under the name of South Coast Management who eventually will be dealing with this case. But the fee requested is also to cover the costs of sending a representative over from Bains Cohen to the Mercantile Court in Spain to fight the case. If the case is won, Bains Cohen will keep a 10% of the money. (On the website it actually mentions 15%)

Bains-Cohen has their own website http://www.bains-cohen.com/ which is all focused on the fact they are a law firm specialist in Holiday Ownerships. This website was registered on the 3rd of April 2012

There is no UK Companies House registration number on the web, neither any other details which as stipulated by law for a website.

Their office address is Suite 1097, Kemp House, 152 – 160 City Road, London, ECIV 2NX and contact details: info@bains-cohen.com, Telephone 0203 627 4664, Fax 0203 627 4767 and a telephone number that actually appears on the screen when they call 01409 174 919

Please note that the real law firm Bains Cohen has a website http://www.bainscohen.com and is also based in London. So obviously the “fake” ones are trying to confuse the consumer and make them believe they are dealing with a genuine law firm.

Please do NOT let them fool you!

We have been informed that the real Bains Cohen are made aware by worried consumers that someone is using them as a front for their activities and will be working to defend themselves and catch the others.

Have you been called by Bains-Cohen for a court case against DWVC in Spain? Please let us know!

You can place a comment on the blog or send us a direct email to:
yourtimeshare@hush.com

Favila Arenas

A Spanish company under the name Favila Arenas is cold calling consumers pretending to be the liquidators of Reclaim.

They inform the consumer that he needs to fill in a form and then they will assess how much money they will receive back. Money set aside by the Spanish government.

Once the consumer fills in the form that is send over by email, they are informed that a certain amount has been awarded. The amounts are actually too good to be true and will be transferred over to the consumers in a time period of 10 days.

After waiting the 10 days the consumer does not see any movement and neither does the long awaited cheque arrive.

A quick call to Favila Arenas clarifies what has happened. Favila Arenas kindly explains that as the consumer has not declared his “investment” with the Tax Office in Spain, the Government has blocked the money.

That’s bad luck! But thanks god we have Favila Arenas to help out! They send a long winded 2 page document by email explaining how to solve this situation. From all the options they give such as travelling to Spain and request a Tax Identification Number and numerous trips to pick up this paperwork, of course taking on the services from Favila Arenas is the most confortable option and cheapest! Shame none of it is true!

Favila Arenas does not have a website. Their contact details as appear on their letter headed documents are: Telephone 0034 800 80 89 41 and Fax 0034 956 92 19 40 Email address; favela_arenas@spainmail.com

Their office is based in Avenida Alcalde Manuel de la Pinta 18 – 24, Cadiz 11011, Spain

Upon checking the Spanish companies house there is no such company registered. Neither is there any liquidator appointed for Reclaim, no money is held in Spanish accounts to be paid out to the victims and the Spanish Government would certainly not appoint a dubious company for their official dealings!

Have you been cold called by Favila Arenas with telephone number 0034800808941 ? Please do let us know!

You can place a comment on the blog or send us a direct email to:
yourtimeshare@hush.com

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