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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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

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

Universal Travel Market or UTM

A new company has been brought to our attention, Universal Travel Market or UTM as they state on their website.

This website http://www.universaltravelmarket.com was registered on the 5th of March 2012, so “hot from the press” but with a large listing of timeshare memberships for sale.

Surprisingly this listing is mainly DWVC and Club Class membership packages, are they really selling these on?

Universal Travel market cold calls consumers with the usual pitch on how successful they are in selling and they certainly have a buyer waiting already.

No mention though of where they obtained these personal details of the timeshare owner.

The telephone number is 0845 557 7297 and their email info@universaltravelmarket.com

As address they provide on their web: St. Nicholas House , 31-34 High Street , Bristol ,BS1 2AW

Checking out UK Companies House there is no such company as UTM – Universal Travel Market registered.

They have only just started and the consumers that have alerted us didn’t get that far as an upfront fee as they didn’t trust it straight away.

But with the fact that they cold call, guarantee sales for worthless memberships and their website which was created recently does not really provide the information it should do…well extreme caution is in place!

Have you been contacted by UTM – Universal Travel Market from 08455577297 ? Please let us know.

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

JRG Equity

Have you been cold called by JRG Equity Release? Because we have received already a lot of inquiries!

JRG Equity Release claims to be appointed by the Spanish Government to process the refund of money from the funds held by the Spanish Government for victims of the ILG / DWVC scam and the Reclaim certificates.

JRG does not request any money as they have already been paid by the Government.

They work from UK and Spain, and inform the timeshare consumer he can obtain a 68% of his reclaim and the other 32% will have to go to the Spanish government for fees and taxes.

In order to be part of this claim of 58.000 certificates (!!!) the consumer has to be quick, as the process is due to the end of April.

In order to be part of this tremendous claim, the consumer has to go to a local notary on his own expense and their identity by Drivers license, utility bills and also a copy of the Reclaim certificate.

Then JRG Equity release will send a courier around for picking up the Certificate and there you go!

Well not quiet…
They also require legal fees to be paid up front and those add up to around a £1000, oops…and these are not going to the tax man, oh no, these are to be paid by bank transfer into an account of a company called PROPIEDADES ANDALUCIA SUR SL

Now the story starts to wobble. And we investigated a bit further;

JRG Equity Release has a website http://www.jrgequityrelease.com which was registered on the 24th of January this year. Their address is a postbox in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol, and their phone number is 0871 408 9549

Going through the information we found clear indications that this company is linked to other dubious companies, of which several were closed down by the police:

Sol Bookers SL. (closed by police in 2008) Greystone Leisure & Travel SL. (closed by police in 2008), Red Rock Marketing SL and Timeshare Disposal two companies mentioned on our blog.

That does not sound right!

Adding up the fact they claim to be working for the Spanish Government, which is highly unlikely with this modus operandi, ask for an upfront fee by bank transfer, and the mentioned connections…our advice is going to be straight forward and a big NO.

Have you been called by JRG Equity Release from 08714089549 ?

Please let us know! yourtimeshare@hush.com

Have you received a Membership fee bill from Pro Travel Solutions?

In the past weeks we have received numerous emails from consumers who were surprised by receiving a Membership fee bill for their DWVC membership, requested by a company called Pro Travel Solutions.

But who is Pro Travel Solutions?

Pro Travel Solutions is the former Timelinx Group. They have been slowly replacing its main holiday club membership Designer Way Vacation Club for the Marketing Agency Agreement Personal Travel Group – http://www.personaltravelgroup.com for which the inventory is provided by the travel agency Pro Travel Solutions Plc.

Incentive Leisure Group Ltd in Gibraltar ceased trading in January 2011. This company was Timelinx´ last marketer using such name which was operative, as the listed ones at UK Companies House had also been dissolved earlier – i.e. Incentive Leisure Group (Milton Keynes) Ltd. & Incentive Leisure Group (U.K.) Ltd.).

It seems now that in spite of ILG going into liquidation, Pro Travel Solutions is trying to continue their business and is doing mailings to DWVC members asking for the £75 membership fee.

Pro Travel Solutions states their address in the emails they send out as; Waterpark Business Centre, C/Rio Darro 2, Mijas Costa, Málaga, 29649, Spain. But this is very strange as these offices were abandoned last year when ILG went into liquidation and have been empty ever since.

Their contact number is 0871 971 1170

The email they send out includes the following information:

“We have lots of fabulous special offers on http://www.thetraveller-online.com or if you have any special requests, just give one of our travel consultants a call on 0871 971 1170 and they will search out the best offers.
Remember booking now for your summer holiday means you can take advantage of the Early Bird Discounts, email reservations@protravelsolutions.co.uk”

Do they really pretend as if nothing has happened and DWVC is going on and people are “happy members” of their Holiday Club?
Who are they trying to fool?

Have you received an invoice from Pro Travel Solutions?

Please let us know!

Incentive Leisure Group, DWVC, Timelinx, Reclaim Ltd (UPDATE)

To the best of my knowledge, Incentive Leisure Group Ltd Gibraltar – main marketer of Timelinx Group – http://www.timelinx.com/en/ – has ceased trading early this year. Even Incentive Leisure Group´s site includes more information about its alleged current legal status, and of its cashback scheme, Reclaim Ltd – http://www.leisuregroup.net/.

The following article published in the Daily Mirror last January would support the view that ILG is not active anymore in the UK soil. Some comments added to the article would show that ILG had sacked its entire staff, and closed down their offices in Costa del Sol, and the UK. We also have other sources who would confirm this information.

Incentive Leisure and Personal Travel go AWOL – January 19th, Daily Mirror

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2011/01/incentive-leisure-and-personal.html

However recent information obtained in March which still needs verification would tell us that although the Timelinx Group has closed its UK operations; still its Personal Travel Group (PTG) scheme – http://www.personaltravelgroup.com – is still operating from Gibraltar.

As indicated Incentive Leisure Group Ltd in Gibraltar ceased trading last January. This company was Timelinx´s last marketer using such name which was operative, as the companies listed with the same name at the UK Companies House had been dissolved earlier – i.e. Incentive Leisure Group (Milton Keynes) Ltd. & Incentive Leisure Group (U.K.) Ltd.).

Moreover the Office of Fair Trading had announced last December that it was taking to Court to Incentive Leisure Group, Personal Travel Group, and Geo Demographic Market Research Ltd (previously known as the Direct Marketing Partnership Group Ltd), although this is a matter about which we do not have further information though – http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2010/146-10

On 21 January 2011 the Gibraltar Chronicle published a Legal Notice – http://www.oft.gov.uk/shared_oft/consumer-enforcement/gibraltar-chronicle.pdf – stating that Incentive Leisure Group Limited, would be wound up by way of creditor’s voluntary liquidation.

The OFT has informed the liquidator about its action in the UK and its interest in the proposed liquidation. In the meantime, the OFT claims that it will continue its action against ILG, and other defendants in the UK, and monitoring the place in Gibraltar.

Another worrying sign that tell us that the Timelinx Group might not have completely stopped trading, it is that besides the information gathered that tell us that Personal Travel Group (PTG) might be still operating from Gibraltar, it is also that we have detected a warning on cold callers published on the website of the bogus holiday club membership, Designer Way Vacation Club (DWVC) – http://www.dwvc.com/en/ – marketed until recently by ILG itself.

We have also some evidences that tell us that the Incentive Leisure Group might have ceased trading in South Africa late last year, as a result of the death of Garry Leigh – Timelinx Group´s top guy and founder – closing down its two sales decks, located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and transferring at the same time, the handling of the holiday bookings of the DWVC Members, to Pro Travel Solutions, in the UK.

This is the information we have currently about ILG, and other Timelinx companies, however it would require further investigation to be 100% certain about the current status of the Timelinx Group.

Please, if you have some new information about this group of companies, contact us.

yourtimeshare@hush.com

Viva, a new cold calling company trying to buy your “DWVC Certificates” but at a cost!

I have received a few emails containing the name “VIVA”.

One email I received from “Sue D”, saying

“yesterday I had a similar cold call from a lady who said Viva would pay us £6’000 for our certificate of DWVC but we were expected to pay first 1,250 euros. I told her it is against the law to cold call and ask for money up front and she was a scam and put the phone down. Has anyone heard from Viva as well?”

So it seems there is another company trying to get money out of timeshare owners..

Why would you pay somebody so that they can buy something off you for more money.. Surely the money would just be deducted.. FUNNY!

Anyone heard from these jokers please let us know!

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