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…

Posts tagged ‘Legal Action’

Resort Properties under investigation

We have just receviewed formal notification that the State Prosecutor in Tenerife has ordered a FULL BLOWN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION against Resort Properties and 21 of their employees.

On the 11th April an official notification from court No. 3 in Tenerife was published stating that on the 22 December 2011 the State Prosecutor ordered the police to perform a full investigation.

As part of the investigation I was delighted to see that the list of indicted people included MARK CUSHWAY CEO of Resort Properties.

So, MR ALBERTO GARCIA, head of enforcement of the RDO what do you have to say about this?

Will you STILL chose to IGNORE the statements of over 250 people?

Will you STILL chose to COVER UP a fraud currently standing at 375 MILLION EUROS?

HOW much do you get paid by Resort Properties to turn a blind eye?

Is it REALLY enough to EASE your conscience?

And to the RDO, what do you have to say?

Will you STILL ignore the fact that one of your BIGGEST members, indeed one of your LEADING spokespeople for the RDO and the timeshare industry, MR MARK CUSHWAY has being indicted for his involvement in a MULTI MILLION EURO FRAUD?

Really, WHAT MORE NEEDS TO HAPPEN? HOW MUCH MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED?

Maybe when ALBERTO GARCIA and the RDO are also indicted because of their involvement in this SCAM my questions will be answered……….

Check out the original artical on http://www.mindtimesharetruth.com/

Kelly Consultants

Another cold caller for our lists: Kelly Consultants from Ireland. They have started their campaign not so long ago and are keen to offer their help with a reclaim.

No explanation on how they obtained the details from the timeshare consumer of course!

Kelly Consultants is actually a UK Companies House registered entity and the registration number is NI055159

Their address Drummore Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, BT34 4LU, Ireland

Contact number 003453 14428617

The person calling Kelly Consultants is Ann Connor, who explains that they are duly registered as a tax consultancy and is very insisting on the fact that the consumer can verify that they are a “Bona Fide” company. The consumer can do this by calling another number and speak to a so called “Legal Advisor”. The name of this legal advisor is Lucy Alexander and the number to call 03300010329

After calling the legal consultant, Kelly Consultants calls back the consumer and continues the previous story about the reclaim and the fact that they have recovered money from the Spanish Government to be paid out to the victims of the scam.

For them to process the claim the consumer has to purchase £500 worth of UKASH Vouchers, give them part of the numbers but hold on to the vouchers until they have completed the claim.

Oops, that sounds familiar and rather worrying!

Did we not see this story already on this blog? Indeed we did!

There are two more companies that actually use or used the same method to convince consumers that they would recover money for them through a claim.

Asset Accounting Services Ltd
Financial Associates Ltd

We appreciate the fact that Kelly Consultants is registered as a company, but the fact that they cold call a timeshare consumer, have his personal details and membership details, claims to recover money from a claim nobody knew about and ask for UKASH vouchers to be purchased..Well it sounds very worrying!

Have you been called by Kelly Consultants from 00345314428617 ?

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

Important developments in police investigation against Europe Leisure & Travel and Golden Sands!

We are very pleased to announce that the Spanish Police has made great developments in their investigation of Europe Leisure & Travel and Golden Sands Marketing, and due to these developments the bank accounts of these companies have been blocked.

This means that the people behind these companies can no longer touch these accounts until further investigation is done and the judge decides how to proceed.

Europe Travel & Leisure with address Avenida Tivoli, Local 33 Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Málaga was inviting people over to Spain to discuss a resale / disposal of their timeshare.

In reality on this visit the timeshare owner was presented with a dubious Discount Travel Membership Club and the promise their original timeshare would be transferred out of their name if they agreed in joining this DTMC. After paying a substantial amount of money to join this Discount Club, the timeshare consumer would realize the transfer of the other membership was never done and they remained liable for the fees.

Golden Sands Marketing was raided by the British police but the investigation was still ongoing in Spain as they were aware of the connections in Spain. Europa Leisure & Travel seems to be one of those connections that were still active!

Have you had any dealings with the companies mentioned in this article?

Please let us know! yourtimeshare@hush.com

ETOAC Ltd, a Legal Service?

ETOAC Ltd has started to mail out letters to timeshare owners in which they present themselves as supposed Legal Advisors.

They try to make the consumer believe that with a “recent” law in Spain brings legal right for timeshare owners to have their contract declared null and void and these owners will be able to recover their money.

It is not the first time doubtful legal advisors try using this for their pitch.

They refer to a law from 1999 where it was stipulated that a cooling off period of 14 days should be honored for all timeshare purchases. These laws exist but what isn’t true is that people who purchased before this date can claim their money back based on this law!

ETOAC Ltd offers to pursue the procedure through on a no-win-no-fee basis with no up-front fees or Court costs payable by the consumer. The letter states also that administration fees are fully refundable if the timeshare owner has no claim but does not ask for anything more than the return of brief details of the timeshare week(s) concerned.

So no-win-no-fee but there is an administration fee? The actual form they ask the owner to fill in for that purpose does refer to a £295 admin fee so the inference is that the matter will not proceed without that payment!

There is no explanation in the letter about where they obtained the timeshare consumers’ details.

And who is ETOAC Ltd anyway?

On their letter headed paper they display an address in the UK which strangely enough seems to be a post box: PO Box 1221, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 9PR

They are registered at the UK Companies House since March 2011 under the number 07549756 and with another Address in Warrington: ETOAC LIMITED, 3 Freckleton Close, Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 2TH

Director and administrator of this company is Robert Woosey

So there is obviously not an office. No accounts have ever been filed and yet again for 2012 are overdue.

Their telephone number is 0845 307 6288

Our investigations reveal though that most probably they are based in Spain as we have clear indications that ETOAC is connected to other dubious Timeshare Resale companies based on the Costa del Sol in Spain under the name Avantgarde Management and AVG Holidays. Companies who were under police investigation in the past years.

Seen the above we certainly do not recommend to have any dealings with this company.

Have you received this same letter from ETOAC Ltd or maybe a call from 08453076288 ?

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

Has Incentive Leisure Group ceased trading?

To the best of my knowledge, ILG Ltd Gibraltar has ceased to trade. Even Incentive Leisure Group’s site includes more information about its alleged current legal status – http:/www.leisuregroup.net/.

This is the information provided by Incentive Leisure Group last January 25th, 2011:

INCENTIVE LEISURE GROUP LIMITED
(In Creditors Liquidation)

On 25 January 2011, at a meeting of the members of Incentive Leisure Group Limited, Keith Lawrence FCA was appointed Liquidator of the company. This was then confirmed by a meeting of the creditors held on the same day.

Any creditors with a claim against the Liquidation should send an email to liquid.ilg@keithlawrence.gi with details of their claim. However the Liquidators initial review of the information provided to him would seem to indicate that there will not be any funds available for distribution to creditors of the company.

Please note that the liquidation refers solely to the Gibraltar registered company, Incentive Leisure Group Limited.

We are aware that clients have been contacted by individuals purporting to represent companies using various other names e.g. Future Group Administration, Travel Group Administration, Fraser & Ward, Offshore Solutions, Pro-Call Corporate Services and Reclaim Investment Bank and asking for money to be sent to them. We would strongly advise that you do not send any money and contact Reclaim Limited.

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Regarding that, the Office of Fair Trading is taking to Court to a number of companies, including among them Incentive Leisure Group, this is a matter about which we do not have further information though – ww.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2010/146-10 .

Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation

On 21 January 2011 the Gibraltar Chronicle published a Legal Notice (pdf 455kb) 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 will be continuing its action against ILG and other defendants in the UK and monitoring the position in Gibraltar.

http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/consumer-enforcement/consumer-enforcement-current/holiday-products/

If you have dealt with this company and hold a Reclaim certificate and are due money back.. Then please contact get in touch as we can help with pointing you in the right direction so that you can reclaim your money back.

A good company to contact for reclaiming your money & for enquiries regarding Reclaim Certificates, DWVC Packs and CashBack is:

“CIS Ltd” 02031371898

They do charge a fee, but its not upfront.. (Upfront fees are illegal)

A consultant is sent out to your house and will sort everything for you so that you definitely receive money back.. Although you will only get approx. 62% back. Better than nothing..

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