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 ‘Upfont Charges’

How to Stay Safe

Yourtimeshare recommends that consumers should be extremely cautious of resale companies that:

Make an unsolicited contact i.e. a cold call

Request any form of upfront payment:

Common reasons for an upfront fee are: deposits, administration fees, bonds of trust, surety against withdrawal, insurance cover, validity survey, land registry tax, certificate charge and VAT.

Ensure you always make a payment with your credit card as you would be fully protected under laws governing the use of Credit Cards (Consumer Credit Act 1974 section 75).

Ask for assurances that they will not take any upfront payment.

Never send them your Ownership or Reclaim Certificate.

These people have unlimited imaginations when it comes to stealing your money so don’t trust them – no matter how convincing and reassuring they may seem.

If you have been contacted by any company regarding Reclaim Certificates or CashBack schemes.

Please do not hesitate get contact us directly: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Fincas S Pedro y S Pablo in Tarragona

An alert goes out for a supposed Real Estate office in Tarragona, Spain under the name Fincas S Pedro y S Pablo.

A cold caller from Spain, with great news as always when they tell the timeshare consumer they have a buyer lined up for their timeshare.

This company with a Spanish name, pretends to be in Tarragona on the address: PlaÇa Catalunya 4, 43007, Tarragona, Spain

No website, unfortunately but they do have an email address ventas@realtyagent.com You can also call them on a Spanish mobile +34 698 734 722 or fax them on 0701 0021 727

This company is one of those who have elaborated the pitch thoroughly and after the initial call they send off the paperwork by email. Paperwork that looks very professional and official as it is even written on Government paper with stamps all over.

The person calling was Lee Warning, but his secretary Kirsten de Vries kindly sends the paperwork signed on his behalf.

A bit cheeky though that they pretend to work by the European Directive which stipulates money should be held in an escrow account. Does it?

They also add a stamped form which confirms the buyer has already deposited the money for the purchase. All the details of the buyer are on the form, shame these buyers always live in a different country where they speak a different language!

The Escrow account is not only for the money of the sale, they also request a 9% of the sales price to be paid by the seller into this account (!!) prior to the sale..

Hold on, that’s an upfront fee!

Even more surprising is the fact that this “Escrow” account seems to be in a bank branch situated in Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Wow, that’s a long way from Tarragona!

Research has shown that there is no such real estate as Fincas S Pedro y S Pablo in Tarragona handling timeshare sales. Add this up to a cold call, guaranteed sale, upfront fees and a bank transfer to an individual in a faraway place….let just say we don’t recommend dealing with this company!

Have you been called by Fincas S Pedro y S Pablo from 0034 698734722 ?

Do let us know!

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