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Timeshare News / Re: Timeshare Termination Team...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 23, 2020, 08:39:46
The TCA now reporting on the antics of the Timeshare Terminations Team in the UK

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/12/22/timeshare-termination-team-are-they-for-real/

Another cold caller has been brought to our attention this week, this one by the name of Timeshare Termination Team UK.


https://mindtimeshare.me/2019/10/30/timeshare-termination-team-uk-offering-relinquishment-services/


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Timeshare News / ARMG were deceptive and injuri...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 11, 2020, 10:51:49
Bluegreen Vacations Corporation ("Bluegreen" or the "Company"), a leader in the vacation ownership industry, previously sued American Resort Management Group (ARMG), its principals and ARMG's law firm in a federal court in Orlando. In its lawsuit, Bluegreen alleged violations of the Lanham Act, tortious interference with contract, civil conspiracy and violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. While the lawsuit was pending, ARMG and its affiliated law firm each filed for bankruptcy as a result of significant and ongoing financial distress.

"We are pleased with the court's decision to approve the settlement in this case. The misconduct of the principals of ARMG was deceptive and injurious to Bluegreen's timeshare owners. Bluegreen remains committed to protecting its owners from being victimized by unscrupulous exit companies"

https://www.timeshareassociation.co.uk/armg-were-deceptive-and-injurious-bluegreen%E2%80%99s-timeshare-owners
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Timeshare News / Re: Loch Rannoch Highland Club...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 08, 2020, 12:28:33
The head of a troubled holiday complex has resigned with a stinging attack on a group of fellow committee members and timeshare owners who he blames for turning the resort into a "toxic cesspit".

Mr Hunter responded with an email to members on Saturday, stating incorrectly that the list of email addresses, landlines and mobile numbers could only be seen by members.

The response further angered some committee members, including one who said she had been targeted by timeshare resale companies as a result of her details being posted online.

By Monday morning, Mr Hunter had sent out a no-holds-barred follow-up email announcing his resignation, signing off with the words: "God help our club."

He said Martin Vallance had also stepped down as acting general manager - after just a few days in the role - because he was disgusted by posts that had been made online about Mr Hunter.
"I do not consider myself a quitter, but a realist," Mr Hunter said. "It is becoming ever more apparent that the Loch Rannoch Highland Club, as described by a fellow member, is a toxic cesspit due to the behaviour and actions of a small minority of members - including current committee members - who seem intent on preventing the club from moving forward."

He said: "Whilst these individuals continue to be involved with the club, the job of the committee member will be nothing more than a poisoned chalice with no hope of making the changes the vast majority of members want, and deserve, in a reasonable timeframe.

"These individuals will never consider what the committee do to be good enough and will continue to obstruct the work of the club and the committee."
His resignation follows a turbulent year for the club. Several staff were sacked during the lockdown, including the then general manager.

Contract workers were taken on when the resort reopened, but many of them walked out amid claims they were verbally abused by a member of staff.

Shortly afterwards, huge block capital graffiti appeared on the walls of the club calling for committee members to resign.

The 85-property complex closed with just a few days' notice in November, placing a question mark over its 26 employees. It is not known when the club will reopen.


Mr Hunter, who said he had been subjected to online abuse and called a liar, told The Courier he is not sure if the club has a future. "A future can only be realised if the current way the club is run is fundamentally changed," he said. "I now believe the only way the club can have any sort of future is for the running of the club to be handed over to a management company with no committee of members involved."

Mr Hunter says that member Norman Laidlaw will take his place at the top of the committee. "He has made it clear he is too busy to be involved in the committee, let along the chair," he said.

The Information Commissioners Office is investigating last week's data breach.
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Timeshare News / Loch Rannoch Highland Club: Bo...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 07, 2020, 12:26:12

Speculation about his position began last month, amid reports of a furious flare-up amongst senior staff shortly before the timeshare complex was closed down with only a few days' warning, sparking fears for local jobs.

Bosses said the closure is temporary and a direct result of localised lockdowns and travel restrictions. It is still not known when the Kinloch Rannoch resort, which has 3,800 members and a workforce of 26, can reopen.

Mr Paterson's resignation was confirmed to members in an email from club chairman Cliff Hunter.

He wrote: "Bobby Paterson has requested that he be allowed to step down as GM and return to assignations. This has been accepted."

Mr Hunter said Martin Valance will become an acting general manager "in a voluntary capacity to benefit the club, until such a time as we are able to find a suitable replacement."

Mr Paterson's resignation follows a turbulent time at the club. Problems began earlier this year when several staff were sacked, including the previous general manager.

Contract workers were brought in a few weeks later, but many of them quit alleging they had been shouted and "screamed" at by a senior member of staff.

Disgruntled timeshare owners are demanding the resignation of the committee, who they have blamed for months of upheaval.
In his email, Mr Hunter apologises for a previous newsletter in which he listed some of the alleged issues he had with staff who were made redundant, including "stealing club property, smoking controlled substances while at work, and behaving in a manner which breached their contractual obligations, for example getting together for tea breaks, playing video games and watching daytime TV in members' lodges when they should have been working."

Mr Hunter blamed a computer mix-up for including that paragraph - which he also repeats in his recent email.

"This was an error on my part for which I do apologise, and wish to make clear this was not intentional on my part nor did I wish to imply that redundancies were made solely because of the allegations made," he said.

Mr Hunter said he had been called a "liar" and "childish" by fellow committee members. "I was not chosen to be the club spokesman, it just happened," he wrote. "I have been giving serious thought over the past few weeks as to whether or not to continue with these reports due to the arrogant and selfish attitude of a minority who are unable to accept different viewpoints without resorting to childish name-calling."

Local politicians have demanded clarity on the club's future.
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Timeshare News / Re: Timeshare Termination Team...
Last post by Williamdobbs - December 04, 2020, 10:36:55
as they were working for EZE its to be expected. Think all the so-called lawyers need a licence to do timeshare work.
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Timeshare News / Re: Timeshare Termination Team...
Last post by John Littler - December 03, 2020, 09:25:12
Well, what do you expect?
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Timeshare News / Timeshare Termination Team in ...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 02, 2020, 08:06:16
On Saturday 21st November, BBC News broadcast a report about online fake reviews. One of the featured stories was about Timeshare Termination Team, said to be based in Truro, Cornwall in the UK.

The BBC investigators found highly suspicious fake Google reviews on their profile. One of their 5-star reviews was said to be from a 'Richard Harrison' saying that Timeshare Termination Team had helped him with an unwanted timeshare - but the BBC found that the picture on the reviewer's profile was that of a Tanzanian government minister, who has never heard of the company.

Many of the other positive reviews are very dubious too, with several praising the exact same businesses time and time again - including a plumbing company in California.

The business told the BBC that they are investigating. Their investigations should also probably 'investigate' the following.

https://timeshareexitconcerns.co.uk/timeshare-termination-team-truro-questioned-by-bbc-news-investigators/

They republished the suspicious Google reviews on their own website

 Also on their own website, they have other reviews which date back as far as 2015 - even though the business was only incorporated a year ago - the same time their website appeared.

· They state that their "mission started in 2014" when no trace can be found of them prior to 2019.

So who are Timeshare Termination Team?

Timeshare owners that have used them have said that whilst they may not ask for upfront fees, what happens is that a short while after entering into a contract with them, they received invoices for several thousand pounds and were told that their timeshare contract had been 'unilaterally terminated'. When they check with their timeshare company, they find that all that has happened is that Timeshare Termination Team sent a standard letter and when this was rejected (mostly because of suspicions the timeshare company had about the business), it is Timeshare Termination Team themselves that declare it terminated. Some consumers have refused to pay and made reports to Trading Standards.

Issues with 'unilateral termination'

Unilateral termination is a declaration by the business without full legal principles being applied - and it can and has led to serious disputes. Previously, a business named Praetorian Legal used the same methods and actually did try and take the consumers to court when they refused to pay - but they were unsuccessful and ended up with significant legal costs to pay.

The strange connections

Timeshare Termination Team invoices used the VAT number of Mercantile Claims Management Solutions Ltd - a sister company (under the same ownership) of Praetorian Legal, they have all used the same 'ARTS indemnity scheme' too and no other businesses use it. A similarly named 'insurance policy' scheme was said by Praetorian Legal and Mercantile Claims to be underwritten by insurance giant Munich Rechecks with Munich Re showed this was untrue. There are other connections too - addresses used and documents sent to timeshare companies all point back to these other businesses, which are owned by a Gary Smith.

Gary Smith and the scam businesses Monster and EZE Group

Director and owner of 'Praetorian Legal' and 'Mercantile Claims' Gary Smith previously acted as 'Legal & Compliance Director' for EZE Group - shut down by a criminal prosecution after scamming thousands of consumers, many of whom were timeshare owners. One of those convicted, Dominic O'Reilly (now serving a prison sentence) was also a co-director with Gary Smith at Praetorian Legal.

Smith also used another company he owned, LCM Law Ltd. to pursue consumers for payments on behalf of EZE Group - and to threaten legal action when EZE victims published their complaints online.

Praetorian Legal also worked alongside another business called 'Monster Travel', which has also now closed after a series of raids and arrests by police in the UK and Spain took place.

Smith has publicly denied any responsibility or involvement in these criminal activities and points out that he has not been arrested and has cooperated with the police and Trading Standards. He also emphasises that his businesses, Mercantile Claims and Praetorian Legal are both regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority - who confirm they have assessed the businesses prior to authorising them to carry out claim's activities.
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General Discussions / Re: Cold callers share the lie...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - December 02, 2020, 08:01:13
The BBC investigators found highly suspicious fake Google reviews on their profile. One of their 5 star reviews was said to be from a 'Richard Harrison' saying that Timeshare Termination Team had helped him with an unwanted timeshare - but the BBC found that the picture on the reviewer's profile was that of a Tanzanian government minister, who has never heard of the company.

Many of the other positive reviews are very dubious too, with several praising the exact same businesses time and time again - including a plumbing company in California.

The business told the BBC that they are investigating. Their investigations should also probably 'investigate' the following.

https://timeshareexitconcerns.co.uk/timeshare-termination-team-truro-questioned-by-bbc-news-investigators/


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Advice Forum / NEI Number
Last post by davidm - November 30, 2020, 17:07:34
Greetings fellow timesharers, do any of you know of, or have used, a reputable and trustworthy firm that can apply for a NEI number on my behalf please? The resort (Palm Oasis, Gran Canaria) have offered me the chance to terminate the sales and maintenance contracts, and to receive the residual value of my owned weeks. For this to proceed, they have advised me that I need a NEI number.
Many thanks.
David
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General Discussions / Re: Cold callers share the lie...
Last post by Athena Law Solicitors - November 21, 2020, 16:21:21
LIE

We are pursuing a group action! You need  to sign up quick!

FACT

You are a cold caller. UK Group Actions involve complex litigation. Litigation is Reserved Business and can only be undertaken by Solicitors and Barristers, neither of who are allowed to cold call potential clients

If you have been told there is a Group Action in the UK (there are few) you can easily check be looking at the Register of Group Litigation Orders

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/group-litigation-orders#list-of-all-group-litigation-orders

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