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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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General Discussions / Re: Cold callers share the lie...
Last post by Athena Law Solicitors - November 21, 2020, 16:14:02
Bailiffs cannot turn up without a matter first having been determined by a Court and a Judgment being obtained. If you have confirmation from the resort that your timeshare has been terminated you have nothing to worry about.
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Timeshare News / Sarah Waddington Solicitors in...
Last post by TimeshareTalk - November 18, 2020, 11:17:32
Sarah Waddington Solicitors (SWS) market themselves as experts in the timeshare relinquishment and compensation claims marketplace. 

There are a lot of companies out there keen to take your money but who deliver very little in the way of actual service.

As a British firm Sarah Waddington Solicitors is regulated by the SRA, which potential clients may see as a reason for confidence in choosing them. 

Many companies receives regular feedback on the different timeshare claims/relinquishment companies from clients and former clients.  So what are people telling us about Sarah Waddington?

Sarah Waddington clients report their experience with them is less than a satisfactory experience after paying thousands of pounds in fees to the law firm.

Here are 3 examples:

Mr/Mrs Bacon reported Sarah Waddington Solicitors as giving them "awful advice'" which "resulted in all of our weeks confiscated for zero compensation".

Mr York reported that SWS charged him just under £6000 for relinquishment of his timeshare and told him that the club he was with (Hilton Grand Vacations) generally 'caved quickly' so he could expect a swift result.  "The next 3 years our emails followed a pattern," says Mr York.  "I would ask them for progress reports which they didn't give me.  Instead, I got a barrage of emails warning me to stay away from their competition.

The wasted 3 years with Sarah Waddington Solicitors cost me another £3,000 in maintenance fees, which I would have avoided by going to ECC in the first place."

Mr Walker reported that: "I was invited to a presentation in Stoke On Trent, where I was told I had a claim against Diamond Resorts for a lot of money, and they would take it on a no-win-no-fee basis, although they still wanted £960 upfront for some kind of fee.  They told me the process would take around 4 to 6 months.  Then 3  months later SWS asked me for another £4,990.  I would get this back once the claim was complete.  They were showing me pictures of people with giant cheques for £20-30,000 and I went along with it.  For the next 5 years, I kept getting form emails saying I shouldn´t worry, and progress was being made.  SWS had told me not to pay my annual maintenance fees, and recently I got an offer through SWS that (instead of a compensation payout) I could pay a further £4646 to Diamond and walk away from my timeshare.  Well, it was in the Diamond contract anyway that I could leave at the age of 75 if my maintenance payments were up to date.  I'm 77 now and this offer was just to pay my backdated maintenance (that SWS told me not to pay) and relinquish the membership.  So despite paying SWS £5950 and waiting 5 years, I gained - nothing from SWS's services that wasn't automatically given to me by Diamond. 

The Solicitor.info site lists several complaints against Sarah Waddington here.  The listed complaints mostly follow a similar pattern of 'failure to keep informed/failure to progress'.
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Timeshare News / Re: Carl James Associates
Last post by John Littler - November 18, 2020, 11:07:30
 Total TOSS Pots !!!! A timeshare salesman passing himself off as a Solicitor !!!!! utter garbage.
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Shark Alley / Re: Claims Solution Group - fe...
Last post by John Littler - November 18, 2020, 11:05:43
Don't trust any on them just seek advice from your local solicitor
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General Discussions / Re: Cold callers share the lie...
Last post by John Littler - November 18, 2020, 11:04:15
Carl James Associates Limited are cold calling people saying the bailiffs will be arriving any day. What utter nonsense these people say. Then they wanted to charge me £000.00 to stop the Bailiffs. The FREAK show doesn't know I am out of may timeshare and have in writing the resorts. Conmen!!!!! just conmen.
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