Well it seems that John Borrows, manager of Las Vistas Marketing (and Top Gun member of this forum)
has decided to go quiet and crawl back under the little stone from which he came.
After doing some digging around, I obtained a company report on Las Vistas Marketing S.L. and it was quite interesting.
The names mentioned on the company register were,
CALLENS MARIE CHRISTINE GEORGETTE
VAN THUYNE RUDY RAPHAEL NOEL
LORENZO VELAZQUEZ MARTA ISABEL
KIM DAWN MALECKI
I was particularly interested in the last name as not only has this name popped up on Shark Alley before (involved with another company namely International Holidayway Marketing which I believe may have been renamed as Las Vistas in 2007)
but also on other websites concerning timeshare scams.http://www.worldlawdirect.com/forum/consumer-complaints/8180-european-coast-sun-holiday-scam.html [nofollow]
We are trying to convince my mother in law to see a solicitor about being mis-sold the time share by salesman David at Las Vistas and the Office of Fair Trading have also asked for a statement concerning the sale. Unfortunately, had she been sensible enough to show us the paperwork on her return from Tenerife, we could have instructed her to immediately cancel the sale and stop these con artists from getting their dirty little fingers on another poor unsuspecting persons money.
The company report shows a turnover of over 1 million euros and a net profit/loss of just 4 thousand euros. Interesting as they have probably just made more than that out of duping my mother in law.
This company are the lowest of the low. They have taken a pensioner for 16,000 euros when all she did was put her trust in them to re-sell the timeshares she can no longer afford to keep. Not only that, but she also has a yearly maintenance bill of nearly 1500 euros for all three. Something she will have to pay continuously until she manages to get rid of them. She has vowed never to return to Tenerife now that this has caused her so much stress.
All I can suggest to all you hardworking people out there is be very careful about parting with your hard earned money when dealing with companies that have the above names on them. Certain names appear to pop up when "Googled" and it always seems to have the heading "timeshare scam" or "Fraud".
Also, be very careful of the advice that you are given on this website. There are obviously sharks on here preying on innocent people. John Borrows was quick enough to point out to me that he was a member of this site and that he had "GIVEN ADVICE" to others on here many times. You can go back through his posts and it seems he is quite willing to give address details and phone numbers of other suspected companies (in Tenerife funnily enough!). Could this be a way of ousting other dodgy dealers to carve a clear path for the company he manages? He is obviously not that intelligent or else he would have stayed quiet on here. 1 good thing has come out of this though. With nearly 300 viewings on this post so far, John Borrows and Las Vistas Marketing have had their cards quite clearly marked. I prey that enough people are sensible enough to view websites like these before they go and make their decisions. It may help to put scum like this out of business.
Also, when posting topics or replies on forums, get as much information on there as possible. Remembering to put words like "scammed" "conned" or "fraud" (if this is applicable) as these will all pop up when people are "Googling" to find out information on companies or people. This all helps when trying to fight this ever increasing "disease"
AS far as John Borrows is concerned, as I said in my email to him, I sincerely hope that 1 day our paths will cross.
Take care all you HONEST
hard working people out there and please let this be a lesson!!