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Timeshare con artist Francis ‘Frank’ Madden in court

9th July 2019
Timeshare con artist Francis 'Frank' Madden in court. A PROLIFIC timeshare conman who has previously targeted Southampton residents during a long criminal career has been ordered to repay money to his latest victims. During his latest scam, Francis ‘Frank’ Madden, 62, had his staff cold-call hundreds of members of the public every day and invite them to presentations for holiday club companies Central Marketing Ltd, Glenleigh Ltd and Reco Corp Ltd. High-pressure sales techniques were used to get victims around the south west to part

Couple’s stress ‘beyond belief’ over timeshare. Club Class International

3rd June 2019
J.H.writes: We believe we have lost our money to a sham deal that started in 2009 when we sent £7,500 to London accountant Sochalls for its client, Club Class International (CCI). This was a fee to get rid of a timeshare we have owned at Benalmadena in southern Spain for more than 15 years. In 2010 CCI did pay the annual maintenance fee for our timeshare, but in 2011 we received a demand for that year’s fees of £998 and attempts to contact

UK timeshare gang ‘who made £4million a year duping up to 500 Britons in elaborate scam’ is smashed in Costa del Sol

16th May 2019
UK timeshare gang 'who made £4million a year duping up to 500 Britons in elaborate scam' is smashed in Costa del Sol Spanish police arrest 56 Britons following a series of Costa del Sol raids  Investigators have so far uncovered 500 victims of the timeshare scam  Majority of the victims are pensioners - and police fear there may be thousands more who will never be identified Scam involved calls from fake lawyers convincing victims to sell property Fraudsters then exploited the elderly

British gang held over £4.3million timeshare fraud

British gang held over £4.3million timeshare fraud: Woman, 44, 'masterminded' Canary Islands scam Spanish police raided offices in Arguineguin and Mogan on Monday Involved are accused of systematically defrauding tourists since 2007 'Used flyers promising free gifts to entice tourists to their HQ' Then they would 'trap them for between four and eight hours to hard-sell' A British woman has been arrested for allegedly helping organise a £4.3million timeshare fraud that targeted thousands of tourists. Paula Beatson is one of 58 people

Couple win £7,000 victory over faulty timeshare escape contract following 18-month legal battle

Couple win £7,000 victory over faulty timeshare escape contract following 18-month legal battle Harold and Brenda Walker paid £7k to a firm that promised to take an unwanted timeshare off their hands Last week the firm Itra returned their money Judge said the contract was void because it didn't contain key information  The Walkers’ victory is believed to be the first of its kind in Britain  A couple in their 70s have won a court victory over a timeshare firm that

TONY HETHERINGTON: We lost £10,000 in holiday fraud, then cheats struck again

TONY HETHERINGTON: We lost £10,000 in holiday fraud, then cheats struck again. Mrs E.H.L. writes: We paid £10,195 to Incentive Leisure Group for holiday club membership, but it went into liquidation. Last December we were contacted by Blue Flag Solutions, which said it could reclaim our money and we paid a fee of £481 using an MBNA credit card. However, the Financial Ombudsman Service rejected our claim, so we asked Blue Flag Solutions to repay our £481. It refused and MBNA also declined

Timeshare fraudster whose staff cold-called victims

Timeshare fraudster whose staff cold-called victims and even marched them to cash machines to hand over thousands for worthless holidays is jailed for more than three years Conman Francis Madden, 61, got his staff to cold-call hundreds of people a day After luring them short talks they were forced to sit through five-hour sessions 'Exhausted' victims were taken to cash points to pay for timeshare holidays  They were unable to cancel and many holidays were very difficult to book at

Monster bad deal

Mirror consumer champion Andrew Penman steps in to help one couple suffering issues with their timeshare after trying to sell it on Like many others, John and Margaret Dempsey are desperate to off-load their timeshare, so the phone call from Monster Travel was perfectly timed. It invited the couple to its Bournemouth office to discuss how the points could be sold, and put them up for the night at a local hotel. First came the good news – Monster Travel would pay £7,545

Timeshare boss bullied elderly into useless deals worth £200k

Dominic O'Reilly, director of now-defunct Eze Europe Ltd, fleeced customers into signing up for concierge lifestyle packages, which were often no use to them. An intimidating company owner who "bullied and frightened" victims into shelling out more than £200,000 in a timeshare scam has been jailed. Dominic O'Reilly, director of now-defunct Eze Europe Ltd, fleeced customers into signing up for concierge lifestyle packages, which were often no use to them. The 55-year-old, of Costa Adeje, Tenerife, manipulated mainly elderly victims , with 36

Timeshare boss Dominic O’Reilly jailed for bullying elderly into useless holiday packages worth £200k

O'Reilly headed up Eze Europe Ltd and fleeced elderly into handing over cash. An intimidating company owner who "bullied and frightened" victims into shelling out more than £200,000 in a timeshare scam has been jailed. Dominic O'Reilly, director of now-defunct Eze Europe Ltd, fleeced customers into signing up for concierge lifestyle packages, which were often no use to them. The 55-year-old, of Costa Adeje, Tenerife, manipulated mainly elderly victims , with 36 paying nearly £205,000 on contracts valued at over £422,000. The expat, previously of Larkshall
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