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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

The Timeshare Consumer Association claim to be an independent consumer champion, but is it?

Timeshare Consumer Association refuses to say who owns and runs it. The timeshare market is awash with owners desperate to sell unwanted units to escape ever rising annual maintenance bills. Which is why websites like the Timeshare Consumer Association (TCA) with its promise of “friendly independent advice” seem so useful. But how independent is it? Buried in a corner of the website was a mention – now removed – that it was owned by a company with the number 8143115. This is Tolmex Limited, whose director is

What to Do If You Are Sick Whilst on Holiday

15th May 2019
Falling ill whilst you are abroad can be stressful and will more than likely spoil the trip for you. Unfortunately, nobody has control over when and how they are going to become ill. People get sick on holiday and that’s a fact. But when an illness is directly linked to poor standards such as poor food hygiene, you should have the confidence to seek compensation where it’s appropriate. Common Illnesses on Holiday Food poisoning – Food poisoning is one of the most
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