Timeshare Articles

Can you trust a firm that says it can get rid of your timeshare – for a price? These families did – and regretted it

30th October 2019
Can you trust a firm that says it can get rid of your timeshare - for a price? These families did - and regretted it By RUTH LYTHE FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 23:41, 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:25, 28 September 2016 Over the years, the timeshare deal Christine and William Tight signed in the late Nineties as a way of getting cheap family holidays around the world had become a millstone. Initially, for £6,000 upfront and a few hundred pounds in annual service charges, they could book

FRAUD WARNING Fraudsters con timeshare victims out of £7million for a second time

11th September 2019
FRAUD WARNING  Fraudsters con timeshare victims out of £7million for a second time Action Fraud has received 1,155 reports of timeshare "recovery scams" between January and July this year Hollie Borland 29 Aug 2018, 12:46 VICTIMS of timeshare fraud are being warned not to fall for a second scam, which has already seen Brits conned out of £7million in seven months. A timeshare is where a number of holidaymakers chip-in to buy a property abroad and have rights to use it during a certain period of the year. 1 Action

Ringleader of timeshare scam gang which conned 400 victims ordered to pay back £85k Brian Carr is behind bars for being the ringleader of the gang, but will have to pay back over £80,000 under Proceeds of Crime proceedings

6th September 2019
Ringleader of timeshare scam gang which conned 400 victims ordered to pay back £85k Brian Carr is behind bars for being the ringleader of the gang, but will have to pay back over £80,000 under Proceeds of Crime proceedings A conman who is behind bars for a timeshare fraud has been ordered to pay back over £85,000. Brian Carr, 31, is estimated to have made £829,319 from his scam. The fraudster, from Redditch, shamefully targeted the elderly and those in poor health. Brian Carr, from Redditch, who

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
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