Firm helping victims of timeshare scams

Alistair McDonald, head of marketing and business development at TLW.
Alistair McDonald, head of marketing and business development at TLW.

A North Shields law firm is helping thousands of holidaymakers across Europe fight back against timeshare scammers.

Financial mis-selling specialist TLW Solicitors is working with a number of Spanish-based consumer rights bodies to help stem the rising tide of timeshare fraud.

The pan-European organisations advise and protect victims and potential victims of scams targeting the timeshare industry.

The role of the North Shields-based law firm will be to legally act for and advise English-speakers who fall foul of timeshare scams on the Continent.

The alliance comes as a fraud epidemic continues to sweep through the timeshare sector.

Alistair McDonald, head of marketing and business development at TLW, said: “While timeshares remain hugely popular among holidaymakers, they are unfortunately rife with scammers and fraudsters.

“Our collaboration with a number of these organisations will be to lead the battle against such criminals and helping victims fight back legally and move on with their lives.”

He added: “Timeshare agreements can be notoriously difficult to get out of, with some signed in perpetuity, meaning they are carried onto family members when the purchaser of the scheme passes on.

“Among numerous types of scam is resale fraud, in which fake agents, lawyers and even court officials conspire to con money out of the same people several times.

“Initially individuals are fraudulently ‘sold’ a property, then fake lawyers offering to recover the lost funds request fees upfront, before a supposed court official asks for further fees to free up the recovered losses.

“Our legal team will work to free British individuals from such agreements and protect them from other types of timeshare fraud.”

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