Timeshare Exit – Cold Callers
Cold Callers – Tactics Used
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, incidences of cold / nuisance calls have increased dramatically. It has been found that even consumers who have taken appropriate action to prevent being cold called are receiving three to four calls per day.
Cold callers will employ many tactics in order to gain your trust and confidence in them. Trust your instincts. If they have information regarding your timeshare be aware that this may have been obtained fraudulently, and they may have possibly breached data protection rights.
You may be given a variety of explanations regarding the procurement of your information.
Some examples are:
- The liquidators supplied your details (for companies which have gone into liquidation, see below):
- the timeshare company supplied your details, possibly via a ‘Register of Timeshare Owners’, which in reality does not exist.
They may suggest a variety of scenarios, for example,
- you are eligible to join a class action:
- you have a compensatory lump sum waiting, possibly following an immediate upfront payment for incidental costs such as legal fees:
- you are eligible to join a list of creditors, where your Timeshare company has gone into liquidation.
For further information on timeshare companies now in liquidation, please see the following articles regarding Azure and Club La Costa.
Please be vigilant, and make a note of names, companies and telephone numbers. Following the call, do your research thoroughly. Check their details on companies house, check ‘Trust Pilot’ reviews and ‘Google’ the company name.
If you do agree to make a payment, insist that if it over £100 it is made by Credit Card to ensure you have the protection of a Section 75 claim.
How Athena Law Can Help
If you have fallen foul of a cold call scam, please contact us for advice. Athena Law is a regulated firm of solicitors. Mr Boyd and his team of solicitors are experts in timeshare law and UK finance claims.
If you have grounds to terminate your timeshare and/or bring a compensation claim we can offer you a fixed fee and/or no win – no fee retainer subject to an initial assessment of prospects.
We are also being increasingly instructed by clients to bring claims against unregulated claims companies.
We are happy to undertake initial review of your case and potential claims without charge and determine if you have grounds for terminating your timeshare or if you have a claim for compensation.
About the author
Stephen Boyd is one of the owners and co-founders of Athena Law, a firm of solicitors regulated by the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Mr Boyd has been practicing commercial and consumer litigation for almost 20 years and has developed a niche practice in dealing with timeshare disputes and indeed was one of the first UK solicitors to work in this area and has appeared in all forms of media, including television, print and media.
Links to Mr Boyd’s media work can be found below. Alternatively, they can be accessed from the Athena Law website – athlaw.co.uk, or its subsidiary site specialising in timeshare issues – timeshare-solicitor.co.uk.
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