ASA Informally Resolve Complaint against Easy Consulting SL t/a Exclusive Weeks

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint submitted by KwikChex regarding Exclusive Weeks http://exclusiveweeks.co.uk/.

The investigation by KwikChex was carried out as part of activities by the Timeshare Task Force http://www.timesharetaskforce.org/ which KwikChex manages.

The complaint challenged the display of a countdown clock promotion which renewed and did not expire on website www.exclusiveweeks.co.uk.

The countdown clock has since been removed.

The details of the ASA adjudication can be found on the ASA website – http://www.asa.org.uk

ASA Informally Resolve Complaint against Easy Consulting SL t/a Direct Resorts International

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint submitted by KwikChex regarding Direct Resorts International http://directresortsinternational.co.uk/.

The investigation by KwikChex was carried out as part of activities by the Timeshare Task Force http://www.timesharetaskforce.org/ which KwikChex manages.

The complaint challenged whether testimonials on the www.directresortsinternational.co.uk website were genuine because the same testimonials were also displayed on another website www.exclusiveweeks.co.uk.

The testimonials have since been removed.

The details of the ASA adjudication can be found on the ASA website – http://www.asa.org.uk

ASA Uphold Complaint against Timeshare Refund UK www.selltimesharetoday.co.uk

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint submitted by KwikChex regarding Timeshare Refund UK www.selltimesharetoday.co.uk.

The investigation by KwikChex was carried out as part of activities by the Timeshare Task Force http://www.timesharetaskforce.org/ which KwikChex manages.

The complaint challenged that references made on the www.selltimesharetoday.co.uk website stating “Timeshare Refund UK is a 100% free service. We will assist you in getting rid of your timeshare and relieve you of all maintenance and membership fees. We have helped countless timeshare owners and reclaimed over £3.5m last year”.

The ASA was concerned by Timeshare Refund UK’s lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code. In the absence of documentary evidence, it was considered that Timeshare Refund UK had not substantiated their claim that they had reclaimed over £3.5m. The ASA concluded that the ad was misleading and in breach of the Code.

The details of the ASA adjudication can be found on the ASA website – http://www.asa.org.uk

ASA Uphold Complaint against Love All Inclusive

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint submitted by KwikChex regarding Solution For Timeshare http://www.loveallinclusive.com/.

The investigation by KwikChex was carried out as part of activities by the Timeshare Task Force http://www.timesharetaskforce.org/ which KwikChex manages.

The complaint challenged that references made on the Love All Inclusive website regarding affiliations and memberships with ABTA, Emerald Finance, Ministry of Justice license and length of time the business had been operating were false.

The ASA investigations could not find any evidence to indicate otherwise and concluded the ad was misleading and upheld the complaint. The ad must not appear again in its current form.

The details of the ASA adjudication can be found on the ASA website – http://www.asa.org.uk

ASA Uphold Complaint against Solution for Timeshare

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint submitted by KwikChex regarding Solution For Timeshare http://www.solutionfortimeshare.com/. The complaint includes the Swedish version of the site Slapp Din Timeshare http://www.slappdintimeshare.com/.

The investigation by KwikChex was carried out as part of activities by the Timeshare Task Force http://www.timesharetaskforce.org/ which KwikChex manages.

The complaint challenged whether reviews on the sites were genuine – on the basis that reviews with the same wording appeared under different names on the two sites – a clear indication of review fraud.

Connected websites and businesses

The following websites were also traced as being connected by IT traces and phone numbers.

Law of Timeshare http://lawoftimeshare.com/

Release Your Timeshare http://releaseyourtimeshare.co.uk/ (Also reached on http://releaseyourtimeshare.com/)

It is noticeable that none of the sites publishes information about ownership, legal entity details or contact information – a breach of law under the Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008.

The ITRA connection

In addition, follow up investigations revealed links to the ITRA (International Timeshare Refund Action) operations.

All of the connected websites can be found on the Timeshare Business Check website – http://timesharebusinesscheck.org/solution-for-timeshare/

Many of these connected sites also breach such laws – and are connected also with actions taken by the UK authorities in 2012 – http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/ts_club_class_holidays_wound_up.htm

ITRA was itself the subject of a related upheld ASA complaint in 2011 – http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2011/1/International-Timeshare-Refund-Action-(incorporated-in-the-Seychelles)/TF_ADJ_49567.aspx#.VRFvsfnF9x4

This again clearly demonstrated the link between ITRA and the notorious ‘Club Class businesses.

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The details of the ASA adjudication can be found on the ASA website – http://www.asa.org.uk