Warning – Navarro Properties UK Ltd.

A timeshare owner recently reached out to KwikChex after being cold called by Navarro Properties UK Ltd. The cold caller, a person calling himself Mr Laurent Perrichard, claimed he was contacting them because he had a corporate buyer for their CLC timeshare.

Perrichard claimed that the buyer showing an interest in purchasing the timeshare was a well known UK company. These scammers are known to use the names of unrelated corporate entities to make their scams sound legitimate.

Further claims were made that his contact, a person calling himself Mr Duverneuil, was a representative of Club La Costa. CLC have confirmed that Sebastien Duverneuil does not work for them.

The consumer was informed that the sale was worth a substantial sum of money and in order to progress with this deal, they needed to pay a fee to secure the sale.

Multiple payments were requested to cover unpaid taxes, sales and land registry fees. These transfers were made to several different bank accounts over a number of weeks –

The first payment requested was to secure the sale.

A week later another payment was requested, this time for land registry fees. The money was paid to a TransferWise account in Belgium.

The following week the consumer was contacted again regarding a payment for unpaid taxes on the sale. The money was paid to a TransferWise account in Belgium.

Afterwards the consumer was asked to pay thousands of euros to convert timeshare weeks into points. The money was paid to a TransferWise account in Belgium.

Then a week later there was a request for 15% of the total sale value of the property. The money was paid to a TransferWise account in Belgium.

The consumer was contacted the week after and charged administration fees to set up an NIE number. The money was paid to a SolarisBank Gf (S) account in Germany.

Then there was a demand for additional timeshare management fees. Money to be paid to a SolarisBank Gf (S) account in Germany.

After all of this the consumer received a letter from Navarro Properties UK Ltd., which claimed that CLC and another London based estate agency, not Navarro Properties UK Ltd., undertook to pay the consumer the full sale amount.

A few days later a letter supposedly sent from a person calling himself Mr Esteban Carlos Rodriguez, of the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales and the Ministerio de Hacienda y Administraciones Publicas, in Madrid, was sent to Mr Duverneuil. It claimed that they needed more money from the consumer to close the case. As soon as this fee was paid, the full sum of the sale would be released to the consumer.

Another letter followed, requesting money for the finalisation of the sale. Payment to be made to a TransferWise account in Belgium.

One of the fake invoices

 

Company details (as supplied by the company)

Business Address: 57 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2EG (a virtual office)*

321-323 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Dagenham, Romford, RM6 6AX (a virtual office)

Phone Number: +44 1224 650100**

Email Address: None provided

Note that Navarro Properties UK Ltd., is an unregistered company which claims to be operating from the UK.

*This is the address of a restaurant and accountancy firm. There are a number of other companies registered at this address including an A & A Navarro Properties Ltd. Investigation reveals A & A Navarro Properties Ltd., has been in existence since 2011 and the company logo does not match the one used by Navarro Properties UK Ltd. It is likely that the people behind Navarro Properties UK chose this name because it is similar to A & A Navarro Properties Ltd., and the matching address would provide cover for their deception. Anyone checking for a Navarro Properties registered at the address will see A & A Navarro Properties Ltd., and assume that it is related to Navarro Properties UK Ltd., when this is not the case. We reached out to A & A Navarro Properties Ltd., and they confirm that they have no relationship with Navarro Properties UK Ltd.

**The phone number provided is for FirstGroup Plc., which has no association with Navarro Properties Ltd.

The person calling himself Laurent Perrichard claimed to work for Navarro Properties UK Ltd. His phone number is +66 954 061 843. The country code for this number is Thailand.

Somebody calling herself Nina Govia claimed to represent Navarro Properties UK in correspondence.

Other names associated with this scam

The person calling himself Sebastien Duverneuil claimed to work for CLC. The phone number +34 911 984 074 is supposedly a Madrid number, but research shows that this number is not assigned to an operator, which indicates that it could be a VOIP number.

One of the most peculiar names linked to this case is the person calling himself Esteban Carlos Rodriguez, of the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales. The Instituto de Estudios Fiscales is a Spanish government research centre focusing on government fiscal policy.

The given address is Avenida Esmeralda 1, 28005 Madrid, which appears to be fake – there is no Avenida Esmeralda. There is a Calle Esmeralda but this looks to be a residential area, not government buildings.

The phone number +34 954 123 589 was provided, but this raises more concerns as 954 is the area code for Seville, not Madrid.

The fake letter from “Esteban Carlos Rodriguez”

 

What should you do if contacted by Navarro Properties UK Ltd?

Our investigation reveals that Navarro Properties UK Ltd., does not exist as a legal entity. The London based A&A Navarro Properties is in no way connected with Navarro Properties UK, and any claims of First Group and CLC involvement by Navarro Properties UK, are entirely fraudulent.

Consumers should be aware that Navarro Properties UK Ltd., provides no credible information about who owns it or where it is located. Failures to provide such information are a breach of the Trading Disclosures Act.

Unsolicited contact by phone, text or email is likely to be a breach of data protection laws and it is recommended that it is reported to the appropriate national data authority. In the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as rogue businesses also often sell the information on to fraudsters.

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