European Consumer Claims (ECC) fails to uphold promises made to timeshare owner scammed by ABC Lawyers
Thousands paid to ABC Lawyers by timeshare owner, then after paying thousands more, European Consumer Claims (ECC) fails to keep any promises made.
‘ABC Lawyers’ – the fake lawyers issuing ‘exit certificates’ not worth the paper they are printed on
Investigations into ABC Lawyers have revealed that these aren’t lawyers at all, instead they’re part of a nexus of timeshare related scammers using high pressure selling tactics to persuade consumers that their options are limited and time sensitive. This business has scammed thousands from unsuspecting timeshare owners.
In 2016, ABC Lawyers convincing Mrs. K that it was in her best interests – in fact the only option available to free her from her timeshare, to pay £9000 for their ‘expert legal services’. Afterwards Mrs. K received an ‘exit certificate’ confirming that she had successfully exited her timeshare agreement. However, it became apparent that this certificate was worthless when she was subsequently chased for the outstanding annual fees, which she had been instructed by ABC Lawyers not to pay. This would place a lot of stress on Mrs. K as her annual fees continued to build up and her timeshare company’s lawyers explained that the ‘exit certificate’ was nothing more than a con by ABC Lawyers.
In 2017, after thousands of consumer complaints, police in the UK and Spain conducted a series of raids and arrested the ringleaders behind the scam operation.
European Consumer Claims (ECC) – the new owners of the ABC Lawyers brand
Moving forward to January 2020 and Mrs. K had been contacted by European Consumer Claims (ECC), the new owners of the ABC Lawyers brand. They promised that they would succeed where their predecessors failed and would definitely be able to conclude the contract termination, citing their “exclusivity to Spanish firm of lawyers, M1 Legal.”
Once again, a fee was asked and shortly after Mrs. K paid ECC another £8995. Enter Steven John of ECC – “Don’t worry” he affirmed “We will sort this out in a few weeks”.
This is where things once again take an all too familiar turn. ECC had promised to pay an agreed settlement figure to end the timeshare contract and pay off the outstanding fees. They had in fact promised this several times throughout, but they repeatedly failed to keep their promise, with Mrs K and the lawyers finding it increasingly difficult to get a meaningful or honest response from Steven John. That’s likely due to the fact that Steven John is nothing more than a fake persona invented by Patrick O’Connor, known to have used the alias Steven John for years – he did the same thing for ECC sister business ITRA, which was wound up in 2019 after failing to provide promised services and then failing to make court ordered refunds.
After the fake ‘Steven John’ saga, having been scammed by ABC and then handing more money to ECC, Mrs. K was forced to pay nearly £5000 to finally put an end to it all. The timeshare company’s lawyer had by this time told Mrs K that she could have exited her timeshare directly – there was no need to pay ABC Lawyers or ECC.
Finally, Mrs. K contacted KwikChex and received free advice that has enabled her to claim back all the money she paid ECC under a Section 75 claim. The monies she paid ABC lawyers are now the subject of liquidation proceedings.