J.H.writes: We believe we have lost our money to a sham deal that started in 2009 when we sent £7,500 to London accountant Sochalls for its client, Club Class International (CCI).
This was a fee to get rid of a timeshare we have owned at Benalmadena in southern Spain for more than 15 years.
In 2010 CCI did pay the annual maintenance fee for our timeshare, but in 2011 we received a demand for that year’s fees of £998 and attempts to contact CCI failed.
We were later told the owner of CCI had died and that the deeds for our apartment had been passed to International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA). My wife and I are in our 70s and the stress and anxiety this has caused us is beyond belief.
What a can of worms. In the first place, you dealt with a company called Bridge View Consultants – and if this is starting to sound familiar, it is because I wrote about this company, based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, just a month ago.
It had been targeting people whose timeshare had turned into a millstone round their neck, and was inviting them to meetings to hear about ITRA, which was said to be putting together a legal action over alleged timeshare mis-selling.
But the meetings turned out to be a sales pitch for membership of a Spanish-based holiday discount scheme called Club Class Concierge. Pay a fee to CCI, you were told, and you would get membership of the scheme plus your unwanted timeshare would be taken off your hands and the annual fees would end.
Of course, this has not happened. First of all you were told CCI had collapsed because its owner had died. But this did not begin to explain where your money had gone.
To read the full article on Club Class International click here https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-2234417/Couples-stress-belief-timeshare.html