EXCLUSIVE by James Bryce
A BRITON is warning expats to be wary of a bogus law firm offering to recover thousands in lost money upon payment of an upfront fee.
Reg Pickering, 55, from Cheshire, was cold called by UK Lawyers in Spain after losing €12,500 to a timeshare scam a decade ago.
The Marbella-based firm claimed they could recover the money through the Spanish courts in return for a payment of €1,300, to cover legal costs.
The company even went as far as to send documents with a stamp appearing to be from a Malaga courthouse.
“The original scam was one of those situations where it sounded too good to be true and so it proved,” said the engineer, who was originally a victim of a cashback scheme.
“This time I was much more cautious. I urge others to be equally careful,” he added.
Cold calling from a lawyer’s office is illegal under Spanish law, while normal procedure in legal cases is for a fee to be taken off the final amount, NOT paid upfront.
When the Olive Press attempted to contact UK Lawyers in Spain, the website was no longer available and a mobile phone number was switched off.
The company has also been linked to law firms in Malaga and Valencia, which are alleged to have approached clients offering similar services.