Mar 252013
 

International Administration ScamInternational Administration Scam

If you’ve been contacted by someone calling themselves Roger James, Christopher Blair or Tony Maynard (see comments at end of piece for references to Blair and Maynard) from a company referred to as International Administration relating to purchases from MRI Overseas Properties, be aware that this is a total scam. A few people have been in receipt of a phone call, with an email of the following, very dodgy looking, letter in Word format which seems to have been aimed at a database of former MRI clients. International Administration Scam Warning – stay well away from these guys, they’ll just cause you further financial loss.

This is not, by a long way, the first time that such companies have tried to extort further funds from MRI clients that, very often, are in trouble with their property purchases already. The MRI client database appears to have been sold quite widely, which means that such scammers are fairly common.

Note: If you do wish to apply to reclaim your payments for an incomplete Spanish Property (purchased from anybody, including MRI Overseas Properties), see the link at the bottom of this post to a legitimate operator that will take on a Ley 57/68 case against the bank on a genuine ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

International Administration Scam Letter

The letter goes as follows:

[quote style=”1″]If you have been the victim of fraud, you may be hesitant to trust someone new with your affairs. At International Administration our first goal is to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship with you.

We help our clients with their complaints by exhaustively investigating the manner in which the problem has arisen, building a case based on this information. We then start to incorporate your case details into the individual claims. Due to the number of complaints being received now, with our knowledge and experience we are able to get our clients complaints heard and dealt with in an efficient and effective manner. We will not waste time or resources in legal action unless we believe we can be successful. We will only take on cases we will win.

Once an offer of compensation is made, we then ensure that the offer is in line with our assessment. We are experts in presenting arguments on your behalf, discovering the relevant facts and running a thorough investigation in every case.

The legal team assembled has incredible successes in the field of fraud. We specialize by focusing on individual cases only and NOT group action claims. Therefore we can offer a more professional and efficient service. We believe group action claims are not to the benefit of the client but to the benefit of the legal team employed. Individual claims historically are awarded a higher payout but with no extra cost.

A legal representative, who has specific knowledge in the field of the complaint, will be assigned to you as your direct contact. This legal representative will be available to you on a day-to-day basis to keep you fully informed in regard to the progress being made.

We cannot tell you in advance how long your complaint will take because no two cases are the same. What we can promise is that we will do our very best to help you win your claim.

Clients can also benefit from a network of professional services once contracted to International Administration.

The procedure we comply to is as follows:-

a)                  Establish your complaint.

b)                  Compile the information and issue contracts.

c)                  Upon receipt of the signed contracts a complaint file will be opened.

d)                 Translate all documents, Formulate the case and register your complaint officially (in the country the fraud was committed)

e)                  We will then receive paperwork confirming you have made a complaint. (inc. reference numbers etc)

f)                   You will now be registered into the system.[/quote]

In fact, Mr. James is so lazy that the above letter isn’t even original, it has been nicked – lock, stock and barrel – from the nondescript Phoenix Legal Services website. I’ve not done a lot of research into Phoenix Legal Services, but it appears it runs much the same ‘modus operandi‘ as Roger James and his International Administration outfit, so perhaps the similarity in content is not a coincidence.

International Administration Scam Contact Details

The letter purports to come from International Administration, International House, Avda. Mijas, 18-1, Alegria, Mijas Costa. 29640 from an email: helpmeia2007@gmail.com. The phone numbers given are: Phone: +(34) 661356961 Fax: 0872 110 3935

It also claims that “International Administration is the trading name of R.D. James. NIE X3595115P.”

This time around it appears that Mr. James couldn’t be bothered to spring for a €20 domain name to give his contact details even a semblance of legitimacy. He used to operate from the domain www.intadministration.com, but this appears to have become too much of a draw on the company’s resources, so it has been ditched. Times must be tough.

You may also be forwarded an equally hairy looking letter from CR Forbes, claiming to recommend the services of Intertational Administration.

The address is, allegedly, in Fuengirola, at least that’s what they tell you when you phone them up. The phone numbers do, in fact, work. Mr. James wasn’t available for comment when I rang them. They said they’d get him to ring back but, surprise, surprise, he didn’t.

In case that lot isn’t enough to convince you, there’s no need to take my word for it – Mr. James has ‘previous’, as they say, in this murky industry. If you take a look here you’ll find a report on him written back in 2010 by Tony Hetherington in the Daily Mail – here’s the interesting bit:

[quote style=”1″]The three companies were connected, but the connection was a thousand miles from Manchester at Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. That is where I traced Roger David James, the man behind Glovista and Earlstream, and the man who, he admitted, also did marketing work for European Mediation.[/quote]

It is quite interesting that European Mediation pokes it’s head up here as it was another scam operation, doing exactly the same as Roger James appears to be doing once again – cold calling a database of former Fortuna Estates, MRI Overseas Properties and Instant Access/Inside Track customers, to name a few – particularly following the arrest of the principals of Fortuna Estates/Fortuna Land/Oanna for fraud in Spain.

Just be aware, if you give these guys any money you’ll never see it again and you’ll get absolutely nothing for the money you pay them.

Caveat Emptor.

Update: It appears that these calls or emails may also come in the name of ‘Christopher Blair’ and ‘Tony Maynard’, see comments below and many thanks to our readers Christopher and Ian, who highlighted these.

Other comanies: Another you can add to the above list is  Fastline Legal Services – a Nicola Kennard seems to do a lot of the cold calling. Same modus operandi, same MRI database, same end result. See here for warning from the Financial Conduct Authority. There is also a company called Delta Litigation, the usual caller is Julia Hill, Teresa Lawson, Laura Edwards or Tania Lorena Capozzoli – thanks to the readers for pointing this one out and see warning here.

Tania Lorena Capozzoli; E-mail: taniacapozzoli@hotmail.com

Teresa Lawson, Senior Claims Advisor, Delta Litigation

Tel: General Enquiries (+34) 951 247 133 Fax 0871 266 8118

Email: info@deltalitigation.com http://www.deltalitigation.com

C/ Coronel Ripollet, Edif. Santos Rein 3ª, 29640, Fuengirola. CIF: B93268936

(Thanks to Peter and Alan for these names and contact details)

Catriona Hannington and Natasha Goodwin from Litigation Services seem to be contacting people claiming that MRI’s assets have been frozen and there is access to a fund to repay clients. There is no such fund, rest assured. These guys just want an up-front payment from you and you’ll never hear from them again – unless it is to get more money to ‘begin a case to recover your funds’. It is very believable, but completely untrue.

Litigation Services SL, Calle Coronel Ripollet Edf Santo Rein 3ºA Fuengirola 29640 Málaga
Web http://www.litigationservices.es email info@litigationservices.es
Phone: 0034-951-247-133 Fax: 08712668118 or Ireland 0044 8712668118
CIF: B93268936

(thanks to Barry, Marie & Michael for the Litigation Services names and contacts).

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  58 Responses to “International Administration Scam”

  1. Great article – thanks for the heads-up. They are quite persistent and have a believable story, how “the boss of MRI is being taken to court for the Furniture Pack scam” in August. They want 199 pounds, upfront, for collating the paperwork and will guarantee 80-90% refund…..

    Another name to watch out for is Christopher Blair – he’s fairly pushy especially if you give the smallest hint of participating.

    • Thanks Steve, the £199 level they’ve pitched this at is quite interesting. It’s just low enough that most people with a problem will say ‘sure it’s worth a shot, even if I lose it it’s not the end of the world’. For these guys, if they put enough of these together, with no costs of any description (because they won’t actually do anything once they’ve received the money) then they’ve a nice little earner going. Thanks for the tip on Christopher Blair, which is probably not his real name, worth noting for future reference.

  2. Just been contacted this morning 28/6/2013 and all the above is smack on although we hadnt got to the money part yet as i hadnt quite woken up

    i only managed to find this site by googling the office address

    hes also now attaching a letter of endorsement from PP-Party and referencing fransisco gill

    ia there anyone i can report him to

    • Unfortunately, reporting him won’t do much good, and they’re well aware of this. The UK authorities don’t want to know because he’s based in Spain, even though he’s mainly targetting their citizens. The Spanish don’t want to know because he’s British and doesn’t target Spanish citizens, so they really couldn’t be bothered.

      He’s fairly happy in the knowledge that he’s likely to get away with slipping between the cracks for a long time to come. Unless, of course, the UK and Spanish authorities start to cooperate on such matters. You’d never know, stranger things have happened.

  3. Have had several phone calls from Christopher Blair, insisting that £199 will solve all my MRI problems……. Thanks for the warning,

    Regards

    Steve

  4. I was in the process of buying an apartment from MRI & it basically went tits up,
    I had a call from a gentleman this morning called Tony Maynard regarding my dealing with MRI & received an email with some information about his company called Registro Legal,
    I thought I’d better check this out & to my surprise the letter he used is almost identical to
    the one shown in the article.
    any information or advice on this would be greatly appreciated

  5. As above. Call and email from Tony Maynard. £199 and my MRI losses were behind me. Scumbag?

  6. Tony Maynard is a dick! He appears so plausible, but when you read this article, you realise what a despicable worm he must be: It is incomprehensible that he would want to earn a living by preying on people, especially when he knows you have already been scammed and lost money from other equally unscrupulous characters. Hope the scumbag rots!
    Kim Shaw

  7. Hi
    So glad I found this…that guy Tony Maynard contacted me this morning …same story as everyone else plus same attachment!
    I’m spreading the news to others involved in the MRI scam..he has already been in contact with some of them!

  8. So glad i read this article had numerous calls from Tony Maynard got a bit suspicious because he was so persistent thanks for the advice guys.

  9. Wow! glad I read this site, many thanks. Tony Maynard has pushed me for £199 and his letter is almost exactly the same, Will get my own back when I visit spain this summer, his parents must be ashamed they raised such a despicable person to walk this earth.
    Hey what goes around…… maybe you’ll follow Darragh MacAnthony to the 8 x 6 cell.
    Cheers guys for the head-up.

  10. hello, we were contacted by fastline legal services aswell claiming Darren macantonys Marbella villa had been seized etc and there was a fund set up for mri victims to claim back there money?have to pay upfront translation and legal fees of around 1000 euro etc and when money is returned we will give them 5% of our claim.they seem to be a legitimate legal firm. have read on moneysavingexpert.com of other mri victims who are using fastlines services and a couple of them seem to have got compensation.

    have you any experience of this company? thanks

  11. I have had several conversations with ‘Tony’ in relation to claiming compensation for losses against the former owners of Dream Homes World Wide, also based in Malaga. We ‘bought’ properties in Bulgaria and Dubai through Dream Homes, both of which have failed to complete and we had written off our losses.

    Then, several weeks ago, we were contacted by Tony stating that Registro Legal had been appointed by the Spanish Courts to act for complainants against Dream Homes. He has advised that we strong grounds to lodge 2 complaints and that these complaints need to be registered with the court. He explained that we can pop over to Spain to register the complaints in person, or they can do it for us for (surprise surprise) £199. He has a very easy-going approach and there is no pressure, which I guess is part of the mask of respectability.

  12. I was approached by a company called Fastline Legal based in Spain. They told me I could get money back I had paid to MRI over an apartment in Bulgaria. They said Mr Macanthony was in breach of contract and his Spanish villa had been seized.
    I was suspicious and checked it out. I can find no record of his villa being seized. Surely if it had been it would have appeared in Irish newspapers. Is it another scam?

  13. I have been contacted by a firm called delta litigation about the same thing has anyone heard of them.

    • I have been contacted by Delta Litigation (Julia Hill) stating exactly the same, Paula – I had bought property through Instant Access/Inside Track ad the cold called to advise they can get money back for me, due to funds frozen in Spain – they are asking for £782 to cover notary fees, translation fees and court costs – I won’t be sending them anything and have in fact reported them to Fraud Action in the UK.

      • My husband and I are victims of Instant Acess/Inside Track, buying 5 UK off-plan apartments through them – all of which have been disasterous financially (we are pensioners). All in negative equity, all unsellable, all poorly built and one with such huge structural problems that we have battled through a group action against the developer. Julia Hill of Delta Litigation phoned us and offered the prospect of getting back a considerable amount of money from funds in Spain. We sent paperwork to back up all our expenses connected with the so-called property club and have been asked for the sum above -£782 – to cover translating our documents into Spanish as the ‘lawyer’ had pronounced that we had a good case. We felt all this was too good to be true and have tried to check out the validity of this outfit. Our trawl through the internet has made us aware of other similar scams operating out of Spain. We could not check out this company in Company House. Does anyone out there have experience of this organisation? How did they (or Julia Hill might be the only person in the whole show) get our details/phone number in the first place ? We can’t afford to be exploited twice!

        • Hi Susan,

          I’m afraid Delta Litigation and Julia Hill are exactly the same type of boiler room scam as International Administration. You’d be very wise to keep your money and ignore them, you’ll never see a penny of anything you give them again.

  14. Thanks for your comment and advice. We have written to The Guardian consumer page with all the details in the hope that this might save other ‘victims’ from further exploitation from out fits on the look out for the vulnerable.

  15. We have also been contacted by Laura Edwards of Delta Litigation with precisely the same approach as Susan W had. Thanks for the warning.

  16. Contacted by Fastline Legal regarding Instant Access and non completion of Fortuna Golf complex. Promised my money back for upfront payment of €702 and 5% of total Refund. They guaranteed €74k compo. sounded to good to be true. Thankfully I found your internet comments on these types of scams. Still going strong.

  17. Hi,

    I just received a phone call this afternoon from Teresa Lawson who claims to represent Delta Litigation. Told they could get us compensation from MRI who had their assets frozen. Her claim was that they were found guilty of misrepresentation. They also claim to have 137 sucesfull cases with an average of 30k to 40k for each case.

    I’m glad I found this helpful forum. Thanks for setting it up and keeping it active.

    Regards,Alan

    This was the content of one of the letters they sent to my email address.
    Delt∆ Litig∆tion

    Telephone: (+34) 951 247 133 Fax: 0871 266 8118

    E-mail: info@deltalitigation.com

    http://www.deltalitigation.com

    Address:

    C/ Coronel Ripollet,

    Edif. Santos Rein, 3º A,

    C.P. 29640,

    Fuengirola,

    Málaga,

    Spain.

    Our lawyers information:

    Name: Tania Lorena Capozzoli

    E-mail: taniacapozzoli@hotmail.com

    Colegio de abogados de Málaga

    Licencia nº 8.539

    Delta Litigation

    Tel: General Enquiries (+34) 951 247 133 Fax 0871 266 8118

    Email: info@deltalitigation.com http://www.deltalitigation.com

    C/ Coronel Ripollet, Edif. Santos Rein 3ª, 29640, Fuengirola

    CIF: B93268936

  18. Sorry, just to follow up on that last mail with some more info….

    That lady Theresa did not look for any upfront payment. The deal was that I get the documents over to them and they would get their lawyers to review them. Only at that point and only if they feel there is a case that they then look for payment to cover initial legal fees, translations etc.

    The other letter attached to the email sent

    Dear Mr Browne,

    Further to our recent communication, this letter is to introduce ourselves and inform you

    of our services.

    Delta Litigation, in conjunction with local authorities, offers the consumer the best in

    Spanish legal practice, above and beyond the legal parameters currently in place in

    Europe. We specialise in consumer law regarding land, property and investments and

    have many years experience with claims of fraud and misrepresentation.

    All claims are considered on an individual basis. We do not action group claims which

    invariably result in low payouts, nor do we consider processing claims which may conclude

    unsuccessfully.

    Having a reputation for success in this field, we are able to offer you an assessment of

    your documents to ascertain whether you have sufficient evidence for a claim. This service

    is free of charge and without obligation and requires you to submit copies of your

    documents relating to your dealings with the aforementioned Company or Companies.

    Please forward copies of contracts/agreements, invoices and/or receipts etc., either by

    fax, email or registered post, accompanied by a brief outline of your experience. Receipt

    of your documents will be confirmed to you either by telephone or email. Once the

    assessment and necessary checks have been completed by the lawyer, we will contact you

    with regards to the outcome.

    We look forward to receiving your documentation.

    Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Regards

    Teresa Lawson

    Senior Claims Advisor

    Delta Litigation

    Tel: General Enquiries (+34) 951 247 133 Fax 0871 266 8118

    Email: info@deltalitigation.com http://www.deltalitigation.com

    C/ Coronel Ripollet, Edif. Santos Rein 3ª, 29640, Fuengirola

    CIF: B93268936

  19. Any idea about the another company who sound like they are going a similar thing called Litigation services based in Malaga.

    A “Senior Claims Advisor” Natasha Goodwin is the person whom has been calling me
    Claims to be registered with the spainish version of companies house and the spainish legal bar, Registro Mercantil.

    Litigation Services SL
    Calle Coronel Ripollet Edf Santo Rein 3ºA Fuengirola 29640 Málaga
    Web http://www.litigationservices.es email info@litigationservices.es
    Phone: 0034-951-247-133 Fax: 08712668118 or Ireland 0044 8712668118
    CIF: B93268936

    Thank Barry

    • I’ve not come across these Barry, but it sounds very much like the very same modus operandi.

      • I too have been contacted by Natasha Goodwin – she actually called me today. Same story wants upfront money to cover translation fees etc. There company would take 10% of any reward, so I offered her 15% to cover the fees – but she declined. Looked them up and find they are part of Delta Litigation, same building, same company reg. Sorry my money is staying safe in my pocket.

    • Hi,

      We had a girl call up from litigation services sl in Malaga called Caroline Clarke contact us with the same story as you Barry, beware it’s a big scam. Don’t hand over any money .

      Regards
      Karen

  20. Hi I have been contacted by a Catriona Hannington from Litigation Services ,exactly the same offer as above , sounded very plausible and I wonder how much of what she says is true Has MRI assets been frozen and is there a fund to repay clients who have lost their deposits

  21. Hi, for info of your readers, I have within the last week or two been contacted on behalf of “Litigation Services” by a woman calling herself ” Caroline Clark” promising compensation of 1000`s for a property I bought through “MRI”.
    The details of address etc are as above, as is the requirement for an upfront fee.
    So far I have not alerted “Caroline Clark” that I am suspicious of her, I am still investigating the best means to track these people down, and ultimately close them down.
    Any ideas?

    • I’ve also had a call today from Caroline Clark relating to a property we bought through MRI back in 2004. Google is certainly your friend when you gt a with of rat.

    • Hi Allen,

      That lady Caroline Clarke with the same story as you, we were wondering were she got our details and contact numbers, we then realised it is a scam and just wanted money. Big scam don’t pay.

  22. Has anyone had a successful outcome dealing with Litigation Services S.L. based in Fuengirola. Reg Number B93268936. I do not know weather to proceed because they seem legit.

    • Robert, these guys are a lot of things, legit is not one of them. Steer well clear. Anybody asking you to pay up front using ‘Klick&Pay’ is a fraud. It is the equivalent of handing them untraceable cash.