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@legislator.com. Email scam warning

Nov 27, 2023 | Blog, European Consumer Claims, mynewsdesk

Scam firms emailing ECC clients from suspect domains. TAC advice on how to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals

Email out of the blue

This week a Timeshare Advice Centre (TAC) client whose case was completed several months ago forwarded us an email, purporting to be from one of our marketing brands (mytimeshareclaim.com) and asking for a phone call. Luckily the client had the presence of mind to call us and check, thereby avoiding the trap.

The scammer, who identified himself as ‘Raymond Lowen’ used the email address mytimeshareclaim@legislator.com. This address is not one used by any MyTimeshareClaim or any other TAC brand.

A ‘Raymond Lowen’. Laying traps for the unwary

The MyTimeshareClaim brand itself uses the domain: @mytimeshareclaim.co.uk.

Nobody called Raymond Lowen works at MyTimeshareClaim

Tricky scams

“For anyone not familiar with this type of internet scam, it is important to be wary of emails you weren’t expecting,” warns Suzanne Stojanovic, spokesperson for TAC. “Not just from people saying that they are contacting you from one of our brands but also more broadly: from your bank, or any other big organisation.

“The usual pattern is that they will try to get you on the phone, and then ask you for money for some invented reason. Perhaps it is for an ‘unpaid fee’ or ‘tax that needs to be paid.’

“Sometimes they are even more subtle. They might ask for some personal details that they can then use to hack you or apply for credit in your name.”

Don’t do it. Call back and check

“The golden rule is, if they email you and then ask for money or they want to call and speak to you, tell them you would rather call them back instead. Then you can check the official website and call the main, published number (regardless of whether the person claims to be us, or your bank, or anyone else) and ask for that person by name.

“That way, if the person is not who they claim, or is masquerading as someone who is working for the company, you will find out when calling them at what you know to be the genuine workplace.”

Legislator.com

This particular email to an ECC client came from the fake, but designed-to-look-official email address mytimeshareclaim@legislator.com. The domain name sounds like it is from a legal, or potentially even government source, but in reality it is a free to use public domain (like gmail or Hotmail).

Absolutely anyone can set up a legislator.com email address for free and without any identity checks. The domain is hugely popular with scammers.

So many emails

If you receive an email from that domain claiming to be from somewhere important to you (for example: Barclays@legislator.com, HMRC@legislator.com or TimeshareAdviceCentre@legislator.com) never engage with that correspondence or agree to speak in person. Certainly do not give them any personal details or money.

The internet is awash with accounts of scammers using this domain name. Always be cautious of emails from legislator.com addresses.

Scammers and timeshare

Sadly, the timeshare industry has traditionally attracted those who operate on the edge of the law, as well as people who have zero moral reservations regarding outright lies, stealing and fraud.

Since timeshare itself has been all but consigned to the scrapheap in Europe, with most major resorts no longer engaging in new member sales, many former villains have gravitated to related scams.

Timeshare resales and fake claims firms are natural environments for fraudsters looking for a new way to profit from their existing knowledge and experience. Many of them even target their own former victims from their timeshare past.

Fortunately help is at hand. Honest firms can be distinguished from the scammers by following straightforward guidelines, like:

  • Checking online reviews. Not just the amount of 4 and 5 star reviews, but check the poor reviews too. Every company makes mistakes. How did they learn from them and how much effort did they expend to try to make the customer happy again?
  • Checking to see if they post audited video reviews from genuine customers
  • See what the media has to say about them
  • Check on the Companies House website to see how long they have been in business. Fraudulent companies usually change names and addresses after a few weeks
  • Check to see whether they have a professional, physical office address(es) that you can visit in person or by videocall.
Online review sites. A great way to check reputation

For excellent advice on researching genuine claims firms, visit the Timeshare Trust website.

Contact us whenever you want

At ECC we will always welcome your communication. You can email us, call us, video call us or open a chat window. All of our main contact details are listed on this page.

You can even visit us in person at our offices if you are nearby. Or by Zoom if you are not.

For new enquiries contact our advice team on 0203 7699 164 or email pr@ecc-eu.com

For current clients please contact Customer Services on 0149 174 3059 or email cs@ecc-eu.com

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