Thursday, May 24, 2018

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Introduction

dri-members.co.uk is committed to protecting the privacy of members and visitors.

This privacy policy sets out how dri-members.co.uk uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

dri-members may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.

You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

This policy is effective from 25 May 2018.

What information will we collect

We may collect the following information:

Customer details

Contact information including email address, demographic information such as address and postcode and telephone number. What we do with the information we gather

We only use your information to process any renewals made by yourself. We will never sell your information to any third parties or marketing companies.

We do not keep any personal details including names, addresses and card details on any computer within our offices.

Email

We may periodically send emails with information which we think you may find interesting or useful using the email address which you have provided.

We may contact you by telephone or email if we need to for processing any renewals.

What we do with your information

We only use your personal information for membership of the site purposes and do not sell customer information to any marketing companies.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Cookies

When Using the blog which is provided by Google they may add cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Google use cookies to collect visitor information, page visits and product information. This helps to give visitors a better viewing experience.

Google also use a third party service (Google Analytics) to gather visitor information such as geographical location and browser information. Googles privacy policy can be found here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Requesting information

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have the right to see the personal data we hold about you.

This is called a Subject Access Request.

If you would like a copy of the personal data we hold about you, please write to: Data Protection Officer, dri-members, 119 Windermere Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire BL4 0PY.

You can also email us at tony@dri-members.co.uk The law allows us to charge an administration fee of £10. If requesting this by post please send a cheque or postal order made payable to Tony Pearce for £10 and include it in your request.

We want to make sure that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up to date. If any of the details are incorrect, please let us know and we will amend them.

You can also request that we delete and completely remove your information from our records.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Huge Timeshare Fraud gang arrested in southern Spain

56 Brits arrested in Southern Spain after huge Timeshare fraud crackdown UK timeshare gang 'who made £4million a year duping up to 500 Britons in elaborate scam' is smashed in Costa del Sol Spanish police arrest 56 Britons following a series of Costa del Sol raids Investigators have so far uncovered 500 victims of the timeshare scam Majority of the victims are pensioners - and police fear there may be thousands more who will never be identified Scam involved calls from fake lawyers convincing victims to sell property Fraudsters then exploited the elderly ex-pats' ignorance of Spanish law to convince them to pay fake 'admin' charges of up to £35,000

 Timeshare fraudsters duped thousands of British victims out of more than £4million a year in a well-honed criminal operation smashed by Spanish police. Police chiefs today announced that they have arrested 56 people - all Brits, including the three alleged leaders - and uncovered 500 mostly pensioner victims. And they said they feared thousands more would now be identified following a series of Costa del Sol raids against the gang which had been operating for more than five years. Detectives detailed the lengths the fraudsters went to dupe victims into handing over cash at a press conference in Malaga this morning.

The three-tier scam involved calls from fake lawyers and court officials who persuaded their victims to hand over up to £35,000 after being conned into selling their timeshares. The chief alleged ringleader, a Brit living in the resort of Mijas, had three homes and a boat and drove two luxury cars he is thought to have bought with his ill-gotten gains. Nearly 80 bank accounts linked to the gang have been frozen and six vehicles seized along with the boat and properties valued at nearly £600,000. Lead investigator,

Inspector Mercedes Perez Quesada, said: 'The fraud was three-fold. 'Telesales operators contacted potential victims and offered them attractive prices to sell their timeshare properties and took advantage of their ignorance of Spanish law once they'd been tempted to instruct them to pay things like administrative or public notary fees. 'Any excuse to get money out of them was valid. 'Once victims had been conned and knew they were never going to get their money back, a second group of people would call claiming to be lawyers saying they were going to launch a group action on behalf of victims and asking once again for money upfront. 'The third tier involved people posing as court officials ringing victims and saying cases had been resolved in their favour but they had to pay fees so they could obtain their cash settlements.

'The scam sounds very crude but we estimate the fraudsters were making between £35 and £35,000 from victims and the fraud was netting between £3.5 million and £4.5 million a year. 'The telesales operators were at the bottom rung of the fraud but knew exactly what was going on. 'The next level up were front men paid to open bank accounts so it made it more difficult to find out where the money had gone. 'They would receive commissions on the transfers of up to £360...Money collectors working for the three alleged ringleaders would collect up to £2,150 from each front man on a daily basis and pass it on to their paymasters.

 'The leaders were the brains behind the operation and the final recipients of the money... They started the operation we have smashed in 2009. The alleged ringleaders, who have not been named, are suspected of laundering the multi-million pound proceeds of their fraud through bars and restaurants on the Costa del Sol. Much of the money had been banked in offshore accounts. Two of the three alleged leaders were arrested along with 36 other suspects in raids in February during the first phase of the operation. The man police say is the ringleader was detained in a second phase after returning to Spain from the UK. A judge at a court in the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola is now coordinating an ongoing criminal investigation. He is probing 11 companies believed to have been set up to facilitate the fraud.

Two men including the alleged ringleader have been remanded in jail after a closed court hearing and the remainder released on bail. None of the suspects have been formally charged as is customary under Spanish law, but are being probed on suspicion of money laundering, fraud and membership of a criminal gang. Inspector Perez said: 'We know so far this organisation defrauded 500 British victims out of money but we expect there are thousands of victims.' Police also admitted the alleged ringleader had been arrested before for similar offences. They were not able to say whether he had been convicted in court. Malaga police chief Pedro Garijo Torres said: 'We don't want to comment on things that escape our control. 'The important thing for us was the police operation which is of huge significance in an area like Malaga whose economy relies so heavily on tourism and foreign visitors.' Government spokesman for the area Jorge Hernandez Mollar described the police operation, involving financial crime specialists from Madrid and Malaga, as 'brilliant.'

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tenerife golf set to fly high with new Heathrow service

 Golfers in the UK can enjoy increased value and choice when travelling to the sunshine island of Tenerife this summer with the impending launch of a new direct flight route from London Heathrow.
From March 29, Iberia Express – a subsidiary of Iberia, the largest airline in Spain – will operate a thrice-weekly service from Heathrow into Tenerife’s Reina Sofia airport in the south of the island.

Fares for the new route start from €89 each way and it is one of three new direct weekly flights to have been announced by the low-cost carrier to the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, with new services also set to operate from Lyon in France and Asturias in Spain.

Barely a four-hour flight from the UK, Tenerife is a popular destination for golfers seeking guaranteed sunshine on the fairways, and the new Heathrow service will complement the wide range of regular flights already available from many regional airports in the UK and Ireland.

Blessed with average summer temperatures of 23⁰, more than 70km of beaches and a wide range of cultural highlights and activities both on and off the water, Tenerife offers the ideal location for a golf break.

The island features nine different and varied layouts: Buenavista in the west; Real Club de Golf de Tenerife in the north; and Golf Costa Adeje, Abama, Las Americas, Golf del Sur, Amarilla, and Los Palos in the south. Tecina Golf is a 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland on the beautiful island of La Gomera.

And Tenerife is set to be at the forefront of the golf industry later this year when the sunshine destination hosts the prestigious International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) for the first time in its history from October 5-8.

Tickets for the new flight routes are available through .iberia.com and other Iberia Group sales channels.


New route from Heathrow to Tenerife

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seven Club Class companies wound up

Seven Club Class companies wound up

Seven connected companies, which mis-sold membership of a concierge holiday scheme to the public while ostensibly conducting meetings to propose action against timeshare deals, have been wound up in the public interest by the High Court in London.

The order to wind up the companies, five of which were registered in Seychelles and two in the UK, followed an investigation by the Company Investigations team of the Insolvency Service in London.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills petitioned to wind up all the companies, collectively known as Club Class, as they were all intimately involved in the marketing of the scheme in the UK.

One of the English companies, Bridge View Consultants Ltd sold the Club Class product to the public in the UK at meetings which were ostensibly arranged to address people who had been mis-sold timeshares.

At these meetings, timeshare owners were encouraged to sign up to a group action against the timeshare industry to be conducted by an organisation called International Timeshare Refund Action (ITRA).



The court heard that instead, the ITRA presentation became a Club Class presentation in which consumers were informed there was a “one-off” opportunity for them to irrevocably relinquish their timeshares in part-payment for the substantial cost of the Club Class membership, which ranged from around £7,000 to £15,000. Consumers were unaware in advance that this was the true purpose of the meeting.

During the meetings, some lasting up to six hours, consumers were put under immense pressure to exchange their timeshares, which they were told were essentially worthless, but could be set off against the cost of their holiday club membership.

Consumers were also told that their timeshare liabilities would continue in perpetuity and pass to their heirs. The principal inducement was that the Club Class group would arrange for the release of the consumer from these onerous liabilities by effecting transfer or other means. Cash-backs were also offered as another sales promotional tool.

In fact, consumers’ timeshares were simply returned to the resort owner and no real efforts were made to assume their liability. As a result, consumers continued to receive maintenance demands from the resort owners. A representative of the Seychelles companies, Dennis Gilson, admitted in court that because of the onerous terms that had to be complied with to receive a cash payment, the cash-back offers were the equivalent of a spot-the-ball competition.

In making the winding-up orders, the Court found that in addition to the mis-selling and lack of commercial probity which generated a significant volume of complaints, there was a lack of transparency within the operations of the companies. The companies’ officers also failed to co-operate with the investigation.

Commenting on the case, David Hill an Investigation Supervisor with The Insolvency Service said:

 “These companies were set up with the aim of duping consumers, who in some cases had already suffered from unfair timeshare deals, by using slick patter for what was in reality the selling of an illusion. There was nothing investors could gain from paying to these companies.

“This action shows that The Insolvency Service will investigate and close down companies set up to scam the public.”