Fact File – Links between ECC, the TCA & closed down businesses
The indisputable facts that clarify the links between European Consumer Claims / ECC, the Timeshare Consumer Association / TCA and businesses closed down for scamming consumers
A number of consumers have contacted KwikChex to advise that European Consumer Claims/ECC and M1 Legal have been denying that information provided by KwikChex is accurate. They have even stated that defamation proceedings are to be taken against KwikChex.
In addition, ECC have been deceitfully using a website called the ‘Timeshare Consumer Association or TCA, originally not disclosing that they had purchased the site from Mark Rowe, a person currently himself on police bail following his arrest in connection with businesses selling ‘timeshare cancellation & compensation’ services.
Whilst we have provided extensive clarification in the past, in response to these developments we have produced a ‘fact file’ which focuses on the director of ECC, Andrew Cooper. This provides consumers with official and trusted sources and documents that show that far from being ‘consumer champions’, there is a long history of fraud and deceptions.
These include –
- Bogus holiday clubs and Leisure Credit scams that robbed millions from consumers
- Illegal ‘bait & switch’ operations that lured in timeshare owners, then pressured them into buying worthless ‘alternative holiday products’
- 7 businesses closed down by the UK authorities to protect consumers
- Another closed down in the UK High Court after failing to provide promised timeshare contract cancellations and compensation
- Misleading advertising confirmed by the Advertising Standards Authority
- Multiple deceitful ‘consumer associations’
All of the information is verifiable. It includes confirmation in the form of official company records, court documents and authorities. It includes statements from authorities such as “These companies were set up with the aim of duping consumers” This is taken from the official release into the closing down of seven companies. Clearly named in this document are Bridge View Consultants Ltd and Club Class Concierge Ltd., both of which had Andrew Cooper, the owner of ECC as a director. Also named is ITRA, a ‘sister company’ of ECC that shared the same offices and personnel as ECC until it was also closed down. It also includes multiple links to news stories which additionally confirm the links between the companies, the identities of those involved and the scale of detriment suffered by consumers going back many years.
We hope that the publication of these irrefutable facts will assist consumers in their quest to establish the truths of these matters and to make sound judgements with regard to the denials of the clear history involved and the attempts by ECC and M1 Legal to dissuade consumers from asking for assistance from KwikChex via the Timeshare Task Force resources, which have been vetted and approved by UK Trading Standards and whose contribution to consumer protection and support of law enforcement was recognised in June 2019 with a ‘Business Hero Award –
“Fraud prevention service wins award – investigation and verification services provider KwikChex was awarded a CTSI Hero Award for its work in supporting Trading Standards” https://www.journaloftradingstandards.co.uk/hero-awards/fraud-prevention-service-wins-award/