JSD Group Limited – the cold calling claims company with questionable client testimonials
Financial Mail on Sunday journalist, Tony Hetherington, has written of his recent investigation into JSD Group Limited, a claims firm which has been cold calling timeshare owners offering to assist with compensation claims for mis-sold timeshare, even when consumers have successfully exited their timeshare decades before.
It seems that timeshare claims aren’t the only cases being pursued by JSD Group Limited, a number of consumers have also reported being contacted regarding the mis-selling of solar panels.
The registered director of JSD Group Limited is Scott James Deakin, of 69 Raffles Avenue, Carlisle. The company is not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The company was incorporated on 20th March 2020, yet their website, only registered on 15th March 2020, lists the testimonies of a number of clients who have successfully claimed compensation. As Tony Hetherington states –
“The idea that a new company could come along in March of last year, advertise, recruit customers, investigate their claims, gather evidence, submit that evidence to whoever was on the other end of the complaint, and then emerge with huge compensation payments – and do all of this in just a matter of weeks at exactly the moment the country was reeling from the first lockdown – is quite simply unbelievable.”
Scott Deakin himself has spent much of that time in Indonesia, where he was arrested in October 2020 for allegedly defrauding a hotel. It’s not exactly clear who has taken charge since then, but somebody is in control as the website has recently been updated, removing the client testimonials and all information regarding timeshare and consumer claims.
Remember, if initial contact was unsolicited – a cold call or email or text out of the blue, it gives rise to concerns as to whether consumer data has been acquired and used legally.
Unsolicited contact by phone, text or email is likely to be a breach of data protection laws and it is recommended that it is reported to the appropriate national data authority. In the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as rogue businesses also often sell the information on to fraudsters.