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  1. Any info about FEGLI scams? yesterday I got a letter from a USA lawyer asking for a reimbursement of a check that was given to me 11 years ago by FEGLI! I guess any issue from 11 years ago is expired, no? TIA.
  2. 331 062 0338 This is the number used by someone who claimed to know me. He stated he lives up the street from me and is coming down from Guad to visit, did I want him to bring anything. At which point I realized I had heard this before. I said, "No, I do not know who the hell you are" at which point he hung up. English was his first language, probably American or Canadian.
  3. Don't know if anyone else got an email from Monicacare202 to their chapala.com inbox. THIS IS A SCAM. Flags for me are "TOGO", "permit you to take 10% of the fund", and the grammar sucks. Too much like the exiled crown prince of where ever emails that were sent around a few years ago. Am I cynical - you bet; do I sympathize with the 'plight' - yes; do I know this person - hell no. "The reason I write you this letter is because I needed a trust worthy person that can handle this issue with care and carry out my instructions and directives with sincere heart I am Mrs Monica a Greece citizen living in Lome Togo, I’m 42 years old widow suffering from a long time cancer of the breast in addition to high blood pressure. Reference to the doctor’s confirmation that I have less than three months to live, So I have decided to Donate €, which I deposited in my bank for the help of orphans and the less privilege through you for the work of humanity in the society as I don’t have a child that will inherit my wealth when I’m no more alive, I know too well that this project will make you have limited access to your own activities, so I permit you to take 10% of this fund for your faithful time/commitment and use the rest for the work of humanity to fulfill my last wish on earth.reply E-mail (monicacare6@gmail.com)"
  4. We have a friend who apparently opened his house recently to some people saying they were with some free government program to spray their house and yard. He seemed very impressed with how thorough they were, even asking if he had any more rooms or closets. I was alarmed and suspicious when I heard this because I seem to remember reading something somewhere about this being a scam. I found a post from 2011 like this, but cannot find anything more recent than that. Has anyone heard of this scam, or this "free" program which I am leary of?
  5. We took a client into Guadalajara today to renew their driver license. They had their original license issued in Chapala. They were given a fake license and the license was seized and cut in half, now the person needs to apply for a new license. Beware as many people may think they have a valid license and gave money to someone who pocketed it and printed a non existent license at Transito years ago.
  6. Just a warning of something to watch out for. We picked up somebody at the airport tonight. I was watching their luggage while the others went to the bathroom and ATM. A guy came up to talk to me, asking if I spoke Spanish. When I turned to respond, some of the luggage fell over. I grabbed for the bags to sit things back upright and saw that the guy was walking away when I turned back. I had an uneasy feeling, and when one of the people got back I explained what happened and asked if all their bags looked OK. She said they did, but upon closer inspection she saw that the backpack wasn't theirs. It looked very similar, but theirs had been stolen and replaced with the other (which contained junk). It's obvious that a team had targeted me, seeing that I was left with a large amount of luggage which I wasn't familiar with. While the one guy distracted me, somebody else swapped the backpack and headed out a nearby door. By the time we figured out what happened and went to look for security, the people were long gone. Lost along with the backpack: A 2-week old iPad received as a gift, a laptop computer with lots of family photos and personal information (including passwords stored in the browser, etc), several books, and a personal planner with loads of info. Fortunately, they had purses, wallets, passports, and personal documents with them and not in the stolen bag. Security checked footage from their cameras and confirmed what happened. We have a contact to get in touch with for a report, but there were no cameras in the parking garage where they fled to. So we're left sitting up tonight with our guests, going through logging into various online accounts to change passwords, cancel credit cards, and figure out what might have been affected and who to contact. What a horrible way to start their vacation here in Mexico!! Lessons learned to help others avoid this... 1. Don't leave one person guarding a bunch of luggage, especially stuff belonging to somebody else. If one or more people are watching bags, be sure they know what bag(s) are most valuable so they can keep them close. 2. Don't have a bunch of luggage sitting near one of the exit doors, where somebody can take something and be gone quickly. 3. If you're watching luggage and somebody strikes up a converstation, RED FLAG alert to pay closer attention to your stuff and the people near you. 4. When packing, don't keep all your valuable electronics in one bag that would be easy to grab and run with. 5. Make sure you have a recent, full backup of any data on devices you're traveling with, in case they get lost or stolen. 6. Make a list of contact numbers, info and accounts you should contact in case your property is stolen. Keep the list someplace in your luggage, away from electronic devices, credit cards, and other documents that might be stolen. It's very difficult to remember them when you don't have your computer, tablet, or documents for reference. Maybe others here might have recommendations and safety tips to help prevent something like this from happening. In the meantime, be aware of the specific danger from teams like this operating at the airport here. Heather
  7. Seeking investors in Casas GEO, many invested with Actinver or Multiva and lost or will lose their money, we need to register you as investors in the bankruptcy proceedings so you will get paid and not scammed by the banks that offered these "good" investments using words like "guarantee" and then denied many investors instructions to sell before the bottom fell out of these investments. Once registered then you can participate in the voting and approval of a plan to try and get a portion of your money back. On April 15, 2014 judge Enrique Gonzalez Meyenberg from the 6th Civil Federal District Court in Mexico City in case number 216/2014 signed a judgment declaring Casas GEO and 15 of their subsidiaries to be found in the situation of what would be similar to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Here in Mexico the standard is if the company doesn´t have sufficient liquid assets to cover a minimum of 80% of debt that is due and payable OR 100% of their debt that is due and payable and 35% of it for more than 30 days unpaid. The law governing this type of case is the Federal Ley de Concursos Mercantiles. There is a 30 day time limit in which to be recognized as a creditor after the publication of the bankruptcy decree. IFECOM (Instituto Federal de Especialistas de Concursos Mercantiles) has named a conciliator in this case, Tomas S. Heather and his role is to prepare the list of creditors to whom Casas GEO and their subsidiaries owe money to and then to negotiate a payment agreement between the creditors and the company who is in reorganization. Many banks were also investors and people need to protect their rights and register as creditors so that they have a voice and vote to be repaid and not have their bank who sold them the bad investment get the upper hand. The banks do have a clear conflict of interest in this matter and from what has been reported back to me the banks have been giving misleading and not current information. Email (Guadalajara - guadlegal@gmail.com / Chapala chapalalegal@gmail.com) or call my office ASAP (Guadalajara - 33-1592-3801 US 805-563-3300 / Chapala 376-765-7553 US 805-683-4848) as time is limited, you will also need your original investment contract. The two attorneys who will be coordinating the efforts will be Lic. Alheli Jimenez Vazquez in Chapala and Fidel Roberto Perez in Guadalajara. Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen is an attorney and translator in the Guadalajara area of Mexico with a specialty degree in Civil and Business Procedure as well as has 6 postgraduate degrees, is an authorized state court translator and is an attorney certified by the National Corporate Bar Association (ANADE). Mr. McMullen´s practice covers banking, taxation, immigration, civil issues as well as issues involving the large foreign community.
  8. Timeshare Real Estate Scams Victimizing People Multiple scams have been identified recently that have already cost people tens of thousands of dollars of their retirement savings. The scams, which seem to be copycats of each other, involve approaching people who own Mexican timeshare real estate by phone calls, mail or by email, and pretending to have ready buyers. The catch is that the prospective sellers are told they need to prepay some phony closing costs and other fees into a phony escrow account in the US, to be reimbursed at closing, which, of course, never occurs. This occurs after they are sent a signed sales contract using the words "Guarantee" or "Guaranteed" to trick the seller into thinking that it is a sure thing. The companies look almost legitimate on the internet—but not quite. They have clearly gone to some effort to build websites that look professional and have multiple references elsewhere. But the websites didn’t exist before last year. Their web sites show up on the internet as well as their company name but that only happens because they paid people to put their fake company name in directory listings on 50 internet sites in order to make their name come up in searches and give them legitimacy. Also they list memberships in fake organizations on their web sites, groups that do not exist, they have even created scam law firms to later scam people a second time saying they can recover the lost funds for a fee of over $1,000 dollars! These scam attorneys web sites even have fake testimonials. They include phone numbers, but none of them are answered by real people unless their caller ID identifies them as one of the people being scammed. The phone numbers are VOIP numbers in the US or cell phones in Mexico City. When questioned about the charges they provide an opinion letter from a supposed international CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for the US, Canada, and Mexico, but no such people actually exist. Their addresses, when searched on the internet, are phony, too, showing up as address “examples” in other contexts. They don’t give their phone numbers or their cédula numbers (official licenses), which could be verified on the internet. The phony letter also has a fake address and lists no phone number. The documents look almost legitimate, too—but not quite. They use the real SAT (Mexican tax office) forms, but place false information and false payment codes and fee descriptions that do not exist or are grossly inflated by over 1,000%. They use such nonsense titles and terms as “Guaranteed Purchase/Sale/Escrow Contract.” No such thing exists. And the list of expenses to be paid is filled with phony codes and line items, too, like IVA taxes, which are never part of timeshare transactions. And Foreign Investor Registration fees, which should never be expressed as a percentage of the selling price. Here are some line items that are phony or grossly inflated: Maintenance Fee to date and Renovation Fee to date to be reimbursed at closingClosing and Administration Fees paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closing11% Foreign Investor Registration paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closing16% Value Added Tax (IVA) paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closingRemovals of Liens to be paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closingFree and Clear Certificate to be paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closing5% Commission from Buyer to be paid to Seller at closingErasure of Records to be paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closingTermination of Fideicomiso to be paid by Seller to be reimbursed at closing In addition, the Mexican buyers’ names and signatures don’t look right because there’s just a first name and a last name, which is not how Mexican’s legal names look (first name, middle name, father’s last name, and mother’s last maiden name). And, the seller is never given a set of regulations governing the escrow account, detailing how and under what circumstances the funds will be disbursed. The seller is just told to send the money to a particular account. In a normal escrow transaction the escrow company is licensed, maintains a separate trust account and requires specific authorization in order to disburse funds from the trust account. The scammers have people send money directly to third parties and do not have licensing nor their own escrow trust account for managing or disbursing funds. The only two escrow companies I have used for Mexican transactions have been Stuart Title and First American Title, both large companies with trust accounts and large staff in the US. Scams involving the elderly are, of course, always despicable. In this case, the scams take advantage of expats’ likely confusion about how real estate transactions are handled internationally. And, they assume that elderly expats would probably jump at the chance to unload their timeshares for a profit in this shaky economy. To avoid these kinds of scams, prospective sellers should: Always be wary when approached in an unsolicited manner by anyone claiming that a “guaranteed” buyer is waiting.Always be wary if they’re asked to pay any upfront closing costs whatsoever. Only buyers pay closing costs in Mexico as well as much of the world, sellers only pay capital gains tax and if that is paid, it is collected at the end from the payment made by the buyer and deducted from the seller's proceeds. Don't fall for being promised a reimbursement at closing.Always hire their own real estate lawyers to review real estate transactions. Never hire lawyers recommended by third parties as sellers need an independent advocate who is not partial and who can review the transaction and documents provided.
  9. There is a crew working the local parking lots disabling cars and then repairing them. It happened to us Sunday the 10th of March at Walmart. About 1:30 my wife parked in the lot at Walmart to do some shopping. While she was in the store the car was disabled and would not start when she returned. After a while a man showed up claiming to be a mechanic and checked the car and found that there was a bad sensor. He made a phone call and was able to get a replacement part and fix the car for only 1900 pesos. Since it was Sunday afternoon and she was basically stranded the repair was allowed. Of course, the car was fixed with the part the man had already taken from the car.
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