Complaint Review: Patrick Visser - Internet
Patrick Visser - SILVATREE Stole our money, our dreams, and our health Internet
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: This report is fake and only intended to damage my reputation. Details on my blog.
*Consumer Comment: He is a thief, I know because he stole from me.
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: This is deliberate slander, please ignore it
I was interested to see Pablos post in this forum. My husband and I also lost our entire life savings to one of Patrick Vissers investment schemes. Its a long story but I hope youll take the time to read it as it may well save you from tremendous heartache in the future:
Approximately two years ago my husband and I walked into the basement office of Inmolink (one of many companies Patrick Visser was running from an underground shop in the centre of
We were greeted by Patrick Visser, who introduced himself as a Spanish property expert. We described our ideal retirement property and he assured us that wed come to the right place. To cut a long story short, he showed us several completely unsuitable properties before taking us to a charming, but slightly run-down property in the countryside near Coin. We fell in love with that property immediately and could instantly picture how we could fix it up to be the home of our dreams.
In hindsight I realise that this is the moment that our enthusiasm and naivety allowed Patrick Visser to destroy our whole life! Patrick claimed that there were several other people interested in buying but that they all needed to get finance, however as we were in the fortunate position of already have the full asking price, (200,000 Euros), in our bank account, (thanks to sale of our UK house), we might be able to get in first and buy the house. He said that the owner was a friend of his who had recently returned to the
I was a little worried about paying cash but Patrick convinced my husband that this was normal practice in
Three days later the money was in our new Spanish bank account and Patrick came with us to arrange for them to have the 95,000 euros we needed available in cash the next day. The arrangement was that the owner of the property would meet us the next day and sign a reservation document when we handed over the money.
When we met Patrick again the next day with our money he said that the owner had missed his flight to
While we were waiting to hear from Patrick my husband and I drove out to see the property again and by pure chance met another local estate agent showing the house to a couple. We explained how we had already put down a deposit so the house was effectively sold, the estate agent assured us that was impossible as theyd spoken to the owner that morning and hed said nothing about any deposit And that the owner was a Spanish gentleman who lived in the north of
Suddenly alarm bells started ringing in our minds, something was very wrong. We tried calling Patrick no answer. We called his office sorry hes not in the office today. We drove to his office hes not here today and were not sure when hell next be in, had we tried his mobile?
For the next two days we called constantly, at least 50 times and visited his office at least 3 times per day. Finally we caught up with him just as he was leaving his office. My husband confronted him demanding to know what was going on and why he didnt return our phone calls? At this point Patrick turned nasty. Patrick, who must be 6 foot 5 inches tall, grabbed my 67 year old, 5 foot 9 inch husband, by the collar and told him in a stream of swear words that if he didnt f***ing stop f***ing calling him hed seriously f***ing regret it and to p**s off and leave him alone, when there was news hed f***ing call us.
Naturally we were both pretty shaken up by this experience, but Id never seen my husband so terrified. As soon as wed sufficiently recovered we went to the nearest police station to report what had happened. We told them everything that had happened up until now but as we had no witnesses to the assault and no physical injuries they said there was nothing they could do, they advised us to get a lawyer to check what was happening with the property and if the lawyer could produce evidence that we had been victims of a fraud they could start an investigation then.
We found a very helpful lawyer who spoke excellent English and gave them everything we had including the receipt from Patrick Visser for our 95,000 Euros. We were reassured that they would look into everything and if it turned out that we had be duped they would contact the police on our behalf. We returned to
Two weeks later our lawyer contacted us to say that unfortunately it did seem that Patrick Visser had deliberately deceived us. The real owner was indeed a Spaniard living in the north of
Our lawyer contacted the Spanish police on our behalf as promised, but as the only real evidence we had was the receipt it would be extremely hard to prove, apparently the evidence of the bank transfer was not enough as the money was taken out in cash and Patrick wasnt actually with us in the bank on that occasion. It was obvious that we had been duped by a cunning and devious fraudster. The police told our lawyer that they had received several other complaints of fraud and theft by Patrick Visser and had started an investigation, but they also failed to locate Patrick and the investigation appears to have been closed. It seems that soon after the complaints came in he ceased operations in
Two years on, the impact of meeting this callous and vicious conman lives on. Three weeks after realising that we had lost not only half of everything wed spent a lifetime working for, but also that our dream of retiring to the sun would no longer be possible, my husband suffered a severe stroke leaving him in a wheelchair and semi-paralysed for the rest of his life. We believe, and the doctors agree, that the stress, shame, and anger of losing half of our life savings to this despicable cheat Patrick Visser was a major cause of the stroke.
We now live in small rented accommodation as we were left without enough money to buy another home outright and unable to get a mortgage due to our age and my husbands condition.
We will report this to the UK and Spanish police in the hope that they will investigate further and hopefully be able to do something to stop Patrick Visser from ruining anybody elses life. In the mean time I cant recommend strongly enough that you dont do business with Patrick Visser or any company hes involved in as I can only imagine its a complete fraud.
Patrick Visser, may you rot in hell.
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