Lets just confine ourselves to one provable lie for now, there are plenty more for later!
Some quotations from Alex Flewitt from Lochaber Highland Estates (CI) Limited, Highland Titles on Australian Television
"For as little as $50 you can purchase one square foot of land in Scotland up in our Highlands up in Glencoe"
"For as little as 50 Australian dollars for one square foot of land in Glencoe in Scotland"
"A few years ago we acquired a considerable amount of land in Glencoe"And from the Highland Titles website on the FAQ page under Is This Really Legal (29/01/2012).
"You are truly purchasing a Scottish Highland Estate in Glencoe, Scotland"I think it fair to say that by now everyone has the distinct idea that the land for sale is in the actual real Glencoe Scotland. That would be very wrong, Lochaber Highland Estates (CI) Limited / Highland Titles at time of writing do not I think own any land at all in Glencoe, so I don't really see how they can legally be selling any land in Glencoe.
Are they selling land in Glencoe which does not belong to them then? Not that I know of, but it wouldn't entirely surprise me if they were!
What they have done is taken a bit of the land they do own and just called it Glencoe Wood! It is miles from the real Glencoe Scotland and has never been know locally as Glencoe anything. To say that the land they have for sale is in Glencoe is an outright lie designed to boost profits pure and simple.
Why would they do that? Probably pure greed, Glencoe Scotland is well know throughout the world and makes for a much better sales pitch than say Glendour Forest (the commonly know name for this part) a place nobody outside of the immediate area anybody has ever heard of.
Lord of Glendour Forest just doesn't have much going for it nor would it persuade so many people to part with their cash.
Map showing locations of Glencoe and Highland Titles Glencoe Wood. As can be seen Glencoe Wood is nowhere near the actual Glencoe!!
As it stands at 29/01/2012, if you thought you had ever bought a piece of land from Lochaber Highland Estates (CI) Limited or Highland Titles (the same company) in Glencoe Scotland, you did not, it was a lie. That fact alone makes this a scam.
Ask yourself this, do you really want to buy anything from liars? Would you trust anything else that Highland Titles say? Personally when I find out somebody is lying, I am very suspicious about anything else they say.
What can you do if you thought you bought a piece of land in Glencoe and have now found out you did not? First thing to do is ask for your money back. Second thing to do is inform Trading Standards in Scotland, yes you can do this even if you live abroad, and they will be delighted to hear from you. I'm not sure what they can realistically do about it, but it won't do any harm to let them know you have been cheated.
The Highland CouncilTransport, Environmental & Community Services
Trading Standards Unit
38 Harbour Road
Tel: 01463 228700
Fax: 01463 223723