Another Harlequin ‘investor’ cries the blues, posts website…

Harlequin Warning!

“Due to the very aggressive and litigious nature of Harlequin, this website may not be up for long, hence please make a note of my email above, whether you may wish to contact me now or in the future. Nevertheless, I will do my utmost to keep this going, in the principle of freedom of speech and human rights. I All information provided here can be backed up with evidence.”

“Bluntly put, as soon as I handed over my deposit, I was in their complete control and getting out is impossible without significant financial loss.

You buy, they earn significant commission, you sell, they earn significant commission. Worst of all, you are silenced as your deposit and income are dependent upon their success, meaning you fear providing negative information that may lose prospective investors.

It’s a never-ending nightmare merry-go-round…

Which reminds me: Soon after my “holiday” to Buccament Bay (they were attempting to fill the place’s emptiness with investors), I was telephoned by Harlequin travel, requesting that I provide a positive “Trip Advisor” review to balance out negative ones. I was told this was “in all our interests”.

… making clear that positive reviews by investors were “expected”. I had recently come on board, very vulnerable, and felt intimidated and forced to agree.

Looking at the website “Tripadvisor”, therefore, makes me cringe. It is my personal opinion that a large number of reviews are from investors, who not only feel obliged to provide these but also are lead to believe they are aiding their own success by “bringing in business”.

The above is my own personal experience. However, I am aware that there are others who find themselves in the same boat.”

… from the website:


Filed under Barbados, Consumer Issues, Offshore Investments

8 responses to “Another Harlequin ‘investor’ cries the blues, posts website…

  1. What the Hell is going on !? Why is the UK , so involved in Independent Barbados ! Merricks picture on their site is NOT even in Barbados !

  2. 250

    Government should do due dilligence and not let scam artists use the island for their alleged fraud. That way it remains a UK issue.

  3. yatiniteasy

    Big Ponzi scheme.. this is going to blow up in the face of all the Politicians who have supported Harlequin in the Caribbean.

    From Wikipedia:
    A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. Perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to keep the scheme going.

    The system is destined to collapse because the earnings, if any, are less than the payments to investors. Usually, the scheme is interrupted by legal authorities before it collapses because a Ponzi scheme is suspected or because the promoter is selling unregistered securities. As more investors become involved, the likelihood of the scheme coming to the attention of authorities increases.

  4. Bait -just bait. nothing more!

    The UK is so involved in (allegedly)Independent Barbados
    because 98% of UK citizens equate Barbados with Heaven!

    If you don’t already play ‘The Barbados Card’ when in London
    you should try popping it on UK folks, when the time is right, next time you’re there.
    Jaws drop when you confirm you actually LIVE there!!
    It’s like OMG,den!
    The only thing they don’t do is fall in praise and worship at your feet
    and beg please please can I come and stay at your house?

    And so if you’re running a Ponzi scam/scheme in the UK
    the correct bait to use is not Red-ears or Sprats, but “BARBADOS!”
    It has nothing to do with Barbados, other than name!
    Useless while fishing, but great when you’re phishing.

  5. Newbie

    In my experience Tripadvisor can be used to paint a very untrue picture of events at any location, All is needed is different computers with different I.P. addresses, email addresses and user names and one person can be posting numerous reviews on Tripadvisor. If you believe that the reviews written about ROUND HOUSE, BATHSHEBA are all genuine then you better think again, otherwise you would read about all the DOG MESS in the court yard, about the local casanova, HOGGY who thinks that every single female that goes there is there for him to prey on, even though he boast of having slept with all the females in the family. Guest complaints about sexual harassment by Hoggy were ignored by the owners, wonder why. You would read about the fact that the waiting staff had to refuse to serve desserts for fear of the customers finding some foreign object in the desserts, baked by the owner in a kitchen that is also inhabited by her cat and 2 large dogs. The rooms have been unchanged for years and not worth the price charged for them, windows fell out on more than one occasion. Take the reviews on tripadvisor with a pinch of salt, Some reviews were obvious lies (to those in the know) when certain people wanted to dirty the name of their previous manager, both good and bad reviews can be fabricated.
    REVIEWS YOU CAN TRUST??????????????????

  6. yatiniteasy

    Looks like Harlequin was able to have the warning website taken down, just as the website owner and Harlequin Investor had predicted.

  7. Jennifer Smith

    Harlequin property boss David Ames, whose company sold duff projects in Pattaya and whose Caribbean projects were being promoted through a Harlequin Income Fund by Neal Davies a bankrupted British fund manager living in Phuket, has been hit by guilty verdicts in a court in Barbados for of breach of contract.

    A Scots woman has successfully sued Ames’ companies over her purchase of a unit in the Buccament Bay Resort on the island of St. Vincent. The Buccament Bay Resort is one of several luxury projects promoted by Ames, a former bankrupted double glazing salesman.

    Today it still has not been completed and is nearly five years over due. Scots woman Ann Mendez-Canga sued Harlequin Property (SGV) Ltd., and the Buccament Bay Resort for nearly EC$500,000 (East Caribbean dollars) about US$181,000.

    She was awarded the equivalent of US$80,000, which included her refund of £49,500, and interests payment, but not claims for loss or rent or loss of the apartment for holiday use, by High Court Master Kimberley Cenac in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

    The case paves the way for a series of associated actions from prospective home owners, who want their money back.

    The Buccament Bay Resort is Ames’ flasghip scheme but is has been plagued with problems.


  8. simon

    One of my friend has lost money with Harlequin. She is part now of a group action in London with a company called CPC Worldwide based in the North East.
    If you are interested, you can contact this company and get more information about it.