Some of the Dodgier Titles That We Have Come Across
In the course of creating Fake Titles, we have come across some absolutely ludicrous claims from purchasers of ‘titles’, as well as from the sellers; unfortunately some behave in ways that bring little credit to themselves and therefore we felt that it might help you if we highlighted some of those.
Sir Robert Cowley, 2nd Baron Ardwhallan
This slippery customer has been investigated by the British Police, but regrettably, for a long time, continued his nefarious pursuits with almost complete impunity from the comparative safety of Australia; until finally the authorities there mounted a prosecution against him. He should carry a serious wealth warning, as becoming close to him is liable to remove a considerable portion of your worldly assets. If he is spotted, please get in touch immediately.
His associates, such as Warren Clarke Anderson, seem to also boast a similar lack of credibility; Warren claims a “distinguish (sic) [BBA] Hons in International Business Studies, [MBA] Banking & Finance (UK) The Regents University of San Moritz”. The same sort of qualification could be yours for around $500! While Sir or sometimes Dr Andrew Haberfield should be treated with similar caution, especially if any of them offer to raise money for you, but want to be paid an ‘up front’ fee.
I am sure the regulatory authorities in both Australia and the UK would be very interested to hear from anybody with information about Robert Cowley, particularly if you have paid him a fee but never succeeded in getting your loan.
Anyone who has dealt with his company Investment Suisse, which he claims is a major Swiss financial institution, might be interested to learn that “Investment Suisse is not authorized by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (nor the former SFBC, FINMA’s predecessor). Investment Suisse is not a legitimate Swiss company, nor is it a bank and has no physical presence in Switzerland”, according to the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. However the Investment Suisse website is not live any longer.
It apparently operates out of a well-known accommodation address on London’s Piccadilly, which seems unusual for such a large financial institution, however, usefully, it does house an escort service among a plethora of other companies.
You might also like to study his involvement with the strange Lichtenburg Foundation and the amazing Princess Maya, Baroness de Haynau, apparently ‘Baron’ Cowley is a Minister of State for the Principality of Lichtenburg, though the place only seems to exist in someone’s imagination, I am sure though that their aims are purely charitable as stated. You might further like to find out more about another gentleman connected to the Foundation, Lord Hankins of Ravensburn, his title seems to have as much credibility as ‘Sir’ Robert’s; they tried to hold a charity dinner in Queensland, Australia at A$1000 a plate to raise funds, but unfortunately for them there were so few takers that it got called off.
‘Sir’ Robert threatened me with a Notice of Intention to Commence Criminal Prosecution, however, he had joined forces with a gentleman called Bernie O’Brien, using the notepaper of the Affordable Legal Company. Bernie’s credibility unfortunately seems to be about as great as ‘Sir’ Robert’s, you might be interested to see his recent performance on YouTube, in which he was questioned about where money that investors had given to him for producing business loans had disappeared to.
Justice seems to have finally caught up with ‘Sir’ Robert as he has been convicted by a court in Queensland and received a sentence of three years, with a minimum of eighteen months, and then got another three and a half years after a further case, with apparently more to follow as the police seized his computer. Anyone with information about his many scams should contact the Queensland police. A few brave people, who had been cheated by him, made a stand and enabled the police to build a case against him, maybe the British police should investigate his latest firm in London, Hawker Davis Marlowe, as he is apparently the sole director, though apparently that is defunct now.
Lord or sometimes Sir Charles Buchanan Turnor
If you come across a Knightship for sale in an auction, then do not attempt to buy it. Unfortunately on any number of occasions the unwary have purchased ‘Lord’ Turnor’s Field Knightships of the Plantagenet Toxophilites, quite often paying several thousand pounds, including Ian Whyman of South Yorkshire, MD of a demolition company, who coughed up a hefty £7,000 for two at an auction in Malmesbury held by Hilditch Auctioneers, who really didn’t bother to do much checking.
Lord Charles lives in the grandly named East Barkwith Manor in Lincolnshire, actually a small cottage, but seemed unwilling to talk when approached by a reporter from The People. Do avoid him like the plague, and please report any Knightships that you spot being offered for sale either to me or directly to the police.
The Right Hon the Lord Mitford
The most worrying fact about His Lordship’s Website is that "Lord Mitford maintains a small collection of books related to genealogy and the peerage and in his spare time conducts genealogy and peerage research". Help! Talk about the blind leading the blind.
Though he may well own the two Manorial Lordships of the Mitford family - he is not able to call himself The Right Hon the Lord Mitford, just Mr Mark Mitford, Lord of the Honour of Mitford, and Lord of the Manor of Molesden; and certainly not The Right Hon, the use of that is reserved for peers of the rank of Baron, Viscount or Earl, and Members of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.
Lord Brett Mclean of Hastings
He seems to delight in having his photograph taken with famous people, and persists in using his nonexistent title despite the fact that I have proved to him that it is completely fake.
However, you can enjoy finding out more about him on his website, which has many laudable aims, such as supporting local charities, it is just a shame that he feels that he needs his ‘title’ to achieve that, but he has also used it to gain the positions of Vice Chairman of East Sussex Federation of Small Businesses and Chairman of the East Sussex Economic Advisory Board, two organisations that seem to have been fooled by it, which does not achieve a lot for their credibility.
Lord Dean David Burr of Wimbledon
Despite his good intentions in raising money for charity, this friend of Lord Brett’s persists in claiming that he is a genuine Lord, having apparently inherited his ‘title’ from an uncle, however, he does not actually own the Manorial Lordship of Wimbledon, but is the boss of a pest control company, called Lords Environmental, and a fraud.
Whilst he does espouse some excellent charitable causes, Mr Burr should not claim to be something that he clearly isn’t, as many people have pointed out to him.
His website, proclaiming him to be the People’s Lord, is a complete farrago of nonsense, and the old saying, that you tell the quality of a man by the company he keeps, holds true as he is clearly cosy with the equally fake Lord Brett.
Lord Sardar Singh of Tutbury
This joker has managed to use his ‘title’ to become President of the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, and, despite being informed about his lack of a genuine title, so far they do not appear to have taken any action.
Mr Singh, if he had a genuine title he would be referred to as Lord Singh, always a dead giveaway when the first name is included, does not even hold a Manorial Lordship, as the Queen holds the Manorial Lordship of Tutbury.
Lord Scott Disick
This character is is best known for being the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father to their three children: Mason Dash, Penelope Scotland and Reign Aston.
However, in 2012 he claims to have become British royalty in what is referred to as a traditional knighting ceremony in a pub called The Mayflower in South London. He claims that he bought the Lordship of the Manor of Cruckton Ford in Shropshire, however, he was actually right royally ripped off as the Lordship has never existed, and, of course, even if it were genuine that would still not make him a Lord.
He is so vain and keen to preserve whatever remains of his reputation that he even managed to get his page on Wikipedia deleted, however, it can still be viewed if you search for it in the web archive.
Kevin John Somerville, 20th Lord Somerville
This fake lives in Australia, and has clearly done a bit or research, as the last Lord Somerville was the 19th, but unfortunately he died in 1870 and the title went into abeyance, with no record of it being restored. So I suggest that he sticks to piano playing and loses his dodgy handle.
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