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Astrocat's Postal Scam Warning(Astroforce, Health Tips, Harmonie) Page

Maria Duval (the person) sold Astroforce Ltd to Health Tips Ltd c1997.
[As there are no details of the owners of these foreign-registered companies, does Maria Duval retain some part-ownership of Harmonie Ltd?]

From the Companies Registry (Hong Kong) 9/12/2002.

The return for Health Tips Limited, company number 630812, dated 26/11/2001.
(Now renamed Harmonie Ltd, since 06/02/2002)

Company type: Private.

Business Names:
Inner Circle
Maria Duval
Marie-France
Nicole Delya
Dyna Centre
Victoria Collection
Intermail
Harmonie

Registered Office:
29th Floor, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.

Presentor:
McCabe Secretarial Services Limited, 29th Floor, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.

Authorised Share Capital: HK$10,000. (Ordinary Shares)
Issued Share Capital: HK$2.

Members:
Secretary: McCabe Secretarial Services Limited, 29th Floor, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.
Company Number: 95390.

Directors:
Alberto Rumschisky Rabinovitz.
Address: Santiago Bernabeu, 6, Esc. 1, P.1, P.2, Madrid, Spain.
(Also a director of Astroforce Ltd, UK, which is now, since October 2002, renamed Meridian Mailing Ltd.

Thomas Tat-Cheong Ma.
Address: Block 10, 31H, Metro City Phase 2,Tseung Kwun O, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Retired by December 2003).

Joint Secretary:
Thomas Tat-Cheong Ma.
Address: Block 10, 31H, Metro City Phase 2,Tseung Kwun O, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Shareholders:
BMS Copyrights SA.
C/o Ballard & Ballard, 2nd Floor El Dorado Building, Elvira Mendez & 52nd Street, Panama, Republic of Panama.
(Until 31/10/2001: North Services Limited, 8th Floor, Henley Building, 5 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong.)Holding HK$1.

Cup Investments Inc.
C/o Ballard & Ballard, 2nd Floor El Dorado Building, Elvira Mendez & 52nd Street, Panama, Republic of Panama.
(Until 31/10/2001: South Services Limited, 8th Floor, Henley Building, 5 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong.)
Holding HK$1.

Ballard & Ballard are multinational lawyers, with a branch in Switzerland.

Companies registered in Panama have to declare the names of the Directors, but not the owners, nor any financial details.

Any information on these companies gratefully received.

Here is some more information about Maria Duval & her business friends.

The Italian TV channel RAI 3 says that Maria Duval in real life is called Carolina Maria Gamba, born 1937 in Milano, Italy. She is now a French citizen and lives in Callas, near the French Riviera.

Her Italian agent was Market Development Srl in Riscaldina, Milano. The firm was liquidated or put in the liquidation process in summer 2002. The Italian register of companies gave following information when I searched it with the term market development:

M & D MARKET & DEVELOPMENT S.R.L, VIALE STRASBURGO 111 - PALERMO (PA) 90146 (no Riscaldina or Milano!). The nature of the business is organization, attendance, management and performances of real services to the private companies and the public agencies.

That much can be found in the register, but elsewhere is informed that Umberto Savoia was the managing director of Market development. Umberto has said that 100% of the brand is in the hands of a British firm in London, AF Export Limited. AF Export Ltd declares, however, that they are only the shareholders of Market Development Srl. The British companies house tells the following about AF Export Limited:

AF EXPORT LIMITED, 3 PRINCETON STREET, HOLBORN, LONDON WC1L 3AX is a private limited company. The company register No. is 03823933 and the date of Incorporation 06/08/1999. The nature of business is to hold companies including head offices. No information of managers or owners is given in internet. The firm is active.

However, a reader tells me that he asked a friend to visit this address. No sign of this company anywhere. The postcode is non-geographical, letters posted to it go to an unknown address. It is an apartment building, postcode WC1R 4AX.


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