Scammers disconnected

INTERNET SCAM: Offered products at bargain prices that buyers never received.

GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested two people in Rincon de la Victoria for their alleged involvement in an elaborate internet scam.

The investigation originally began after a person went to the police complaining that they had bought a high-end phone from a website offering bargain prices, but that their purchase had never arrived.

The officers checked out the website, which indicated that the company’s headquarters was located in Rincon de la Victoria. However, upon attempting to track down the address, the officers found that it didn’t exist. 

The police began to wonder if the scam could be operating on a national level, and canvassed other police units to find similar cases. Overall, they unearthed 27 similar reports, with the total money obtained from the fraudsters adding up to €15,000.

The investigations eventually led the officers to arrest two individuals for their presumed involvement in the scam. The alleged ringleader of the plot had apparently received 19 summons from different courts in Spain.

He had allegedly fled the country and laid low in the United Kingdom for a while, before returning to Rincon de la Victoria, where he was nabbed by the police.

Further investigations indicated that it was likely that many other people had been affected by the con, with the total amount of fraud adding up to €307,000. 

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