By John Smith • 18 October 2019 • 16:30
SCAM: Just one of the motorhomes recovered
Credit: Guardia Civil
A GANG of 10 men has been arrested by the Guardia Civil accused of scamming €171,547 from the sale of motorhomes which they didn’t own.
Based in Galicia and Castilla la Mancha they started off by advertising non-existent motorhomes for sale online and when people showed an interest, they asked for a deposit to a bank account but they then calculated that it would be more lucrative to sell the real thing.
They therefore rented motorhomes, advertised those for sale and sold each one for between €30,000 and €40,000, even though they didn’t own them.
The gang was well organised, using unregistered mobile phones and opening bank accounts online with cards delivered to third party addresses.
They would approach cash dispensers just before midnight and withdraw the maximum allowed on their cards and then wait a few minutes until the next day arrived and withdraw a similar amount again so that no alarm bells were raised.
Due to the number of complaints received from around the country, officers started an investigation and eventually discovered who was involved, arresting the 10, recovering five motorhomes and details of a number of false bank accounts opened.
Victims came from as far afield as Lugo, Tenerife, A Coruña, Pontevedra, Albacete, Menorca, Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Caceres, Cuenca, Córdoba, Málaga, Ourense and Seville.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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