By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 15 Nov 2019 • 19:00
CON: Would-be tenants handed over deposits of between €150 and €500 to secure the rentals.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Almeria
A MAN passing himself off as an Almeria city estate agent is under arrest for conning at least 24 people in an online rental fraud.
Police said 39-year old J.J.S.C. offered properties to let in the provincial capital on different websites, but it was all a scam.
Would-be tenants signed contracts and handed over cash deposits or made bank transfers of between €150 and €500 to secure the rentals, but never actually saw any of the supposedly available properties first-hand, much less move into them.
To explain why he still had not handed over the keys, the conman would fob them off for a while with excuses like there were works being finished up in the property or that the previous tenants had extended their contracts.
By the time the fraud victims realised they had been swindled it was too late to get their money back, police said.
In all the fraudster got his hands on more than €9,700 since the first con in August 2015.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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