By John Smith •
Published: 17 Aug 2020 • 13:15
Councillor for Social Welfare, Francisco José Martín
Credit: Fuengirola Council
THE Fuengirola Council has taken steps to remind residents (and summer visitors) that now is the time that a number of unscrupulous people try to take advantage particularly of the elderly.
It is not allowed for any employee of a utility company to simply arrive unannounced as they are required to contact the property owner by telephone or mail to arrange an appointment.
If someone just turns up at the door, it is more than likely that they are not who they purport to be but are fraudsters looking to either arrange illicit gas installation inspection or who want to get into your home and steal.
If you have any doubts, refuse entry and telephone the Local Police so that they are aware of the existence of potential fraudsters.
Under no circumstances consider paying any unexpected visitor in cash nor reveal any bank details.
If you have a problem in any establishment open to the public, you have a legal right to demand to enter your complaint into a complaints book which every business should possess and you can be assured that the complaint will then be followed up.
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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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