By British Benevolent Fund • 16 March 2023 • 9:02
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The dream often becomes at nightmare and for some that nightmare starts almost on arrival in Spain. Sometimes the fraud so blatant that one is left in a state of bewilderment as to how someone had fallen for it – but they did, they do, and they will.
We were alerted to a couple whose dream move from Britain to Spain hit the rocks on arrival.
They were in their mid-50s had been working all their lives, working people with a work ethic and were looking for a new challenge.
They did their research too – this was no spur of the moment decision but one they thought through.
They decided to buy a business – a going concern which had premises and what they liked was an apartment upstairs where they would be able to live while they made it work.
They went to a lawyer, they checked Facebook groups and took holidays to get acquainted with the area and its population – their new customers and checked out a few social groups in the area.
In this they met a man who seemingly was connected and respected in the community – he told them their idea was a great one – in fact they were onto something. He also mentioned that he knew someone who had a similar business with premises and apartment which due to a need for an urgent sale was at a bargain price – they had to hurry of course – another party was drawing up the paperwork.
Out went common sense and in came the biggest mistake of their lives. They rushed through the sale – paid in cash at a notary – which later turned out to be a front and handed over all their life savings – in return for…nothing.
There was no business, no apartment and as quickly as he appeared he was off the scene.
And as quickly their lives ruined and upended – the British Benevolent Fund were able to provide some emergency accommodation and a flight home. They filed a police report but as they left the country its wasn’t followed up.
The perpetrator is still out there – along with many others – if it’s too good to be true it really is…too good to be true.
Olaf Clayton, Chair, BBF. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Olaf Clayton is the chairman of the British Benevolent Fund and shares the charity's expat stories with the Euro Weekly News every week
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