Bogus gas fitters conning expatriates
A PAIR of shady gas fitters are conning unsuspecting people into repairing their boilers for no reason.
The duo have been reported to the police in Alameda after they took hundreds of euros off two British pensioners.
Turning up in uniforms and with bogus documentation they explained that the boilers were due for a “check”.
“They explained in perfect English that it was according to the regulations,” explained Robert Gordon, 74, who moved to Alameda with his wife Helen from Glasgow.
“He had red overalls with a logo and apparently all the right documents. “After about half an hour we were 225 euros out of pocket.”
Broken down into a mix of spare parts, labour and the “repair of a leak”, they then insisted they were paid in cash.
“He was quite firm and insisted it had to be cash,” explained Gordon.
All they were left with was a folder and a piece of paper which purported to be a Maintainance Contract from a company called Del Gas SL, allegedly based in Cadiz.
According to Gordon, around three or four families have been conned in the town of Alameda, near Antequera alone.
His neighbour Stuart Elton, 61, also got caught out.
The retired manager of Parcel Force was stung for 172 euros, after a visit from the conmen.
He said: “My wife let them in and they immediately started dismantling the gas boiler.
“When I got back I demanded to know what they were doing but they said it was a requirement, according to the regulations.
“They had an orange folder and when it came to paying they insisted on cash and would not take ‘no’ for an answer.”
Elton has since been to the police with some local Spanish friends.
But the Guardia Civil insist there is nothing they can do unless the men are caught in the act.
“My advice would be to call the police the minute these guys turn up,” said Elton. “Either that or do what the Spanish do and close the door on them.”