A MANHUNT is underway for an alleged British fraudster who ‘conned’ English holidaymakers out of thousands of euros.
The alleged conwoman, who uses seven different names, is accused of placing dozens of fake holiday rental adverts on Facebook to hook in victims.
For at least two years expat and mother-of-two Paula-Louise Neale, from London, advertised lettings on the Costa del Sol and inland Andalucia, taking payments via Paypal.
The Olive Press understands that their case has been built around at least eight different victims.
Sheeba Gharda told the Olive Press in August that she had lost £750 (€800) when she made a payment for a holiday home ‘el Capricio’ in Marbella.
She had made the booking through one of Neale’s aliases ‘Cristina Lori’, but when they arrived the rental did not exist and they were forced to pay out another £600 (€640) for another booking.
Another victim lost €2,000 after Neale asked if she could use his Paypal account to hold some money being sent by a client.
David Rowe, 49, who knew her as Paula Ariza, ‘a stage actress from Chicago’, started receiving phone calls from five different prospective holidaymakers who couldn’t get in contact with ‘Christina Lori’ – the woman they had rented a villa from.
Rowe, who runs his own consulting group, paid out the money to ensure he ‘wasn’t going to be brought into a scam’ and has since issued a denuncia for her arrest and is awaiting a court date to give evidence against Neale.
Another victim lost €1,000 in rent and damages after Neale allegedly trashed a three-bedroom terrace in Ardales this summer.
Our source told the Olive Press she used AirBnB to rent the property but after two months she was no longer paying rent, blaming it on the fact that ‘her husband had just died’ and she had no money.
It took cleaners three days to make the house fit for purpose again.
She said: “By the time these people realise there is a problem, you’ve got until next summer. “Then if she changes her name and comes back to Spain with a new NIE number you’re a completely different person.”
Neale even appeared on an online reality show Mum to Millionaire in 2015, on which she boasted of her riches saying she had been working as an actor in Bollywood and ‘hoped to go out to the far east for work’.
In reality, Neale, who is understood to be living in Calahonda, is wanted by the UK tax authorities for unpaid bills.
On documents seen by the Olive Press, despite being fully abled herself, Neale used her car, which is modified for her disabled father, to get a €45 discount on a recent parking ticket in Fuengirola.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact them on 952 071 539.