1 Aug, 2019 @ 11:39
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WARNING for Brits who leave their homes in Spain empty after scammers move in and ‘rent them out’ to unsuspecting victims on Costa del Sol

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BRITS who leave their Spanish boltholes empty for long periods of time may want to consider extra security measures. 

It comes after three Spaniards were arrested in Marbella last month for their alleged involvement in a sophisticated rental scam.

The trio are accused of illegally entering homes before renting them out to unsuspecting victims, charging a year’s rent in advance.

The three men, aged 41, 42 and 51, were rumbled after the manager of an estate discovered damage in a property she managed, as well as unexplained water and electricity charges.

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Policia Nacional launched an investigation and quickly identified the three men as prime suspects.

They observed as the men began scouting out homes and carrying out surveillance to determine which properties were empty.

The group took photos and advertised the homes online through ‘screen companies to give greater credibility and an appearance of legality,’ police said.

The trio, who have prior convictions relating to money scams, raked in at least €80,000 from their latest operation.

They are in prison ahead of a trial.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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