4 Sep, 2019 @ 14:19
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Fake charity worker steals expat’s phone in shock new tactic on Spain’s Costa Blanca

A THIEF posing as a charity worker has stolen a brand new iPhone X from a Brit expat while she was dining in a Costa Blanca restaurant.

‘Distraction tactics’ were used as the con artist approached Jacqueline Parker and her two nephews whilst eating out in Javea’s Arenal area.

The ‘pregnant-looking woman’ put a begging note on top of the Javea resident’s phone, before snatching both as staff asked her to leave.

‘NEVER SEEN BEFORE’: Staff at the Arenal restaurant said it was the first time they had seen the con tactic in action

“It’s caused so much hassle and upset I would rather people knew how this happened,” Jacqueline told the Olive Press.

She said the woman came ‘inside’ the restaurant – which is not being named – and put the card over her phone.

Her getaway was so quick, neither Jacqueline’s family nor staff initially noticed.

However, after using the ‘Find My Phone’ app failed, Local Police were called.

“The police were brilliant. They looked everywhere but came back with nothing,” Jacqueline added.

“The waitress said it was the first time she had come across this situation.

“Please be aware that this is happening and keep your personal belongings safe.”

The iPhone X was ‘brand new’, and has a starting price of  €1,000.

Have you had your personal belongings stolen by con tactics in Spain? Contact the Olive Press on newsdesk@theolivepress.es. 

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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