A VALENCIAN con artist has been arrested after lying his ‘brother was a policeman’ to win the trust of unwary victims.
Ricardo M. G., 43, chatted online to prospective buyers of his car while claiming honesty and virtue by means of his imaginary crime-fighting sibling.
Ricardo then requested a down payment before going cold and refusing to return any calls or messages.
Ricardo is understood to have made thousands from the scam.
He was nabbed when an off-duty Policía Local agent in Paterna spotted the wanted man parking his Audi A3 in a commercial centre.
Six uniformed agents arrived and cuffed him on suspicion of fraud.
Investigations are underway to link the man to other similar crimes in the region.