OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil in Pilar de la Horadada have arrested a 27-year-old man for renting out flats in the area that didn’t belong to him.
The man, living in Pilar, and released on probation, also tried to sell a house that was owned by an 80-year-old disabled woman.
Police first became wary of a possible scam when a home was sold in nearby Torre de la Horadada and subsequent investigations confirmed their suspicions.
The fake owner of the home falsified information on the register of property by putting it into his name and thus able to put it on the market.
The house was registered to an 80-year-old German lady who was known to the local authorities as being disabled and monitored by them. Alarm bells began to ring.
Further investigations showed the scammer had set up a property website under the name of Pablo Mar SL on which he offered homes for sale and rent in the Torre de la Horadada area.
It was the very low sale prices of the advertised properties not belonging to the man that raised some suspicion.
However, by the time the scam had come to light, a total of €32,000 had been paid as a deposit by one buyer and a further €500 in advance rental payments from another unwary customer.
Investigations continue to establish how many more people may have been caught out by this sophisticated con man.