AROUND 20 unemployed people in Malaga have fallen victim to a scam advertising a fake job in France.
The advert, which was posted on website Milanuncios, asked prospective applicants for €85 towards the cost of coming to France to take up a job helping with the wine harvest. In return the advert offered over €4,000 worth of work to employees. Police now say this was a “massive scam.”
On investigating, National Police found the man had posted 26 job adverts on the website, leaving around 20 out of pocket in Malaga province, and also another 170 in other areas of Spain including Madrid, Murcia and Valencia.
The alleged perpetrator, Juan Antonio P, aged 40, previously lived in Antequera and was arrested in Tenerife. He is said to have posted messages offering people €87.84 a day, working six days a week for nine weeks; a total sum of €4,743. Police believe the man may have made around €16,000 from the scam.
The adverts were posted on Milanuncios between late May and early June. Allegedly Juan Antonio P exchanged telephone numbers with interested parties, giving them details of the work and eventually asking for €85 to cover the cost of their transport to and from France. When potential employees went to the bus station to catch the supposed coach to France, however, they found no transport had been arranged and the man’s phone turned off.