Fake worker scams €35,000 from elderly woman

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Fake worker scams €35,000 from elderly woman

A MAN pretending to be from Endesa has swindled a 90-year-old woman in Malaga City.

Police are now trying to find the alleged thief who is believed to be a “young man, between 25 and 30 years old, with short curly hair and a Spanish accent.”

The incident occurred at around 1pm when the man knocked on the woman’s door, telling her “we are changing the metres and I have to do a series of checks on your home.”  He was let in and begun to ask the woman to turn the property’s lights on and off.  When her carer arrived he also instructed them to check the electrics.  He allegedly held a mobile phone to his ear all the time pretending to be reporting back to his team.

When he left, the woman checked on her belongings in her bedroom but found her jewellery and €35,000 in cash had been taken.

Police are warning this type of scam is becoming commonplace, with the elderly often targeted.  The Ministry of the Interior has warned people never to allow strangers in their house, particularly if they claim they are carrying out a review as companies always warn customers before any inspections.  They recommend instead calling the company to check before allowing someone into a property.

Last month it was revealed five people had been arrested in Seville for scamming holiday-makers online.

The group allegedly conned their victims out of around €7,000 by promising holiday rentals in properties in Malaga, Cadiz and Huelva.  The accused are said to have used an internet shopping site to get in contact with holiday-makers before charging them €200 for a bogus reservation.

A total of 28 complaints were made against the group, according to one publication, 21 of whom were from Seville.

The same month, another internet scam tricked 190 people, including 20 unemployed people in Malaga.

An advert promising fake grape harvesting jobs in France was posted on website Milanuncios, asking prospective applicants for €85 towards the cost of coming to France to take up a job helping with the wine harvest.  In return the job description 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.

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