Tourist “buys” tablet for 15 euros and then scammed for 3,090!
Police are advising tourists to be vigilant after one holidaymaker thought he had bought a tablet for the bargain price of 15 euros but was charged 3,090 euros on his credit card.
The 85-year-old man only discovered the scam when he returned home the day he picked his purchase up in Gran Canaria.
However, he was so incensed that he returned and went straight to the police in Mogan who have subsequently arrested three suspects.
The Civil Guard says this method of overcharging has been tried before on several occasions in the tourist resorts of the Canaries.
The method is the same. The unsuspecting tourist goes into a shop and is offered a product such as a tablet or laptop at a bargain price.
When they agree to buy it, the shopkeeper asks what day they are going home and when told, informs the buyer to return on that day as the product needs some sort of updating. They do this so the person has no time to realise they have been scammed as payment is swiped on the same day they return home.
The three men arrested in Mogan are aged 32, 37 and 43 and described as “foreigners”.
The 85-year-old man was duped in an electronics store in the town of Puerto Rico. One of the trio is said to be the owner of the shop.