Two men arrested for Canary holiday home scam
Two men have been arrested in Gran Canaria for advertising false vacation homes in the Canary Islands.
Police said the two suspects, aged 21 and 28, both with police records, are accused of cheating tourists out of 7,750 euros.
They advertised holiday homes in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and then threatened their victims so they would not report them.
The arrests in Telde were triggered after complaints filed with the Civil Guard from several people who said they paid for a house they rented via the internet but never got to occupy.
The police discovered that similar complaints had been lodged at other police stations in relation to a series of scams carried out with vacation rentals in the tourist areas of the south of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and there was a common link.
Covered by the supposed anonymity of the internet, the alleged authors created rental ads through a well-known website and managed to deceive many victims, making them believe that they were participating in a seemingly real rental business.
For this, they created up to three accounts in different banking entities, in which they received transfers from the victims.
One of the victims told police that after recognising that it was a scam, the individual he contacted by telephone threatened her if she went to report the facts to the police.
The two individuals were located in the district of Ojos de Garza, in Telde, where they were arrested for alleged crimes of fraud and threats.