Six arrested for more than 200 car sale scams
Police believe more than 200 people have been swindled by a car gang which bought second-hand rental vehicles and then turned the clocks back before reselling them.
They have already identified victims in Guadalajara, Toledo, Ávila, Madrid, Caceres, Castellón, Tarragona, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Bizkaia, Malaga, Jaen and Almeria.
They would have been charged a substantially higher price for buying a car with low mileage when in fact the clocks had been tampered with and turned back thousands of kilometres.
Six people have been arrested in the framework of a Civil Guard operation codenamed “Custom”.
The gang was based in Madrid and Guadalajara but acted all over the country, using a motorbike association as a front and several go-betweens.
Police said the car sales were often conducted in car-parks to avoid detection. The vehicles were mostly high-end models.
The men arrested are all aged between 33 and 42 and now face charges of fraud, forgery and conspiracy.
The Civil Guard also seized documentation, numerous car keys, mobile phones, cash, computer equipment and stamps for six companies.
Although 200 scams have already been detected, investigations remain open as police believe there could be considerably more.