Men arrested in Mojacar for internet scam

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THREE men were arrested in Mojacar and a woman in Madrid charged with internet fraud.

They advertised computers, digital cameras, pets, telephones and cars for sale on the internet, and after receiving the money, allegedly failed to deliver the products to the buyers, according to Guardia Civil.

More than 200 victims have been identified, with more likely. The detainees have been charged with illegal association, fraud, document falsification and using the identity of other persons.

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The investigation began in July after the Guardia Civil detected the group’s activity on websites dedicated to private sales, where they offered electrical goods at extremely low prices in more than 300 advertisements.

They initially identified one of the detainees, with initials J.F.R. aged 20, in Mojacar who used more than 31 different e-mail addresses to place the ads. The others were identified soon afterwards, despite them frequently changing their place of residence and phone numbers. These were C.R.G. aged 40 and M.A.F.R. aged 28 both arrested in Mojacar.

The Madrid woman was identified as E.K., aged 28. The Guardia Civil also traced 35 online payment accounts opened by the detainees, and more than 20 bank accounts associated to them where transactions amounting to up to €45,000 were registered. Properties were searched in Mojacar and Fuenlabrada (Madrid), revealing incriminating evidence, and several computers were seized along with documents of interest in the investigation, police said.


Victims of the fraud came forward in La Coruña, Pontevedra, Asturias, Santander, Avila, Segovia, Valladolid, Madrid, Valencia, Castellon, Alicante, Murcia, Toledo, Albacete, Cuenca, Barcelona, Andalucía and the Basque Country, although there are thought to be more, and it hasn’t been ruled out that the detainees may be involved in other similar crimes.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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