FOUR people have been detained under suspicion of defrauding up to €50,000 from clients in a bar in Puerto Banús.
The police suspect the accused tricked their victims in order to obtain their pin numbers, and if possible, their cards.
Two women posed as customers on a night out in the bar. They then proceeded to spend some time with the target, spike their drink and then encourage them to reveal their PIN numbers and to make withdrawals.
The two owners of the bar in question were also in on the scheme and allegedly received commission for each transaction carried out.
The women had portable credit card units, which were used until each bank account had either been exhausted or the unusual withdrawals were noticed by the cardholder´s bank.
So far eight separate incidents have been reported. One such incident revealed that in less than ten minutes fourteen withdrawals had been carried out, each of almost €5000.
A number of other employees at the bar in question are being examined as it is thought that they had knowledge of the frauds taking place.