PEAS OFF!: Police continue crackdown on ‘Benidorm’s oldest scam’

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PEA MEN: Some call their practice 'Benidorm's oldest scam'. Photo credit: Shutterstock

BRITSH locals and holidaymakers in Benidorm have urged Spanish police in recent years to take more action in eradicating the street con-artists responsible for ‘Benidorm’s oldest scam’. 

The swindlers, known as the “pea-men”, have been based in Benidorm for over 25 years and they continue to have success in scamming unsuspecting Brits in the popular Costa Blanca resort.

The ‘pea-men’, whose rigged game involves guessing which of their three cups hides a pea, are alleged to scam and pickpocket distracted players and spectators.

However, in a continued fightback against the scammers, Benidorm police say they arrested 33 ‘pea-men’ in August alone as they attempt to crackdown on the illegal activity once and for all.

Whilst the crackdown continues, numerous voices from within the Benidorm community stress that Brits should continue to warn friends and newcomers to the city about the perils of the ‘pea men’.

They advise stopping strangers in the streets from indulging in the games and being vocal over social media to forewarn visitors before they arrive.

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