OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil in Castellón are investigating three people for fraud, in a case involving the sale of vehicles in Benicasim.
The gang are suspected of purchasing a number of vehicles valued at around 10,500 euro, but only paying 1,000 before selling them on to a third person for 10,000 euro.
The officers became aware of the scam when one of the victims reported having responded to a flyer left on the windscreen of their car, offering 10,500 euro for the sale of the vehicle, but that they only received the 1,000 euro deposit.
The Guardia Civil investigated and found three people engaged in the purchase and sale of second-hand vehicles, falsifying documents, of both the vehicle and legal owner, in order to commit the criminal acts.
Once the original process was identified, the investigators then found that the vehicles were subsequently passed on to another person in the town of Alcora for a value of 10,000 euro.
All of the people identified in the scam had previous convictions for similar offences and were brought before the courts.
This investigation coincided with another major crime operation conducted across Castilla y León, Cádiz and Albacete, investigating a criminal network that would import vehicles leased in Germany and transport them into Spain for subsequent sale.
That investigation began after the inspection of a vehicle sales business in the Madrid town of Alcalá de Henares, where a vehicle was found to display characteristics similar to one stolen n Germany.
After the analysis of the intervened documentation and the study of the vehicle, the officers were able to identify a group of Romanian nationals who were operating the scam, so far having sold ten vehicles to innocent victims in Spain.
The traffic department not only recommend using reputable and trustworthy garages with a proven track record, but also remind any would-be buyer that a vehicle´s history can be checked via the website, dgt.es, for a small fee but greater peace of mind.