A PROLIFERATION of fraudsters trying to scam money out of tourists entering Gibraltar has led to Spanish authorities putting up warning signs.
The illuminated traffic information boards are now showing messages in English including ‘No tax for crossing to Gibraltar’ and ‘Beware of unofficial requests’.
During the summer traffic increases on the road to the Rock so much that that it can be slowed to a crawl – a situation the scammers take advantage of.
Often wearing official-looking ID round their neck, they approach cars and demand money. One trick is to scrawl ‘OK’ on the car windscreen with a marker pen, which supposedly allows people to park anywhere in Gibraltar.
On other occasions visitors are directly asked for fee to allow them to cross the border.