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Pair face prison for Costa del Sol holiday apartment rental scam

Tourists on the Costa del Sol. File photograph.
Tourists on the Costa del Sol. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • It is claimed that the amounts scammed from victims ranged from 100 to 750 euros and prosecutors in Malaga are calling for five-year prison sentences for the alleged fraud

They claimed to be the son and daughter-in-law of the owner of the apartments, which they offered for holiday rentals - however, it was all a scam, they did not have any properties on the Costa.

It was, instead, a setup with which tricked people into paying them deposits thinking that would enjoy a few days by the sea - according to the Malaga Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The defendants’ scam started in 2018 when they allegedly conned a man into providing his father’s identification document. They then started publishing advertisements for holiday rental apartments located along the Andalusian coast on web portals such as Milanuncios and Vibbo. And to give credibility to the transactions they used the identity of the man whose document they had obtained.

According to the Prosecutor's Office the pair scammed “a multitude of people” posing as the son and daughter-in-law of the owner of the apartments, fixing rental dates and asking for a deposit for the properties that they didn’t possess.

It is alleged that the amounts scammed ranged from 100 to 750 euros, adding up to a total amount of 3,879 euros from the transactions.

Prosecutors are calling for five-year prison sentences for each of the two defendants if they are found guilty of fraud. The man also faces an additional charge of threatening to kill after he allegedly forced a victim in Fuengirola to provide her bank account number.