Málaga victims in wine harvest jobs scam

Fraudster promised jobs in France, but demanded up-front transport cost of €85

Victims were promised work harvesting grapes, but the jobs never materialised (Photo: EFE archive)

AROUND 30 unemployed people who arrived at Málaga’s bus station in early September expecting to be transported to France for seasonal work on the grape harvest were left bitterly disappointed. The focus of their frustration was a suspected 40-year-old fraudster who has finally been detained on Tenerife.

Close to 200 people across Andalucía are thought to have been scammed, plus others in Madrid, Murcia, Valencia and elsewhere, in what the National Police described as a “massive fraud”.

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