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Bogus gas men 'swindled thousands' out of expatriates, pensioners and the disabled across the country
19 March 2014 @ 13:50

AT LEAST 2,000 residents throughout Spain – mostly pensioners, expatriates and the disabled – have been swindled out of hundreds or thousands of euros a head by bogus gas men charging extortionate fees for unnecessary 'maintenance'.

A total of 60 gas inspection companies have been uncovered so far and 12 people arrested, mostly in Valencia and on the Costa Blanca, in Andalucía and the Balearic Islands but also in Madrid, Catalunya, Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León.

They would turn up on spec at people's houses – mostly those they felt would be a 'soft target' such as expats, the elderly or disabled – and said they were there to carry out the regular mandatory inspection on their gas bottle connections.


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