Fake gas inspection scam alert issued by police in Spain

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SPAIN’S National Police force is warning the public, but especially the elderly, to be on their guard for scams involving fake ‘gas inspectors’.

Typically, the con artists turn up the homes of the victims to perform installation inspections and then charge hundreds of euros for replacing any past use-by date gas hoses that only cost a fraction of the price.

They often wearing official-looking uniforms and carry dubious ID and clipboards.

The police say that official gas distributors and inspectors always "notify in advance, by letter and set an appointment", so an unexpected knock at your door and visit should be a reason for suspicion.

They also add that if a payment is immediately demanded in cash or even with a credit card, it also a sign of a scam.

National Police officers say that the victims are, in most cases, the elderly and the vulnerable and ask for everyone’s help to spread the word and stop the scam.

Karl Smallman

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  1. Alan Bowman

Many of the victims are foreign immigrants who have recently arrived and are not aware of what should happen.

 
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