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Travellers planning a Spanish vacation have been warned of a community of property scammers primarily based within the Canary Islands.

A minimum of 60 holidaymakers have been victims of this rip-off.

They thought they had been reserving and paying for a luxurious villa within the fashionable islands of Fuerteventura. Nonetheless, it turned out that the property had already been booked.

The Spanish police have arrested two suspects and are investigating six others.

It’s believed extra holidaymakers have been affected however the circumstances have not been confirmed but.

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In the meanwhile, the scammers have taken over 70,000 euros (round £60,000) from holidaymakers.

The continuing investigation started final month when the Spanish police began receiving complaints from holidaymakers who booked luxurious villas through an internet company.

Travellers reported the vacation properties they booked by means of the platform had been marketed on its web site and social media.

Nonetheless, the company was allegedly utilizing photos of properties marketed by the principle web tour operators and supplied them as its personal.

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“As soon as these affected made the reservations and arrived on the property, they discovered the villas already occupied by visitors who had rented them from the tour operators who had been granted the lawful administration of the properties,” defined the Spanish police Guardia Civil.

“In different circumstances, the reservation situations had been modified hours earlier than coming into the villas.

“The scammers supplied them options that ranged from relocating to smaller complexes that didn’t conform to what was marketed, to leaving these affected immediately with out lodging.”

Police say vacationers must be very cautious when reserving a vacation property, particularly luxurious villas marketed at low costs.

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The Spanish police additionally requested to verify the quantity of people that have beforehand rented the property, in addition to their critiques, earlier than reserving.

Vacationers ought to keep away from making funds by means of financial institution transfers, particularly if the fee is requested to be made prematurely.

The police additionally requested to avoid wasting all communication, similar to messages or emails, with the company.

Spanish authorities warned vacationers ought to solely be making reservations on platforms of identified legitimacy.

Britons must be retaining all of the invoices, promoting brochures, contracts and different documentation as proof in case the worst occurs.

In case of a declare or criticism, these might be wanted.

Holidaymakers ought to ask for a contract or rental affirmation when making the reserving.

Extra reporting by Rita Sobot