National Police have arrested two men, a 21 and 28 year old for swindling 7,750 euros for non existant holiday home accomodation rentals in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The detained, both with previous convictions, were arrested in the borough of Telde, Gran Canaria.
The scammers placed multiple adverts on a well-known website offering housing for rent in tourist areas in the south of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and went on to charge a total of 7,750 euros fraudulently and then threatening one of their victims with violence, if he reported to police what had happened.
The Guardia Civil were contacted by several people who denounced that they had been victims of a scam and that they had paid for rentals which did not exist.
It is alleged that the acused used the anonymity of the internet and tricked victims into believing they they were dealing with bona fide accomodation agencies by creating three accounts with different banks, tricking clients into believe that they were dealing with a genuine rental agency, into which they received transfer of funds from their victims.
The bank accounts then enabled police to trace and arrest the offenders.
Both defendants have been charged with deception and threatening behaviour and have been sent to court in Gran Canaria, no further information is available at this time.