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AN investigative documentary by Spanish TV station RTVE has found that over 40 families have been taken in by a holiday rental scam in the Marina Alta and La Safor areas of the Valencian Community.

“La Mañana” broadcast showed how the online scam advertised non-existent properties for rent in Denia, Javea and Oliva, asking for a deposit to secure the holiday rental, always less than €400 to avoid it falling into the area of serious fraud.

A few days before the holiday was due to start the “home owner” would contact the customer and say that the property had been repossessed by the bank and their deposit would be returned in good time. Of course it never was, and the programme estimates that the scammer had collected around €24,000 prior to the programme being broadcast.

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