British expatriate allegedly scammed by company in Murcia, Spain as police investigate | Travel News | To travel

The company was supposed to provide home care to elderly British expatriates living in Mazarrón in Murcia, according to Spanish police. An investigation was opened after a 90-year-old woman was allegedly scammed by her caregiver.

Police discovered the elderly expatriate was living alone and had no immediate family when she was allegedly targeted for the scam.

After the raid on the company, police seized € 45,000 and £ 3,600 in cash as well as bank cards and personal documents belonging to the alleged victims.

The carer who was supposed to care for the elderly woman has been identified by police as another British citizen of the area.

It is claimed that the woman took over the house from the alleged victim and all of the elderly woman’s savings.

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The Guardia Civil released a statement saying, “Officers established that the caregiver abused the elderly woman’s trust and took control of her home and savings.

“She had sold the property, became joint owner of the woman’s bank account, and was spending the money on purchases for herself that had nothing to do with the victim’s needs.”

The woman was charged with aggravated fraud, document forgery and disloyal administration.

It is reported that the caregiver has gained the trust of the victim to obtain consent for all transactions.

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Police determined that she was allegedly targeting victims who did not speak Spanish and had little access to assistance.

The Guardia Civil is reportedly still investigating the company to see if there are other possible victims.

Police fear that up to a dozen victims may have been targeted by the company.

The statement said: “Officers learned that the arrested Briton was looking for other Britons living in Mazarrón – mostly elderly people with no family support and no knowledge of Spanish – and providing home care. ”

It is also a popular tourist destination offering 35 kilometers of coastline and many leisure activities.

There are around 31,500 inhabitants and many archaeological sites including Cabezo del Plomo.

Mazzarón is considered one of the best dive sites in Spain and there are many diving schools as well as dolphin watching tours.

It is located around 45 minutes drive from Murcia International Airport and enjoys around 315 days of sunshine per year.

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