Got an email from a friend back home in Finland this morning. What an Christmas present he got!
He and his wife wanted to buy a small holiday apartment in Gibraltar, or the vicinity in the Spanish side of the border. They were there three weeks late October, to see what's available. Not too much, Gibraltar is small and market very restricted.
Two weeks ago he got a call from someone working on the agency in Gibraltar they are using. A small one bedroom apartment they had already seen and made an offer which the seller refused as too low, is now available. Owner has not got a better offer, and is finally willing to sell. He needs 20,000 € as soon as possible to secure the deal. My friend transferred the money, everything should be OK. Right?
No. The money is missing, as well as this former employee of the real estate agency. The owner of the apartment has not agreed to sell, in fact he had withdrawn his apartment from market early November. Police both in Gibraltar and Finland are now involved, looking for the rogue real estate agent.
Nice Christmas present. But, even he is a friend of mine I have to ask how stupid must a man be to transfer that kind of the money only because of one phone call, without any signed papers or guarantees?