SCAMS IN BARCELONA (part 1)
Barcelona is a great city to live, no doubt. Unfortunately, in the last couple of years it also became a famous place for scammers.
There are so many different ways that you can get scammed, so the main advice is to be careful.
I will start with the flat/apartment scam. Many of our clients send us flats telling us “We like this one”. And the flats were definitely very nice, modern furniture, good location and of course a very good deal with the price. And here is the catch and where you must realize that something is not right: The rule can be resumed like this: If you see a flat that is too good to be true, it Is probably a scam. How do they work? They tell you that they are out of the city, travelling, on a ship or any other excuse they can find not to meet you in person. Then they would ask you to send a small deposit and then they will post you the key. Of course they won´t and you´ll never from them again.
Another scam that became popular in the last couple of years is related to the gas installations. Companies (sometimes legal and sometimes not even registered) come to your building and to your flat saying that they are Gas Natural and that you are obligated to do the revision of the gas and of course pay them for this. The amount depends on the company. If the company is an existing one, by contract there is a period when you can ask your money back, but if not – money is lost. The bottom line here is: Do not open the door to anybody you don´t know, no matter how legitimate everything sounds or even if they use the name of a well-known company.