Otívar Town Hall has issued a warning to its villagers concerning the presence of gasman scammers, claiming to be from Repsol.
The ‘gasmen’ say that they have to carry out obligatory checks on gas installations, something that is completely untrue.
There are two kinds of gasman scams: one, the callers are bona-fide gas fitters who will carry out a check of your installations and over charge for the inspection. The scam in this case is that there is no such things as an obligatory gas-installation check. The only time that somebody will come round to do this is if you have asked Repsol for such a visit. If you haven’t requested one, then don’t let them in.
The second type of scam is carried out by thieves who pose as gas fitters in order to gain access to your home. Whilst one keeps you occupied in the kitchen looking at the installations, the other is rifling through your bedroom drawers looking for jewellery and cash.
In both cases, do not let them past your front door – they do not have the right to enter. If it is a bona-fide gas fitter and you let him in, he has every right to charge you for the over-priced services rendered. If it is a thief…
If this type of scam is making the rounds in Otivar, then you can bet that they are targeting other small villages because they have high percentages of elderly residents.
(News: Otivar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)