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Interpol looking for man behind job scam

POLICE are working with Interpol to find a man wanted in connection with a scam involving over €260,000 taken from people duped into shelling out in return for a job abroad. 

The man is believed to have a fake Greek ID and is related to a company that was set up in Larnaca as an employment agency.

According to police, at least 423 people signed a contract, paying €620 each to the company which promised them they would be given work in the construction industry in France. This would place the amount of money the man allegedly took to over €262,000.

Police are currently chasing up clues which suggest the man may be Tunisian. Deputy police spokeswoman Nicoletta Tyrimou called any member of the public who could help with investigations to come forward.

The state recently repatriated 72 people who got stuck in France after falling for the scam. Police have taken statements from them and others. Tyrimou said the investigation began when those who were tricked returned home. Previously the company was being investigated for operating without a licence. The office has been shut since last week.

The men who were duped had signed documents with the firm saying they would get one-way plane tickets to France, a few days’ worth of hotel stay and a salary of €1,000 a month.

In the end all they got was a weekend in a hotel.

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