EUROPEAN arrest warrants have been issued for three men, a Tunisian, a Bulgarian and Greek national, in connection with a scam involving over €260,000 taken from people duped into shelling cash out in return for a guaranteed job abroad.
Police confirmed on Wednesday that they had contacted authorities in Europe in their attempts to locate the three men who are believed to be behind the scam.
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 scammed to over €262,000.
The state recently repatriated 72 people who got stuck in France after falling for the scam. Police have taken statements from them and others. Police said the investigation began when those who were tricked returned home. Previously the company was being investigated for operating without a licence. The office shut almost two weeks ago.
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.