Cyprus Mail

Arrest in new job scam

A 46-YEAR-OLD Cypriot man was remanded for three days yesterday for allegedly taking money from unemployed people for fake registration and training jobs in Algeria.

Dhekelia SBA police are looking into the scam, which is thought to have been run during July and August.

A complaint was made against the man who was arrested on Monday, stating that he was running an employment office in Xylotymbou, in the Larnaca district.

According to the British bases police spokesman, Andreas Pitsillides, the suspect promised to find people employment provided they paid €35 as a registration fee. They were also expected to pay from €120 to €180 to attend seminars on safety and health.

The unemployed were assured they would have a job by early September as supervisors in a company based in Algeria.

So far 22 people have come forward to say they were deceived but it is believed many more were also scammed.

Last month the state had to shell out to bring back from France around 70 Cypriots who had been scammed into paying hundreds to a Larnaca agency in a similar set up.

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