A conman from Bulgaria had been scamming would-be shepherds to make them pay for non-existent jobs in Australia. He has now been arrested in Spain. You just can't make up these stories.
A man named Dimitar Dimitrov P. has been arrested in the coastal town of Torrevieja, according to a police statement on Tuesday.
The National Police (in Spanish) is reporting that the 40-year-old was the subject of an international arrest warrant. His crime? He had been scamming Bulgarian job-seekers who were hoping to find work in Australia as shepherds.
The background is that in February 2000, the alleged conman placed a job ad in the Bulgarian press advertising the alleged positions. Candidates that applied were then asked to complete a form supposedly created by an Australian Government agency acting as an intermediary between the candidates and farmers.
What the applicants had to do next was to send in their details, along with a small fee. However, the jobs did not exist, the Australia Government agency was totally fictitious and the small fee was going into said conman's pocket.
Reportedly 221 victims fell for the scam before the conman was stopped.