GUARDIA Civil officers in Castellon on the mainland of Spain have arrested a 22-year-old man in Amposta (Tarragona) for allegedly extracting money by fraudulent means on the Internet.
It is reported that people in a number of regions across the country, including the Balearics, were tricked by the accused into purchasing computer products which he failed to deliver.
According to Guardia Civil sources, the fraud entailed 1'400 euros and affected people in Zaragoza, Madrid, Murcia, Alicante, the Balearics, and Castellon.
Investigations were begun when the alarm was raised by a fraud victim in Peñiscola (Castellon).
A data transmission fraud squad were able to confirm that computer products had been sold by a particular individual through different sites on the Internet and that he had failed to deliver the goods.
The alleged culprit was identified only as 22-year-old O.M.S., residing in the locality of Amposta and qualified as a Systems Information Administrator.
He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and his computer impounded pending further investigation.
The Guardia Civil are continuing investigations to try and locate other possible victims who have not as yet filed legal complaints. In the case of minor fraud, some people decide not to take further action.