Warning: Fake Costa del Sol Taxi Scam

The British Foreign Office in their travel advisory to Spain is telling tourists to book their airport or taxi transfer with a licensed company.

 

A British Holiday maker raised the alarm after he was approached by a ‘fake’ taxi driver on the Costa del Sol.

Sam Simmons, said he and his partner were waiting at a bus stop in Calahonda when a white hatchback pulled up.

The 50-year-old tourist said the driver of the car told him that the buses had been cancelled and that he would drive the pair to Fuengirola.

While speaking about the incident to Euro Weekly News, Sam said: “I was about to get in but luckily my partner had more sense and slammed the door.

“The man became very verbally aggressive and then sped off.

“I wouldn’t consider getting into a stranger’s car at home but when in holiday mode I let my guard down.

Sam added: “This wasn’t a taxi though just some chancer – who knows what he was thinking of doing!”

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for Spain says: “Most visits to Spain are trouble-free, but you should be alert to the existence of crime, especially thieves using distraction techniques.” 

Officials also advise people to book their taxi or airport transfer through a reputable firm such as https://www.solhop.com/.