It would be a real estate investment in solid gold: buy parking spaces, to collect monthly rents. But it’s also now the subject of a scam set up by crooks who disappear with customer placements… along with imaginary parking spaces.
You may have heard of it: parking spaces would be an interesting investment. A juicy business which has also recently stirred up the greed of crooks. To invest, the internet is full of sites that promise high returns, “100% secure” investments.
We fill in our contact details … and very quickly, the calls rain. Our interlocutors say they work for large companies. One of them introduces himself: ” Christophe at the Eiffage concessions group machine, I will send you an information email with all the available places “. “It allows you to diversify your savings,” boast another on the phone. “Vinci is a great group, there is nothing to worry about. ” A third claims to be in partnership with the Indigo group.
Problem: Eiffage, Vinci, Indigo, whom we contacted, deny selling parking spaces in this way. All three groups have filed identity theft complaints.
Patrick Mangeat, retired, did not realize the deception in time. For 18,000 euros, he thought he was buying a parking space at Lisbon airport, won over by the high rents he thought he would cash. He remembers a very convincing interlocutor. “He was like ‘Patrick, how are you’, he called me by my first name. Ultimately I could say that I have better contact with this person than with my correspondent at the bank! “
After a month, Patrick Mangeat does receive a first rent of 101 euros. And he reinvests. In all, he is sending 42,500 euros by bank transfer to an account he believed to belong to the Vinci group abroad. But this is a usurpation: the payments stop, Patrick has lost everything. He has no recourse. ” It hurts. When you haven’t experienced it, it’s easy to think, “I wouldn’t have done it.” But when we are in it we are caught and we are led to do it. They can ruin retirees. “
Seized multiple reports, the gendarme of the sector warns in a press release: ” the financial markets authority warns against proposals for investment in parking lots (..) Beware of advertisements that you see on the internet and particularly on social networks. “
In Nancy, the ADC France association is trying to unite the victims of this scam. About a hundred have already come forward. And it continues. “It’s all the time, all the time, all the time,” blows its president Guy Grandgirard. “All cases combined, we are between 25,000 and 30,000 euros on average. “ For some, the damage can even reach several hundred thousand euros.
According to Guy Grandgirard, behind these scams are hidden networks that operate from abroad, and seduce with excessively attractive returns. “Because 12% return, nobody can do that! “ he sighs. So far, complaints from victims have gone unanswered. The association hopes that a collective complaint will interest more magistrates and investigators, because in the meantime, the scam continues.
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