The clipboard scam is back with what seems to be an unpleasant new twist.
For more than 10 years, men and women, usually of Romanian nationality, have been approaching tourists all over Spain, claiming to be members of a Deaf and Dumb charity. They normally show a poorly-photocopied sheet on a clipboard and ask for your name and address in support. Then they reveal a column which shows that the other names (all fake) have donated €10, €20 or €30, and ask you to make a donation as well.
So far so pathetic, but mory worrying are recent reports that the scammers are once again active in Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, and are now threatening, spitting or even throwing stones at those who refuse to sign or who try to warn others. Police have warned citizens not to fall for the scam, and we’d add that any threats should be immediately reported to police.