Fake cop extortion not an isolated case, reports show

A scammer who has been extorting visitors out of their money has done so at least four times, according to the judicial Investigating Organization.

The crook pretends to be an undercover anti-drug agents and entraps tourists and threatens them with jail. Then he suggests a bribe for him to forget the whole event.

A.M. Costa Rica outlined one case Thursday.
Judicial workers have classified the crime as extortion and said that four persons showed up to the office where complaints are taken to describe their experiences. Since many persons do not report such crimes, the number of victims probably is much higher.

The tourist who recounted the crime for Thursday’s story said that he encountered the man at the Mercado Central. A check with the municipal-run facility over the weekend established that the market does not have cameras to monitor shoppers.

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