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Peamen in Benidorm

The Benidorm Pea Men 

WARNING - THE BENIDORM PEA MEN. DO NOT stop, as enticing as it seems with all the cheering and clapping. The majority of the so called spectators are actually members of the gang trying to lure you to stop and take part. They will wave a 20€ or even 50€ note saying they had just won and how easy it is. There is no such thing as a free lunch - you will possibly also lose your wallet in the process as they also work with local pickpockets = expert thieves who will mingle with the distracted people in the crowd and steal their valuables which is why it is important to have nothing to do with them, DO NOT EVEN STOP TO WATCH, CROSS THE ROAD. 

This is the oldest con game in the world - and we are amazed that ANYBODY would fall for it! This is similar to the game Chase the Ace/Hunt the lady, which is played with cards and seen all over the world.

But in Benidorm thousands of people still fall for it every year!  It works like this...A guy will shuffle three shells/potatoes - one of which has a pea or a pebble under it. He will take bets from the crowd - can they guess which shell (or egg-cup etc) the pea (or pebble) is under.He will have a few "plants" in the crowd - and they will win. He will make it easy to guess where the pea is - when YOUR money is not involved. But as soon as you put your money down - he will win easily - He will take your money EVERY TIME!  These men are expert hustlers and you cannot beat them!

We receive countless posts on the facebook group about the police doing nothing regarding the pea men.

Think it´s time we pointed out a few issues that result in the police not actually being able to do very much. Laws in Spain can be complex just like many laws in the UK. The Pea Men are VERY aware of the law. Lets have a look at this closely.

1. It is not illegal to play a game in the street.
2. It is illegal to gamble in the street.
3. The Pea men are not gambling…they are pretending to gamble. There is a big difference under law.
4. When a tourist decides to join in the game by placing a bet, it is the tourist who is breaking the law, not the Pea Men. Remember Gambling is illegal. (This would also apply to a Police Officer in plain clothes)
5. The Pea Men are still not gambling…they are aware it is a trick, so therefore no gamble.
6. The money is offered by the tourist. That is not theft.

WHEN IN BENIDORM:  AVOID THE PEA MEN

In short the only people the police can actually arrest in theory is the tourist. For the police to be able to act against the pea men they must be able to PROVE that the game is deliberately set up as a scam for the purpose of conning tourists. To try to define what is deliberate, the law states a figure of 400€ must be found on the person/people carrying out the scam. The Pea Men are aware of this and simply make sure they do not carry that amount at any one time. This effectively means the Police can do absolutely nothing other than confiscate a cardboard box and a few potatoes and warn them. The surrounding pick pockets are the only ones the Police can actually act against. However, to achieve anything they basically have to catch them red handed carrying out the act. It is not illegal to have money in their pockets and unless they have been foolish enough to hold on to a wallet or purse again they get a warning and off they go.

Stop expecting the Police to act outside of the law and use some common sense. When you see them…WALK ON. Stop to watch and you are inviting trouble.

Update 26th August -Benidorm approves to request a reform of the law so that the trile is considered a crime

The plenary session of the City Council today approved, unanimously and urgently, a motion urging the General Courts to reform the law so that the practice of "illegal activities", such as 'the trile', "do not enjoy the impunity with which current legislation treats them 

PLEASE NOTE THAT GAMBLING IS ILLEGAL IN SPAIN SO IT IS ALSO ILLEGAL TO PLAY THIS GAME

All other information about CRIME and SCAMS can be found in this section of the WEBSITE

Scam Alert

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Was there last week and only seen 1 group of them and not many stopping at them time the police took them of the streets scumbags

Stephen McAlees
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Why don't the hotels or travel agents advise people when booking in about these scum,it would make a lot of old people aware

Stevie pye
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warnings are give out quite often on the Transfer coaches, this is no new thing they have been around for many years, and not just in Benidorm.

Tracy Ann
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Carole Newbery

PASSING ON .....
New trick of the "Pea-men"family....
If there are two of you looking and one of you engage with any other person (who are ALL the same family) but you think they are joe public.......THEY ARE A FAMILY OF THEIVES...

Carole Newbery

PASSING ON .....
New trick of the "Pea-men"family....
If there are two of you looking and one of you engage with any other person (who are ALL the same family) but you think they are joe public.......THEY ARE A FAMILY OF THEIVES ....the tallest , man in that group (has a very pointed nose with dirty teeth) intimidates the other one of you , by walking towards you so you are walking backwards, far enough from your friend, that all his family surround your friend/partner/wife /husband etc....that's the time to watch out for pick pockets/wallet/purse snatches..... That man asks questions , like , you having good holiday, you been beach, you wanna go beach today? You look brown you been here long bla bla bla Etc etc.... all the time walking you backwards and side stepping so you can,t get forward , WHERE are the police when this happens??? He was seen next day doing it to two ladies in there 70-80,s....

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Caz
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Long overdue, they've been a blot on the landscape of beautiful Benidorm for the 25yrs I've been coming. And now for the pickpockets and gypsies who prey on the unsuspecting.

Gillian Butler
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They are out in force tonight on the beach front, can literally see them trying peoples pockets

Connor Dolan
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thank you for the update, call 091 x

Tracy Ann
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Town hall of Benidorm demand a change in national laws to reclassify the activity of the "Trileros" (peamen) as a criminal offence rather than as a simple misdemeanor as it is classified at the moment.
It requires a change in the National penal...

Town hall of Benidorm demand a change in national laws to reclassify the activity of the "Trileros" (peamen) as a criminal offence rather than as a simple misdemeanor as it is classified at the moment.
It requires a change in the National penal code.
They are supported in this demand by the police.

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Tracy Ann
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Saw this today 2 lots of them on beachfront posted video earlier must of be too long

David Haw
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Iv seen this so many times when iv been to Benidorm. What a scam.. there's the guy in action his friends on the look out which you can clearly spot out watching out for the police..absolutely load of rubbish.
Iv said when iv passed don't go there...

Iv seen this so many times when iv been to Benidorm. What a scam.. there's the guy in action his friends on the look out which you can clearly spot out watching out for the police..absolutely load of rubbish.
Iv said when iv passed don't go there you'll never win . They keep getting away with it tho ..

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Lynn Yoxall
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These people are not just here in Benidorm - 26 "Peamen" detained in one operation in Palma Mallorca yesterday.

Note: In Benidorm last year there were more than 1000 detentions by the police on people involved.

Tracy Ann
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Saw them yesterday on the Sea front,and there was a large crowd.I tried to warn people but the fools just ignored me but people still got scammed and when the lookouts saw a
police car coming they scattered like hell

Stephen Rowcroft
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Most of the crowd is relations and sad to say. Some English are also in the crowd doing for a small payment

Jean doherty
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Yes sadly people do still get caught out by then. Its best just to stay away from them. If you try to warn people they can turn quite nasty. x

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