The so-called “magic coin” swindle has arrived in Malaga. Las week, police arrested a man in an arcade in the centre of the capital with 400 normal euro coins and 186 painted black. One-armed bandits can’t detected the painted coins, and the swindle consists of inserting a number of these coins then pressing the Return button without playing. The machine automatically returns the same number of normal coins and the player continues to introduce painted coins and retrieve normal ones until the machine starts spitting out painted ones. The swindle appears to come from the East. Police in the rest of the country have so far arrested several Chinese but the man arrested in Malaga was a Turk.


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