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Con artists coming out in force on Crete

One woman has been arrested and another is being sought after allegedly pretending to be officials from the Hania Prefecture on Crete during phony inspections of local stores that netted them 2,415 euros in a single day. Police said that the two women entered several corner shops in Hania on Sunday and said they were conducting checks to see if the owners had licenses to sell tobacco products. In three stores, they demanded payment from the proprietors to ensure that their operating licenses were not revoked, according to officers. Both women are Greek and police are investigating whether they have targeted other shops on the island. The arrest of one of the suspects comes just hours after a 33-year-old man was caught allegedly conning businessmen on Santorini out of tens of thousands of euros by pretending to be a senior Development Ministry official.