"In cyberspace, buyer beware!" Spanish News Site Olive Press proclaims, with columnist Graham Govier of Inland Andalucia pointing the finger squarely at the sheer number of property platforms online.
In his article, Govier claims there is next-to-no protection for anyone buying and selling through the big internet property portals.
"It seems extraordinary that in 2016, there are still a large number of individuals operating as estate agencies who are still totally unregistered in Spain," he writes
Govier adds you can spot the offenders straight away as they "can’t provide proper invoices for their services".
In addition "they don’t have public liability insurance, which means that if they renege on anything verbally promised as part of a purchase or sale, your only recourse is a civil court".
"On top of this, they don’t have registered addresses and are often not properly checking whether the properties they sell are completely legal," he adds.
Govier also accuses such sites of failing to adhere "to any aspect of the European Trade Description Act… and all the strict regulations that most legal agents have to abide by are generally ignored".
"This doesn’t happen in the UK, Germany or Denmark, so why in Spain?"
Govier's article lays most of the blame with the large number of property portals out there in cyberspace including websites such as Kyero, Think Spain, A Place in the Sun, Overseas Properties, "which do not check the accreditation of anyone offering properties for sale".
Govier goes further suggesting such accreditation or alternatively a disclaimer on the site might threaten the revenue base of property portals.
"I believe it is going to take new European legislation to resolve this. Until then, the cyberbuyer had better beware," he reiterates.
"We always advise our clients to use their credit card when reserving a property. This method provides the additional protection of the credit card company.
"That is the true indication of whether you are really dealing with a registered agency with bank accreditation."