Drama Of A Footballer From Zaragoza Whose Identity Has Been Stolen

The life of Alejandro PB, from Zaragoza, 23, took a radical turn in December 2019. On New Year’s Eve of that year , he found out on Instagram that someone was using his name and ID to commit scams . As a professional footballer for FC Andorra , until then, he was a happy young man with a promising sporting future.

But the beginning of the year became a nightmare for him, because complaints began to arrive and he was forced to leave the Principality team. Why? Because he had to go to so many subpoenas – in police stations, barracks or courts throughout Spain – that it was incompatible with the training and commitments of a professional athlete.

The problem caused by the criminal who has stolen your identity is enormous. To such an extent that the young man lives in fear that one day they will arrest him and has even considered reversing the order of his surnames or requesting that they issue him a new DNI. “But they tell us that it is quite complicated,” Alejandro P. confessed this week, resigned, while his father, Fernando, nodded.

Until they find a way to solve this problem, they have no choice but to deal with the twenty complaints filed against Alejandro by people scammed with false sales of puppy dogs through WhatsApp or social networks.

Citations have come from places as diverse as Barcelona , ​​Madrid, Inca (Mallorca), Liria and Mislata (Valencia ), Lora del Río (Seville), Pravia (Asturias), Sagunto (Castellón), Valladolid, Ibi (Alicante), Baracaldo ( Vizcaya ) Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) or Villablino (León) .

In this last town, in addition, the man from Zaragoza was arrested by the Civil Guard when he left a hotel with his girlfriend in the morning heading to court to defend himself against the umpteenth complaint. “I was carrying the documents that my lawyer, Alberto Delgado, had given me to demonstrate everything that is happening to me, but they took me to the barracks because I had a search warrant,” he recalls. They did not let him go until they verified it . “But they treated me like a criminal, when it is clear that I am not,” he says.

Alejandro P. has no record of when and under what circumstances the young man who has usurped his identity (who is identified but whose whereabouts are unknown) took a photograph of his ID and began using it to commit crimes. Most of the frauds that he commits are false sales of dogs and the amounts do not usually exceed 400 euros for the scam to be considered a minor crime.

«On one occasion I also received a complaint for a traffic offense committed by a cyclist in Sabadell who skipped a traffic light. It was a fine of 200 euros and luckily I was able to demonstrate with a video that that day and at that time I was playing a game in Teruel » , he explains.

The method used by the scammer is simple: he advertises the sale of pets on Internet pages and provides a telephone number whose line he has contracted with the DNI and name of Alejandro (although it can be with that of any other person whose data he has obtained before ).

The person interested in the dogs contacts him, tells him how to send him the money (normally cash transfers or Instant Money-type remote banking systems) and, once received, he keeps the amount and if I’ve seen you I won’t agreement. Criminals take advantage of people’s carelessness by sending their data over the internet to people they don’t know.

Thus, he has contracted twenty lines in the name of the young man and with each one he has committed several frauds. Every time they file a complaint against Alejandro P., he must go or contact the security body that has collected it and indicate that it is an identity usurpation and that he is one more victim. They also try to have the case archived before sending it to court to avoid appearing again and again with a lawyer, solicitor and power of attorney, with all the expenses that this entails.

“In two years we have spent about 20,000 euros,” says his father. But it is not only the money, which is already important, but also the damage it has caused in the young man’s life, at all levels. “I had to turn down an offer to play in Gibraltar because I don’t want to leave Spain in case they arrest me. I want to prepare oppositions for the National Police, but I fear that with all this history I may have some precedent left if a judge does not believe me », he says.

Father and son say they have not received help from the National Police, the Civil Guard or the courts nor do they offer them a solution. « You think that if you have communicated a lot of times that you are not the scammer , they can call you when they receive another complaint and notify us before it reaches the court to clarify it. We have asked, but nothing. They have even told us that they have not located us, when we have lived in the same place for 20 years and they are informed of everything, ”Fernando protests. “They say – he adds – that they are coordinated, but it is not true”.

Change the contracting method to avoid fraud
Alberto Delgado, Alejandro P.’s lawyer, is trying to have all the proceedings filed against his client sent to Zaragoza, either those that have been acquitted or those that are in process, although it is a very difficult task, since they are spread over thirteen cities . At the same time, he has initiated another procedure against the alleged usurper, Fernando SO, against whom there are 70 complaints, without prejudice to the fact that there may be more people involved in the scams.

The lawyer intends that the judge instructing the case can see the dimension of the problem that he is causing his client by usurping his identity. Until now, each complaint has gone to a different court. And since they are minor crimes of fraud, which separately do not exceed 400 euros, they do not give it importance. “Seen one by one, it can apparently be an innocuous act, but it is not,” he says.

In his opinion, to avoid cases like this, it would be necessary to go to the essence of the problem, which is neither more nor less than changing the forms of ‘online’ contracts with pages of services such as advertisements, or telephone lines or payments through banking systems . determined that they lend themselves to this type of deception. “It seems that there is a lot of modernity but the systems remain archaic and criminals are ahead when it comes to finding fraud methods and getting away with it,” he warns.

In addition to harming Alejandro P., there is another young man in the same situation in whose name he has committed another 30 scams and is going through the same nightmare.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *