It is false that in Spain, under the state of alarm for the coronavirus, there are robberies of houses with the excuse that they are accredited to deliver a judicial document, as it pretends to believe a message viralized these days by WhatsApp that resurrects a hoax born almost nine years in Latin America.
In these moments of health crisis in which the population is especially sensitized to security, a public alert message has spread in Spain, shared by WhatsApp, which began to spread in November 2011 by various Ibero-American countries through this platform messaging and also Twitter and Facebook.
Adapted to the terminology and emergency numbers typical of Spain, the message circulating these days warns those who receive it not to open the door to anyone, because there are attacks on homes by armed people who ask to enter to deliver a “court brief” and, to that end, “show false credentials” and pretend to possess a “court order.”
After assuring that the intruders demonstrate that they know the neighbor’s full name and even their DNI number because they have surely accessed electoral rolls, the text warns: “If you answer that you cannot receive any letter, they tell you that, if you do not collaborate, you will to have serious problems with justice. “
“I recommend that, instead of opening them, you should tell them: ‘Very well, I am already calling the Police to check if there is a judicial order against me’, and immediately dial a family member, friend or neighbor and 112; and report the probable act of extortion, theft, kidnapping or criminal act “, the message concludes.
DATA: This alert on non-existent robberies is the same that has been circulating in different Ibero-American countries for almost nine years and that, in previous versions, had already been denied from Spain in early 2018 by the National Police and the Civil Guard.
On the same day in January 2018, both Spanish security forces warned about the falsity of these messages via Twitter: First, the Telematic Crime Group of the Civil Guard, which explained how neither the data in the text was related to Spain nor in this country was known that this type of assault on homes was taking place.
Thus, the Civil Guard emphasized that, when mentioning the DNI, the message also used a foreign term to Spain as “identity card”, common in some Latin American countries, while advising the victim to call 911, “the emergency number for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). “
The rest of that message was practically identical to the hoax that circulates among Spanish WhatsApp users these days of health alarm by COVID-19.
Hours after the Civil Guard, on that day of January 2018, the National Police also decided to reassure the population on Twitter and thus recalled that it was an old false alarm: “And this hoax is back … They are not robbing homes with a alleged court order. “
– Twitter account of the Telematic Crime Group of the Civil Guard (GDT).
– Twitter account of the National Police.