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WARNING PILGRIMS - Watch for this flimflam man.

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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
WARNING: Antonio, a creep with a sad tale of walking from Jerusalem for a friend with cancer, is back and up to his old frauds, this time on Camino del Norte. Pilgrims and hospis beware, he is a thief and confidence man, a real sweet talker.

Please repost if you have friends who are going to walk the Camino

This was posted by albergue owners on the Frances.

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Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
Apparently, he tells people his sad story to gain their trust, then while people are showering or otherwise leaving their goods with him, he steals what he can, then goes by taxi or friend's car to another stage.
 

CanPete

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Past : Northern route, Primitivo
Future : Via de la Plata, Sanabres, Portuguese routes
Now that is very, very sad !!! One would think at some point the police could become involved ?
 

MTtoCamino

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Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
Thanks Annie, I will keep the picture handy
 

peregrina2000

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He's got the pilgrim look down pat, unlike a lot of the other scam artists I've come across -- though the baseball cap is a little unusual. Slim build, short grey beard and wire rimmed glasses, wow, he looks like a million other peregrinos I've met over the years.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
He's got the pilgrim look down pat, unlike a lot of the other scam artists I've come across -- though the baseball cap is a little unusual. Slim build, short grey beard and wire rimmed glasses, wow, he looks like a million other peregrinos I've met over the years.
Yeah. lol! He looks like someone's grandpa!
Little poop!
 

Tincatinker

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Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
The gentleman is accused, but no evidence other than hear-say is yet presented. We should be careful, always, of the differences between suspicion, belief and fact. As we should be careful, always, of our possesions, valuables and our selves.

Hopefully the Hospitaleros on the Norte, and current pilgrims, have been alerted to this suspected criminal and if he is caught perpetrating a crime he can be dealt with by the authorities.

I will add, for clarity, that despite the slim build, beard and wire-rimmed glasses I have not walked from Jerusalem, I do not have a sad story and I am not in the slightest interested in your possessions. I have a sufficient burden of my own. :( ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
The gentleman is accused, but no evidence other than hear-say is yet presented. We should be careful, always, of the differences between suspicion, belief and fact. As we should be careful, always, of our possesions, valuables and our selves.

Hopefully the Hospitaleros on the Norte, and current pilgrims, have been alerted to this suspected criminal and if he is caught perpetrating a crime he can be dealt with by the authorities.

I will add, for clarity, that despite the slim build, beard and wire-rimmed glasses I have not walked from Jerusalem, I do not have a sad story and I am not in the slightest interested in your possessions. I have a sufficient burden of my own. :( ;)
Really, Tinker?
Where did you get that info?
The hospitalero's post to me sounded like he had robbed their place personally, and that he had possibly dropped down to the Camino Frances. I wonder why they'd say that?

In any case, I agree we must always be careful.
 
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Maya2

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I feel uncomfortable with this too. Can't find anything official to condemn this man. If you look closely those are not wire frames but plastic frame glasses. The man could file suit for defamation. Honestly, maybe the photo (who took it?) should be removed. Pilgrims are aware now.
 

Tincatinker

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Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
Annie,

I am only advising caution, in all things. The Albergue owners you refer to have not posted on this forum, if you have a direct and clear statement from them perhaps you would share it. If they have evidence of a crime they will, I hope, have reported it to the police.

I have no idea, no evidence and no opinion whether the picture you have posted is of a criminal, a suspected criminal or a sad old man who has now been libelled on this forum. This forum is a wonderful place for us all to share the joys, and the hazards, of the Camino. I would hate to see it threatened by litigation over a post, that is why I make these comments.
 

falcon269

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There is no libel protection for the internet. Describing someone as a thief and confidence man without a factual basis can lead to problems for Ivar and the poster. If the hospitalero has evidence of a conviction, it would be nice to see it. His personal knowledge is well short of fact.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
There is no libel protection for the internet. Describing someone as a thief and confidence man without a factual basis can lead to problems for Ivar and the poster. If the hospitalero has evidence of a conviction, it would be nice to see it. His personal knowledge is well short of fact.
I don't feel this particular albergue owner would post this if it were not true.
However, I've sent a message asking. I'll post something when they reply.
In the meantime, if the mods want to remove the post, feel free
 
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grayland

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Yes
In the interest of legal security for the forum..the picture has been deleted. There are several references to other sites where it can be viewed above.

We believe that the needed warning has been posted here and that potential victims have been put on notice to take care with whom they put too much trust.

The thread will be closed for now to avoid further disagreements. If more specific information is available later, this thread can be reopened.

Thanks for understanding.
 
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