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What happened to us can happen to anyone! Please help us break through this time of challenge and distress.
My family is a middle-class Mexican family. On September 17th 2020, I was laid off from my job. I received a severance package split in two checks. 4 days later my wife Monica and I deposited this money in Santander bank. Seventy-two hours thereafter, on September 24th, I received a phone call. A few hours later twenty-two thousand dollars were gone from our account, almost everything we had.
Yes, I suffered vishing. Though, this happened to me under particular circumstances that point to a lack of security of private and personal information from inside the bank. In fact, fraud claims against Santander increased by 186% in 2020 in Mexico. (Click on the image to look at it closer on a separate tab)
It is not a coincidence that upon suffering a similar fraud in 2020, over 1,900 people gathered on Facebook to organize themselves and fight this bank. They formed the group in August and I joined them in October. Currently, I am part of the 5 members in the leadership team. By the way, Santander is the same bank recently targeted by a large multi-state ATM scam in the US. This shows that lack of security is a worldwide issue for Santander.
For months I have worked hard looking for a job and taking part in The Defraudados en Santander MX Facebook group. Helping other scammed people to carry on demands a lot of work. I am doing my best to help in social media, data collection, data analysis, organization, and PR strategy, amongst other duties.
Beside a legal strategy, our actions may lead to pushing the bank to give our money back. The average loss is 6,250 dollars per group member.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone’s life. Losing your job during this time is tough, however, I was confident and optimistic that I could get a new one soon… until this tragedy happened to me.
I lost my confidence and my hope for a few weeks. Soon I realized that the universe was teaching me important lessons, and I stood up again.
However, I must face reality. My family’s financial story is not remarkably successful (before 2017 we did not own a house or automobile, for example) so regardless of education and opportunities we live up to date as many families in the world do. Though, we have happily been together for 24 years.
In fact we just saw some of our dreams coming through thanks to this great job position I got in 2015. First, we got debt free in 2 years. We had no savings, so we did an extraordinary effort to build the foundations of our family’s wealth in the shortest time possible.
Despite her health status, my wife took a job at a restaurant. Our two young boys got jobs to contribute to this endeavor too. We also got a mortgage and got new debt to afford the house down payment. So, when we made through the heaviest part, in 2019, one of my kids went back to high school and my wife quit her job to take care of herself and take care of our home. Thereafter the responsibility was only Dad’s.
Sadly, upon losing my job, but mostly after the scam, our landscape seemed unclear, and we feared we might lose everything.
I have not had any actual income for months. We cannot afford mortgage and two car loans’ payments. We stopped my older son’s college tuition, and he had to get a new job to help us out with the expenses.
We have no medical insurance. My main concern is Monica’s health. She may not look sick, but she has diabetes, fibromyalgia, and chronic non-alcoholic pancreatitis (up today she has suffered three acute pancreatitis events that have gotten her in ICU for weeks, each).
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It is a little hard to fundraise when you have worked to make a living for your own. However, this is one of the valuable and touching lessons we learned from this experience: the universe has rules and you have to flow. Help may come from unimaginable sources.
We value our spiritual growth and the new perspective we have learned about happiness, destiny, and dreams. We are confident that this is a test that we will overcome. Life is a long-term learning path.
For now, we are glad that life is using us to call you upon. Sometime in the future, we will be called the same way and we will respond giving back. I am certain about it.
Thank you so much for your kind reading.
With deepest gratitude,
Clic, Monica, Franco, Jerome and our three lovely dogs (Beyli, Kiba and Hanzu)
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Links to our personal FB profiles
In both Monica’s and my news feeds, you will find my personal fraud-case testimonial video (only available in Spanish)
my Twitter profile
Link to my YT channel
In this channel you can watch my personal fraud-case testimonial video (only available in Spanish)
This video is also available on each Defraudados en Santander MX social media channels (FB, Twitter, and YT)
Links to Defraudados en Santander MX public social media channels
Your subscription or follow to any of these channels will be very appreciated.
Please, sign and share the Defraudados en Santander MX petition to support our organization.
Link to Defraudados en Santander Mexico private FB Group
This is a private group. Applicants must respond to this questionnaire and provide evidence that they are victims of the same scam to get access
My first UpWork contract came inUpdate posted by Clicerio Munoz at 04:34 pm
I am starting a short-term project to edit a few short videos for a company that sells boats in Panama.This will help a little during this time of distress. On the side of the job search process, I may have good news within the upcoming weeks. Thank you for stopping
Upwork profileUpdate posted by Clicerio Munoz at 11:10 pm
I started another income generation activity (freelance jobs through Upwork) This is my profile.
Workana profile readyUpdate posted by Clicerio Munoz at 10:40 pm
I just finished my Workana profile. It is up and running.https://www.workana.com/freelancer/a0a7d3eef46f7f1...This will help us out to generate some revenue during these difficult times. If you can endorse me to do contract projects, it would be very appreciated.
We received a pantry donation.Update posted by Clicerio Munoz at 08:20 pm
A few weeks ago, some former workmates brought us a beautiful present. Thank you all guys!
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