The Definition of Libel: A Cancun Story

Cuidado Defraudador! (Beware of the Scammer!) Billboard located on a busy street with no one claiming responsibility.

Cuidado Defraudador! (Beware of the Scammer!) Billboard on a busy street with no one claiming responsibility.

I find it a bit bizarre how blatant some acts of out-and-out libel can occur.

One day, I was walking along when I see this huge billboard which says the following (translation mine):

“Beware of the Scammer Alvaro Lorenzo de Haro Herrera. This guy has asked for down payments in the name of established companies, falsifying documents. Don’t get duped!”

The picture on the side is of his IFE, which is the official identification here in Mexico. It shows his full name, age, address, personal identification number (equivalent to a Mexican social security number) and other such information.

I looked around the sign to see who signed this or if there was a number to call, a cause to donate to or a Facebook page to like. Or dislike, as it were.

There is nothing on the back and strangely enough, a few days after this photo was taken, the billboard was switched to the other side of the road so that the traffic on that side could see it.

A duplicate was not put up where the original was.

Which begs the question: what on Earth did this guy do?

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