The police are investigating a fake social media account set up by an identity thief who is begging for money and posing as the widow of former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes.
Grieving Noelia Lopez warned fans of the scam earlier this week after the fraudulent Instagram account was set up nearly two months after her husband's death.
Today, the police confirmed that they were investigating who was behind the bill after Mrs. Lopez had filed a formal complaint.
Grieving Noelia Lopez (right, with Reyes) warned fans about the scam earlier this week after the fraudulent Instagram account was set up nearly two months after her husband's death
Today, the police confirmed that they were investigating who was behind the bill after Mrs. Lopez had filed a formal complaint. Pictured: the real Mrs. Lopez calls up the fake account on Instagram
Regional government officials said the complaint was filed with a Civil Guard station in Utrera, Reyes hometown.
The fake Instagram profile – with several photos of the soccer player with Mrs. Lopez and their daughters of which Noelia and Triana thought they had copied photos that his widow posted on her official social media – was taken by the removed one day after the other.
Reyes, 35, died after his Mercedes Brabus S550V left the A-376 from the city of Alcala de Guadaira close to Seville on June 1, fell and went up in flames.
Reyes, 35, died after his Mercedes Brabus S550V left the A-376 from the city of Alcala de Guadaira close to Seville on June 1, fell and went up in flames. Pictured: the aftermath
Regional government officials said the complaint was filed at a Civil Guard station in Reyes (pictured at home with Mrs. Lopez at their wedding in 2017), Utrera
His cousin Jonathan Reyes, 23, also died immediately in the horror crash and another cousin was seriously injured.
The post Mrs. Lopez warned fans to say in Spanish: & # 39; Hello, greetings to you and your family.
& # 39; I hope you have the much-needed holidays.
The post that warned Ms. Lopez fans to say in Spanish: & I am Noelia Reyes, the wife of the former Arsenal and the Spanish player Jose Antonio Reyes, who died two months ago, and I am collecting money for me and my family and extend my hand to the people who loved my husband and knew him as a good man & # 39;
& # 39; I am Noelia Reyes, the wife of the former Arsenal and the Spanish player Jose Antonio Reyes, who died two months ago, and I collect money for me and my family and reach out to my husband's people and knew him as a good man.
& # 39; Raising my children alone will not be easy for me, but I will do everything I can because it is God's purpose, because God knows best. & # 39;
The real Noelia Lopez added along the alleged fraudulent post made by someone using the name Noelia Reyes who used the footballer's last name, although married women in Spain keep their birth names: & I don't know who would be behind this account can stand where they pretend to be me.
Noelia Lopez, the wife of the former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes, posted a moving message about her partner just days before his death
& # 39; Nobody knows the reality of the situation we are experiencing and the enormous pain that comes with losing someone so important in a family.
& # 39; Whatever my financial situation, I would never ask for help, especially this way.
& # 39; Thanks to God and my parents we have food on the table every day.
& # 39; I thank those who pointed me to these messages. & # 39;
Benevolent people supported Mrs. Lopez, with one who found the messages & # 39; odious & # 39; called.
Another added: & # 39; Sons or b ** ches, want to profit in this way. & # 39;
The suspicious account, set up on Wednesday, had a message at the top that was based in part on the message that the footballer's widow uses her real account and says in addition to two heart emoji's in Spanish.
It said: & I hope that when we see the night sky, you up there and I down here, you will always be in my heart. I will never forget you. & # 39;
Reyes returned with his two passengers after a training session at Extremadura, the club he played for, to his home in Utrera.
The car was towed on the back of a truck after it was pulled from the crash site
The sports car was reduced to a crumpled hope after the horror smash near the birthplace of the Premier League-winning star
He joined Arsenal in January 2004 and was part of the Invincibles side that went unbeaten through the 2003-04 season and won the Premier League.
The Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported two days after his death that he died after losing control of his Mercedes when this leak was driving while he was running at 147 km / h.
Local newspaper Diario de Sevilla, who said the vehicle had become a fireball, reported that well-placed sources had said they thought Reyes had been driving at around 120 mph, about 50 mph above the speed limit.
Authorities have said they believe the speed was behind the accident, but it is not thought that the police report on the crash was submitted to the investigating judge investigating the tragedy.
People gathered outside the Seville stadium – Reyes & # 39; first professional home – while his coffin was carried into the stadium for a vigil attended by Spanish football legends
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