We often read and hear that Croatian laws are imprecise, illogical or even bad. One such example comes from Zagreb, whereby a group of deceived persons seems to have no one to do. It is, however, about small scams, for small amounts, but still for scams. But according to Croatian law, it is a bigger sin than to cheat good-natured citizens.
Zagrepčanka, who wanted to remain anonymous, regretted that he was left without 50 kings because of the skilled thieves, and only because he wanted to help people with disabilities.
- I was sitting with a friend on coffee in Tkalčićeva. At one point, the young girl approached us by showing us some paper and giving us a chemical pencil. I did not read well, I do not remember what he wrote on that paper, but I know he was referring to some association of people with disabilities, that is to say, a petition for help for the disabled. The girl explained to us that the deafman was praying for us to sign a petition and donate the kennel to that kind of association. I signed, gave 50 the kuna while my friend gave the 20 kuna. The girl took the money, smiled at us and moved faster. I was happy to help, but there was a cold shower. The waiter came to us, visibly upset, and wondered if we gave the girl money. I said that we were explaining to us that it was an organized group of deceives operating in the center of Zagreb, to push them as soon as they see them and warn the guests, but they always manage to "underneath the radar" somehow. Mostly they travel near Ban Jelacic Square, Tkalciceva, Bakačevo, around the cathedral, etc. Like, gather signatures for petitions and donations for people with disabilities, and they are actually cheating on the gullible citizens - said the angry and cheated Zagrepcanka.
Her story was confirmed by a friend who, in the same way, remained without the 20 kuna, and the same thing she told us was the girl in front of the cathedral.
- Unfortunately, I'm forced to digest. I have a little baby, alone. I can not find a job, I get social, baby allowance, but that's just something to me for diapers and something to eat. Yes, well, but I'd love to do it. If I could find a job, I would immediately accept it. But I've never cheated and cheated, never, and this team here, it's really ugly what they are doing. For a long time, they've been depriving the citizens for over a year, I mean. I see them often around Ban Jelacic Square and at the cathedral, most often after the Mass. They are looking for people to sign something for them, and they ask for money, and people do not even read. Just sign up, give them a knife and go away with their job, not even knowing they're cheated - the girl who wanted to remain anonymous told us.
And we have encountered these fraudsters, and when they saw the camera, they got better off faster. We managed to shoot a few photos from a distance.
The worst thing is that practicing fraudsters can not do anything. It is about the small crimes to be dealt with by the police. The only thing a cheated individual can do is raise a private lawsuit against the fraudster. But who will file a lawsuit for 10, 20 or 50 kuna, and ultimately, as a court, to prove fraud. We talked about it with a lawyer Davorin Karačić.
- In the present case, the offense would be a criminal offense, however, if the unlawful gain was small and the perpetrator acted with the aim of gaining such minor benefits, the criminal proceedings are conducted on the basis of a private lawsuit. In reality, this means that the injured party must know who has been deceiving him, his data, address, and the like, and he has to prove that the perpetrator was misled by the false representation of the fact that he (the injured party) damage to your property. Therefore, the injured party must prove that the person allegedly collecting the contributions is not at all the person who is being betrayed, that is to say, that he does not act on behalf of the alleged association and that the money he was collecting did not use for what he was seeking for - he told The Next Attorney Davorin Karačić adding that the police can not do much in this particular case because it is not a criminal offense for which they are prosecuted ex officio.
- Unfortunately, there is a paradox in all that a person who is prosaic in a bigger problem is the begging of an offense prosecuted ex officio, and such scams, no matter what it is about criminal offenses, in practice are often left unpunished precisely because of the factual the difficulty of conducting the procedure and proving it, as previously stated - concludes Karačić.
In the end, it seems to us to rely on our own mind before signing and giving money, checking what is the exact word and asking for an identity card that should have all the representatives of the association, especially when it comes to collecting cash donations.