Just so everyone is in the loop, the following is based on an exchange in the comments to an unrelated post on In Tenerife’s Facebook media page.

Someone received a text (SMS) from their bank, Sabadell, to say that their NIE was about to expire (it was issued in 2014). On confirming with the enquirer that he actually had a Registro, not just a NIE, I was able to confirm that the Registro never needs renewing because it never expires, and it contains a NIE (the number) which itself never expires. The text message was rubbish and the bank needed to explain.

This has now been clarified and the enquirer says:
“I contacted the bank Sabadell and they confirmed that this is not correct and they also agreed with me that it was “maybe” a ploy to get me into the branch to sell “products & services” and that I can safely ignore the message… you may distribute this information if you think it might help others…”

Sabadell, and probably other banks, are (or perhaps safer to say “could be”) on a scam so best to be aware that this is happening. And to be aware that this is a sheer lie which can be challenged and/or ignored with impunity.

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