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Careful with Scammers Posing as Spanish Lawyers

March 18th, 2009

who is this businessmanWithin the last year we’ve seen an alarming increase in the number of queries regarding the legitimacy of certain Spanish law firms and lawyers. These companies are in fact non-existent and act only as shelter companies devised to fleece foreigners offering them dubious legal services often related to some murky financial interest, which is in the end nothing but some sort of advance fee fraud (http://en NULL.wikipedia Foreigners should be well advised that these scammers pass themselves off as legitimate Spanish law firms and lawyers. They prey exclusively on foreigners and are in fact not even Spanish themselves. Their command of English is very good.

Spanish lawyers belong to one of the numerous Bar Associations that sprawl throughout Spain. There are a total of 83. Every lawyer member of a BA will have a registered number. It is very easy to check in less than a minute if a Spanish lawyer is legitimate, providing he is in fact registered of course.

These fraudsters will always contact you to offer legal assistance in some service of which you by chance are the sole lucky beneficiary. The potential reward to reap is huge (hundreds of thousands if not millions) in exchange of a reasonable legal fee which in comparison doesn’t seem like much. The preffered contact method is email (which they may follow up by ordinary post), and they will offer you either of the following legal “services”:

  1. Letting you know that after a long and winding investigation it has surfaced that you are the sole live beneficiary of a considerable Spanish inheritance from some distant relative you had in Spain (unbeknown to you) that has sadly passed away.
  2. Offering you to join group actions to recover deposits from bogus resale time share companies in ongoing court proceedings (Reclaim Certificates (http://www NULL.thisismoney NULL.html?in_article_id=401923&in_page_id=19&in_author_id=5)).
  3. Notifying you that you have won the Spanish Lottery (despite never having played it) or that you have been selected in a random draw and are now the lucky beneficiary of a special promotion from the generous Spanish Lotto Administration.
  4. Contacting you regarding using your bank account, in exchange of a sizeable commission, for some million dollar bank transfer with origin in some dodgy place in Africa. This is known as the Nigerian Letters.
  5. Offer to assist you in the verification and payment of unclaimed funds located in Spain of which you happen to be the only beneficiary.

An example of enquiries about such bogus firms are the following:

  • Martinez e Beneficio (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=117)
  • Alberto Ganez Y Socio (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=155)
  • Perez, Gonzalez and Associates (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=97) & Perez, Carrera and Associates (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=97)

Our recommendation, as always, is to never ever pay moneys upfront if you have the slightest suspicion about the legitimicay of the people you are dealing with.

We have compiled a list of bogus law firms (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=382)which is continously updated.

Other interesting related links:

  • Protecting Yourself from Pyramid or “Ponzi” Schemes – 21st February 2009
  • Fraudulent sell of shares from Spain – Boiler rooms (http://www NULL.fsa NULL.shtml) UK FSA’s link.
  • Timeshare resellers: Be careful! (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers – 23rd of August 2001
  • Lottery Fraud: Yet Another Scam (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers – 24th September 2001
  • Is the ‘El Gordo Lottery Sweepstake Company’ a genuine company? (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers
  • European Mediation Limited (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=77)
  • Bogus Holiday Club Membership (mostly in Canaries) (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.php?t=365)

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  1. Brad
    March 10th, 2017 at 18:17 | #1

    SCAM – Same mode “Spanish Lawyer” family member died. 10% to charity rest of $10Million split 50/50. Scammers info are as follows:

    Raul Juan Garcia (Abogado)
    +34 672 820 836 (raulgarcia null@null mail

    Be Aware!!!

    Thanks everyone!!

  2. April 12th, 2017 at 04:13 | #2

    My sons sisters brothers mothers husbands father-in-law got a letter like this saying someone died from a heart attack and that he was the only relative he could find that was still alive and was offering him $9.1 million USD (after a 50/50 split) and he should try and keep it out of the media.

  3. sylvie durant
    April 26th, 2017 at 18:47 | #3

    same scam from “JAR & ABOGADOS, Castellon de la Plana, 20, Madrid”
    unknown relative died in tsunami in 2004 leaving millions of $$!!

  4. neil
    May 2nd, 2017 at 19:30 | #4

    i have received today letter from josel abogodas what a load of crap why do these people bother

  5. Jenny
    June 7th, 2017 at 17:04 | #5

    same scam from “JAR & ABOGADOS, Velazquez 86-94 Madrid, Spain” saying someone died from stroke and cancer. Left millions of $$ wants 20% donated to charity the remainder to be 50/50.

    Barrister Juan Antonio Ruiz
    01134911 899 574

    Be careful!!

  6. Teresa
    July 6th, 2017 at 17:35 | #6

    I received a fax from MJ Hayes & Associates staying we are the solo recipients of a relative that died in a China earthquake and they want me to got the money out of a safe in Spain and that we can be inheriting 7.8 m dlls
    But never answer and just research this web to let you know

  7. Dr. Dietrich Fischer
    July 12th, 2017 at 13:34 | #7

    To Whom it may concern,
    I have beten asked by allegedly the Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. to Engage an Agent Barrister Helen Brown Associate to support the Transfer of a larger Fund to my Account ägäischen Palmenzweig of a larger fee. What about this Agent.
    Regards Dietrich Fischer

  8. Alistair Black
    September 7th, 2017 at 16:17 | #8

    Can you tell me if CLA Canarian legal Alliance based in Gran Canaria is a reputable Compnay

  9. September 15th, 2017 at 18:44 | #9

    new scam by fax:+34951248941 MJ Hayes & Associates. Mr. Harvey Ramon Pena tel:+34604245181

  10. Monika Hartmann
    September 21st, 2017 at 11:07 | #10

    @Teresa Received the same fax yesterday. China earthquake and 7.8 million dollars.

  11. Joe Smith
    September 26th, 2017 at 11:51 | #11

    We received exactly the same letter from Ripoll & Mateu Abogados. The client also died if cancer and stroke and left €11,500,000 What a joke.

  12. JB Busset
    September 28th, 2017 at 13:24 | #12

    I am Jean-Bernard Busset, residing in Geneva (Switzerland). I was the victim of a scam to the inheritance of a so-called cousin who died in Spain. This lady bequeathed to me the sum of 5’250’000 Euros. The information was sent to me by postal mail sent by Mr. Manuel Felix Bargados from Cabinet Josel Abogados in Madrid. His accomplice, Mr. Pfister Montes, so-called banking officer at the bank Cetelem in Madrid claimed to hold the funds. I had paid 13,000 Swiss francs for the costs of proceedings when I realized that it was a scam. My lawyer has given up on filing a complaint because of the complexity of the case and the unlikelihood of finding the perpetrators.

  13. Lizah
    October 11th, 2017 at 02:17 | #13

    In Oct 2017 someone called me from 52-33-3207-9256 (Mexico calling card) passing as a family member who landed at DFW airport asking for me to pick him up. When I was in route he called me back stating
    that he was in a big problem. He was brining $25,000 and he was only allowed to bring $10k so he needed to pay around 9.1% taxes. To stop from paying taxes on 25k they were going to put 15k on my name and I needed to pay taxes only on the 10k. Licenciada Esmeralda Gomez Gonzalez supposed to be the one helping my family member (they only spoke Spanish). She told me to find the closest Walmart and wire money to Jorge Contreras Quiroz in Zapotan Halisco Mexico, phone 3332079266. The money was $1,400 which would cover the taxes owe for the 10k. Once I paid the $1,400 the other 15k was going to be release to my family member. When I asked for further identification information on my family member, Esmeralda got upset and told me to follow step by step what she was telling me to do. I told her I was going to report her to the FBI and I hang up. They did not call me back.

  14. Karina
    November 3rd, 2017 at 01:52 | #14

    Jose Garcia Sliva (Attorney)

    address Rua de Oliveira Monteiro 72 4050-442 Porto Portugal
    fax +351 30 880 5454
    Branco Castel Advogados E Solicitador
    email (josegarciasilva null@null netcmail (brancocastel null@null consultant

    investment deposit worth 2750000 euro

  15. Todd Gladieux
    December 2nd, 2017 at 02:46 | #15

    This one is from WestGate Wealth Advisors which does have a website, but it’s the same line of bullshit. The con artists name is Mr. Simon Martinez Gisbert. He provides an e-mail (simonisbert null@null gmx and another e-mail address of (smgisbert null@null gmail …… This one is for a 50/50 split on $7.8 Million. Supposedly my distant relative Thomas and his family all died in the 2008 China earthquake and I am the only one he has been able to find. I am in California but I have relatives all over Illinois and Indiana. What a total douche bag.

  16. Jim Tenbrook
    December 7th, 2017 at 17:06 | #16

    I received a fax from WestGate Wealth Advisors same as the post from Todd Gladieux. My relative was supposedly also Thomas who died in the 2008 China earthquake. Thomas left 7.8 million to divide, same as Todd.

    The least they could do if they are going to scam people is change the names of the relatives.

  17. varua Bas
    December 22nd, 2017 at 04:06 | #17

    SCAM Alert
    Alberto Martinez

  18. Rajiv
    January 9th, 2018 at 21:24 | #18

    Received a similar letter from Attorney: Mr. Javier Martin Fernandez
    Earthquake disaster cauased the death of a business magnate with the same last name as mine.
    Inheritance is $ 9.2 million to be shared 50/50.

    SCAM! SCAM!! SCAM!!!!

  19. Ines
    January 10th, 2018 at 19:45 | #19


    I just received the similar scam letter from a “lawyer” in Spain finding the only living relative to split $4.7 million in a bank. The family had died in a China in a earthquake. Con artist Wealth advisor posing name is Alex Diego Ricardo. As others have posted the person that had died his name is “Thomas” too. BE AWARE!

  20. Jose María Cid Fernandez
    January 20th, 2018 at 18:42 | #20

    I am a Spanish lawyer and a public notary in Spain.
    I have just received in in my official e mail a letter ofering me €10.500.000,00 deposited in an English bank from a supposed spanish lawyer in England (Carlos Martinez Solicitors at Bristol), but the email direction ends in .de (Denmmark).
    Please never answer to this letters, they are always a fraud.

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