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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 NULL.org/wiki/Advance_fee_fraud). 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.co NULL.uk/news/columnists/article 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.com/forums/showthread NULL.php?t=117)
  • Alberto Ganez Y Socio (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/forums/showthread NULL.php?t=155)
  • Perez, Gonzalez and Associates (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/forums/showthread NULL.php?t=97) & Perez, Carrera and Associates (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/forums/showthread 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.com/forums/showthread 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.gov NULL.uk/pages/Doing/Regulated/Law/Alerts/overseas NULL.shtml) UK FSA’s link.
  • Timeshare resellers: Be careful! (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/articles/showArticle/timeshare-reselling-scam) – 23rd of August 2001
  • Lottery Fraud: Yet Another Scam (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/articles/showArticle/gordo-sweepstakes-scam) – 24th September 2001
  • Is the ‘El Gordo Lottery Sweepstake Company’ a genuine company? (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/questions/showQuestion/133-Is-the-%27El-Gordo-Lottery-Sweepstake-Company%27-a-genuine--company-)
  • European Mediation Limited (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/forums/showthread NULL.php?t=77)
  • Bogus Holiday Club Membership (mostly in Canaries) (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers NULL.com/forums/showthread NULL.php?t=365)

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  1. November 20th, 2015 at 14:54 | #1

    They are still at it! letter to a deceased relative from JAR & ABOGADOUS signed Barr, Juan, Antonio Ruiz has 12,700 euro must be the magic number. Please get a real paying job instead of trying to scam people!

  2. Lynn
    December 1st, 2015 at 00:45 | #2

    In November, 2015, I received a similar letter from Nicolas & Associates (Nicolas Gonzalez Deleito) mailed to me in Canada — in a window envelope with no return address. A Spanish real estate mogul died of heart failure resulting in the death of all his family members in a fatal auto accident in 2008 — come on! Do these scam artists really believe people are that gullible?
    I reported it to http://www.antifraudcentre.ca (http://www NULL.antifraudcentre NULL.ca) our Canadian government site where it is just logged and no action taken. Great. I cannot understand why these people are not prosecuted by some agency – they even leave an email address. There are certainly a number of us reporting it to these sites.

  3. ronald nealis
    December 7th, 2015 at 15:32 | #3

    Please watch out for someone posing as Juan Antonio Ruiz offering 12.7 million euro as the account holder has passed away and he has found you as next of kin. very, very plausible and has Santander web site and documents to go with this be aware all fruadulent send no money ever!!

  4. martyn
    December 8th, 2015 at 15:29 | #4

    Received a letter from Jar and Abogados this morning asking me to agree to claiming to be a next of kin of a man who had died in Spain leaving
    12,700,000 euros in a bank. The hook being that 20% would go to charity and the remainder be split 50/50 between me and this Barrister Juan Anthony Ruiz ( Spanish lawyer)if it did not offend my moral ethics. Well it does !! and scum like this need targeting and prosecuting before other less astute people are conned out of a lot of money.

  5. Graham
    December 8th, 2015 at 22:31 | #5

    Had the same letter as Elaine above. Same amount – same Company and signee names. Funny how we inherited the same amount. But won’t let it change my life………

  6. bruce yoakum
    December 10th, 2015 at 20:36 | #6

    I also received letter from jar & abogados, 12,700,000.00 euros

  7. Laughing
    December 11th, 2015 at 13:20 | #7

    just got a letter in the mail
    Jorge Marcelino Gomez (Jorge MG Abogados) – I am now so rich 11.2M USD !!!!

    I can’t understand why these guys are still trying to scam – spending their time and money on mail and phones – go get a real job.

    +34 604 124 843 – you can throw this sim in the bin.

  8. John
    December 15th, 2015 at 05:21 | #8

    @Lynn pretty amazing, same letter here in Australia 14-Dec-15, they got name from white pages they stated. 8 million euros and they want 50% ??? As if !! this site cam up,as #1 on Google search, well done.

  9. Ken Paul
    December 19th, 2015 at 00:08 | #9

    18 December 2015. Hello Lynn I have had the exact same letter sent to me in Western Australia. I have stated that I am not a relative of the deceased, however he still pushes the case. He even wants to telephone me also wants me to fly over to Spain to visit him.
    I think I will now refer him to this website and he will then realise that I have been having a lend of him.
    Ken.

  10. Taiyon Dodson
    December 21st, 2015 at 23:55 | #10

    This will be the second time I received something like this. I got my keys today (12/21/15). And I knew it was as scam because I’m African American and I don’t know nor have any relatives in Spain.

  11. Mrs Lawes
    January 20th, 2016 at 20:33 | #11

    Weve recently been contacted by a solicitor or legal office in spain in claiming to be able to help us with our Reclaim Certificate worth £13995.00. They said we had been awarded a nice sum, but we would need to pay Spanish tax before the funds could be released. We paid by bank transfer just short of £2500. Its been ongoing since May 2015. All of the forms looked to be genuine. Have we been scammed again. DWVC have a lot to answer to. Is there anything we can do? We are at our whits end. Thank you.

  12. February 4th, 2016 at 17:57 | #12

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    They are still at it, my friend who does not have a computer was contacted by post, by ECO & ABOGADOS about an alleged relative killed in the Madrid bomb carnage of 11th march 2004 offering a 40% share of 12,700,000 euros.

    Pull the other one.

  13. Caz
    February 8th, 2016 at 08:33 | #13

    I’ve just received a similar letter from a Francisco Blanco of Eco & Abogados, Attorney at Law from Madrid and, low and behold, I am supposedly entitled to a 40% share in a 12,700,000 euros inheritance of some relative with the same surname who died unexpectedly in a tragic train accident. Thank heavens for the internet where these scam letters can be checked out and all the ingredients are there, the link to a news site regarding the accident as well as the identical amount of money. I have received scam emails before but this is the first actual letter which has promptly been shredded.

  14. Mac
    March 31st, 2016 at 19:05 | #14

    Just got a letter talking about a possible windfall of 7.5 million Euros from Monroe Abogados. Add it to the list!

  15. H Newbold
    April 7th, 2016 at 12:43 | #15

    I received my letter this morning. Despite being incorrectly addressed the local post office went to trouble to deliver it I commend their effort but I know they will be very upset to know that they delivered a spam letter which may have resulted me if I wasn’t fully aware of this sort of thing parting with money. Let’s hope these people are brought to justice.

  16. B. Falzon
    April 19th, 2016 at 05:08 | #16

    A few days ago I’ve received a letter from Spain, from a so called Solicitor by the name of “Adolfo Nickolas”, “{written in perfect English off course}” Informing me, that a could be relative of mine who was a very succsseful business man had died and left me an inheritance of $750 million dollars .
    In the letter there is every return contact details supplied that anyone can think off.

  17. Ida
    June 2nd, 2016 at 03:55 | #17

    I can add another company … Reynaldo Abrego
    abregoreynardo@gmail.com (abregoreynardo null@null gmail NULL.com)
    Remel International

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