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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. Rik
    July 28th, 2014 at 15:16 | #1

    I got a similar letter from Barrister Juan Jose Gonzalez Martin where someone with same lastname is died and he deposited 9,4 Millien Euros . They would divide the content for 50 % for me and 50 % for them . They asked to maintain discretion .
    Letter adress :
    Juan Gonzalez Martin & Asociados Abogados , Calle de Bruc 94 ,
    08009 Barcelona , Spain Tel +34632633056 / E-mail : bgonzalezmartin@outlook.com (bgonzalezmartin null@null outlook NULL.com)

  2. Virgo Norway
    August 1st, 2014 at 11:42 | #2

    August 1st, 2014 at 12:36 – I got a similar letter from CEO/DOPICO ABOGADOS Law Firm in Spain- where someone with same lastname has died and he deposited 7,5 Millien Euros . They would divide the content for 50 % for me and 50 % for them . They asked to maintain discretion .
    Letter adress :
    Manuel Dopico Sanjurio (Attorney)
    san.manueldopico@dopicoabogados.es (san NULL.manueldopico null@null dopicoabogados NULL.es)
    Tel +(34)611 223 956 Fax + (34) 917 692 630
    E-mail : maueldopico.pvt@gmail.com (maueldopico NULL.pvt null@null gmail NULL.com)

  3. GSVAI
    August 14th, 2014 at 08:17 | #3

    - pretty much the same letter here –
    August 14th, 2014 – I got a similar letter from CEO/DOPICO ABOGADOS Law Firm in Spain sent to me in AUSTRALIA – where someone with same lastname has died and he deposited 7,5 Million Euros . They would divide the content for 50 % for me and 50 % for them . They asked to maintain discretion. The letter was sent from Paris on the 30th July 14 claiming that Manuel Dopico is currently in France.

    Letter adress :
    Manuel Dopico Sanjurio (Attorney)
    san.manueldopico@dopicoabogados.es (san NULL.manueldopico null@null dopicoabogados NULL.es)
    Tel +(34)611 223 956 Fax + (34) 917 692 630
    E-mail : maueldopico.pvt@gmail.com (maueldopico NULL.pvt null@null gmail NULL.com)

    I thought it was suspicious so I used Google for confirmation :-)

  4. Felicity
    August 15th, 2014 at 08:08 | #4

    Ditto- but this came by letter.
    Apparently a relative left $7.5Million Euro. Don’t know why I was picked out of all my brothers and sisters! :-)
    Anyway – obviously a scam – signed by
    Manual Dopico Sanjurjo.
    Company: Dopico Abogados
    Phone 34 611223956.

    (of course – I was advised in he letter that they did not want any undue publicity. So I not to tell anyone..oops)

  5. Bunge
    August 18th, 2014 at 02:58 | #5

    I got a similar letter from CEO/DOPICO ABOGADOS Law Firm in Spain sent to me in AUSTRALIA – where someone with same lastname has died and he deposited 7,5 Million Euros . They would divide the content for 50 % for me and 50 % for them . They asked to maintain discretion. The letter was sent from Paris on the 11th August 14 claiming that Manuel Dopico is currently in France, which is weird, because he states in his letter that he would be returning to Spain on the 29th of July!!!! LOL….

    Can’t even get his story straight!!!

  6. Paul
    August 21st, 2014 at 08:52 | #6

    On the 19/08/14, my Mother in her 80′s, in Melbourne, Australia got a very similar letter from the supposed “Law Firm”, CEO/DOPICO ABOGADOS, in Spain, stating that someone with the same surname as hers had died and also that the “supposed” 7,5 Million Euros would be divided, with 50 % being for my Mother and 50 % being for them. Again they asked to maintain discretion. The letter was also supposedly sent from Paris, on the 24/07/14 claiming that Manuel Dopico is currently in France and that he would be returning to Spain on the 29/07/14.

    My Mother being naturally suspicious of this letter, asked me to see what I could find out about it. I also knew that it was to good to be true and I was very pleased when I found your site and the information posted by others with the same, or similar experiences.

    This is definitely not the first time I have had experience with this kind of garbage and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I suppose the best we can do is try to and warn as many people as possible about scum like this and hope that they are caught and get what they deserve. Many thanks.

  7. Linda
    August 28th, 2014 at 05:50 | #7

    My father, also in his 80s, told me he just received a letter from one Albert San Roca, just as the previous poster (Paul) has described. We are also in Melbourne, Australia.
    I was pleased to find this site so quickly and hope that others may be helped by the information here.

  8. Soozie
    September 17th, 2014 at 04:52 | #8

    We live in Wellington, New Zealand and received an identical letter to Linda’s from Melbourne, Australia. The letter was from a ALBERT SAN ROCA. Thankful I found this site. BEWARE!

  9. Jay
    October 2nd, 2014 at 13:33 | #9

    I got a letter sometime around june 2014,from ATTORNEY/SOLICITOR NICOLAS SIMON GARCIA of SOLER MONTE INTERNACIONAL, someone with the same last name as me has died and there is some 5 millions euros for the taken. Im in my late 40s and didnt fall for that.

  10. Andrea
    October 6th, 2014 at 21:13 | #10

    Same to me… I receive a letter but very strange the e-mail is gmail.com, and not from a company, and who will knock my door saying you have 5.8m usd to receive… and I am not even the relative of this person, anyway thanks a lot

  11. October 16th, 2014 at 19:00 | #11

    A cliente came to my office with a letter from ALBERT SAN ROCA. I’ll be carefull and send him an e-mail to check what is that fortune he says that my cliente have from a died relative. I hope to cach him an send his contact to police and Brazilian Embacy. Beware people.
    Um cliente veio ao meu escritório com uma carta vinda do suposto advogado ALBERT SAN ROCA. Vou ser cuidadosa e enviar a ele um e-mail para chegar que fortuna é essa que ele diz que minha cliente tem do parente distante morto. Espero pegá-lo e enviar seus contatos à polícia e à Embaixada Brasileira na Espanha. Fiquem atentos pessoal.

  12. Karen
    November 10th, 2014 at 21:41 | #12

    please can someone advise me if landholme roger angel is a well know scammer in Spain ?

  13. Daniel Drageset
    November 19th, 2014 at 19:39 | #13

    I just received a letter (snail mail) from Don Jose Pablo at Pablo & Garcia Abogados containing a lot of the information described above. Apparently, I am sole heir of Daniel Tomiko Haynes, simply because I share the same first name.

    The email address the lawyer wants me to contact is josepablo61@spainmail.com (josepablo61 null@null spainmail NULL.com). It is evident that this is a scam, but I have to say it is very elaborate. I am glad this website confirmed my strong suspicions.

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