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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.

  14. Stefan
    November 29th, 2014 at 10:21 | #14

    My mother, living in Belgium, received a letter via snail mail, stamped in Valencia, from a Fedrick Walter working for http://www.soler-int.com/ (http://www NULL.soler-int NULL.com/), claiming she is entitled to a 5 million euro inheritance from an unknown relative in Spain. Very obvious this is a scam with a seemingly legit website to back it up. First time I’ve seen this type of scam in letter form. Probably to add extra credibility, they do a thorough job of making it seem convincing.

  15. Kevin Rizzoli
    December 4th, 2014 at 02:25 | #15

    In 14 Nov 2014, my Mother in her 80′s, in Melbourne, Australia got a very similar letter from the supposed Barrister Richard Samdperil of Calle Esperanto 11, in Madrid, stating that someone with the same surname as hers had died and also that the “supposed” 10.5 Million US Dollars would be divided, with 45 % being for my Mother and 50 % being for them and 5% to cover costs. What the…? Very suspicious.

    The term Barrister apparently is not used in Spanish law, so suspicions raised again.

    My Mother asked me to see what I could find out about it and I was very pleased when I found your site and the information posted by others with the same, or similar experiences.

    I also looked up the address to find it’s an apartment building with rooms to rent.

    Thank you

  16. Unregistered
    December 22nd, 2014 at 16:41 | #16

    Inheritance scam :
    - company Jacob P. Rodriguez Asociados S.I.
    - phone: + 34 603-153-973, fax: +34 935-504-273
    - site: http://www.jacobprodriguezabog.com/contact.html (http://www NULL.jacobprodriguezabog NULL.com/contact NULL.html)
    - email: jacobpedrorodriguezespana@gmail.com (jacobpedrorodriguezespana null@null gmail NULL.com)
    - address: Calle Gran via Diego lopez de Haro 60, 48001 Bilbao
    Scam details:
    - received a printed letter from Valencia from company above
    - 11,7mln USD to claim, secret
    - correct surname, distant relative death, no other relatives to claim inheritance
    - worked mining and smelting company (Sweden De Zinc company)
    - shares divided 15% charity, 5% operating cost, rest split 50/50

    Checked:
    - site 3 months old, not known by google and other sites
    - doesn’t figure in any lists i could find about scams
    - similar to other such scams

  17. pawel
    December 25th, 2014 at 15:59 | #17

    Jacob P.Rodriguez asociados s.l. scam in Poland. They colaborate with somebody who speek polish.
    Letter sounds almost the same as in the previous post.
    11,7 mln $, 40/40%, 15% charity, 5% costs.

  18. Leonardo
    January 4th, 2015 at 22:55 | #18

    @Stefan
    Same here, Stefan… Got a letter here in Brazil, from Fedrick Walter, from SOLER MONTE INTERNATIONAL ABOGADOS in Spain (Av. de España, 32, 02006), Albacete, España), website http://soler-int.com (http://soler-int NULL.com), phone number (+34) 688 321 070, Fax (+34) 961 125 621, email fedwalter@gmail.com (fedwalter null@null gmail NULL.com) and fedwalter@mail.com (fedwalter null@null mail NULL.com).

    Some rich business man with same surname died and left 5 million Euros for me.

    He urged me ti keep this proposal in utmost confidentiality pending the discussion.

    Didn’t ask for advanced payment, only to contact him by email or telephone, if I am interested. I am not interested.

  19. Marie
    February 18th, 2015 at 23:49 | #19

    I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    I received a similar letter from Victor Fernando Enrique, from SOLER MONTER INTERNATIONAL ABOGADOS (Rambla Nova, 120 Tarragona – España – Tel/fax: +34 603 132 630).
    The exact same story : dead people with the same surname and a lot of money.
    Be carefull: it’s impossible to identify the stamp on the envelop and to know where this letter is coming from.
    And the logo printed on the letter is distorded; this can not be a real formal letter paper of a lawer firm.

  20. Ellen
    March 21st, 2015 at 15:33 | #20

    I live in the United States and my letter for $7.5 million euros came from Nicholas Simon Garcia from Soler Monte International. Poor David passed away and after an EXTENSIVE search I am the sole living benefactor.

  21. Renee Rossouw
    March 23rd, 2015 at 10:23 | #21

    I live in South Africa and my letter for $7.5 million euros came from Nicholas Simon Garcia from Soler Monte International. Likewise, poor David passed away and after an EXTENSIVE search I too am the sole living benefactor. Thank you Ellen for posting your comment, it has given me peace of mind to destroy the letter in question.(@Ellen

  22. Renee
    March 23rd, 2015 at 10:27 | #22

    I live in South Africa and my letter for $7.5 million euros came from Nicholas Simon Garcia from Soler Monte International. Likewise, poor David passed away and after an EXTENSIVE search, I too am the sole living benefactor. Thank you Ellen for posting your comment, it has given me peace of mind to destroy the letter in question.

  23. Anita
    April 9th, 2015 at 02:05 | #23

    I live in Ontario Canada and I just received the same letter from Victor Fernandez Enrique from Soler Monte International Albacete Spain. Isn’t it amazing how the deceased name is always “David”. I better keep it quiet too, otherwise my relatives might find out and I’ll have to share the $7,500,000.00 Euros with them. And how convenient that Dead David has no living relatives so even though I’m not really related, having the same last name qualifies me. WOW! Today is my lucky day! Lucky I’m not stupid!

    @Marie

  24. Linda Lewis
    April 23rd, 2015 at 15:19 | #24

    You can add Pedro Norman Ramiro, Attorney to the list of scammers. My mother-in-law (St. Catharines, Ontario) received the same sort of letter this week from him although he makes no mention of dividing the money, just that if she wishes to pursue the matter she should contact him.

  25. Raja
    May 3rd, 2015 at 15:51 | #25

    A company based in Spain, named Pinkerton Asociados 21 SL, operates a website called https://extrait-casierjudiciaire.org (https://extrait-casierjudiciaire NULL.org) which claims provides services to request, obtain, affix apostille and send to you a Extract from the French Casier Judiciare system. The charge for that service is around 80 Euros, which can be paid by credit card account. From their site, from the nature of the information they require (which doesnt conform to what the French authorities actually require) and from their non response to my email enquiries over 5 days after having paid for the service, I can only conclude this is a scam, or otherwise dubious website. While they allow for putting in a reference number to track your request, it provides this non committal information, in poor french to boot BEWARE

    Numéro Dossier Date Etat de Votre Demande
    CJF1625 27-04-2015 15:16:10 Votre demande de d’extrait de casier judiciaire a bien été enregistrée par nos services et est en cours d’étude.

  26. Lis
    May 28th, 2015 at 23:44 | #26

    My father got a similar letter. It was a letter from Aguirre Abogados, and Barr David Rodrigo was the guy who wrote the letter.

    fiy a person’s signature should always be written with ink and not look like it was copied or scanned.

  27. Georg
    June 30th, 2015 at 19:55 | #27

    Jacob P. Rodriguez Asocjados SL based in Calle Gran Via Diego Lopez de Haro 60 48001 Bilbao, Espana .. fraudster operating in Poland. Posiłkuje a Polish-speaking lady named Jezebel. Proposes share in the deposit of the deceased named identical with the name of the offeree. To authenticate send a scan of your passport fraud, certificate of deposit at Banco Generalitat / CAM Sabadell, the death certificate of the depositor alleged cash. The division of the deposit is 40% for Mr. Rodriguez, 40 for the addressee of 5% of the costs and 15% for charity. The costs of operations impostor priced at more than EUR 9300 for distribution in half. When payment instead of my part of the financial contribution fraudster sent commented the web address correspondence broke off

  28. Darren
    July 16th, 2015 at 09:03 | #28

    My neighbour in Tauranga, New Zealand received a similar scam in a letter posted from Spain. I have seen too many email scams to count, but seeing one posted internationally was a novelty. Someone in Spain with the same last name as his had supposedly died while on “short holidays visit to Myanmar”, leaving 6 million which the Spanish lawyer proposed splitting 50:50.

  29. goncec
    July 17th, 2015 at 02:28 | #29

    I received this one. posting so others can be aware.

    Do permit me by introducing myself briefly to you. It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us. But i have no any order alternative than to use this means to contact you on this matter. I have decided to take the chance seeing that no other way could have been easy and more efficient than via email.
    I am Javier Cremades, Advocates and Solicitors a law firm based on Madrid Spain represents clients in the following dispute resolution forums: federal court, court of appeal, high court, session court, arbitration and mediation. Actually, I got your contact from American Public record while searching for a last name similar to my late client, a business magnate by name Mr. Bernard Gonzalez, who lived in Spain for the past forty years unfortunately, passed away on 14 November 2011 due to heart failure which was as a result of the death of all his family members in a fatal auto accident.
    I am contacting you because you answer the same surname as my deceased client and I felt that you could help me in the distribution of funds that were left in my late client’s account. Before the calamity; He deposited the sum of $5.2M (Five Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars) to a Financial Institution here in Spain, The fund is close to been declared un-serviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or beneficiary of the fund in the account.
    The bank had issued me a notification at the beginning of the New Year 2015 to present next of kin of my deceased client to make claim of the fund in the account or have the fund liquidated and made unserviceable in accordance with existing laws here in Spain.
    Against this backdrop, am seeking your honest cooperation and understanding to stand as the deceased next of kin to enable us claim the inheritance before the period given by the bank elapse. I know you may deem this fund not necessary as you may have a lot to eat for the rest of your life, but bear in mind we can still use this fund to assist the homeless, the Orphanage and other people suffering in this bad economic world we are in today.
    If you are interested and willing to collaborate with me to stand as the next-of-kin beneficiary, get back to me and I will send to you all the information you may need to proceed without coming to Spain, and be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free; there is no atom of risk connected to this business. As I have worked out all modalities to complete the operation effectively. Once the fund is transfer into your account anywhere in the world, we shall divide the content in the ratio of 50% for you, 50% for me as our benefits.
    For further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me as soon as you receive this email.Here javier.cremades@homemail.com (javier NULL.cremades null@null homemail NULL.com)
    I look forward to your quick reply.
    Best regards,
    Javier Cremades Esq.

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