By this point, just about everyone is aware that if you get an email from Nigerian royalty, you probably have not just come into a bunch of money.
But some may not be aware that a similar scam is coming out of Spain. What is now being referred to as the “Spanish Letter,” is being mailed directly to victims’ homes, not their email accounts.
Golden resident Mark Badior received one such letter from Spain (with the proper Spanish postage) informing him that a distant relative had just passed away, leaving more than $9 million in US Dollars in a bank account.
“My purpose of contacting you is for you to help me to secure his funds deposited with Spanish Bank before he died, to avoid it being confiscated or declared as unclaimed by the bank,” stated the letter, sent by Barrister Enrique J. Batalla from Madrid.
The letter continued, “As his personal attorney, the bank has issued me a final notice to contact his relatives or his next of kin or else the money will be declared as unclaimed and it will be diverted to the government’s account.”
This relative, named Frank Badior, supposedly died in a car accident in 2010. Batalla was requesting that Mark Badior split the money with him 50/50, that is after they donated 20 per cent of it to charity of course.
Upon further investigation Badior determined that there are no Barristers in Spain, and that many people across the country have received similar letters.
Most scams of these sort are done through the internet or telephone. Badior wanted Golden residents to be aware that scams can come through the mail as well.