Herman Pura Garcia used in Spanish letter fraud

A well-worn letter scam has surfaced again in New Zealand, with the fraudster pretending to be Spanish lawyer Herman Pura Garcia.

The letter is sent to people with a particular surname and comes in an official-looking envelope. The fraudster purporting to be Mr Garcia says he is "an Attorney/Solicitor, working with Guillermo & co Abogados-Asesores International in Spain". This is a real law firm and Mr Garcia is a real lawyer, but they have absolutely no connection with the attempted fraud.

The fraud has been used many times. The "lawyer" pretends to have had a rich client, who has been killed along with his immediate family. Just before his death he invested €7.5 million, and the investment company has requested his faithful "lawyer" to present an heir/heiress.

The letter recipient amazingly has the same surname as the deceased client. His "lawyer" proposes a little trick: "...my proposition is seeking your collaboration to be the benefactor of the aforementioned investment deposit. Though, I acknowledge you may not be anyway related to my late client, but taking into account that you both have a common surname is a positive factor as it can be considered a common genealogy. I can guarantee that we stand a great chance of success if you follow my instructions..."

The names used in the letters may vary, but the nature of the fraud and the wording do not.