Police warn the common advance fee scheme, often known as the Nigerian letter scam, or Spanish prisoner scam dating back to the 1700s, is still alive in the area.
A Parksville woman contacted The News suspicious of a letter she received that claimed to be from Oscar Abejundio & Asociados of Valencia, Spain.
It said a distant family member had died and if she contacted them, together they could access the $10 million she left in a “trunk box/diplomatic personal treasure” and split the money 50/50.
The RCMP repeatedly stress that if something sounds too good to be true it likely is and to exercise extreme caution with anything involving money and bank accounts.
When in doubt contact your financial institution and/or the RCMP.