The Free Press – November 27, 2012

The Police Report is intended to inform readers of recent police activity in the community. The articles are written from information taken from police reports and given to the reporter by a Station 9 constable.

While we’ve all heard of phone, email and door-to-door scams, con artists are still sending a letter by post to take advantage of potentially gullible people.

Station 9’s Constable Marie-Christine Nobert said recently a Côte St. Luc resident received a letter from Spain with rather flowery, slightly confusing script that boiled down to a request to help recover a dead client’s $10 million. The information in the letter said the recipient shared the same last name as the deceased and, with that, the recipient could collect the inheritance and keep 50 percent of the wealth.

“All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us [to] achieve this deal,” the letter states. The letter is signed by a Alejandro Ebrat Picart.

“If it’s too good to be true,” said Nobert, “then it’s too good to be true. Think twice when you receive something like this.”

Residents in the area are being targeted, she said, and this is not the first time. Norbert recommended that people who receive letters like this one contact the RCMP or the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). Residents can also verify the legitimacy of a business through the website: