PERPETRATORS behind a ‘Nigerian letter’ lottery scam have been arrested in Malaga, Barcelona and Segovia.

The Policia Nacional detained six people who between them defrauded €700,000 from 12 victims across Spain, Europe and Australia.

The letters urged victims to send money in order to pay tax, before receiving their alleged lottery winnings.

One Australian victim, who alerted authorities to the scam, was defrauded of €500,000 after receiving a letter informing him he had won just over 1.9million.

Police officers managed to find the scammers’ ‘ghost’ bank accounts into which they received the money and used to withdraw cash.