How to Spot a Scam

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fake Compaq Winning Certificate

I opened my email this morning and found this scam in my inbox. Essentially a fake Law Firm called Raymonds and Raymonds Law Firm is attempting to acquire bank account information and commit identity theft by claiming to be authorized agents from Compaq computer and electornics, who want to give potential victims a 3.5 million dollar payout.

Raymonds and Raymonds Law Firm.
L23w Calive Way, Thames Street,
Weybridge, Surrey. KT13 8NL.
United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 704 572 0211
+44 703 199 7517
Fax: +44 700 594 7527

Legal Attn,

Welcome to Raymonds and Raymonds Law Firm. We have received hard copy of your winning Certificate and a Payout Check in your name from the Compaq Electronics Award agent's office. We therefore wish to congratulate you on your prize Winnings of £950,000.00. We shall take appropriate steps to process both the Legalization and Notarization of your claims in the shortest possible time.

With these developments, we are to make arrangements for the Notarization of your form and also to seek legalization of the funds by registering your winnings with The United Kingdom Gaming Board/Commission since you are a non UK Citizen as required by statutes.

For us to confirm your identity and also for the security of your Compaq Electronics Award, Kindly re-confirm the following information below of you to us as stated by you in your claims processing form. This will enable us confirm that you are the same person referred to us by Compaq Electronics Award Office.

1. Your Exact Names:
2. Phone numbers:
3. Fax numbers:
4. Current residential address:
5. Sex:
6. Your Date of Birth:
7. Next of Kin:
8. Occupation:
9. Nationality:

The above should be provided exactly as filled by you in your claims processing form as we have a copy of it here with us for our verification.

The options to receive your winnings are:

1. CASH PICK UP: You can aslo come down in person to our office to pick up your winning package. Please be informed that if you choose to come down in person to the U.K , you are responsible for VISA APPLICATION, TRAVELING DOCUMENTS AND FLIGHT TICKET as Compaq Electronics & Company exempt its self from such expenses.

2. CASHIERS CHEQUE: This is in consonance with our policy in this regard, be advised that if your option is the cashiers cheque, your winning cheque and package will be delivered to you via our affiliate courier delivery agent to your destinated address.

3. BANK TO BANK TRANSFER: If you option for the Bank to Bank Transfer you will be require to contact our affiliate Bank for the smooth transfer of your winning fund to your destinated Bank account.


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Anonymous said...

just got one myself. when I sent them a letter threatening legal action they replied with another email that looked sufficiently realistic to convince someone less skeptical than me.

Anonymous said...


I received a similar e-mail.
I would like to ask if it is reaaly a fake.
They want me to send them money to recveive almost one million punds.
my email: