Hello, I am Miss Young. I received the following email. It is a socalled
"Advance Fee Fraud" letter, where I am promised millions for
my assistance. These stories are all lies, and if I respond, sooner
or later I will be asked to pay a fee. If I pay, another fee will quickly
come up, and it will continue that way until I give up or run out of
money. I will never see the millions, because they never existed.
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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 2:14 PM
Subject: Good Morning
FROM: Barr Fred Williams
ATTN: Miss Young,
Good day to you and welcome to Fred Williams & Associates Legal Chambers London.
Your email has been received and we have made further enquiries from your lottery company concerning your winning. The approved payment schedule has also been forwarded to our office and your name was among the list.
Tax Clearance Services that we do provide:
Power of attorney signed in the presence of a notary certified copy documents, such as animation certificates copies of passports for bank accounts and other purposes statutory declarations made before a notary public oaths transfers of land, houses, shares made in front of a notary lost passports, share certificates or other documents marriage certificates and declarations of single status permission to let one parent travel with children apostille and legalisations at consulates certified copies of documents, certified by a notary any other documents for abroad, which require a notary stamp For business clients power of attorney witnessed by a notary public notarization of company documents for setting up a branch office affidavits, statutory declarations, and sworn statements share issues certified by a notary public property transactions, transfers, purchases, sales, gifts etc. assignments or registration of trade marks apostille and legalization service any other documents for abroad, which require a notary stamp
What is a Notary?
A Notary, or Notary Public or Public Notary (the terms all mean the same thing), is a lawyer. The concept of a notary public has its origins in Roman law, when notaries were charged with recording important events and contracts in writing. Even today, the notary is at the summit of the legal profession in those countries whose legal systems are based on the Civil Code, which includes nearly all members of the European Union and nearly all of Central and South America.
Notaries public have this position because they are trusted to record events accurately and faithfully. Their duty is not simply to their client, but one of simple recording of the truth. Notaries are deemed the ultimate witness.
In common law countries, such as England, the United States, Canada, Australia, India and New Zealand, Public Notaries have a less exalted position. However they come into their own when documents signed or created in England, for example, need ultimately to be used in another country. Then it is often essential to have recourse to a notary.
Why would I need a notary?
You may need a notary public for many things, such as selling or buying a house abroad, opening a foreign bank account, giving a power of attorney, certified copies of documents such as examination certificates, opening a branch office of your company or business abroad, getting translations of documents certified, if you marry abroad and so on.
The need for a notary public is dictated by the requirements of the country where the document is to be used. For example, if you are not in Spain, but wish to buy a property there, it is usually necessary to give your lawyer there power to deal with the purchase and registration of your ownership.
This is done by means of a power of attorney, which is signed by you, the purchaser, in front of a notary. You cannot sign it in front of anyone else, and the text must be in Spanish. The notary public will confirm your name and identity, sign the document, and seal it with his or her official seal. Often, an apostille is needed to verify the signature and seal of the notary.
The document then will usually need to be further authenticated by having the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirm the validity of the notary's signature and seal. This is done by legalization or authentication by the use of the FCO's official certificate attached to the back of the document, known as an apostille. These are internationally recognized due to the Hague Convention.
What does legalization or authentication of a document mean?
Legalization or authentication means confirmation of the authenticity of origin of a document. It is usually done by having an official stamp placed on the document by the consulate of the country in which the document is to be used.
The idea is best explained by example. If you have a contract you are signing in England which concerns delivery of goods or services to another country - that other country's laws may require that the contract is legalized. Usually, this will mean that the contract not only has to be signed in front of the notary, but that the consulate of the country concerned also has to stamp the document. Sometimes there are additional stamps to be obtained. All this is part of the process of legalization. Effectively, the purpose of all the stamping is to prove that the document was validly signed.
To cut down bureaucracy, many countries have signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents 1961. This removed the requirement for separate consular legalization for those countries that have signed the treaty. Under the treaty, a certificate known as the competent authority of the state issues an apostille in a prescribed form from which the document originates. In the United Kingdom, this is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The FCO has a register of many persons' signatures (such as notaries, solicitors and officials), and documents brought to it are checked against these registers so that it can confirm the signature is genuine.
However, legalization by the consulate stills remains the rule in many cases for countries outside the Hague Convention, and such countries may ask for Foreign Office authentication and legalization by their consulate.
What is an apostille?
An apostille is a certificate issued (in the U.K.) by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It confirms that the person whose signature is on the document signed a document. Often this is the signature of a notary, but the FCO also has other signatures registered with it, such as those of solicitors and officials. Each document carries its own apostille and these cost £50each. For more information, see "What does legalization or authentication of a document mean".
The notaries profession in England is one divided into three categories.
Ecclesiastical notaries -They record important Church events, such as the consecration of churchyards and the election of bishops. Important though they are for the church, they have no other function.
General notaries - The vast majority of the 900 or so notaries in England and Wales are general notaries. They are nearly always solicitors.
Scrivener notaries - Until very recently, the only notaries, who could practice in the City of London, or within a three-mile radius of its walls, were notaries who were members of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, a medieval City guild. Intense lobbying over a period by other London notaries, who thought the monopoly completely unjustified, ended their monopoly.
What are the legalization requirements for the various countries in the world?
Please note that the following list is only intended as a useful guide. In particular cases, the requirements may be different and one should check in each case. Usually you will have instructions from the person or authority that requires your document.
No further legalization: You need do nothing further, since the notary's seal and signature are enough. Foreign Office plus consulate: The document is sealed and signed by the notary, then goes to the Foreign Office legalisations department, is stamped by them (at their fee of £50 per document) and then is taken to the consulate of the country in which the document is to be used. They also charge a fee, stamp the document in their turn, and give it back to you. We can arrange to deal with this process for you for a fee.
Apostille: The document is sealed and signed by the notary, then goes to the Foreign Office legalization department and is stamped by them (at their fee of £50 per document). They then give it back to you. We can arrange to do this for you for a fee.
In accordance with the statutory laws establishing lottery Organization, all won prizes must be notarized in the court of law before release of award prize. Hence, this clearance document goes to show that your winning is not deployed for terrorism or drug peddling and your winning has been certified viable by the judicial arm of the United Kingdom.
Regards to the law guiding lottery company in United Kingdom and According to the enacted lottery law amended in 1976,section 2-1, sub section 7 paragraph 2 ,it was stated that all lottery winnings from United kingdom must be fully cleared in the British interior-home security service.
Our Legal office will be obtaining the following documents in respect to the policy act guiding the fiscal and statutory legal authority monitoring the cash flow out of the United Kingdom and to ascertain the finance and regulatory act of the United Kingdom. The notarization of your winning is a policy act of the fiscal authority to monitor the cash flow out of United Kingdom and to ascertain the viability of this fund
The following will be obtain in your favor.
2, ANTI-DRUG CERTIFICATE
3, OATH FEE
4, COURT ADMINISTRATIVE FEE AND FILING CHARGES
5, HOME LAND SECURITY CERTIFICATE
You are to present all the necessary requirement that will aid me to start the processing as soon as possible so as to speed up the process.
Our service is very fast, if all proceedings are been adhered and observed. We promise our clients to guard their personal privacy and to protect any personal data that we gather from them.
We deal promptly and honestly with any complaints concerning the transfer of your fund, and Endeavor to provide you with a highly personalized experience.
Note that you are to pay for the Notary/Tax clearance process before we proceed which will cost you 540 GBP and my professional fee will be paid after you have your winning funds in your account.You are required to send a copy of your idenificaion via fax for this process (Internatonl Passport or Drivers License).
I will be sending you a copy of the notary document and instructions on how to fill it in and have it sent back to me for the Notary/Tax clearance process in court and the Inland Revenue Office on your behalf. Attach to this mail is a copy of my identification for you to have adequate information on me as your representing attorney.I hope to do that as soon as I get a go ahead confirmation from you on the process.
I await your reply on this.
Barrister Fred Willaims Esq.
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