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From: "ashley davis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:05:18 +0000
Subject: PART TIME >>>>JOB OFFER (URGENT REPLY NEEDED)
How do you do, My name is Ashley Davis (Manager, PR & Public Affairs,
Statoil Group). I just reviewed your email through my email search and I
would be very interested in giving you a part-time paying job as a cash
representative for STATOIL GROUP, in USA, in which you could earn a lot This
job would be based on contract and commission terms, it is a part-time job
and it would involve quite a lot of trust and honesty. This project has also
been developed not to affect your present job nor bring about any form of
stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs,and you could
make a minmum of $3,500 a month,
Meanwhile there is no start up cost required I took time to make this
explanatory enough so you could understand what the job entails. Presently,
we have just been granted a funding to head a research project in the
tropical regions of europe regarding Oil Drainage Planning and Management
and this would be commencing very soon. However the funding would be made
mostly in the Usa,as regards the source of funding of this project. Your
willing to work as a Payment Representative now will help and save time so
that this project can be concluded as soon as possible and I am ready to get
you started All you need to do is on getting the payment on behalf of the
company, cash at your bank and take 10% of the money cashed as your
commission and you would have the rest fund wired to me via western union
The main reason I would be needing a pay rep in UNITED STATES is because i
am presently in London and even though I can get the wires here from USA, I
would have to wait 30days to clear in my bank,25% would be deducted as tax
and even if I were to set up an american bank account, it would take much
more time and stress. So I talked to the company accountant, and it was a
good idea to hire someone trustworthy who could recieve money
orders/cheques, and being in the untied states, you could get the depsoits
efficiently in your account, then go over to Western Union and have the cash
sent in cash to me wherever i might be at that point in time, and I would
recieve it in cash, and this happens to be a good idea. Having read your
resume and 'assuming' you would be able to deal with cash, I would be
willing to employ you on contract basis to be our payment representative
back in the United States, this way I could issue and make these money
orders out to you, you could then cash them easily, withdraw 10% of the
total amount on the bank depsoit as your commission and then send the rest
back to me through Money transfer. Bear it in mind that we would be dealing
with quite a handful of cash and would require honesty and dilligence I
intend to commence on starting as soon as you are ready you'll be starting
soon and it could be twice a week depending on your approach ...if you
approach so fast,it'll be more than twice,till you're okay about it. . If
you are interested pls fill in the form below this message, edit and reply
back as soon as possible.
you can learn more about us at http://www.statoil.ie.
©2006 STATOIL GROUP APPLICATION FORM
FIRST NAME LAST NAME
HOME ADDRESS (NOT P.O. BOX) ..
CITY .. STATE
ZIP CODE .. COUNTRY ....
PHONE NUMBER (S)
GENDER .. MARITAL STATUS
(Information included in this application form is confidential between you
and me, and the full name and contact info should be included as it should
be written on the payments being issued over to you, you should also include
a valid phone number for easy contact) ATTESTATION According to how you have
been briefed earlier by me. You are required and mandated to receive payment
on behalf of the above mentioned firm. You are to deduct 10% of all funds
processed on a particular order and forward the balance payment via WESTERN
UNION as I would be instructing you on receipt of my payments. You will
notify me a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job so as
to terminate all payment coming your way to avoid conflict. In agreement to
this kindly append signature below .
Mr Ashley Davis
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