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Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 16:33:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Investment Capital Offer
Hello Sir/Madam, I write to you based on a request for an investment option in your country by a client of mine. My name is Mrs Joyce Michel, I'm a consultant and engage in business feasibilities. My reason for contacting you is that I have an urgent need to invest some fund amounting to US$8,200,000.00 (eight million, two hundred thousandUnited States dollars) into small business in your country for a client of mine. What he requested is an individual such as yourself, who will be willing to put this money to good use for a period of 6years for a start. He is offering you these terms:1. 5% will be paid to you as an administrator of the total fund to be managed. 2. The fund will be used by you as a foreign Administrator as a loan without any interest. That is, you do not pay any interest on the money, but you will give him 50% of all profits after tax that will accrue from the use of the fund. If these terms are agreeable to you, kindly let me know and I will provide you
with other necessary information. Best Regards. Mrs.Joyce MichelCraford Brokers301 Hamilton DrivePretoria.SouthAfrica.
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