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From: "Engr Chad"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:17:37 -0500 (EST)
REQUIRED FOR ACQUISITION OFESTATE/ IN YOUR CONUNTRY.
Based on the information and highly
esteemed Recommendation made about you, by a reputable source in our country's
chamber of commerce and industry that Guaranteed your reliability and trust
worthiness in business dealings
I write to inform you of my desire to acquire
estates or landed properties in your country. On behalf of the Director of
Contracts and Finance Allocations of the South
Africa Ministry of Works and Housing in Cape-Town South Africa. Considering his very
strategic and influential position, he would want the transaction to be as
strictly confidential as possible. He further wants his identity to remain
Undisclosed at least for now, until the completion of the transaction, hence
our desire to have an overseas agent. I have therefore been directed to inquire
if you would agree to act as our overseas agent in order to actualize this
transaction. The deal, in brief, is that the funds with which we intend to
carry out our proposed investments in your country is presently in a coded
account at the Cape town bank in South Africa and we need your assistance to
transfer the funds to your country in a convenient bank account that will be
provided by you before we can put the
funds into use in your country. For this, you
shall be considered to have executed a contract for the Ministry of Works and
Housing in South Africa for which payment should be effected to you by the
Ministry, The Contract sum of which shall run into US$30 Million, of which your
share shall be 20% if you agree to be our overseas agent. As soon as payment is
The amount mentioned above is successfully
transferred into your account, we intend to use our own share in acquiring some
estates abroad. For this too you shall
Also serve as our agent. In the light of this, I
would like you to forward to me the following information: 1. your company name
and address if any .2. Your personal telephone number. For easy communication.
You are requested to communicate your acceptance of this proposal immediately
after which we shall discuss in details the modalities for seeing this
transaction through. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Thank You
in anticipation of your cooperation.
Director General, for Roads works and housing
URGENT BUSINESS ENQUIRY
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