What to Do with a Syrian Investment Proposal

In this morning’s email:

Dear Friend,

Complement of the day to you and your love ones

I hope my email will arrive to you at good time. My name is Dr. Abdul Karim Mohamed from Damascus Syria. I am now 65 years old and retired. I was former personal investor & financial consultant advisers to a Top Politician here in SYRIA.

Why I’m contacting you is to know if we can have a personal conversation. Whatever truth you may brief me will be highly recommended. Tell me more about your country, how good it will be to invest in your country. Such as buying of properties, or real estate and some tourist places or any profitable investment venture that will yield good profit.

I will appreciate whatever result you may brief me. Do let me know your idea and knowledge regarding this or any other profitable investment venture you may suggest. I have the total of US$42,500,000.00 and I am willing to order the transfer of the money to you for investment if you’re interested with my proposal.

In my next mail I will explain the full details of the project and interest, and then we reach an agreement on what will be your share from the money or investment.

I shall tell you more about myself when I read from you. You may as well tell me little more about yourself when replying.

Waiting for your reply.

Thanks and best regards,
Dr. Abdul Karim Mohamed
Damascus,Syria

Dear Dr. Abdul Mohamed:

Thank you for your note. I’ve been wondering where that $42.5 million I gave Dick Cheney a while ago ended up.

With Syria in the midst of a very profitable civil war, I’d think you’d want to invest your money in arms smuggling or something like that. But since you ask, it just so happens that I have heard of an excellent opportunity for real estate investment here in the US.

You may have heard that New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has had a rough time over the past year concerning his handling of traffic on the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey to New York City.

I have it on good authority from inside sources that he’s decided to sell the bridge to private owners in order to avoid any further accusations of mishandling said bridge. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has also decided to sell the Brooklyn Bridge in order to ease New York City’s impending budget shortfall.

As you must know, both these bridges are very famous tourist attractions, not to mention the millions of dollars of toll revenue they generate each year. Dick Cheney has declined my offer to co-invest in this project, so your note’s timing is perfect. The chance to purchase both bridges together is an unprecedented opportunity for the right investor, such as you. Please respond immediately.

Of course, we’ll have to route the money through off-shore accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid US tax liabilities. This should not be any trouble, since Mitt Romney, a personal friend of mine, is also investing with me in this project. As you know, Mitt has several accounts there we can use, or if not, I can use one of my accounts in Dubai.

Looking forward to working with you.

Best regards,

Caspar Green

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