Mr Al-Huzzah Al-Maktoum Al-Geezer El-Shabel In-Harrods 'would like to connect with you on LinkedIn'.
Quick search on the internet and the aforesaid Sheikh El-Spondoolies seemed absolutely fair dinkum. He was a real person, he did have the (very) high position of authority he purported, and he also was, comfortingly, not blacklisted by any of the credit ratings or data agencies.
Hmmm, I thought. Too good to be true?
I wrote back to him - without accepting his invite, I might add, I'm picky like that.
"Dear Mr El-Dollarz
Thank you for extending an invitation to LinkIn with you. Whilst I am flattered to be the recipient of such attention, I would also appreciate understanding in what capacity you believe we could work together?
Within a nanosecond I received a reply.
Ho hum, not quite what I was hoping for.
Would I like to take part in a project financing programme where Mr El-Dollarz' private equity and venture capital company will "re-invest through project funding in investment loan to third party investors, project owners on a 2.5% interest rate per annum on long term investment projects that can generate up to 10% ROI within the period"?
No. I don't get it either. And I have been involved in financial markets and investment banking most of my working life.
So thanks. But no thanks.
Oh, and by the way: what 'period' are you talking about?
Because if it's within my lifetime, that's a pretty crap return by any standard.
Back to the drawing board.
Like they say: if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...
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