Message (by Gavin Abbot)

This one is interesting. Why would someone in their right mind offer you 50% of profits on a product that they can buy for 10% of the money they are offering you?! If you think about it for a second, that means he's leaving 45% of the value on the table and giving it to you instead. Assuming that the deal was indeed what he's saying it should be, of course.

So... say the source product costs $10, my company would pay $10 to buy it, then sell it back to Gavin's company for $100. The profit is $90 and we split 50/50. So my company gets $45 and he gets $45. Knowing that my company is in the U.S., tax wise it is not that great, but that's still quite a bit of money, especially if the transactions quickly climb to be in the millions.

Yet, if he were to do so with his own company, he would get $90 for himself. Why split with someone else?

Let me explain: as a real business man, you know that you can create a new business in a day anywhere you need it in the world. So, instead of asking me, this guy could create his own company, say in the Bahamas, and get his $90 taxed at 2%. Why ask me in California instead where company taxes are at 42%?!

Or... maybe the Abbot's company is not really his company. It could be the company he works for instead.

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Dear Alexis Wilke,


It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to offer you a business transaction, which will yield high dividends for both of us.. The following is a brief overview on what the offer entails.. This offer entails you to stand as a supplier of a certain product to my company

I will secure a supply contract deal for you as our supplier of the product.
This product is currently being sold by the manufacturer at a very low price  and can be sold to my company at a much higher price.(The margin is over 90%) , getting my company  to purchase the product at your fixed price is not a problem, my company is in need of this product.   Basically what you are doing is to purchase this product at a relatively low price and sell it to my company at a marked up price, it is a legal transaction and I need you to partner with me on this project. 

Alexis  indicate your phone number in your reply.



Best regards,

Gavin Abbott

Re: Message (by Gavin Abbot)

What I find most interesting about this one is that it came to me with my first and last names, as well as my home phone number. This suggest that the database they are using to target people is a rad more sophisticated. I've seen at least three different instances of this one, each coming from a differently named person. I think it is a new variety of Nigerian 419 scams. There are real people on the end who reply if you try to bait them back. I haven't come up with a cool bait, though. They want to get on the phone with you.