Many people have commented on the uncanny resemblance between an email sent out by Goldman Sach’s advertising investment opportunities in Facebook, and the spam emails regularly sent out by Nigerian dignitaries offering rewards to people if the agree to liberate money from the country. Goldman Sachs’ offer which was sent out to very wealthy individuals is completely genuine. But its choice of langauge is, er, unfortunate. Here are some extracts of the email, with thanks to the Wall Street Journal.
When you have a chance I wanted to find a time to discuss a highly confidential and time senstive investment in a private company….
For confidentiality reasons, I am unable to tell you the name of the company unless you agree not to use such information other than in connection with your evaluation of the investment opportunity and to keep all information that we reveal to you stricly confidential…
If you agree to these restrictions either by responding to this email or verbally on any subsequent telepone conversation that we have, I will send you an email confirming your agreement to be subject to these restrictions and, on that basis, will provide you with a summary of the investment opportunity.
Compare this to a genuine Nigerian investment pitch:
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and ‘top secrect.’ I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliabiilty to prosecute a transaction of this great magnitude involving a pending transaction requiring maximum confidence….
We are looking forward to doign this business with you and solicit your confidentiality in this transaction. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using the above tel/fax numbers. I will send you detailed information of this pending project when I have heard from you.
Are they by any chance related ? A scurrilous suggestion.