This email landed in my partner's in-box this morning:
I am CEO of ACME Corp in Cupertino, CA.
We are in mobile telephone switching network domain. We provide end-to-end solutions for telecoms. We have in hand PO from China and we are confident to get more POs from India, China before end of Q1 09.
We are seeking $100M in funding.
John Doe, CEO
Tel 408 111 1111
To which my other partner suggested the following reply:
You are clearly a CEO blessed with extraordinary relationship building skills and a strong commercial sense! Send $10m now to cover our immediate DD costs - when can we start?
(Names have been changed to protect the daft innocent.)