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dogglebe
Posted: November 2nd, 2009, 5:14pm Report to Moderator
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lol, Chris.


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jayrex
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I've now been targeted and here's the email:

Dear Javier Torresgrosa ,

Am forwarding this mail which was sent to me by Mr.Dilip Kungwani of Shoot Rajasthan Film Production's request to begin negotiation with you on how to buy your script Soulsshadows eath Hunts The Soul .
  
Martin Sanders,an independent script agent and as you can see from the forwarded mail,my client needs the script by next week wednesday.
  
To this end,I will be sending to you MOU documents via secured and registered courrier which you are expected to read and consent to.I will advice payment by certified cheque as soon as i receive the signed documents from you, and other required informations which are attached to the documents that i will be sending to you.
  
Should you feel interested in selling your scripts,my sourcing fee is $2000.$1000 up-front paymentmust be paid to me before I forward the contract documents to you ,while the remaining balance will be paid after you receive your full payment..Please for safe and secure payment,use Moneygram or Western union money transfer.

In addition,I would also like to know how much you are willing to part with the script.

  
Looking forward to hearing from you.
  

Martin Sanders,

46 jillote Ratder Avenue ,

NE 79764,

Luxembourg.

Tel352)-45 67 89


--- On Wed, 28/10/09, SAMSA FILMS wrote:


From: SAMSA FILMS
Subject: Re:Information on the said film script
To: martinsanders@mail.ru
Date: Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, 12:15 PM Dear Mr .Martin Sanders
  
After careful review of the scripts which you sent to us,We wish to inform you that we are desirous to buy the script Soulsshadows eath Hunts The Soul.

To this end,we would like you to contact the writer immediately and begin the buying processes.We want you settle the deal before next week Wednesday so that we can have the script for production.

Please inform him that all coresspondence,questions,enquiries and matters relating to the buying of this script SHOULD be addressed to you.We will not entertain any request or enquiry from him or his representatives.



Sincerely,

M. Jani THILTGES, M. Claude WARINGO
238C, rte de Luxembourg L-8077 BERTRANGE
Phone: (352) 45 19 60-1
Fax: (352) 44 24 29
email: samsa.film@filmnet.lu
web site: http://www.samsa.lu


Below is your authorization letter.


October, 12 2009



SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

  
We, M. Jani THILTGES and M. Claude WARINGO; of legal ages, have named, constituted and appointed and by these presents do hereby NAME, CONSTITUTE and APPOINT, MARTIN SANDERS of legal age, to be my/our true and lawful Attorney-In-Fact, for me/our and in my/our name, place and stead, for my/our own use and benefit, to do and perform all or any of the following acts, deeds and things, to wit:

  
To sign, execute and deliver deed of absolute purchase, contract or any other instrument or document of whatever kind, as maybe necessary or proper as said Attorney- in-Fact may, in his discretion, deem to be my/ our best interest.

To demand, collect, receive and accept the film script and if in check to endorse and to pay cash to the writer in any third party and/or any bank or banking institution
at whatever price deemed necessary.
  
HEREBY GIVING and GRANTING unto my/ our said attorney-in-fact full power and authority to do and perform any and every act, thing whatsoever requisite or necessary or proper to be done in and about the buying of the script, as fully to all intents and purposes as I/we might or could do if personally present shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of these presents with full power of substitution and revocation, and hereby ratifying and confirming all that my/our said attorney or her substitute shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, We have hereunto affixed our signature this October day of ______12______, 2009 at County of Bertrange,Luxembourg .


M. Claude WARINGO
Principal

M. Jani THILTGES

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jayrex
Posted: November 4th, 2009, 1:56pm Report to Moderator
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I wonder what I should say?

P.S.

Emails the email analysed by a site I found:

http://www.mxtoolbox.com/Public/Tools/EmailHeaders.aspx

The email address and provider is russian, but the I think the server is located in Amsterdam via Germany.


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Quoted from jayrex
I wonder what I should say?


Ask him why he's sending you the authorization from Samsa Films when it's Shoot Rajasthan that wants the script.


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I did write a big long fancy thing to Mr. Saunters. Then I thought bollocks to this and I wrote a two word email to him instead.

The first word began with 'F'.


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jayrex
Posted: November 4th, 2009, 2:40pm Report to Moderator
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What I sent him:

Dear Mr Sanders
 
I am pleased to read that Shoot Rajasthan Film are interested in my script.  It's always good news to hear, but before we talk numbers, I am interested in the connection between Shoot Rajasthan Film and Samsa Films?
 
I can see that both CEO's names can be found within the email signature that you have received which sounds very impressive.
 
What is the document located below the email you received?  Is that the document you will be sending me to signed by the CEO's?
 
I also note that you are an Independent agent.

My agent has already garnered some interest in my script and believes he can obtain a budget in the region of $10million, which he believes will realize my scripts full potential, and I'll be compensated 3% through the sale of the script.

Could you better my agents potential deal or possibly obtain any extras that my agent couldn't obtain?

Regards,


Javier



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jayrex  -  November 4th, 2009, 2:43pm
How did that 'to' slip in there?
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Sweet!  Here we go again.

Javier, make sure you do your math correctly, as Phil didn't.  3% of $10,000,000 is $300,000.  Don't settle for a penney less!


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Quoted from Dreamscale
Sweet! Don't settle for a penney less!


Who's Penney?

Either way nice to see you back on a heterosexual tip. What?



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jayrex
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Mr Sanders latest response:

Dear Torregrosa,

To answer your question first,the two companies which I source films scripts for are unfortunately if I may say,are very interested in your script.As am writing to you now,they at a keen competition to outwit each other in procuring the scripts.

e forwarded mail was indeed from Shoot Rajasthan authorizing me to buy/negotiate and advice payment on their behalf.Samsa also have given me the same authority.

I have been mandated to get the script sold to them on or before next week wednesday and depending on your swift response,you will be paid by tuesday by certified cheque.

I have brokered a deal of $68,000 and 1.5% net profit for you on the part of Shoot Rajasthan.Then $70,000 and 1% net on the side of Samsa.  And like I said earlier,my brokers fee is $2000,$1000 to be paid me up-front and $1000 balance to be paid after you recieved your full payment.

I shall forward the hardcopy contract documents to you today as soon as I confirm the payment of my $1000 up-front fee.   For fast and secured payment,make payments through western union money transfer to my Secretary:

Mr.Charles Ekwonye
#46 Jillote Ratder Avenue
NE 79764
LX,Luxembourg.

Please send payment details and your full postal address to this email.

Regards,
Martin Sanders.


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Here's my response:

Dear Mr Sanders,

I'm please to hear not one but two film companies are interested in my script.  I've also had to inform my co-writer Mr Newcomer as he created many significant plot twists and his copyrighted character also appears, namely Tanis.  He too is also intrigued to hear interest snowballing to far off corners of the globe.

But, back to the numbers, I do believe sums may not be your strong point, would you not agree?  

Even though I can see Shoot Rajasthan have the better offer, I can see that they might not be fully behind my script in comparison to my agents offer from the utmost reputable company The Don Entertainment whose offer of 3% on $10million for a shooting budget will bring my script to the big screen.

My agent has even kindly offered to take the stress of negotiations by offering to take my pay cheque and take his cut, hence I save time not having to speak to the bank manager.

What is a Western Union?  Is that a bank?

The Don Entertainment has asked me to give the character Tanis a larger role, meaning Mr Newcomers will have to take a larger slice of the pie.  Do you agree with this move?  

I'm happy but not my agent.  I don't mind as long as it works and I get paid, but of course in doing so, his agent will have to get a larger slice of the pie.  Are you willing to split your broker fee with my co-writer's agent?

What are your thoughts on my script?  Are there any weak areas that you feel I can improve?  Does Shoot Rajasthan require any additional rewrites?

Regards,
Javier


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I wonder why he chose Shoot Rajasthan? Did he just throw a dart at a list?


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dogglebe
Posted: November 5th, 2009, 6:44pm Report to Moderator
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Javier,

You may want to shoot off an e-mail to Shoot Rajasthan and advise them of the situation.  The scammer has probably contacted hundreds of people using SR in it's ploy.

If Sanders says that he secured Danny Boyle, you may to mention that he's committed to the Glade Matches Commercial.


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dogglebe
Posted: November 5th, 2009, 6:58pm Report to Moderator
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I haven't heard anything from him, so I wrote him again:


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Martin,

I have not heard from you in a few days and fear for the worst.  I am doing the best I can to work with you regarding 'Glade' and Shoot Rajasthan.  If there is anything that I can do to facilitate this deal, please let me know.


Phil Clarke
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George Willson
Posted: November 6th, 2009, 5:24am Report to Moderator
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I'm just disappointed that Mr. Sanders doesn't think I have anything that Shoot Rajasthan would be interested in. Then again, I don't write a lot of shorts, which seems to be where he trolls.


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dogglebe
Posted: November 6th, 2009, 11:15am Report to Moderator
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Hey, he wrote back!


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Mr Phil,

It hurts so much when after much difficulty one brokers a great deal on someone's behalf,placing his intergrity,trust and name on line to make the deal set only to be told flimsy excuses that discourages.

Shoot Rajasthan is almost disappointed and I am finding it difficult to convince them.They have committed a whole lot in organizing auditions and contacting world class production crew just to make you happy selling the script to them
I am afraid I won't talk more on this deal except I see a committment on your part then,I can put my neck on it.I have my intergrity and trust to mentain with Shoot Rajasthan and they may likely change their mind by next Monday.

The only thing that can make the difference as it stands now is for you to have in your custody the hardcopy contract documments which you are not serious to get.

The $1800 must be paid through western union or moneygram so that I can access it almost immediately.Furthermore I cannot go against the consular rules so I suggest that you make the payment now,through western union or moneygram and,in the name of the person I sent to you.If you make the payment now,I assure you that tuesday morning,you will have the documments on your door post.I can't imagine a situation where one is barred from sending money through western union or moneygram.If you can wire payment from your bank or from Paypal,then I see no reason why you should be coming up with these kind of flimsy excuses,even when you know that we have been into this for years.

If you are finding it difficult to pay this,how am I sure that you will pay me the balance of my brokers fee when you are paid?

I will tell Shoot Rajasthan that you will respond fully before Monday after now, so lets hope you make the payment now.That's the only thing that can convince me that you are indeed committed to this deal.

Please don't forget to email me the payment details and your full postal address.

Martin.


I decided to contact the FBI on this matter.

Phil
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