Not by Jack Ma
Good Day! You may wonder why I am reaching out to you in spite friends that I have known for years. The singular reason is that I have by the very nature of this proposition and the required confidentiality, decided to deal with a person that I have not known before so that we can develop the trust and execute this transaction without too many others knowing.

I would not have used this medium (Internet) but I chose to reach you through it because it is the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is un-official and private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of.

I am Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba Group, one of the greatest , most harmonious and most bountiful Internet companies in the Middle Kingdom. We put the "new" in "bee" and then the "bee" in "not 2bee" before changing it to B2B in China. Do you like Chinese food? I am contacting you based on trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this transaction. The Management and the Legal Department of our CORPORATION (ALIBABA GROUP) in a recent meeting recommended that our Corporation issue shares in Hong Kong's most excellent stock exchange to raise needed funding for expansion and transactions in China (THE MIDDLE KINGDOM).

Unfortunately we had last communicated with another person, whose whereabouts were kept discrete, but because of his untimely death, his accounts on electronic mail and at his BANK have remained dormant and he has failed to communicate back to us on the following necessary details. The Corporation has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives to claim this money but without success, you can confirm through contacting the local authorities in CAYMAN ISLANDS.

In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the account holder (the brother) nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim this is because he has the account as a secret account. He used an alias on Facebook and on his Gmail account and hence has been elaborately difficult to verify authenticity. I strive to only receive and provide authentic information, so this is why I trust you in this transaction.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in. I want you to come in as the shareholder of the Corporation. I will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the application and then effect the approvals for the transfer of the money to buy SHARES in the Corporation. I will be the one to provide the vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it as you become a real capitalist.'s share price closed at HK$39.50, 192.6% higher than the Offer Price of HK$13.50 on its first Grand Day of Trading. The offering raised HK$13.1 billion in gross proceeds before offering expenses, including proceeds from the Over-allotment Option which was exercised after the market closed, making it the largest Internet IPO in Asia and the second largest globally. You will surely have riches like a king by attaching yourself to this esteemed transaction.

Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. We will use our positions to get all internal documentations to back up the claims. Do not be bothered that so few of China's citizens are online, that Internet use is monitored, that there are worries of a very large financial bubble, or that we are working with Yahoo in China. The whole Procedures will last only few working days to get the stocks in order. After the transfer of the money we shall share the stocks 60-40. That is I will have 60% while you will have 40% but with the stock increasing so much you should earn back 888% before the glorious Beijing Olympic Games of 2008.

Kindly respond promptly so that I can advise you on the next step to follow.

I will be waiting to hear from you, good friend.

Yours truly,
Ma Yun "Jack"
Hangzhou, China

The above was an attempt at satire. Neither Jack Ma, Alibaba, Cayman Islands, nor any other person, place, or thing, either real or imaginary, had anything to do with writing or approving this. No animals were harmed in the writing of this piece. By Editorial Team.


  1. Is Jack Ma my long-lost Nigerian brother?

    After settling on ur investment things in China, come to Africa where Chinese companies blossom and you have the same lack of laws. It'sz ur home brother!

  2. In truth Alibaba will continue to grow,it will happen because there is a "China Miracle" blossoming that will emcompass all industry around China and make the country a better place.

  3. Alibaba and Global Sources really seem to be only top dogs in this sector. And since they are the top too I believe Alibaba may topple since they have little other than their website right? Global Souces seems have diversified model that has and will sustain

  4. Any advice on when Alibaba might list outside of Asia? I can not find information anywhere about plans for this but hoping you have this tip to share.


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