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xxxAdrian MM.
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Apr 5, 2015

Has anyone else received this magnificently worded invitation?


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Dear Sir,
My name is xxx, we are citizens in England.
We are in the process of trying to buy a small Hotel-Pension
located in Steiermark, Liezen, Ramsau am Dachstein. The
Hotel in question has 14 rooms and with that in mind we contacted the
Austrian Embassy. They then advised us to contact district
administrative authority (Bezirkshauptmannschaft) as we have
limited experiences of running the hotel. We have been
informed by the Embassy that it may be possible with your permission to
by and run the Hotel. We would also like to know what may be
required to offer restaurant and bar facilities. Is it possible to
contact you by phone to discuss the possibilities as
mentioned above. We would be happy to come out and meet and discuss with yourself the
possibilities of running this Hotel.
With regards,


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JaneD  Identity Verified
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Magnificent is right Apr 5, 2015

No, I've not had it and I'm rather jealous!

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Tom in London
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Adrian MM. wrote:

Has anyone else received this magnificently worded invitation?



Whoever wrote the invitation has very poor English; if they really are "citizens in England" they can't have been in the country for very long. But for anyone who's curious, a bit of googling will find you the hotel (askng price €675,000). It looks charming, but in a folksy gemütlich kind of way that isn't to my taste. The views are magnificent !

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-property/property-48224521.html

[Edited at 2015-04-05 11:56 GMT]


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Could this ... Apr 5, 2015

Could this, by any chance, be the Best Exotic Austrian Marigold Hotel?

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xxxAdrian MM.
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Desperately seeking support Apr 5, 2015

Thanks everyone, to wit and keeping their wits about them: Tom, Jane D. and Jenny so far. Though I - as a 'citizen of Surrey' - did indeed start out half a century ago in an autocratically run and litigious family hotel and catering business in Southern England, I did not realise that my permission was required to 'by and run' a splendid hotel in Arnold Schwarzenegger's native federal province of Styria. No doubt being flat-broke wll help me consider investing in such a worthy, no-strings venture.

[Edited at 2015-04-05 12:52 GMT]


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Paweł Hamerski
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Just ask them: why me? Apr 5, 2015

and we will see (or not). May be a simple mistake.

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xxxAdrian MM.
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@ Pawel - why me? Apr 6, 2015

Paweł Hamerski wrote:

May be a simple mistake.


Bardzo dziękuję, Pawel! It's obviously a ruse at Easter Time to nail me.

The ProZ profile of the earnest 'enquirer' is just a one-word name and answering would give away any email address I would send from.

Also, before buying land in Austria, EU nationals and 'citizens in England' need to ask the Ausländer-grundverkehrs-kommission of the relevant district for permission. I would not need to apply to myself for permission, since I probably wouldn't grant it.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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None of their contact details given, I presume? Apr 7, 2015

But they clearly want your phone number, address if possible, and of course they get your email address, too. I wonder why they think a translator might be interested? Wouldn't an estate agent be a more logical prey? But then they probably weren't thinking logically at all.

Have you reported it to ProZ.com? I think there's a link on the email itself, otherwise raise a support ticket. That profile entry can be zapped.

[Edited at 2015-04-07 10:09 GMT]


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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None of their contact details given, I presume? Apr 7, 2015

But they clearly want your phone number, address if possible, and of course they get your email address, too. I wonder why they think a translator might be interested? Wouldn't an estate agent be a more logical prey? But then they probably weren't thinking logically at all.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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What does this look like? Apr 7, 2015

So someone with poor English, allegedly residing in England, contacts a translator in England to partake in a hotel in Switzerland, asking for all of your information while providing none of theirs. In short, the perfect email for File 13.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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If you buy the hotel Apr 7, 2015

Don't mention the war!

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