I have a company that an investor represented by a japanese investment company says he is looking to invest $1M. This investor found me, instead of me finding him. His Japanese money managers have been going back and forth with me for about 2 months. I'm being told that in order for me to receive the $1M wire, I must pay a compliance and insurance fee and split the costs of the fee 50/50 with the investor. This is to ensure to them that I have some skin in the game. The amount I Must pay is $10K in order to receive my $1M wire. Now in my world, $10K is a relative pittance to be working this hard for 2 months to collect by way of numerous phone calls and emails. The fact they are going through all this work and trouble to close this transaction sort of gives me the impression they may have some legitimacy, but at the end of the day, im not too sure. I cant really find any 3rd party info about them, only their website info, and a few linkedin accts. We are to trade passport info, but in this day and age, anyone can pretty much fake a passport or license. A contract was signed and notarized on my end detailing the terms of the deal. It was then reviewed by their "underwriter", who approved it and now has presented me with the compliance payment documents. Let me ask you guys, does this seem as though it could be a legitimate transaction? or an evolved nigerian scam? I dont want to spend $10K only for them to disappear and never hear from them ever again. I was thinking of spending the $10K via a line of credit, to have some protection in case things go awry, but still, im just not sure. What are your opinions of this situation guys?