Brazilian Police Investigate Internet Site Selling Amazon Land

    The Brazilian Federal Police is trying to find out who is behind a website selling timberland in the Brazilian Amazon. The site Resources Brazil presents itself as “The Brazil Timberlands Group.”

    “We are sincerely convinced that investing in Brazil Timberlands with good title, following the laws, and protecting the future of the rain forests (sustainable harvesting only) is the best investment available worldwide.” they write in the site, adding:


    “Why? Because through us you can buy the real state by the land price (at only USD$ 25 per acre) and get the woods for free (not less than USD$ 900 per acre).


    According to Brazilian news agency Agência Estado, Resources Brazil, which seems to be based in the United States, is being investigated by the Brazilian police for promoting an illegal business.


    Raimundo Freitas, regional chief of the Federal Police in the state of Pará, in northern Brazil, says that he still does not know if the site is a spoof or it is owned by an international gang of illegal land grabbers working with Amazon property.


    “We have intelligence equipmet and methods to find out fast who are responsible for the site and which are their real goals,” Freitas told Agência Estado.


    Following a congressional enquiry, a Brazilian and an American couple were detained two years ago by the Brazilian Federal Police after an investigation on illegal sale of Amazon lands. After several other indictments, this kind of commerce had disappeared from the Internet.


    In August 2003 the Pará Federal Police detained real estate agent Nilvo Antônio Refatti from Rice Negócios Imobiliários Ltda, together with Hugo Canuto de Souza and Olavo Krug da Rosa. The company was accused of selling lands from the government through adversting on TV, newspaers and the Internet.


    Resources Brazil nicely packages its goodies as an area that “knows no hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, volcanoes or terrorism and has a nearly limitless amount of fresh water, fresh air, clean food, and other natural resources.


    “It is also home to an estimated 70% of the biodiversity that Planet Earth has to offer and has it’s own independent weather system, countless fresh water rivers and streams, unknown quantities of waterfalls and endless golden beaches. It is the last frontier of Planet Earth and virtually unknown to tourists.”


    The site invites people to invest in timberland with deeded title, perfect for sustainable forestry, tropical crops, reforestation.


    And they add: “Do you want to acquire an area as not as direct investment but to protect the Amazon and the Rain Forest and/or to enhance your corporate image?… According to Brazil Laws you can create a “private natural reserve area”. and help the beautiful Amazon region to be really preserved.”


    Visitors to the site area also informed that “prices are still very cheap but increasing at amazing rate. Some years ago you could buy Amazon land with good title for USD$ 5 per hectare or less. Now a minimum price is USD$ 50 or a lot more, in areas with good papers, but without land access (USD$ 100 to USD$ 400 are normally asked).”


    “Brazil’s Timberlands is, without doubt,” the site informs, “the cheapest highly productive land in the Western Hemisphere, and perhaps the world. By any measure, this land is extremely inexpensive relative to comparable land anywhere in the Western World.”


    Resources Brazil promises land title and Public Registered Deed – (“escritura pública”) originated in a definitive sale from the State plus optional appraisal of the timber that the property will be authorized to harvest  and authorization to clear up to 20% of the area.


    In answer to the question: “Is safe to invest in Brazil timberlands?”, the visitor is informed that Japanese Corps  are one of the biggest timberland owners in Brazil, that David Rockefeller owned for 20 years a farm of 250,000 acres and that American investor Donald Trump began this year to invest in Brazilian  real estate.


    Resources Brazil
    www.resourcesbrazil.com

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    • Ben

      Please email me at ben@willowrivers.com to discuss ethical investment in Amazon Rainforest

    • David F F

      Buying Land
      Does anyone know the best way to acquire land in the amazon legally??

    • lucia pereira

      gostaria de pedir para o responsavel por este site que exclua o nome do sr. NIlvo Refatti do google pois o mesmo foi inocentados das acusações sobre sua pessoa, dede ja agradeço e espero contar com sua colaboração obrigado

    • Spiros

      Brasian land
      In the Amazonia area the land dont have title. They have register the land in the notary public ofice. Dont hold in court any time the federal goverment deside take the land. If you benefit the property ? you can kiss good bye your money. The coruption is a big problem Advice dont by land in the amzon area

    • uhuru

      It really saddens me to see whats happening to the world, its the same ole’ shit! greedy sociopathic , war mongering land grabbing,genetic modifing, cloning, captalist socialist creating, environment polluting, nuclear weapons toting, European thieves it doesn’t matter weather they call themselves ‘white Brazilians’, white Argentinians, white south Africans, white Americans , a heck of a lot of them are continuing to do the same terrible things. I would think after all the suffering that they have inflicted on just about every corner of the globe that they would finally just live try to live by their own efforts and stop exploiting people and destroying nature. I am a black American living in France and I ve dreamed of eventually moving to brasil or africa, just to get away from the madness and live simple harmoniously. but it seems they’re doing exactly the same things in wherever they go, no one can escape them! the only choice humanity (people of color) has is to stand up and start kicking some racist ass!!!!!!! 🙁

    • Guest1

      To Spiros Pantelis
      Hi Spiros Pantelis,
      What do you mean by “The most have a regstracon n the Notary public that s not holding in court.” ? Does that mean the title is not clear and legal? Can you explain it in detail?

    • Spiros Pantelis

      I have a problem with the i

    • Spiros Pantelis

      If some one want to buy land n Braslan Amazon must know the vast majorty s Federal Land-Indian reservetions 50 miles from the frontier foreiners cant own land. And a verry small area s wth documents. The most have a regstracon n the Notary public that s not holding in court. I live there BE CARFULL

    • Guest

      government approval
      In my home country of Canada it is the proper and expected course of action that when one buys land one is to make a government title/deed search. This is to insure that the owners are who they claim to be and to make sure the land and any icense is real and theirs to sell. I also makes sure that the property is not in debt, mortaged or leaned. Also you are informed of government zoning rules and regulation. For amazon it is most likely no building or logging unless you are actually aproved, and even then current policy is to minimize or not make impact.

    • Guest

      I have e-mailed this Brazil Timberlands
      They responded but i was very suspicious. They do not give a location or telephone number. Very suspect!!! I am wondering about the guy above named Larry T that claims he bought land and recieved a deeded title. Would love to know why he thinks its real.

      interiorsbyj@aol.com

    • Guest

      vera
      why destroy the planet litle by litle? more and more i see that that are too many people that just think about money, and dont care about life, if life is not important, so destroy the planet at once. if your house is not important, destroy it.if your children are not important kill them. if you dont care, you are with them. lets everybody kill eachother, like at the time we were animals. life is not important? so lets destroy it.soooo sad the human kind. we not even enjoy the litle time that is left for the human kind. sooo lets destroy our home, our mother, the future of ourgranchildren. the planet is our.our responsability. but we dont care. destruction is what everybody seens to want. bad luck for us animals human been.

    • Guest

      Amazon Land
      I am currently putting together a presentation to various agricultural universities in the USA to sale some of my family’s land in the Amazon. If you are an investor, I would look at various things, where the land is located, what licenses it comes with (IBAMA, IPAAM) and be very careful with what your intention is with the property since they have many laws in place to protect the amazon. For further questions and/or concerns you can e-mail me at ucfpaulo@aol.com

    • Guest

      not an scam
      I bought a parcel, and received a perfect deeded title without any kind of problems. I believe this slander attack to this good people is originated from persons that have no idea of what they are talking about or have even worst intentions, and since I am also in the middle I don’t like to see it.

      Larry T. USA

    • Guest

      brazilian real estate
      But as stupid as I am…..I do not understand what is wrong with what they do….assuming obviously it is not a scam !

      >You don´t know much about trees or real estate in the Amazon region, do you?

      But why not imagine a real estate broker knowing the brazilian administrative procedures of buying land and brokering it by finding overseas clients !!!!!

      >Yes, you´d have to imagine it – by their own admission they do not read, write or speak Portuguese, do not own the land, are not real estate brokers in Brazil, nor or they “real estate intermediaries but they “control” the land.

      There are hundreds….yes hundreds….of brokers….in the Internet…..trying to sell real estate in Brazil. Be it houses, appartments, lands,fazendas, etc etc…… !!!!

      >How many of these internet “brokers” are actually brokers? – how could you tell?

      There are also various people with a site and a good package trying to find investors

      >So, are these people in the real estate business or are they in the website business? are they in the monkey business? How could you tell if a package is good?

      willing to invest through Offshore Limited Liablity Corporations in the Ostrich, teck, jojoba, etc etc !!!!
      .
      Brazil Timberland Corp is not an LLC

      So again what looks wrong in this Brazil Timberland Corp ???????

      Nothing, if you need foreigners who can´t speak Portuguese to sell you land in the Amazon that they don´t own.

    • Guest

      brazilian real estate
      Very interesting article. I went to the site
      and effectively the offer is very well presented and packaged.

      But as stupid as I am…..I do not understand what is wrong with what they do….assuming obviously it is not a scam !
      But why not imagine a real estate broker knowing the brazilian administrative procedures of buying land and brokering it by finding overseas clients !!!!!
      There are hundreds….yes hundreds….of brokers….in the Internet…..trying to sell real estate in Brazil. Be it houses, appartments, lands,fazendas, etc etc…… !!!!
      There are also various people with a site and a good package trying to find investors willing to invest through Offshore Limited Liablity Corporations in the Ostrich, teck, jojoba, etc etc !!!!
      So again what looks wrong in this Brazil Timberland Corp ???????

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