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Subject: Partnership.
From: "Benson Cisse Traore" <bctraore@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 07:18:11
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Dear Prospective Partner,


However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you, I ask that you 
give due consideration to its importance, as we both stand to benefit 
immensely. Though we have not met or know each other, this is a criteria I have 
used to select you, as I wish to cut off all ties with my people for security 
and safety reasons.


At this point I wish to introduce myself properly to you. My name is Benson 
Cisse Traore, I am a personal aide to the Late General Robert Guei of blessed 
memory, former President of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).


You may not be conversant with the present situation in my country, which has 
gradually degenerated into a civil war. For the sake of what I envisage we 
achieve together, I wish to give you a general overview.


My country in reality has ever since independence from France had an undefined 
and fragile polity. Founding president, Felix Houphouet-Boigny ruled us with 
individual blend of paternalism from independence in 1960 until his death in 
December 1993. He bowed to pressure for multi-party politics in 1990. In 1993, 
National Assembly president Henri Konan Bedie won a brief power struggle with 
Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara to succeed Houphouet-Boigny. The following 
month, the former single Ruling Democratic Party set up by Houphouet-Boigny, 
then headed by Bedie won an overwhelming majority in the National assembly. 


On December 24, 1999, my mentor Gen. Robert Guei ousted Bedie in a coup de tat. 
Although this was highly criticized, but it was the right thing to do. In July 
2000, Gen. Guei approved a new constitution in referendum with tough 
eligibility conditions for presidential candidates. In spite of criticism, he 
registered as a candidate. The Supreme Court intervened, and he was cleared. 
This was not totally acceptable to the other candidates from the ruling 
Democratic Party (PDCI-RDA), the country's largest. The only opponent was 
Socialist candidate Laurent Gbagbo. Admittedly, Gbagbo won the election of 
October 22, 2000, but his political immaturity, led to Gen. Guei being 
reluctant to relinquish power. There were allegations of election rigging etc. 
Ouattara who was previously barred by the referendum to contest election, was 
excluded from the December 10 parliamentary election because of doubts about 
his nationality and his supporters announced they would boycott the election. 
Gbagbo?s Popular Front (FPI) was victorious in the election, and there were 
demonstrations due to propaganda that Gen. Guei tried to rig the election. 
Under pressure from international donors, Gbagbo agreed to hold a 
reconciliation forum to draw a line under the political strife that followed 
the 1999 coup, but key players including Outtara failed to show up for the 

After two years of build up, On September 19, 2002, Gen. Guei led a failed coup 
de tat against Gbagbo, in a bid to restore political stability. Unfortunately, 
he was killed. After Gen. Guei?s death, there was turmoil in our camp; this has 
led to us losing half our strength. Although we still control the north and 
Central regions of the country. It is now a question of who will give in 
between us (now referred to as ?rebels?) and Gbagbo?s government. There seem to 
be no chance for peace, as several attempts has been botched by Gbagbo. Our 
Armory is seriously depleting, and we do not have the financial resources to 
strengthen it to prosecute the war. I have now decided to abandon the war. The 
US and France has since evacuated their citizens from our country. Destruction 
is imminent, as ECOWAS (Economy Community of West African States) has been 
called in to mediate. Their only way of doing this is to bring in ECOMOG (A 
monitoring group). We witnessed the horror they caused trying to restore peace 
to Liberia and Sierra Leone during the civil war. Thus I have lost faith and 
hope in the struggle.

To the point, the essence of my contact with you is to seek your most needed 
assistance to siphon US$18,500,000 left in the bunker of Gen.Guei's Palace. 
Only Gen. Guei and me knew about this fund. Now that Gen. Guei is dead, I 
intend to use this money for my personal benefit (as well as yours if you 
accept to be my partner). I see justification in diverting the money, rather 
using it to support the purchase of weapons for destruction of innocent lives 
and properties.

I secretly fled my Country, and this money was moved in cash to my present 
location in Europe through diplomatic means, and I have since deposited the 
trunk containing the funds with a private security company. If you accept to 
offer me your assistance, I will require that you assist me in claiming the box 
as a gift from me to you from the security company. Be informed that I am 
confiding in you by disclosing this to you, as it is only me (apparently you 
now) that have knowledge of this. When the box is claimed, we shall then have 
the money deposited into an Offshore account in your name, as I am being 
discrete of using my name for now. Then you shall have your own share withdrawn 
to an account of your choice, and leaving the rest as fixed deposit, for 
release to me at the appropriate time. 

The importance of prosecuting this within the next few days cannot be 
overlooked; hence your immediate response will be highly appreciated.

On hearing from you, I shall disclose my location to you, and discuss the share 
of the money you will be entitled to for offering me your most needed 

In case you are not inclined to render me your assistance, endeavor to respond, 
so that I may move ahead.

You may click this link to 
see me with my mentor Gen. Guei in 1999, so that you may associate this 
correspondence to my face.


B. C. Traore.

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