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
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 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/930254.stm to
see me with my mentor Gen. Guei in 1999, so that you may associate this
correspondence to my face.
B. C. Traore.