Date sent: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 03:16:10 -0700
Subject: Urgent & Confidential
From: "Mark Kandara"
From: Mr.Mark Kandara
Attn: Gut Thomas,
I do recognize the surprise this urgent but confidential letter will
bring to you especially as it came from a stranger, but be rest assured
that it came with the best intentions.
First, I must introduce myself, I am Mr. Mark Kandara from the Diamond-rich
district of Sierra Leone and my father was the former Special adviser
to the ousted Head of State of Sierra Leone. Major Johnny Paul Koroma.
I got your address and other details from the International Chamber of
Commerce here in Ghana. During the war between our forces led by the
Ex-Head of State, Major Johnny Koroma and the West African Allied Forces
(ECOMOG), my country relied heavily on foreign earnings generated from
diamond trade. This money was personally kept by the then President Major
Johnny Paul Koroma since our banking system had collapsed during the
However, as the war progressed, it became apparent that we were going
to loose the war to the superior and better armed West African Allied
Forces (ECOMOG). At this point, the key officers of the administration
started making frantic efforts on how to leave Sierra Leone safely thereby
sharing the proceeds/money from this diamond trade. In view of the fact
that my father was one of the key officers of the then administration
and an In-Law to Major Paul Koroma, he succeeded in getting the sum of
US$30.7 Million. We made arrangement and transferred the money through
diplomatic means to Ghana, where I am presently living in exile as an
asylum seeker but unfortunately, my father died of heart attack after
a few months of exile in Ghana and automatically, I came in total control
of the said money as the only surviving son, my mother and two younger
sisters. Upon arrival in Ghana after due consideration, we deposited
the money with a Security Company for security reasons. The actual content
was not disclosed to them (Security Company) pending when we see a trustworthy
person who will assist us in transferring this money to his account outside
of Ghana, as the strict Monetary Laws here do not allow the asylum seekers
certain financial rights.
I shall be most grateful if you can assist me accomplish this transaction
and hoping too that you will remain trustworthy. For your efforts and
assistance, I have agreed to give you 30% of the total sum while 5% will
be set aside for all the expenses incurred in the course of this transaction.
The rest of the 65% will be for my family investment in your country.
Please note that I have made arrangements for a successful deal. As such,
the only thing I ask from you is total assistance to transfer this money,
complete trust and assurance that my own part of the money will be safe
when transferred to your account. I would also wish you keep this proposal
highly confidential and secret considering my father's position before
his death and the source of the money. If you are interested in assisting
me, please contact me through the above phone or fax numbers as soon
as possible. Thanking you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
Mark Kandara (Mr)
(For the family)