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From: "Fayad Bolkiah" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 09:29:01 +0800
I am Prince Fayad W. Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri
Bolkiah,former Finance Minister of Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf
Island.l will save your time by not amplifying my extended royal family history,which has already been disseminated by the international media during the controversial dispute that erupted between my father and his step brother,the sultan
of Brunei Sheik Muda Hassanal Bolkiah.
As you may know from the international media,the sultan had accused my
father of financial mismanagement and impropriety of US$25 million dollars.
This was as a result of the Asian financial crisis that made my father
company Amedeo Development Company and government owned Brunei Investment
Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in office.However my father
was kept under house arrest, his bank accounts and private properties
including a crude oil export refinery were later confiscated by the sultanate.
Furthermore, during this unfortunate period i was advised to evacuate
my immediate family outside the sultanate to avoid further prosecution
fromthe sultan and his security operatives, but before I could do that I
wasplaced under house arrest by the Sultan and i have no access to a phone
but I have a Palm V hand-held computer from which I am sending you this
mail.Before my Incaceration, I went ahead to dispatch the sum
fiftheen milliom dollar in cash under special arrangement into the custody of a Private security and Trustee company for safe keeping abroad.
Hence I seek your good assistance to invest these funds into profitable
investment in your country to facilitate future survival for my family
abroad.I have decided to offer 25% of these funds to you as
compensation for your strong cooperation.
Please I count on your absolute confidentiality,transparency and trust
while looking forward to your prompt reply towards a swift conclusion of this
I remain yours sincerely.
Prince Fayad .W. Bolkiah