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The Gecko: 16, March 2001

IF you've ever had the notion to make a trip up to Bokor and visit the tumble-down

casino, stroll around the aging stone colonial-era church or, if the sky is clear,

soak up one of the more majestic ocean views in all of Southeast Asia, now is the

time to do it. Thanks to Matt Dillon and Company the winding, rugged road to the

top has just been rehabilitated so that the film crew could get all their make-up

trailers, movie equipment and whatnot up to the 3,500 foot summit. Once the rains

start, the condition of the 15 km route is likely to head back downhill.

West African scam artists are at it again with a new push on the Cambodian front.

The Post received a letter from Prince Blessing Fento of The Gambia who says his

"late father, King Samuel Fento, being The King of the Town" was killed

by rebels, but before he died he left his son $17.5 million deposited at "a

security company".

The Prince writes: "But deliberately, I have decided to keep all my uncles and

aunts out of the issue as none of them will be happy to know I am in possession of

such money." He adds that the people at the security company don't know the

box with the money contains cash as it is marked "Family Treasures".

For anyone willing to give Prince Blessing their bank account number, he will give

"15% of the entire money as compensation" and come to Cambodia to continue

his education. He adds "I am really in need of your help as I am left alone

now in the world." One presumes that he is ready and willing to ditch all his

"aunts and uncles".

The Hon. Dr. Yerima Wuse of Lagos, Nigeria, emailed the Post with a similar, even

more generous offer. He says that he has in his department "$25.5 million waiting

for remittance. This money arose from the over-inflated invoice contract and duplication

of double contract awarded to our corporation (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation)

under our supervision." Nothing unclear about that. No doubt, just a small accounting

error!

Dr. Wuse offers 30% of the $25.5 million and also wants a bank account number. He

notes: "Be informed that this business is very confidential and I have put in

place all the necessary modalities that will make this transaction a hitch free deal.

So keep it secret always until we realize our goals."

The Post emailed Dr. Wuse back and encouraged him to contact Prince Blessing Fento.

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