Letter(s) to Mark (USA)

Letter 1

Hi my dear Tom!

How are you there today? I'm fine! The weather here is great! The sun is shining and there are no any clouds in the sky! It's 5 degrees above zero and there is a mild wind from the south. I like such weather very much! How is the weather there? I hope not bad!
Today I feel myself very good. Guess why? I talked to my mother's doctor and he said that the recovering goes well. It's very good news for us! I talked to my mom this morning and I found her in a good mood.
Tom, I want to ask you about if you could help me to overcome this situation, because you are the only one who can help me in this situation. I have already asked my relatives and friends about help, but they can't help me anymore. They said that it will take some time for them to come up with such amount of money. Tom, as I wrote you before I need $970.00 to pay the balance of the bill. I can get my money from my agency and pay the bill but it will mean to me that I'll not fly to America by April 20. Yes, I reserved a ticket on April 20. I even attached the a scan of the ticket for you. So you can see that I'm really coming. I paid $2000.00 dollars to the agency. So $1050.00 dollars were spent for the preparing of different documents like passport, visa, certificate and etc. And the $950.00 dollars is going to be a fee for the agency and I can get this money back. But I don't want to do it. It will mean to me that all of my intentions and hopes were for nothing. Please help me Tom. I don't think I have somebody that I can ask for help else. As I told you before as soon as I get to NYC I'll get $5400.00 dollars in advance, so I would be able to repay your money to you immediately! I know that you might think that I want to deceive you, but it is not so Tom! There is no reason for me to do so. I trust you Tom - trust me. Tom, I don't feel myself comfortable asking you about the money, but this is the only way for me to rearrange the problem. Tom, you see I'm very nervous right now and maybe I've made mistakes in my letter, but I hope you can excuse me for this. I have tried to find out if you could help me and my friends told me that you can send the money via the company which makes this service. I asked about it in the bank and I know now that reliable and fast company exists which make remittances all over the world and it's called Western Union. I remembered that I saw advertising of this company on TV. I've taken a directory book and found the address of it.
The western union branch is located in the city of Ukhta. It's not far from me. You can see it on the I sent to you. I went there and I've asked them about their service. They said that a sender must go to the western union branch, give them information: THE NAME AND LAST NAME OF A RECEIVER, A COUNTRY WHERE HE MAKES A TRANSFER AND THEY GIVE HIM THE TEN DIGITS CONFIRMATION NUMBER TO A SENDER. THE RECEIVER MUST KNOW CONFIRMATION NUMBER FOR RECEIVING MONEY.
They said that the branches of it must be everywhere all over the world. I have found out where is the Western union here (by the way, they have a website, called www.westernunion.com).
There is no any branches of Western union here in Yarega, but we have branch of Western union in the big city named Ukhta, this is about 50 kilometers from my town.
It'll not be a problem to move there. You can send the money using western union according following data:

UKHTA , 169300

Sergey Kaminskiy is my bank agent. I want you to send the money to him because he is an official, and he can withdraw the money without any fees and taxes. In a case if I'll withdraw the money by myself I'll have to pay a tax. It is 38 percentage from the transferred amount! It is a lot of money! So it will be better for me to hire a banker to withdraw this money. I hope you understand it. As soon as the money will be transferred we will go together (my banker and I) to the bank. We must tell them YOUR FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS, EXACT AMOUNT AND CONFIRMATION NUMBER (Money Transfer Control Number) which will be given to you Tom! Please don't forget to send this information to me, ok? I want to let you know that I need this money ($970.00) before April 20. So if you can please help me Tom.
Tom, I have never wanted to offend you somehow but as you can see my situation is very serious and I will never ask you about help if I had any other ways to make this problem solve.
I'll wait for your reply anxiously.
With Deep Affection for You!
Your Russian g/friend