November 13th, 2009

Self-Portrait 3

Cracken's Commandos Ride Again

This is the text of the email that I got from "Miss Marram Mohammed" --

From Miss Marram Mohammed.
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire,

Hello Dear,

With profound respect and humble submission, I beg to state the following few lines for your kind consideration, I hope you will spare some of your valuable minutes to read the following appeal with sympathetic mind. I must confess that it is with great hopes, joy and enthusiasm that I write you this mail which I know and believe by the faith that it must surely find you in good condition of health. My name is Miss Marram Mohammed, I am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Dandy Mohammed. My father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 20th May 2007. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of mine who travelled with him at that time. But GOD knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on May 2007, he called me and informed me that he has the sum of Ten Million, Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$10,500,000.00) he deposited in a private Bank here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.. He told me that he deposited the money in my name, and also gave me all the necessary legal documents regarding to this deposit with the Bank
I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an honest and GOD fearing partner overseas who I can transfer this money with his assistance and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the fund has being transfeered to your account and i come over to meet you ?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirm your willingness, I will send to you my Picture and also inform you more details involved in this matter.
Anticipating hearing from you soon.
Kind Regards,
Miss Marram Mohammed

This is what I sent back --

Dear Miss Mohammed,

Please forgive my delay in responding to this matter. My colleagues and I have been engaged in an exceptionally difficult extraction and acquisition operation for the past two months. You might say that I have been very far out of the country.

As regards to your situation, I think you have come to the right person. I don't know how you got my email address or what impulse led you to contact me (General Skywalker would no doubt say it was The Force), but it was very fortuitous for you that you did; this is the kind of thing that we specialize in. My team and I can help get you the funds that your late father left you, we can get you out of the country, and we can capture the man that you believe to be responsible for your father's death. Also, if you do not desire his capture, we are fully capable of dealing with the problem via other methods.

We sometimes incur massive expeneses in the course of our operations, and while we are able to offset most of them via the use of an alternate revenue stream, my partners and I are businessmen who will require compensation. If all you desire is the acquisition of the funds and your extraction from the Ivory Coast, we are willing to accept a flat fee of 10% of the total number value of the monies retrieved, either in Euros or Pounds Sterling. By which I mean that since your father left you 10.5 million USD, our fee would be 1.5 million Euros or Pounds, not the USD equivalent thereof. If you wish us to capture your uncle in addition to these two services the price goes up to 15%, and if you wish us to deal with the issue of your uncle via other methods the price goes up to 25%.

These fees, unfortunately, are non-negotiable. I realize that they might seem steep, but be aware that you are purchasing the services of one of the most highly trained, highly decorated, and successful commando units that has ever served the New Republic. We engaged in hundreds of missions under the command of General Airen Cracken, ranging from search and destroy to sabotage to information acquisition to the retrieval of both materials and/or personnel. The team consists of Siv Ghendon (information systems specialist and combat expert), Gordo Reform (infiltration specialist and hand-to-hand combat expert), Smokewana (pilot specialist and demolitions expert), and myself, Terok Vega (close-quarter combat expert and retrieval specialist). Because of the differing circles of our disciplines of expertise we are adept with coming up with solutions to almost any problem or scenario that presents itself but please advise if you feel that we might need the services of specialist of a discipline not represented (a medical specialist, for example). The alternative revenue stream that I mentioned can be used to engage the services of any independent contractors in any discipline that you feel are necessary.

I look forward to hearing from you in the future, and I am hopeful that we can engage you as a client.

Yours, Terok Vega
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