Greetings to all,
and thanks for your support, it is really appreciated.
I think I have been scammed by an 'online romantic scammer', using the technical term.
Since a couple of months I am in match.com. I am writing from Switzerland.
I just need to know if this guy - Mikel - is a scammer.
From this first email, he sounded to be a very good guy.
He sent me 10 pictures of him in one email,
and 15 other pictures in another email,
and again, he seems to be a very good person!
During our 4th chat (which means yesterday - 23.7.11)
he asked me for money for an urgent project.
I have also kept the texts of this chat.
But first I am sending you the first email-text.
I have to say that I feel sorry for doing this checking,
but I need to know if this guy is a scammer or not.
Thanks for the help, I do really appreciate it a lot.
That is his first email:
"... I promised to email you and tell you a fair bit about me,well here goes;I am South African,but born in Tanzania and spent my pre-teen years in Mali,due to my father's job;he was an archaelogist whose fascination with Timbuktu and it's history made me fall in love with culture,history and travelling from a very young age.We didn't get to move back home to Johannesburg until I was 14.I'm an only child but from a very large family.My father passed away in July 2008 after having battled stroke for over a decade and my mother was a nurse, but retired for a few years now and living back home in Johannesburg.My mother is very close and important to me,hence why I try to see her at least twice a year.
I moved to the United Kingdom in 2003 due to my girlfriend wanting to be close to her ailing father and I've been single for almost 3 years,since I lost her to an auto accident in November 2008;we had been dating for 9 years.I have now chosen to get back into the dating game, but opted for the virtual route because I have never been a fan of pubs nor clubs, and everyone has embraced online/dot.com culture.I'm looking for a soulmate who would be my friend and lover.I'm not keen on looks even though chemistry is important.I like modesty,intelligence,decent sense of humour and being skilled in the culinary arts,in a woman.I don't have kids but I love dogs; sadly my job doesn't allow me enough time to care for and own one.
I am a Petroleum engineering consultant whose specialty is maintenance and repair of oil tankers and vessels.I'm also in the process of acquiring licenses to lift or dredge for crude oil in some specific OPEC countries.I'm an old romantic who's friendly,honest,down to earth,a good listener,eager to learn and well-versed in a lot of things.I'm also very ambitious and adventurous.I like reading a variety of stuff which challenge my intellect,I love Latin history;it's literature and arts,massive football follower(I'm an LFC fan).I listen mostly to deep,but mellow music,mostly watch funny movies only and cartoons.I like video-games,ride motorbikes(used to own an Honda Hornet,but got a Goodwin scooter now) and most of all,enjoy wild and exciting adventures like abseiling,bungee jumping,mountain climbing,white water rafting and deep sea diving.I am an adrenaline junkie,but not to the extreme.My favourite books,are The Partner by John Grisham and Fools Die by Mario Puzo.The Champ,Escape from Sobrebor and Carlito's Way are my favourite movies.The Gambia,is my favourite holiday destination.Blue is my favourite colour.My dream is to build orphanages and football academies in war-torn 3rd world countries within the next decade,God willing.I am presently working on an oil haulage and dispersal project with some colleagues from my former work and a few friends.We are setting it up in Phillipines and the Middle East,so shuttle between Europe and Manila for now,so as to bond and strategise on ways to commence with the project.
I hope I haven't rambled on and bored you?Have a lovely week.
PS I've attached a few random photos of me."
That is the information attached to the
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