Of course, he said he would "fund" it to me when he came back home.
He actually called my cell phone and his accent was anything but English - more like a Nigerian or other African accent and I could barely understand him.I have copies of all of his e-mails to me just in case I needed them.My son has helped me by going online and finding out more about these scams and I will make sure "Mike Smith" never contacts me again.When I asked him why he needed to be there doing that kind of work, he said he traveled all over the world.My children were here at my house when all of this was taking place (when he asked me to send him money via and didn't want my son to know about this.
I have our entire conversation from the Yahoo Instant Messenger printed out for my records.
The picture he sent to me of what was supposed to be a picture of him was someone who looked too good to be true - much younger than the 55 years old he said he was, he appeared to be about 35 - 40 - and probably a male model.
and needed 0 to pay for a plane fare to come home to Kennesaw, Ga. He would not give me an address of where in Kennesaw he lived and told me that when I picked him up at the airport, he would lead me to his house.
He did all the same things these scammers apparently do by writing these truly mushy e-mails and calling you all these sweet names, then wanting you to text them on their cell phones, set up Yahoo IM and so on.
I was very lucky to realize he was a scam because he would never answer my questions about himself and kept postponing the date when he was supposed to be arriving back to the states.
I think the biggest giveaway was that he was in Africa and wouldn't say exactly where and then asked me to send him some money when he was supposed to be in the construction business.