I have had almost the same thing put before me except that this man called himself George Dylan of Evergreen Shipping,UK and that what he wanted to mail to me was cash of 300 thousand plus GBP. Before wanting to send me the cash, one day he suddenly called to say that his 11 year old son in Bristol was sent to a private hospital and his old maid hadn't enough cash to pay for the down payment, so he asked me to send 1300GBP by moneygram or western union to his maid. I insisted to pay the hospital direct and asked him to let me know which hospital it was so that I could ask my UK doctor friend to check the boy's situation for him. He eventually said that he remembered he got cash in his room at home. Two days later came the emails about the pirate thing, exactly the same story. I talked to a friend who is a retired police inspector and learnt how to trace IP address and it turned out to be from Ireland. I just walked away and sms him that he was not honest and I did not want to continue with the conversation. I hear no more from him these two days. Thank God. It is lucky that I did not fall for him, but I am am blaming myself for being so stupid as to have accepted a friend I have never met, let him have my cell phone no and two decent photos upon his request. I was so stupid to have told him that I am a widow with two children and about my background. He was quite persistent that we be friends when I told him that I had decided not to develop a relationship. I did take him as a pen pal and now I feel ashamed that I was blind.