I found this guy on LargeFriends.com
He said his name was Roland Steve, later saying his last name was Normann. He lived in Dallas, TX but moved to Beverly Hills 3 months ago. He has been in the US for 7 years, moving from Oslo, Norway, where his mother currently lives with his 5 year old son. When asked about his son, he told me his name was Normann. I said, Normann Normann? lol That is when he said his first name was Anaton but he called him Junior. The childs mother was out of the picture, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol. He was divorced 3 years ago.
His story was this: When I met him in July, we talked a couple week via facebook on this link: https://www.facebook.com/roland.steve.165?fref=ts
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The first couple weeks we chatted a lot, then, he suddenly had a contract to do in China that he had been working on for the last few month. He would be in China a week and then would deliver his machinery to Malaysia before coming home. He said he was an engineer and worked with oil companies developing machinery. He even sent me a picture of one of his "machines".
I talked to this man on the phone and he certainly did have an accent that could have been Norwegian. We talked back and forth in Norwegian and I suspect he really does have a connection there somehow. His accent reminded me of someone I once knew from South Africa though and I thought that strange from the get-go...but then, I had never been to Norway and had no idea how they talked.
In China, he sent me an image of "something he drew in the sand outside his guest house". Once he got to Malaysia a week later, things went to hell for him. lol Suddenly, his Customs Agent was lying to him, so he had him arrested. He was unable to retrieve his machinery because the agent had shipped the machines in someone else's name along with some unnamed contraband. Because Roland's name was not on it, the machines sat in customs in Malaysia. Oh, whoisme. The company he was selling them to (unnamed) was getting so impatient with him because he had reserved 2 days of their time for his seminar...and that was 4 days ago!! If he does not get these machines from customs, all is lost because he took out over 1.27 million in loans and the company paid him 30% up front to offset costs and yadda, yadda, yadda. Oh yeah, his mother in Norway has to have heart surgery and now she will die because he cannot pay for it. He will never forgive himself.
He "went through" a court date to try to get his machines back, judge denied it and the lawyer he got from the Norwegian embassy in Malaysia said there was little hope. He told me he was going to the "head of customs" to see if he could help. No, of course he couldn't help...but wait! While he was leaving, the guy said there was some, shall we say...rather shady connections he had in the government and could help Roland for a price. AAH! So there IS a ray of hope. $70,000 is what Roland had to come up with and he had 5 days to do it before the agent went on trial and it was out of the custom's hands. The all seemed so far fetched to me that I was actually waiting for him to ask me for the money. But he didn't at first. He would wait about 24 hours to let me think about all he would lose...then he sprang it on me!
I was suspicious with pretty much all of our conversations...though I must say, he was very good. He was funny and sweet and seemed very genuine. He would make mistakes, though. Sometimes, often actually, he would not answer my questions or respond to texts. Now, if you are falling madly in love with a woman...that is definitely something you would do. lol He gave me an address and phone number but told me not to write to him at that address until he got back in the states. Here they are: 1 (214) 620-0378 and 9909 Durant Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
He would never talk to me very long on the phone...I think because I tried to clarify things and he would suddenly "get a headache" or his lawyer would come over to talk about the court date the next day (hello...it's 11pm there...what lawyer does that? I would ask). He used the following emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just over a month of communicating via texts, facebook, email and telephone (I never gave him my number and would call him from other phones) he says this to me:
Honey don't worry,I should be one helping you..that is always what I have done most of my life.I rather be there for people I care about than them doing that for me
I am just afraid that I may not be able to come up with the complete amount by Wednesday morning
I just feel so helpless here...
I will keep praying about it...that is all I know to do.
don't feel that way,though I admit that at this point I can't turn down any help and every little amount I get will help to get my closer to the amount.I plan to see my wrist watch tomorrow and apply for a hard cash loan.The wrist watch is a gift from my mom,it cost about 3k.I have used up all my credit to raise the 35k which they wont accept.
I know nothing about loans and credits
have always paid cash
does you mother have money? Is asking her an option? Perhaps she can get a loan/credit?
Jeg setter pris pa at du og jeg elsker deg
I know a few of those words
I will have to look up the rest
I already asked her,she surprised me by getting a loan for 5k and add up 3k.I credit when she told she will send me the money by Monday,I have supported her for the past 10 years and I know she has nothing apart from what she gets from me
if I get that then I will be short of 28k
It is sad when you need people and they turned their backs
yes...I have been there. that is one reason I have certain family members I do not associate with.
I talked to some friends but they did not give me any assurance,these are people that I have been there for many times and they even owe me
I am wish this never happened
it is a lot of money you need...it freaks them out I don't doubt
I wish that as well
but it did...and so you get through it...I just wish I could do more.
what does the company in Malaysia say? Do they have any suggestions?
can you get a loan for me?I can pay back on any interest within a week from the release of the machines.I need you to trust me on this honey,I am drowning and I need someone to save me.I can't bear losing everything because it will affect my family so much and I will spend the rest of my life paying up debts and my mom won't survive without the surgery...her insurance can't cover that
**I took 3 minutes to respond to this**
I was hoping with all my heart you would not ask me that, Roland.
You know I have major trust issues...
I have been struggling with them this past week a lot and had really decided to simply trust you. Now you are freaking me out again.
Besides...I hate to tell you this but I could not even if I wished to.
Now I have the thought on my mind that you are actually trying to scam me...
oh my God what did you just say?me trying to scam you?Is that what you think of me?Good bye,because I am in a problem does not mean I will take insults.I have had enough already