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He is also a culture vulture who adores the theatre, opera and ballet, if only he could afford it, he adds rather pointedly.
At this point, I wonder whether he thinks he's entering Miss World or trying to seduce a mature cash cow.
He is wearing a black satin shirt, which seems a little inappropriate for our midday meeting, and reeks of cheap aftershave.
During 15 minutes of chit chat, Alex tells me he works as a barman - 'like Tom Cruise' (funny, I thought Tom Cruise was an actor) - and that he loves to travel.
He is careful not to mention my extreme wealth - at least not at first.
When I fail to respond, he writes increasingly desperate emails, claiming that it was he who invented the i Pod - not Apple - and Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond is based on him.
He is so persistent that I'm tempted to come clean and tell him that I'm mortgaged to the hilt, live on my overdraft and any clothes I might buy him are more likely to come from Primark than Prada.
Ricardo is one of scores of young men who contacted me when I joined a website which caters for wealthy men and women looking to flash their cash in mutually beneficial arrangements with younger members of the opposite sex, otherwise known as 'sugar babies'.
Alex has a European accent and claims to be from Paris, but is vague about where in the city, saying 'you wouldn't have heard of it' - which is as insulting as it is unbelievable.
When I attempt to speak to him in French, he looks utterly horrified and declares that it is his rule to speak only English when he is in England.