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'.
He is clearly an Eastern European who has convinced himself that a smooth-talking Parisian will have more luck with the (very wealthy) ladies.
When the small talk is over, Alex tells me of his master plan which, admittedly, is brilliant in its simplicity - to build a pipeline in Afghanistan so that he can 'get some oil out and be rich'.
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.
No sooner do I hit the send button than the responses start to pour in. They all look as if they could be Britney Spears' chavvier brothers and that every meal they eat comes from a takeaway chicken bucket.
I also receive a simply hilarious message from Giles, an Englishman based in Sydney, Australia, who wants me to fly him ( first class, of course) to London and to put him up at the Dorchester.He tells me I am the first woman he has met from Seeking Arrangement, but that he has had previous relationships with several other rich, older women, including a Japanese lady he claims to have met while working in Tokyo as a croupier.Things fizzled out when her grown-up children took an intense dislike to him and told him to leave her alone.Then there is Kevin, a toothless roofer from Pontefract, who writes: 'I knows how to treet a lady rite and if you pick me you wont be disserpointed.' Oh, Kevin, I think I will.Not forgetting Ian from Newport who, at 54, is surely too old to qualify as a sugar baby.He is careful not to mention my extreme wealth - at least not at first.