A very sad story
Now, from the perspective of almost 1/2 a year the whole story looks as a typical scam but it wasn't so when it all started.
I met this young American while looking for a dog trainer. He made a good impression; College educated, bi-lingual and full of business ideas that he gladly shared with me.
He settled in Ecuador's most beautiful city where I also decided to spend my retirement.
After the first few dog's training lessons he introduced his half-brother, and a business partner in alleged export-import business.
The working model was simple and therefore believable.
They looked for investors willing to lend them capital to purchase and import goods from the US using containers meant to bring ex-pats belongings.
The time frame for the initial transaction was agreed to be one month and return on this investment supposed to be phenomenal, 10%!
Once I transferred a large sum to this "business venture" an avalanche of unexpected problems presented themselves. I never heard of one single person, or operation, to be hit with so many mishaps in such a short period of time; half-brother's drugs problems, house robbery, stolen check that can't be stopped from being cashed in, stolen cash and goods from a parked car, dishonest business partners and all that prevented him from returning my money even though "he made it his first priority".
I should know better that the things that look too good to be true simply aren't but living on a fixed income and presented with such a lucrative "opportunity" proved to be tempting enough.
Even though I would love to write a happy end to this story I'm convinced that his willingness to pay me back is as honest as training my dog; the "life time service" that stopped shortly after the up-front payment was made.
For a sake of your money and your tight night sleep...avoid him!