Tough crowd here, so far. I went back and checked madokie's previous posts - he's a regular enough contributor here, and for a reasonably long time. I doubt that there is any scam.
It is a hard and humbling thing to admit when you are down and out. Given okie's circumstances, I am surprised that he's not requesting more.
I wish you all good health and fortune so that this sort of thing doesn't become necessary often on this BBS.
Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~