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Last week I got contacted via my profile on a dating web site. The person had a temporary profile only with no picture posted and sent me a one-liner including her yahoo address and she asked me to add her on the yahoo messenger.

I was bored so I fulfilled her request.

Her profile had said she was from Illinois, USA. I live in California. Once we chat on Y! messenger, she says she just left Madrid/ Spain and is in West Africa now.

Supposedly she works for a diamond company which is owned by her step dad. She lives with her daughter since her husband (or kids father, I do not recall) left her after the kid was born. Here are her photos - I am not quite sure that they are really HER photos:

She also tells me that she is on bad terms with her step dad since he asked her for sex. (If that's her real photos, I might ask her for sex also.)
During the chat she was kind of evasive, did not answer my questions but instead asked me questions herself. After about 30 minutes she said she'd have to leave West Africa soon and wants to come to the Bay Area (which is why she had written me) and whether she could stay at my place for a week or two until she had gotten herself a place.

She wanted to see photos of my house (I mailed her two).

During the following week we briefly chatted maybe 3 times. No deep conversation, this woman does not spell well, and obviously does half a dozen chats parallel.

I asked her to visit a web site that I host so that I could trap her IP number. It was

I used two different tools (web sites) to identify the location she was coming from. Most web sites reported this IP as in London, UK. One web site located it as CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI.

If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like on it. You need to make your email program or web client display all headers, to see the 'Originating IP'. Yahoo's email client offers this. I do not know about AOL or hotmail.

She claims to be on AOL (which I found strange, does AOL offer service in West Africa?)

Yesterday she started talking how her step-dad does not send the money he is supposed to send. A kind of allowance instead of a paycheck. Don't ask me for an explanation of this concept.

I did not like to hear her talk about bills that she cannot pay. I'm kind of allergic to this talk when I know a person from 60 minutes of chatting only :-)

Anyway, today she asked me directly to Western Union her the money, $750. As I am posting this, I am still chatting with her. A copy of today's chat is below.

(myself): hello?
Joy Johnson: i was unable to get u the number cos the phone network was bad
Joy Johnson: i was thinking of geting my self a foone
(myself): is it worth it when you're leaving soon?
Joy Johnson: No...thats the problem
(myself): can you do me a favor? Click on this?
(myself): and then, what's the prob - you cannot leave?
Joy Johnson: i dont understand this whole thing
(myself): what thing?
Joy Johnson: what u talking about]
Joy Johnson: the webpage
(myself): oh
Joy Johnson: or what?
(myself): i didn't meant that you actually read it 
(myself): i just wanted to see if it loads properly now

(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): are you home?
(myself): i mean.. in the hotel
Joy Johnson: hotel
Joy Johnson: yeah.i just wsanted to know if u will be sending me some cash
(myself): how?
Joy Johnson: western union ....u know any western union around u
(myself): and which w.u. are you at?
(myself): do i need a city/ office number?
Joy Johnson: No u dont i will give u the whole infou need
Joy Johnson: you can send the money in the hotels managers name
(myself): well, what's the hotel's name then? and/or the manager's name
(myself): sorry for the huge font
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
Zipcode/city code:23401
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
Zipcode/city code:23401
Western union security question and answer:

Qfavourite colour
A: Pink
Joy Johnson: thats the ifo
(myself): ok
Joy Johnson: info
Joy Johnson: do u know western union agent location
(myself): here in my area?
(myself): not from the top of my head
Joy Johnson: u
(myself): i need to look
Joy Johnson: u can give me your address i will find one for u
(myself): don't worry
(myself): i can find it
Joy Johnson: how will u do that
(myself): google
(myself): so how do i know you are really joy johnson
and not just someone making up things?
Joy Johnson: Babe can u just trust me and u see me once i get

to the bay area cos i will foward u my flight info
(myself): how much $ do you need anyway?
Joy Johnson: :$750
(myself): what is the company's name that you work for?
Joy Johnson: i told u yesterday united gemstones.........u dont 
need it to send it ok
Joy Johnson: babe trust me
(myself): oh right, i could not find anything on the web 
about 'united gemstones' either, but they are in Lagos, maybe that helps
Joy Johnson: dont worry just to western union agent location
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: what cirt are u in the bay area
(myself): capitola
Joy Johnson: ok.hold
Joy Johnson: is this ur zip code 95010 
Joy Johnson: ???
Joy Johnson: joyee201: is this ur zip code 95010 
joyee201: ???
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): 95010
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: 1475 41ST AVENUE   
Joy Johnson: do u know this address
(myself): Sorry Joy, I just don't believe that you are in 
Lagos, Nigeria. I think you're in London, England
Joy Johnson: peter u r so funny
(myself): and yes, that Western Union on 41st Avenue is only 
a few minutes from me.. what's funny?
Joy Johnson: cos u said i am in england....maybe next year i should 
go to london
Joy Johnson: u mean u have that location close to u
Joy Johnson: ????
(myself): yes, that western union.. maybe a quarter 
mile from my house
(myself): i know it
Joy Johnson: babe i think it will be better u send the money
now because of the time difference
(myself): no way.. you need to give me some reason to believe 
you.. I mean.. I WANT to believe you.. but there's evidence that you
 are not in Nigeria, sorry
(myself): give me one reason that shows me you're  really over 
there and not in the UK or somewhere in the USA
Joy Johnson: the one reason is that am going to pick
 the money up myself
(myself): i need to know a bit more about you
Joy Johnson: u did already......dont be silly peter....dont tell
 me u dont know the first thing about me
Joy Johnson: 
(myself): not really that much.. you've got a daughter, work
 for united gemstones, stepfather is your boss (right?), doesn't 
send you money (allowance instead of paycheck - strange concept),
 you recently came from Barcelona/ Spain to Lagos/ Nigeria
(myself): did i forget anything?
Joy Johnson: No.....what else peter....cant u just trust me for
 .... i will never disappoint u
(myself): why do you stay in Lagos if you don't get paid anyway?
Joy Johnson: i dont stay here,am heree temporary cos my step dad wants
me there......its not want i want,i just have to
Joy Johnson: peter
Joy Johnson: If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes
(myself): hm, that's a nice one
(myself): did my eyes reflect and you saw yourself?
(myself): i've got an idea
(myself): is the 750 for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: eah
Joy Johnson: yeah
Joy Johnson: Jede Minute, die ich mit Ihnen aufwende, ist wie Sein im 
Himmel und das Schauen in den Augen eines Engels
Joy Johnson: u know thats the truth
(myself): i could make a credit card payment to that hotel to 
cover your bill
Joy Johnson: no....u cant...cos the whole of 750 is not for the hotel
Joy Johnson: ok....u just have to rush to western union....ok
Joy Johnson: do u have he info writen down
Joy Johnson: ??????
(myself): i cannot leave right now
(myself): i'm waiting for someone
(myself): it's 6:15pm
(myself): they're probably closed already anyway
Joy Johnson: no they close for 7pm....u can just rush ok....peter 
do this for me now
Joy Johnson: ok.....i can get everything cleared tomorrow morning
Joy Johnson: it will only take 7mins or less for western union to 
send the money
(myself): my friend is on the way right now
Joy Johnson: it dosent matter.since u r not going to take more than 
10mins in western union...he can just wait for u
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
Joy Johnson: RITE AID #5966
1475 41ST AVENUE   
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm 
Joy Johnson: u can just rush down and you wont take much time
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
(myself): I know the place, I go there twice a week.. 
(myself): why not a credit card payment?
Joy Johnson: it cant be sent
Joy Johnson: just go ok...for me peter
(myself): what is the $ for if not for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: for the hotel bill ,transportation cost.....
and medical checkup because of the weather here
Joy Johnson: ok.babe just try and go huh
(myself): nah, i don't feel as if i could quite trust 
you yet
Joy Johnson: matbe u will trust me and more about me,as
 soon as i get to the state
Joy Johnson: and peter if u say u dont trust me yet i understand
......but u just have to consider my situation and me myself i
 promise never to let u down
Joy Johnson: Promise
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): phone
(myself): look
Joy Johnson: look what???
(myself): according to my info you're either in
 Cape Missouri or London
(myself): and you give me absolutely no reason why
 i should believe that you're in lagos

(myself): not even a hotel's name
(myself): or a phone #
Joy Johnson: ay hotels.....manager s # (+234)8053601940
Joy Johnson: +234 country phone  code
Joy Johnson: what about this
Joy Johnson: ???
(myself): yeah?
Joy Johnson: didu get it
(myself): the number is busy
(myself): which room are you in?
Joy Johnson: busy...maybe its the network
Joy Johnson: executive room 1
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: did u call d # again
(myself): that number is in Lagos?
Joy Johnson: yeah
(myself): area code is 805 ?
(myself): because i thought Lagos is area code 1
(myself): sweety, you need to improve
Joy Johnson: for landlines i think
Joy Johnson: 01 is for the land lines....the number i 
gave u is a mobile # peter
Joy Johnson: thats why u need the +234 b4 dailing 8053601940
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: peter can u tell me whats on your mind
Joy Johnson: cos........its like u dont even want
 to take me for my words
Joy Johnson: Why?
(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: u not answering me
(myself): my friend was at the door
(myself): joy i need to go now
(myself): i cannot call that number again, my friend and i are going out
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): i'll try in a few hours when i'm back
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): see, i need to verify that what you tell me
 is true.. ideally also that you are really that hot chick in 
those photos, but that's probably impossible to prove
Joy Johnson: lol......why not
(myself): hm, can you mail another photo of yourself?
Joy Johnson: believe me or noy ,its joy in the pic
(myself): well, are YOU Joy then?
Joy Johnson: i will............will u send on ur way back
(myself): bye-bye
Joy Johnson: bye-bye

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2006-08-04, 18:32:04
anonymous from United States  
Here is one who says he is from nigeria also. He says his name is Peter Cage. He says he lives in Ireland and works at an airline called Air Irish. He claims to be in Nigeria on business and he was robbed while taking his little girl to the Dr. He is asking for money to pay for hotel room. He has sent flowers and a teddy bear to me when we first talked. He then tried to send flat screen t.v and cameras and dvd players to my home claiming he borrowed a friends credit card and if i would send the things back to him he was going to sell them to get money to pay for his room. Then come to me inthe U.S. I asked him why not have it delivered to where he was in nigeria and he said they wouldn't ship there. He asked asked me for money several times. the yahoo email he uses is he also has one on msn. He met me on
My Space. PleaSE BE AWARE OF ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE IN AFRICA. The pic he sent he has short red hair wearing sunglasses and with a little girl. He is dressed in black.
2006-08-04, 19:13:03
anonymous from United States  
i came across somebody stupid enough on to list either there pics or somebody elses picture on 11 diffrent profiles with the profile name only being slightly diffrent with all of them being in diffrent sities in the usa below are the profile names and a few of the pics to follow:

Keywords: brunette blue leather loveseat
2006-08-04, 19:19:41
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: girl white jeans green top
2006-08-04, 19:20:37
anonymous from United States  

2006-08-05, 09:42:34
[hidden] from United States started contacting me on MySpace in April. It took a while but he finally asked for me to 'cash checks' for him here in the states. I knew his pictures were from the JCP catalog, so still not sure why I continued to talk to him. He said he was a construction engineer who traveled working on projects. I have a friend that does that for a living and he does spend months at a time on job sites around the world, so I bought that. He esculated the 'love' conversation and even sent me a dozen long stem red roses fed exed overnight. Anyway, long story short, it is a scam. I consider myself an intellegent person and never thought I would be drawn in to something so stupid. No, I haven't cashed any checks and am no worse for wear financially, but I do kinda feel like I lost a good friend. But, guess you can't really miss someone who doesn't even exist!!
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Dating scammer Harry McDaniel Ashwood, in Nigeria

Keywords: man
2006-08-06, 13:37:57
anonymous from United Kingdom  
omg I have just seen the guy i have been speaking to for 4 weeks on this site. He mailed me from myspace, told me his wife had died 4 years ago and that he and his son lived together in Texas.
im not gonna put his details in here because im gonna fry his sorry arse and i dont want him to know im on to him,

ladies/guys , we need to wise up....we could find love in the bus queue but we let this scam artists take us for im gobsmacked
2006-08-09, 15:19:06 from United States  
I have a similar story. Most of the details match one or several of the stories above; a female who sent my pictures that more than likely were not her, she claimed to be a model, in Nigeria, etc...

My story gets a little more involved when she asked me to cash a check and have the money wired to her. She had gathered my personal information from the internet, and about two weeks later I received a VERY legitimate looking check in the mail. I called the apparent writers of the check and they informed me that they didnt know where it came from.

Then the threats started - you have our money... are you trying to run? We will come to your house.

Keywords: fake check
2006-08-10, 06:50:58
anonymous from United States  
I would have told them to come on down.. And they had better bring and army with them!!!This is soooooo crazy....I hope you turned all this over to the FBI so that they can catch these crazy people....
2006-08-10, 15:44:34
anonymous from United States  
smudry, i had someone try the same thing except she was astudent in nigeria.i wasnt buying it. see 08/01/06 19:43:56 and 08/03/06 20:15:22 above for further info. if you have a picture you shpuld post it
2006-08-10, 20:16:09
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: She needs to get married. black girl white top blue jeans
2006-08-11, 20:51:04
anonymous from United States  
Sherry Shofu of London is a bad one to avoid. She conned me out of $400 in cash. She the then tried to convince me to open a Wells Fargo Bank Account and send her the account number. Then she tried to get me to cash a $2200 check (likely counterfeit) and wire money to her. She pretends to be a christian who works as a nanny. I have found her on at least three sites known at sexsearch as sexymamagirl. She tried to use guilt on me to make give her another $400 claiming I was making her cry.
2006-08-12, 05:05:44
[hidden] from Australia  
i met a girl on a dating site called DATE.COM
she told me she was from western australia a town called ajana
her story gose that she had fled to nigeria because both of her parents were shot
she was just about to finnish a nursing degree
her father has left her with a large sum of money but she is not going to recive it
she has to wait till she is 30 before she can get married
when she is married her husband gets the money
she gose by the name sammie russell
and her friends name is demmie who is from missisippy in USA

2006-08-12, 05:10:29
anonymous from Australia  
here is another pic of sammie russell

2006-08-12, 07:56:05
anonymous from United States  
I just had a new one the first 3 letters were well written to well written they were form letters.the first 2 letters were sent to me at 4:00 am and 5:00 am. the 4th letter is about 3 paragraphs long and the english just got worse the 5th letter which looks like it took 5-10 minutes to write was sent 1 minute after the 4th letter same bad english. giving the same story of being stuck in nigeria and had there money stolen boo hoo. and having a hotel bill yet is able to get onling with a computer. also the picture will look familiar to a few of us. was using the name kirby through personels

2006-08-15, 00:48:35
anonymous from Guatemala  
i was tooa man who is call mark send me a lot of thing i was so naived but please not be stupid
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