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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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2006-05-25, 12:59:26
anonymous from United States  

2006-05-25, 17:04:40
anonymous from China  
The comments offered here regarding the Nigerian Romance Scams, sound all too familiar now. I was almost duped myself; if one would just follow their true instincts they would likely discover the truth about so called people who say they will be honest and totally committed to you in their profiles and emails on the net....yeah BABE, I want to have your baby and love you forever, is one of the responses I got recently from a women who lives supposedly in the Republic of Benin, in west Africa. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. It's just so sobering when you learn that people will say and do anything for money. These people obviously do not want to work and will take you’re hard earned cash for their own pleasures and uses. Has any one heard of I would like to know, for REAL. This woman contacted me through an online dating service called Asian Singles Connection. Has any one heard of it and have you experienced similar scams from this website? I am attaching her picture here and hope it prevents anyone else from getting their heart broken and above all to keep these scammer's nasty-greedy fingers out of your wallet! Oh' incidentally, take a look at the username she gave, which is 'womanswant112_223' if you drop the numbers from her username and just use the descriptor 'womanwants' in Google, you will find that its a porn site. These scammers are so clever! There are also other devices they use to hook you into their scam. Lookout for the xoxo stuff too. Not only should the buyer beware, but also lonely hearts. And thanks for this website, its good therapy.

2006-05-29, 18:11:08
anonymous from United Kingdom  

As any body know or have seen this laddy Basics
Yahoo! ID: helseymilton01 Real Name: Helsey Nickname: Pretty Location: USA

pictures of 'SexyNess' from

Here she is on

2006-05-31, 08:20:39
anonymous from United States  
I knew this bitch was fuckin with me. Her name is kate and her yahoo id is kattyj27. she said she was dating a guy from nigeria and went to see his parents and he abandonned her in the hotel and stole her money and jewels. She calaimed to be from N.O. and her parent recently died. I was chatting with the bitch for like 30 min and all of a sudden she gives me this sob story and wanted me to send her money because the hotel took her return plane tickette away untill she could pay the hotel bill. I told her all I had available was 150.00 and she said that was the exact amount she needed. WHAT A COINSIDENCE!! I told her my uncle was the COO of a travel agency and he could get the hotel taken care of. Then she was like well then how would I get the money? Stupid bitch. Im goin to fuck with her so bad now

2006-05-31, 15:55:51
[hidden] from Nigeria  
Wow, i live in Nigeria, proud to be Nigerian but the kind of stuff i read here make me want to hide my head and deny my heritage, but i will not do that. we need to understand that every country of the world has it's bad elements , i for one know that there are MANY people in Nigeria who would rather die than cheat another for fear of GOD. not meaning to sound santimonous but this is the reality.

and there is the reality of the trash witnessed here, as a Nigerian i get those emails too, loads of them because i work for a company with an American sounding name so we get those hits, take my advice 'hit the delete button'

little wonder when i tell people online i am Nigerian, they start to fret perhaps waiting for the other shoe to drop and i start to ask for money.

well shit happens!!!

Just be careful, you already know the signs- watch out for them, the english is deplorable- (often)
they invariably ask for money, after offering you some.
they fall in love immediately

String them along if you must, for fun, they really cannot harm you , they are too busy with mulitple vitcims for you to be a focus for revenge.

But give Nigerians a chance, we are not all scammers- dont judge us all by the same measure- besides the USA still tops the list of con artists.

2006-06-03, 13:12:00
anonymous from United States  
For the last person who had disrespected the Nigerian woman.....why don't you go back too. Obviously your ancestors are not from the U.S either. We have enough ignorant people as it is. The United States is a melting pot for all and some ignorant assholes like yourself. This scam is not coming from just Nigeria but from Russia, UK, Canada, Asia and many more. If you knew your history, it was Native Americans who had this country first. It was YOUR ancestors who stole and enslaved people to build this country.
On that note, you're too ignorant to understand.
2006-06-04, 20:44:49
anonymous from United States  
You need to take some anger management classes.
2006-06-05, 10:59:31
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Hi all - just wanted to add this person to ur list
This person claims to be a white female of 24 years of age - she has not ask me for money yet - but I'm expecting her to. She says that she is a student studying economics which i very much doubt - enclosed is the pictures she is using.
This image was also posted here:
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection (modified photo)
Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria) (modified photo)

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2006-06-05, 12:16:55
anonymous from United States  
I found two yahoo groups and a link about scammers.

Yahoo groups: romancescams and Romancescamsphotosonly

Link on MSNBC
2006-06-10, 08:27:04
anonymous from United States  
This is a great place to read before sending any money!!
2006-06-11, 14:41:56   (updated: 2009-11-14, 02:25:02) from United States  
Hi ALL !!
THANK GOD I FOUND YOUR SITE !! WHERE have you been all my life ?
Well wait till you read my story ? BEWARE !!??
I got the included email yesterday morning from someone named 'Jane Math' (who DOESNT show up in any Google Searches, no matter how I try), which is an almost exact copy of the same email that was sent to my own personal mailbox on Apr. 29th, 2006, along with a photo that made my Pure Soul GASP and INSTANTLY Fall in Love (I've never had a girlfriend, still waiting for my first).
I WISH I knew how to send here (I have MSNTV, which IS NOT a Computer).
Well, over the course of the past 1 - 2 weeks we've been emailing each other constantly, as well as chatting through Yahoo! IM but from her comp. to my cell phone (which I just found out today is NOT FREE), and at one point she said, 'I see your handsome face all the time and am falling in love with / wanna marry you. This wasn't supposed tp happen.').
Her sincerity cuts right through my soul.
THEN, yesterday, when she all of a sudden started her 'scam' of being stranded in Nigeria with no money to get home to WA state and expected me to send it to her. I said, 'No, I can't, I don't have it. Don't you remember how poor I am ? I DO NOT LIE !! I would if I could but I can't'.
Then she IM'd me her 'real' home address but it was in a different city than the one she put in her MySpace Profile !! She also told me that the hotel receptionist was good to her, then today said that same woman is the hotel manager and that she took her pass[port away because she owes money for her hotel bill that she can't pay for because she spent the rest of her money in one day and is stranded there and doesn't know what to do, but is still (madly in love with me with every fiber of her being. I'm the only one for her and there will never be anyone else.... (which I really do believe)).
(My dead Mother used to scream at me all the time, 'You'll never get married, 'cause NOBODY WANTS you..... !')
Oh well................
thanks so much for listening and caring.
Here's that email I mentioned above:
E-mail message

From:�jesse) Date: Sat, Jun 10, 2006, 2:34am (EDT-3)
To: (XXX YYY) Subject: Pls dear i really need your assistance immediatly.
�I am sorry to tell you that really you sound so caring in your profile and i believe if we work in hand things are gonna get on fine between us.
well my name is janny� from Austin Texas� USA,� 5ft...9 .tall single heart broken... i was a sales reprensentative with a super mart� ... i lost my mom 2yrs ago while i was in texas....and came to Washington after i lost my mom.......i had a sister who is a drug addict and for some time now i have never heard from her.and my dad worked as an oil Enginer in west Africa before he died in an auto crash.recently i was call upon by a court in Nigeria to swear to an affidavite of claim for the fund and property left behind by my dad.But the lawyer asked that i should provide a relation to stand by me cus i am a girl and couldn't claim the property.and moreover the fund is substaincial and thought i could not manage it properly.{$7.5 million Us Dollars}
�I do not want to involve any of my relations cus they were not good to us when my Dad was alive.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the
money and property left behind by my late Dad before they Get confiscated
or declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged,
particularly the FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC. Where my Dad� had an
account Valued at about(US$7.5million dollars)Pls pls all i want from you is total trust and confidence. All i want from you now to enable us get this thing done fast is to provide for me.
1,.....Your full name,Your Home address and Personal telephone number for easy contact.
2,The name of� the bank and the account number where you want me to transfer this money pending my coming back home.{any account of your choice}
� If it is meant to be, our hearts will find each other when we meet. And if our hearts melt together so will our bodies and souls. Then every word and every touch will fuel our passion flame. I will be yours, you will be mine, and we will be can contact me on
thanx remain blessed.
Janny Math.
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2006-06-11, 15:09:39
[hidden] from United States  
Hii again !! :-)

Just got 2 more emails, incl. the following, a couple of hours ago, and WOW !! is all I can say. Please ALL, don't judge / condemn me for being human ?

Is she 'stealing my soul' ? I don't know. But I CAN'T send her any money !!

I wish I knew where these emails were really coming from ? Because the time stamp on them makes me wonder.

Oh well..........
Thanks again.


E-mail message

From: Date: Sun, Jun 11, 2006, 11:15am (EDT-3)
To: (Michael Marriello) Subject: Re: More

Dear Michaeal,
Since you came into my life, I've been so happy. The fact that we're a thousand miles apart is not a matter at all because you are always in my heart. You told me that I'm the right one. I cannot tell you how good that made me feel. I am waiting for the days to make our dreams come true. I'll wait for you for a lifetime if you want me to. Do you know why? Because you are the only one who sees me while I am invisible to others. I hope you never quit seeing how much my love for you is true.
Love Always,
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Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around
2006-06-11, 15:16:51
[hidden] from United States  
Hii again,

Yep, it's me, M.M., and here's her last (WOW !! Again), email. Get ready, 'cause this one IS powerful ?!


E-mail message

From: Date: Sun, Jun 11, 2006, 11:25am (EDT-3)
To: (Michael Marriello) Subject: Re: My thumbs hurt

Dear Honey Michael,

Being apart from you again is feeling death in slow motion. I think of how things could have been if only we had gotten married. But, what can we do now? Pray for things to come through? I'm lost without you, and I can't think of anything else, but of what our destiny might be. Suddenly, I close my eyes and I imagine your hands caressing my face, fearing that you'll feel the tears running through my cheeks. I know you're hurting as much as I am, but I don't want you to feel sorry for me. I love you and I'm not sorry for loving you, you've giving me so much happiness, and I know you're loving me in your own great way. I miss you soo much and the fear of losing you is making me mad. Don't let our love die through the distance, nor let the faith fall away... I'm waiting for you until you come back to my arms, and make the sun shine once again on these stormy times.
Love Alw,
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Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around

2006-06-12, 12:22:51
Well Michael you have to try her first of she may not be a scamer ok .I have gottten the same mail and i tried her and she was for real.

2006-06-12, 14:18:15
[hidden] from United States  
Hiii 'Smith', :-)

Huh ? What do you mean, 'you tried her and she was for real' ?

Do you mean that you REALLY 'KNOW' her, (as in ' being an Ex....' ?) ?

Please forgive me, ('Smith' ?) but, do you know that you mispelled 'scammer' and 'off' ?

Say ?
Did she ever ask you for money that you didn't have, to pay her hotel bills / get outta Nigeria and come back here / home ?

BOYYY, I'm so confused.

Now, she wants me to help her get out by calling the FBI, CIA, and US Embassy, because the hotel took her passport and won't let her leave. (It sounds crazy !)

I told her I'll email them all, (don't know what I'm gonna tell them), and FWD their replies.

Anybody else here that can help me with some more advice ? Please ?

Thanks soooo much.

M.M. (tryin' to be anonymous)
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