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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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2008-09-16, 05:45:35
anonymous from United States  
Thank you for posting this. I received similar email and IM from a man named Rick Johnson. I believe he is part of this scam. Below is the first email he sent me.

Hello there,

My name is Rick Johnson, i am 53years, i am Originally From RUSSIA,But came to the state some Couples of years back in MARINA CA.I am a Widower,i was married for 22 years and got Widowed,6 years ago.I have a kid and we live together, i was just going through this website when i saw your sweet profile and i think i should let you know the grab my heart and also i am intreseted in knowing you more and maybe we might click well who knows? i am a cool humble gentle loving caring honest and passionate man i am a good christian i do go to church frequently,i like dancing cuddlin taking a long walk driving long distance and travelling so i hope to find someone that will love me care for me always love me and never cheat on me someone that will love me for the rest of my life.i am a business man that deals with Import and Export of computer accessories such as soft ware,hard ware and so on .but right now i am in Nigeria doing some bussiness and i will be back as soon as i finish my bussiness..Okay More so i don't mind relocating for love, cos i am really tired of being alone i just wanna be loved for the rest of my life i hope i haven't ask for too much i hope to hear from you soonest have a great and blessful day ahead of you..If you wanna contact me you can send me an im on yahoo my yahoo id is and you can also send me an e-mail..Thanks
Rick Johnson.
2008-09-16, 15:25:43
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2008-09-16, 18:20:34
anonymous from United States  
Meet Muriose Pedro aka: Oscar; aka: Tony Brown

am Oscar ....... I was suffing round and i will like to know more about you because i have gone through your picture and from the look on your face you are absolutely a wonderfull personality. I am aged 48, male from Maine. i am a Divorcee.well i am a Businessman but am presently in africa now on a Business trip and i will be back soon. I am looking for that one special woman that I just cannot get off my mind. Songs on the radio should remind me of her. I am looking for quality relationship with honesty, trust, chemistry and fun loving mother and a good wife. I do have a kid (10 years old) and my date should like to be around children, hers, mine and other people children. Trust in a relationship is very important to me. I am just an ordinary funny, honest guy looking for a wonderful woman to spend the rest of life time with,I would love to know more about you,or you can also chat with me through this yahoo messenger {oscarsmith2008}.and u can also contact me through my regular mailbox,, i dont mind relocating to u . i will like you to know that i dont mind about age defferent cos age its just a number honest matter in a relastionship alot and i will like to hear from soon.
(check out the - 78k)

The address he gave for you to send him money for his son's hospital bill:
Oscar: Name...:Muriose.... Pedro.
Address....:25,Allen Ave.

Then comes Tony Brown, his intro was identical to Oscar's. Only he has a daughter, Ruby, aged 23, he is German, a building contractor working on a shopping complex. He is 55 years old, and all he has in the world is his daughter. He was living in South Lake Tahoe, CA. just prior to moving to Nigeria to complete his project. Rudy was in a car accident and has a broken leg, and head injuries. He needs $300 for her meds. In the beginning he wants to know if you have a Capitol One Card so he can send some of his $900,000.00 to you to hold for him. Then he's desperate for the $300 for Ruby's meds. Hello????? He wanted the money sent Western Union to the following address:
Oscar: Name...:Muriose.... Pedro.
Address....:25,Allen Ave.

I told him I'd send it on my way to the hospital. He asked why I was going to the hospital and I told him I had to have some tests run on my heart. His main concern was could I 'PLEASE send the money before I went to hospital'.

Oscar's photo is that of an older man in his late 50's early 60's. Has been identified as Brad from Focus Hawaii.

Tony is a younger man, blond, and in great physical condition, like a construction worker.
They look nothing a like or are close.

Tony's Murisoe Pedro is his daughter's physican. Can't send a photo as he won't forward it to me at my yahoo account. It's only on the IM.

Beware people!!!

2008-09-16, 21:28:19
anonymous from United States  
2008-09-16, 21:34:32
anonymous from United States  
2008-09-16, 21:35:36
anonymous from United States  

2008-09-16, 21:36:31
anonymous from United States  

2008-09-16, 21:37:55
anonymous from United States  
2008-09-17, 04:16:55
anonymous from United Kingdom  
i her u wot tu get marid tu mi
2008-09-17, 09:44:26
anonymous from Malaysia  
watch this guy.He is in the (where are you now) and playing shakespear in love with most ladies. He is Nigerian but claimed to be british, and asking me 1600euro to pay his daughter's hospital bill. I called him and he is African, I can tell that because I have a few africans friend here,, the good can tell they are African by their accent./slang and they use babe..hun..sweetheart in their conversation.any1 whants to know more details can email me at

2008-09-17, 14:23:43
anonymous from United States  
Here's the latest on Tony Brown: AKA: Oscar: AKA: Muriose Pedro......

--- On Tue, 9/16/08,> wrote:

From: Subject: Update on 'J'
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 8:10 PM

Hi Tony,

Just left 'J' at the hospital. She'll be there for a couple of days. There was some compliations in surgery and she's in ICU right now. The doctor hopes to have her in a regular room later today if she continues to improve.

Sorry the news isn't better, but we're hopeful that it's just a slight set back. She's strong and stubborn, she'll bounce back I'm sure of it. She'll just have to take things slowly for a while. Something she's not very good at doing. She hates being idle.

Let you know more later.'

His Answer to the above e-mail......

'Good morning to you 'J' .. i can understand about your health okay ... i will always have you in my prayer's often and on .... beside me asking you what about the info that you need to get to the Dr here about my daughter Med ... i will be looking forward to read your e.mail ... i just want you to know that i dont like it when i am in pains or seen someone that i do care's for been in such pain's you are now Thanks Tony Brown Love you'.

He loves me! but notice he doesn't ask any questions about my condition and all he's worried about is 'the info that you need to get to the Dr here about my daughter Med',
which he is refering to the Western Union transfer information to retrieve the $300 for his daughter's meds. LOL just thinking about his stupidity!!!

Update to follow as it's received.
2008-09-19, 09:09:45   (updated: 2008-09-19, 09:17:39)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Im from UK and was contacted by a guy calling himself Desmond Green his email is we chatted for 3-4 weeks then he told me he had to go to Kuwait to buy chemicals for the company he was working in Edinburgh (Gleaner Oils) but at the last minute he had to go to Nigeria instead. He said he had gone to the bank and got a cheque for $400.000 to take with him and that when he got back he wanted to come and see me. He said he was from Seattle was a widow with 1 son Stanley who was in bording school in London. His profile from the iSingles dating site was nice and he emailed me two photos which were very handsome. He gave me a mobile number 07024030366 but I only ever got one reply. When ever he phoned me the number was with held and I was never able to send a text message. He spoke in very broken english with a very deep sounding african voice, so I was suspicious from the start. (shame as the photo was very appealing) anyway, after he arrived in Nigeria he said he went to the bank to cash the cheque but the bank said it would take 3-4 days and he only had $200 dollars to get him through. He said he was staying at the Choice Hotel and was I able to send him $500 to see him through till he got his money. I told him that I couldnt do that as I didnt have any money myself. He continued to try to persuade me and even called me from a nigerian number +234806484551. He ended up saying that I should trust him and he would be true to his word and pay me back the money. He then said he needed to send some money to his nanny who was looking after his house in Seattle and that she needed to see a doctor, and how could I just leave him there with no money for food or anything. He then told me that he had gone to the bank and that the cheque would clear on Friday but it was a public holiday (I checked the next one in nigeria is 1st Oct) and he wouldnt be able to get the money till monday. I told him that there was no public holiday on friday and he said 'God almighty dont you trust me, I do no make up this' dodgy talk eh!. I told him I didnt believe who he said he was and I havent heard from now for 2 days. but hey that mite change, since reading all these emails, I may try to get the details where to send the money to help others that he is obviously trying to extort money from. Be careful every one read 419 nigeria scams that site gives you email addresses and names used A-Z and desmond is a popular one. Whats realy sad is that those ladies who are realy looking to find that someone special, will be taken in with the words that they say, these scams should be more widely talked about.
2008-09-19, 15:34:50
Hi ... I met this darling gentleman ... beware ... his name is Glenn Marcus ... he is an engineering working on the infrastructure of Nigeria ... with a home in London and Manhattan Beach, Ca ... (with swimming pools) ... we emailed back and forth for approximately 3 weeks ... he was so charming I cannot tell you ... he was distracting me from business because my heart was becoming so involved ... oh, he earned $500K per year in his job ... but when I asked him exactly what he did ... how his work functioned ... he was never able to describe to me exactly what he did other than to say that he employed 14 workers ... I thought 'so' ... I employ more workers than that ... what's the big deal? Anyway, I questioned him about his nationality ... he said that he was British and that his wife had been killed in some natural disaster, I can't remember ... but anyway, he 'loves Jesus' ... yea sure ... he had the strangest way of expressing himself ... I thought 'this guy couldn't be British' ... so I told him that I could not email him any longer because it wasn't healthy ... that we were hiding behind words ... and this is not a good thing ... that unless we could speak personally, that our 'relationship' must cease ... so, he asked me for my cell # ... I gave it to him and he immediately telephoned me ... after speaking with him, I knew that he was not British ... that he had to have been from Nigeria ... it was that typical accent ... and he was very silly and strange on the phone ... and when we hung up, I thought, 'well, this guy is history' ... but then he emailed me and started his poetry ... and I was 'grabbed' again ... so then I began to think ... this guy is 'real' ... boy was I wrong ... when he saw that I was beginning to 'trust him' and 'fall' ... he gave me this story ... his hotel room had been robbed and the robbers shot his daughter in the arm and he had to admit her to the hospital and he couldn't get funds from his bank in the USA ... I mean, it was laughable ... I simply immediately emailed him and stated that he was never to contact me again. And, I haven't heard a thing. I couldn't believe that someone as worldly as I am could fall for such a scam ... I've lost sleep over it ... I was so hooked ... they are remarkably clever at this scam ...
2008-09-19, 17:11:11
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2008-09-19, 17:20:05
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If this photo is associated with scam, I want to know about it.

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