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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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2006-09-16, 10:33:54
anonymous from United States here another one out of wisconsin

2006-09-16, 23:40:13
anonymous from United States  
ok , I have someone new for my dee dee dee award of the week. I got an email today through . this is the first email read below and you will see why they get the award. no picture


2006-09-17, 13:16:02
anonymous from United States  
I have another identity for the one below. Wunmi Jennifer Hamimat. The email address being used here is Beware of this one...

2006-09-17, 21:25:43
anonymous from United States  
the pictures above are off a modeling website these are not there true picture identity.
2006-09-17, 23:34:44 from United States  
I have found a website called Internet Crime Complaint Center when I searched for the FBI website to see if they will work with individual people about scammers. They have a form to be completed online to report fraud and internet crimes. Has anyone used this site? I have several jerks I want to report but want to make sure this is a legitimate site of the FBI and not some scammer collecting more info. Thanks for your help
2006-09-18, 12:23:13
anonymous from United States  
here's another one:

Warram Anderson: Have you ever chat with an african woman on the net before or live with an african woman before in your life
kapt_kos: what was your profile name in yahoo?
kapt_kos: nope
kapt_kos: one from poland
Warram Anderson: And please why did you ask if Ghana is from Russia?
kapt_kos: sounded russian
Warram Anderson: do you often talk to Russian women ?
kapt_kos: did you get my pic
kapt_kos: no
Warram Anderson: Nope I didnt get any picture from you yet can you send them to my e-mail now?
kapt_kos: i have relative in poland that I sometimes msg with
Warram Anderson: I see
Warram Anderson: Can I give you my e-mail Address so that you can send the pictures now?
kapt_kos: ok; just sent them
kapt_kos: i sent them to is that right?
Warram Anderson: Yes I Have got them now
Warram Anderson: You look very handsome and a very Nice man Keith
kapt_kos: thank you, your turn
Warram Anderson: Yes
kapt_kos: is that really you
Warram Anderson: Come on ..............Yes thats me
kapt_kos: looks too good to be true
Warram Anderson: Really
kapt_kos: got any more
kapt_kos: i sent 2 I should get 2
Warram Anderson: I dont have anymore pictures but dont worry I will try and get you more Later Ok
kapt_kos: ok
kapt_kos: when are you going to ask for money for a plane ticket to the states?
Warram Anderson: Hey what do you mean?
kapt_kos: aren't you one of those scammers that ask for money to get visa and plane ticket to come live with me in the states then I send you money but you never come to states
kapt_kos: show me your tits next time
Warram Anderson: On my God
Warram Anderson: Do you really know who you are talking to Man?
kapt_kos: i'm not a retard
kapt_kos: some towell head terrorist
kapt_kos: you're not even a woman most likely
kapt_kos: al qada pussy more like it
Warram Anderson:
kapt_kos: i know these scams
kapt_kos: whaaaa
Warram Anderson: Soo whats the insult for
kapt_kos: you're trying to scam me I KNOW
Warram Anderson: Have I asked you for money or what do you mean I dont understand what all that mean
kapt_kos: you're not the first person who tried to scam me
Warram Anderson: Bye
kapt_kos: C U L 8 R, NOT
kapt_kos: scammer
kapt_kos: show me your tits

Keywords: brunette sunglasses blue jeans pink top
2006-09-18, 12:24:02
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: brunette sunglasses blue jeans pink top
2006-09-18, 17:44:35
anonymous from United States  
this is concerning the first message left on 9-18 with the six pictures those pictures are of a model taken off a modeling website. i was sent a picture of the same model.
2006-09-18, 21:18:15 from United States  
I was contacted by this man, claiming that he worked in Nigeria. He needed my help because his credit cards and banks cards did not work in Africa.
After, chatting for awhile he told me that he loved me and wanted to get married, blah,blah blah. The only problem is that he wouldn't meet me.
Watch out ladies, he's a looker, but a he is a scam artists.
However, if the real man in this photo read this, please contact me
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2006-09-18, 21:36:38 from United States  
Folks, are there any other sites, with pages like this, on the web? I have some photos that I would like to look for. I dont what to post them here, or anywhere, until I know it is necessary.

2006-09-18, 23:34:48
anonymous from United States  
Here is a Nigerian scam from yahoo personels. The girl in this pic is not real but a copy. She ask you to cash travelers checks and moneygram the cash A.S.A.P. for her to get on a plane to the U.S.

2006-09-19, 18:30:50
anonymous from United States  
Here's another photo of Mike Johnson SMITH or whatever.
He claims to be a Native American tha's why his writing is so unusual.
But after reading this site.He's just your typical scammy
He will try to make arrangements to see you, keep you going as if he really means it, and then he says he can't because his mother said NO!!!!!!!
Not only is he a scammy but a whimp at that

2006-09-19, 23:23:21 from United States  
Mike Johnson sometimes uses
Beware he is a great talker and he even acts as though he cares. His concern rises with each offer to help him out. He usually begins with a sob story about how his credit cards or bank cards are not working in Nigeria. The claims to be an engineer working in Africa. He will often give biblical references and lovely poetry. But when asked a simple question such as where did you go to school, the subject changes. He has a profile on, there one can see the obvious english errors mentioned above in the other stories.
If the real man in this photo see this note and the other I posted please contact me.
This person also gives out an address that maybe yours.
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

Keywords: man in car
2006-09-20, 08:20:12 from United States  
Has anyone seen this woman before? I have a name and an email for her, but if she's legit, I don't want it posted here. Contact me at the address above.

2006-09-20, 15:29:00
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: guy
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