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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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2007-05-13, 19:49:12
anonymous from United States  
Hey thank's for the info, that you guys post I was looking for a girl and i think i found her, as soonest i get the info back i will post her pictures,email and letters, she has'nt ask for money yet, so I will play along just to see how far she goes.
2007-05-15, 13:33:26
anonymous from United States  
a debbie williams scam that i found on singlesnet.

I always like to go to an outdoors activities, such like going to beach, bar, clubs, recreation centre, tourism, playing games, watching films at cinema, going for shopping,strooling down on the streets with my man with hand in hands together, and riding horses or walking round the environment of the beach as well.I like cooking, cleaning the house and surroundings, partying with friends, going out to have a pleasure time, tasting wine, reading novels, swimming in the clean pool with fresh breeze blowing around it, playing basket ball, going to concerts show and listenig to music andI love dancing as well, and I do like to travel around to new places, I will like to be playing indoor with my husband and children when it's time. here is my mail you can drop a note.

2007-05-15, 13:37:23
anonymous from United States  
watch out for this to be an only child and parents are deceased. profile says she is from the UK but soon after she will tell you she is in EDE, Osun Nigeria due to some guy she met that asked her to go with him to nigeria and then he left her and stole all of her stuff.....

2007-05-15, 13:43:35
anonymous from United States  
kimberly williams scam.....some letters that i recieved. trying to help others from being scam.

Hello Darlin,
Good Morning,I do understand your financial situation there..But Darlin...Help me try with any amount you can afford to help me with because giving some amount out of that amount is better than none...Please do the favour for me my love...

God will provide for u.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- kimberly williams to me
Apr 8

I do understand with your situation..The amount church want is $300 because they want to buy some instrument for church that why the amount is like that..

Thanks for all your effort on me..God will provide for . Amen

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Darlin,
This feeling of love that I have for you feeling so strong and so special, so new.You give me the gift of happiness each day,Never have I known it could be this way.You have given your love regardless of cost and with my heart in your care, I will never be lost or never again wonder what love really means and for now I do know it means so many
things.Understanding and caring through good times and bad,Sharing emotions, should they
be happy or sad.Being there for each other through laughter or tears,At each other's side for the rest of our years.My only wish is to be with you, my love,for each day I pray to the heavens above.That you always remember my feelings for you.A feeling so strong, so special, so new!


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2007-05-15, 21:14:44
anonymous from Conway, United States  
**lettinloose509 View profile

Age: 30
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Date: Monday 14th of May

**lettinloose509 has sent you an email.

Hey sexy!! Thanks for getting in touch! I'm really glad you wrote cause we definitely need to hook up sometime soon. I think I am just going to stay home tonight, it was a pretty rough weekend for me... I was thinking we could meet for a few drinks tomorrow night though if that sounds good to you. Just write me back at when you get this and I will get back to you tomorrow morning from work. If we can't meet tomorrow we should definitely try to meet up sometime later in the week. Just get in touch and we'll set something up.

Talk soon!!

pic. and evrything else disapeared off line when she found out I was a police officer
2007-05-16, 10:47:20
anonymous from United Kingdom  
I have a similar situation! I was on a dating site and BEFORE my picture was approved, I got this message! -:

'hello handsome how you doing,my name is kate but you can call me jane,i love your profile and i will love to know more about you,you can contact me at or you can add me to your hotmail or mail me ok,well i don't usually get online here,you can mail me back to my private e-mail and i will reply you there ok,have a lovely day

Then this arrived via email:

How are you doing barry,thank's for your lovely mail,hope you are having a great time,i'm so happy you mailed me ,hope we will get to know eachother more,and i hope you like me,here is more about me,well i'm kate by name and i'm 28 old single never been married,anyway you have a Good qualities i saw that in your profile,..So tell me wht kind of lady you seeking for???,..well as for me i'm looking for a man that have all Good qualitieslike,..honest,loving,caring,understanding,sense of homor and God fearing someone that will not lie to me or cheat on me,i love some that will never hurt me,.....i would like you to tell me more about your family like how many sibling you have??,....wht do you like to do in your off time??,.wht do you do for a living??,....well i'm not in the uk right now,..i work with an insurance company in the uk,and they just open a new breach here in west africa and i was among those who where transfered here, i was just transfered last month ago,i will be transfered back as soon as i get thing done here,let say next week ok,.......i love doing anything out door like horse riding,..camping,traveling,music,dancing,,and hanging out with friends,.....well about my family we are 2 two,me and my brother sonny,my mom is from italy and my dad is from Fleet in Uk,well they both divorce when i was 6 years old and my mom took me with her to italy and my brother is in france now,we haven;t seen my dad since he left us,i really hate divorce,it's really suck,i wish i can marry once and that all,but i return to the Flee in Uk when my mom pass away 1999,well i have to run right now,..How about you? Hope to hear from you soon

Ok, seems a bit forward!

Phoned a mate and was told to be carefull. I then started checking the codes for her numbers, and after reading about the lagos 809 area code scam, I was very carefull and searched for an 805 scam too, thats when I came accross this site! I hope this may help someone, or advise someone in a similar predicament, including myself if this is a real scam or whatever! Anyway, I will use an 0844 number to call her landline and let that determine if the number is valid! (4p a minute from the UK.)

Will let you know the outcome!

2007-05-16, 17:31:56
anonymous from United States  
i think i got cought in a simuliar scam i have pictures it kinda looks like her but im not sure

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2007-05-17, 16:01:27
anonymous from Canada  
I know this lady as Rose. She said she was from Montreal Quebec. She said she is stuck in Lagos, Nigeria.
I got emails from her before. She isn't real.
2007-05-18, 09:36:21
anonymous from United Kingdom  
I think I'm being scammed, too many alarm bells, just waiting for them to ask for money! geez can't an honest guy just get lucky ones
Needless to say i shant be sending any money!

the name of my scammer Jane Damsell (Cimario)
2007-05-18, 09:36:26
anonymous from United Kingdom  
I think I'm being scammed, too many alarm bells, just waiting for them to ask for money! geez can't an honest guy just get lucky ones
Needless to say i shant be sending any money!

the name of my scammer Jane Damsell (Cimario)
2007-05-18, 11:40:38
anonymous from United States  

2007-05-18, 17:10:32
anonymous from Turkey  
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2007-05-20, 12:48:18
Hi, I just joined and 'all' the girls that i met there are fake and from Nigeria !!! all are struck in same hotel and with sam guy and want money...beware
2007-05-21, 12:39:39 from United States  
I've got three of these people who contact me on a regular basis. I know its a scam but I figure that as long as I can keep them tied up with me then they arn't screwing someine else. They arn't smart enough to use amature photos so the professional looking photograph and the way they talk is always a dead givaway.
2007-05-21, 17:45:39
anonymous from United States  
I'm new as to how to go about finding out info about scammers and don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I'm desperate to keep this certain lady from marrying my ex-husband. My ex and I have been on good terms and I have been going to his house for the past 12 years since we broke up and have Sunday supper with him and our children whoever are off that day and able to come for supper that night. Anyway, last July he met this female at work who in a few short words,'falls in love with every man she meets' according to some of the other people who work at the same store as my ex and her. She will be my ex's 2nd husband, but he will be her 4th husband. I've met her at Sunday supper and am not impressed and think I know what she is up too, but my ex is so naive. He believes what she tells him. I think she is just after his money. Less than 2 weeks after they started dating, she went and bought a $197.00 ring and put it on lay-away for him - it's like she had her next husband already lined up. I've quit going to his house for Sunday supper because I'm so sick of it all and he won't listen to me. They were planning on getting married next month - he loves her too, he says - of course when she sits there and tells him every thing he wants to hear - I sat there and listened to her garbage every Sunday for almost 3 months until I got sick of it. I couldn't find any thing on-line as to her being arrested, but there is a major question as to something she said and she already knows I am looking into her, so if my kids ask her any questions, she will suspect that they are asking for me, and I know she won't give them an answer. Anyway, has anyone ever heard of a lady named Diana Fiscus (aka: Dianna Fiscus, Diana Anderson, or jbDiana Fiscus)? I don't know what the jb stands for. This isn't the lady - the ladies name is Polly Travis, but somehow this Diana Fiscus is connected and I think she is part of some sort of scam involving Polly getting my ex to hurry up and marry her. There is just too much to put here, but in January this Diane Fiscus was listed as having addresses associated with her in Keller, Tx, Schaumberg, Il and 4 addresses here in Jacksonville, AR and now in May of 2007 there are 14 addresses associated with her name her in Jacksonville, AR. I figure if I can find out what the connection is betweeen these two women, then I can finish putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Thanks for any help.
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