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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection


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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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2008-07-13, 12:57:56 from United States  
i might be on the same track,but i cant find any definite proof that shes a scammer.most of the important details that put up flags are their,but i just cant get the proof i need.her name is also spelled differently than on the scammers list its Jenifer Smith instead of Jennifer Smith.the difference is two n's instead of one so she might be different than the one on that list.
2008-07-13, 17:42:03
anonymous from United States  
Hey Guys - I just happened to come across your site while looking for info on dating scams myself. I am a woman in CO who is also being scammed but by a man who said he was from CA - he claimed to be self-employed (as I am) and suddenly as things were progressing he had to go over to Nigeria for business. As soon as he got there he started asking (demanding) money for his daughters birthday which was coming up. Trying to put a guilt trip on me by saying that she's already calling me mom and I'm going to let her down by not sending her money for her birthday. The reason I decided to post on here is that this man claims his daughter is JENIFER or JENI for short also spelt with one 'F' sound like the one here. - These women are all scams guys. I really hope you don't fall into them. There's some great info online if you type in Nigerian Scams or Nigerian Dating Scams on how to see if its a scam and a list of commonalities that they all have in common. Such as the person's first and last name both being a persons first name such as 'John Jake' or 'Mary Richard' also you can tell by the fact that they never use captial 'I' its always lowercase 'i' - another clue is that they have all had a recent life-altering event (lost spouse/child) and they have no family. They use babe/baby a lot as well as BUZZ - Oh and here is a stagering note for you I found on-line: Statistics from dating services show that 50% of males and 90% of the females on EACH dating site are scams!!! Anyway, as a woman, I will tell you - A truly good lady will NOT expect a men to provide money when we don't really know them! One last note: I've contacted the FBI Fraud Task Force today about the one I am talking to and in the mean time - I'm having a blast just messing with him - I started asking HIM for money!! LOL!!! It is such a shame that there are so many people out there to scam us when all we are looking for is someone to love and care about - WELL GOOD LUCK to us all!!
2008-07-13, 20:07:01
anonymous from United States  
I have a friend who was also nearly scammed by the same 'Carlos Bill.' She met him through eHarmony. He claimed to be divorced and the father of a ten-year-old son. He also played up Christianity. He told her that he owns a jewelry store and also sells gold bars. He also said that he does contracting on the side. He was very charming and sent along four photos (no doubt some photos that he stole from an innocent person's web site or possibly stock photos.) There was even one photo with a child. He's a convincing scam artist. When he was confronted, he became quite angry. I am attaching one of the photos in order that it might help other women not to be taken in by this scumbag.
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-07-13, 21:02:23
anonymous from Australia  
I have been given the exact same story by another scammer but the picture was different. He also became angry when I found out. Not very original are they.
2008-07-13, 22:19:42 from United States  
Hi everyone, Rich from the US here. Remember to add a description of what is in the photograph when you post it. The description helps prevent the scammer from cropping or altering the picture and getting away with it. Happy hunting!
2008-07-14, 19:19:52
anonymous from Germany  
hi everybody..i just passing in this file and see now that somebody scamming this moment i opened my eyes but i think its already late. i wanna share my experience to u. one guy i meet by chatting he intoduce hthat his came from texas and now is in africa for a job. he said he is an archetikt and build a building there..we have a good conversation with each other and then he gave me his phone number . he said he is a widow and have one sohn 6years old.his wife was died in car a car accident bec. she save her sohn..and now his looking for a mother of his sohn bec. his friend told him to look for a nw mother, and the i said his looking for his child not for him.and he said no i am looking also for me..afterfast few day he said if he can ask me something but he is not sure if i can help him. i said just ask and i will tell you if i can help you or not (by online) oh imy love i missed you and i said what..but in this moment i did not thing anything bad, he was so lovely and so romantic and he said he has a problem and he needs my help bec. i am the only one who can help him..his in hotel but needs money bec. his credit card is not functioning there, no, just like this my sohn is sick bec. of the weather its raining he felt bad bec. of his sohn and he felt also sick..there ano facilities very difficult he ask me if i can owe him some money to pay the hotels and the hospitals bec. he said pls.i gave it back to you i want to go back to US i dont like here anymore i ask him how much do u need and he said 3000 thousand us dollar and i said i dont have alot of money bec. i am going for holiday next month with my daughter..he ask me how much do u need for holiday i said not much but i need also money for my ticket..he said give it back to u as soon i get through the US is i send u money and i said where is my guarrantie that you gave me my money back, he said i come over to u with my sohn to see u i want him to see you and i let him with u one week bec. i go back to africa to make him contract and he comeback again to get his sohn and we can do as like a real whole he ask me if we have a western union close to my place and i said no, i have never experience in this bank. do you think can u help me my love? i love u and i miss you, i wanna be with you so romantic ur the one can help me pls. i gave money 2times or 3times bec. i gave him a favor he had a lots of money but in africa he cannot get money bec. they never accepted credit card so his look like people no money a
like nobody and his sohn is sick he likes to back to the US but he needs money for tickets and everthing so i feel so bad for his sohn and the situation that the had so i send him money. he gave me the datails and gave me the information from his passport Michael P. James location Africa: Yaba,Lagos:secret code question and answer..can you call me i dont have booted connection online..oke tomerrow let me know bec. my flight going on monday at 11:45 am to us so he needs money that he did not lost his flight. I send him and he got it but he said there is a problem bec.i wrote his name wrong instead of Michael P. James i wrote Michael Peter James bec. when i knew him his name is peter_michael not michael p.james so i said that is your real name and he said i know him already┬┤┬┤he got money but not atll all bec. the police iask him why the name i wrote is not the same in his pass so he said he had to give a fine and he got only 800dollars so need money again otherwise he lost his flight and me if i can send him again 1000dollar i said i will see,,and thinking nigeria is difficult and dangerous country so i help him after that he go to the bank to get the money i send but the problem is at that time has rubbery happens and the people get all his money,his watch,nickels and everything i try to call him and one of the police talk to me with his phnone so i was so worried and affraid maybe they shot him or to kidnap his sohn. i felt so bad..i wanna talk to him but he said its fine now his not enjured but the police have to investigate all the peolple inside the bank so he inform Michael as soon his finished with the police.After one day or the sameday he called me up and tell what happened..its long story but the truth is he is a scammer. on 13th of july he is in the US embassy they help him now but need my help again bec.embassy pay for his ticket but the tax and airport fees he must pay he had no money at all.he wants to come over here in germany to see me and he can use his credit card and as soon here is he gave me the money..he said his flight is on 13th of july at 11 by night and it takes 6 or 7 hours,he gave me a call before he go and he gave me a call whene he arrive here but now i never heard anything from him..his phone has been switch off from 11 am till evening but i try something 7pm its ringeng but nobody answer the phone so i started to researce till i come i this side and cant believe what i see.. i hope that he is not the kind of person but if i read this column i believe that he is..can you help to catch him? tomorrow if i still never heard from him i send you a picture of him

2008-07-14, 22:13:04
Cyril Assous

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2008-07-16, 07:23:15
anonymous from United States  
Anonymous in Germany,

I am so sorry for what happened to you, it happened to me too. From what you are saying, I think it is the same man. When I located the IP address of the man who scammed me out of thousands of dollars, it came up in Lagos and the man is indeed very loving and wonderful on the phone. He knows exactly what he is doing. It will take me a long time to recover from this financially, but the reason you and I did this is that we have good hearts and believed him. He is a terrible man, what he is doing is evil. He is also very creative and knows just how to push those buttons that make us think he is true to his word and really cares. Forgive yourself and spread the word about what is happening to so many of us.
2008-07-16, 11:27:08
anonymous from South Africa  
this lady was asking me for money just after two days of chatting does she think I'm stupid or what
2008-07-16, 12:24:47
anonymous from Denmark  
do enyone know he she aske for mony to ticket

2008-07-16, 13:07:15
anonymous from Denmark  
same woman
2008-07-16, 13:43:32
anonymous from Denmark  
eve in pool nude
2008-07-16, 18:25:36
anonymous from United States  
Ok, was it REALLY necessary for someone to post that picture??? It really needs to be removed.
2008-07-16, 19:29:48
anonymous from Belgium  
Hello friends in the battle against Scam!
This looks for sure like scam to me:

From Suzan & Williams
Dear One,
Good day and God bless, we are Suzan and Williams Catim from Sierra Leone. We are writing you from Rep of Cote 'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the brutal war and murder of our parents by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country. Because of the war our late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited (US$23, 300, 000.00 Million in a privet SECURITY COMPANY)here in Cote d'Ivoire Please, we got your profile from this site and due to the current political situation in Ivory Coast we are seeking for your assistance to ship the consignment to your country if you will not betray us when the money gets into your country for investment?so we can also relocate to your country to further our study and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum for your help. Please, Kindly contact us on this e-mail address ( you can call us with this telephone number +225 0500 4432 for more details.
Best Regards
Suzan and Williams

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2008-07-17, 04:08:49
Well I think this scamer is really in to it she uses tagged to full people she also contacted me and asked me for 1000 dollars so she could come see me, she was on buisness in nigeria, trying to sell a land that belonged to her father for two million punds, be careful she is using the name tammy johnson, I think some should do somthing about this, and you are right she is suppossed to be from london, but now she says she was born in west orang new jersey, be very careful she does her research, after a while after chating with her I noticed one the pics and second how can an american who lives in london meke mistakes as double negatives or for example more better, I searched the web for her name and nickname also the yahoo id and I found a lot of weird stuff, so be very careful especialy the users of tagged, y am posting the pic she used this time, she will probably change it, so if someone who speaks terrible english is trying to tell you that she loves you in a week then you are being scamed, I beleave she uses princesstammy a lot and she chages it frequently, well be careful and it is good we make this bigger so we can help people who are being scamed, she also used that western union shit with me but I knew something was wrong so I gave her false information about me be, well lets hope whoever is doing this gets caught, but God is divine when he punishes. well there is the foto. watch out she calls herself tammy johnson.

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