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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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2008-08-24, 18:13:26
I was scammed by an old lover of mine! He wasn't all that great so I ended it and he got angry. He had someone hack into my yahoo account and has someone in my Area emailing me. This scam thing is bigger than any of us think. My ex was trying to get me to move back to AZ with him and when I told him no he said he was messing with a 14 year old. I then got an email with IM's between him and his 'hommie' in my area sayig that they were not done f###### with me. He has sent me death threats and when I emailed him and told him that I had forwarded his emails and IP address to the police he hacked into my Yahoo account and deleted all of the emails. I have included a pic of his ' hommie' that is in my area. If you get an email from him DO NOT believe anything he says!

2008-08-24, 21:42:59   (updated: 2008-08-24, 21:55:16)
anonymous from United States  

My friend has been contacted by a guy George Rogers he is asking money to complete a Huge Contract in Lagos Nigeria. She is so in love and what I've reading her emails and I hearing some conversation betweem them I am almost 100% sure he is a scam... He lost her wife in UK and his e-mail Please has anyone receiving email or speaking on the phone with this guy????????
2008-08-25, 10:31:15
anonymous from United States  
2008-08-25, 10:35:09
anonymous from United States  
and she is maybe her daughter
2008-08-25, 11:26:28
anonymous from United Kingdom  
The George Rogers scam sounds very similar to the one I have been going through. Mine says he is in Nigeria and is also short money for a huge contract. Did mention it a couple of pages ago - page 126 I think. He also lost his wife. He's not using that name, but his name is a combination of two christian names and also using a yahoo account. I have been asked for £10,000, because the bearer bonds he apparently took with him have come up short - due to exchanging costs I think he said. Has been using a lot of emotional blackmail on me - if I loved him etc and how all this stress is making him sick etc. I'm 99% certain he is scamming me. He won't get any money from me, and when I am certain I will post pictures etc. I have what he says is a copy of his passport, the equivalent of ss number, lots of photos and a couple of phone numbers for him. Even an address in the UK that he says is his, but I haven't been able to prove that.

All of this just makes me feel sick to the stomach. I nearly fell for it all. Makes me glad I'm pretty tight with my money.
2008-08-25, 12:21:02
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Ok as I have just found a picture I'd been sent by the man asking me for money on another scam website I guess it is time to name names.

This man is supposedly in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on a big contract to get bitumen. He has asked me for £10,000 as he is short the money due to his bearer bonds not being worth the money he thought they were. (See previous posts.) I've been chatting to him for nearly 4 months. His story is that he is Italian by birth, but was abandoned. Adopted by a Canadian woman and grew up there. He now 'lives' in Kent, England. Married a british woman but she is dead. Has a heart condition - initially brought on by the death of his wife.

Has sent me a lot of photos of himself, a copy of his passport and his Italian fiscal number.

He is going by the name Robert Andrew, email is This photo was linked to the name Walter James on another website. tagged honestlovingman and had the email address

I believed him. Against my better judgement I got caught up in his lies and honestly thought he was genuine until the money issue. He became obsessed with it and our conversations consisted of nothing else. This is what finally warned me off him. And I consider myself fairly cynical and worldlywise.

2008-08-25, 12:25:03
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Another photo of him, supposedly sent from his hotel to prove to me he wasn't scamming me, that he was who he said he was.
Robert Andrew

2008-08-25, 13:35:35
anonymous from United States  
who is this one
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Nancy Clement

2008-08-25, 18:50:40
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Feel like I'm on a bit of a roll now - a search on honestlovingman brought up the same picture on another dating site.

similar details to the ones he gave me, but others are different.

Please be careful. I fell for this man. Thank goodness I didn't give him any money.
2008-08-25, 19:20:19

2008-08-26, 13:56:11
anonymous from Canada  
I have been contacted by Collins Walterman, who claims to live in PA, but appeared in Nigeria very quickly. Never was in PA. Has a 13 year old son, I pray he does not have this child working with him. He wanted money to get home to PA. He is already been reported on this sght with the same picture I had on IM. Sweet talker, but do not buy his crap.
2008-08-26, 16:30:24
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Have just realised I posted the wrong email address for Robert Andrew
It's actually
This is the photograph that was on the dating website we started chatting on.

2008-08-26, 20:26:12
anonymous from United States  
This guy who my friend is so in love George Rogers writes to my friend and his e-mail he calls my friend from 234-7032608545..I saw this number he texted her and she showed me the message. I cant wait to find more about this guy to prove he is a scammer..
2008-08-26, 20:31:24
anonymous from United States  
george rogers has another friends BAMIDELE POPOOLA and UMARU WALI ABDUL
2008-08-26, 20:37:27
I am talking to guy he says his is from UK and he is in Lagos Nigeria to sign a contract of Building Materials he needs 10000.00 to complete this transaction and get back to london he says he august 31 is the dead line to have it done. He has not ask me for money he says he has people loaning money to him and also he offered to send me 1000.00 via WU.. I am playing him. Did not accept the money... he thins I am rich woman and I cant wait get more from them to inform the authorities...
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