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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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2008-08-26, 20:39:57
anonymous from United States  
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 august 31 is the dead line date to have it done. He has not ask me for money yet 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 thinks I am rich woman and I cant wait get more from him to inform the authorities...
2008-08-27, 18:49:19
anonymous from United States  
does anyone recognize who this lady is

2008-08-27, 22:10:22
anonymous from Nigeria  
hello am tunal by name i like to meet some one like you
2008-08-27, 22:37:32
anonymous from United States  
2008-08-27, 22:44:24
anonymous from United States  
2008-08-28, 16:56:49
anonymous from Mountain View, United States  
2008-08-29, 04:45:51
The saga continues, on the gorgeous man from Nigeria, Richard James Only recieved two email responses so far, both think this is a scam. I have called three psychics, all three are stating to me that it is really him in th picture. So I think it is really him, however, time will now tell, the emails and messages have subsided, I am still concerned that this person has money, but is locked up somewhere, one of the psychics told me he has a swiss bank account somewhere, angeldoves on Is this too much or what, and why the bank cannot cash his 7,000 check from his client from a credit union no less! Are these people really this disfunctional? I have emailed the US embassy stating that this person is in need of assistance, and am waiting for a response. Still not sending this person a dime. I called him, to see how he was, and of course the same thing ' help me help me, send me money' I'm waiting for the doctor to call me back. While I look at pictures of Port Hartcourt in Nigeria with gunmen standing ready to fight over oil, I wonder. Who the hell would even go to Nigeria in the first place, no less get 'stuck' there. So there you have it, continuing story, there is always a story. Psychic #3 told me he really loves me, and by the time he comes here, it will be in June, that the embassy will really help him. She seemed to describe him, so I'll keep you posted. So far no one has claimed the pics.
God, wouldn't this be my luck. Please email me with any comments

2008-08-29, 07:07:36
anonymous from United States  
lol try this one on i posted an add on and ended up with this:

this happened on 8/30/08 at 5am till about 7am

i own a offroad trailor company (basically we build custom pull behind camping trailors) and we sometime travle out of the states i thought this was funny and thought id share it with you guys

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sarah dickson: i am supposed to be home this week but i think i will not be able to make it home soon
sarah dickson: thx
sarah dickson: i bought alot of beautiful arts
nic hamilton: why will you not beable to make it home soon?
sarah dickson: i am having financial problems here
nic hamilton: do you have a number in the states that i could call you on?
sarah dickson: just a little one
sarah dickson: i am having problems with my hotel hotel
nic hamilton: such as?
sarah dickson: they refused to accept my mode of payment
nic hamilton: which was?
sarah dickson: i offered my US bank moneyorders but they refused to accept it from
sarah dickson: me
sarah dickson: they said they accept cash alone and not checks or credit cards
nic hamilton: go to a bank
nic hamilton: just wounderin but how come you didn't get a round trip ticket?
sarah dickson: i even tried cashing my checks at a local bank here but i was told they don't cash US bank checks in nigeria
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: they said they accept cash alone
nic hamilton: do you have the money in a bank here?
sarah dickson: i have my flight ticket ok
sarah dickson: my passport and ticket has been siezed by the hotel too
sarah dickson: yes i do
sarah dickson: i have checks worth 35000$ here
sarah dickson: but i was given an option nic
nic hamilton: why did the hotel sieze your passport ?
nic hamilton: that makes no sence
nic hamilton: what was your option?
sarah dickson: i was told i can send my checks to someone i know in the states and they can cash my check for me then send my money back to me so that i can pay my debt here
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: ok
sarah dickson: they held my passport so that i won't travel till i pay them what i owe them
sarah dickson: brb nic
nic hamilton: how much you owe?
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: i am in deep shit here
nic hamilton: ok how much do you owe?
sarah dickson: i owe them just 450$
sarah dickson: i have 35000$ worth of checks but i have got no cash
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: and you want to send me the checks that you have with you know and then i cash them and send you the money back?
sarah dickson: i have tried everything possible to raise cash here but all to no avail
sarah dickson: yeah as long as that will help me out
sarah dickson: i will not send the whole 35000$
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: i will only send 4000$
nic hamilton: but what i was asking is do you have a bank here in the states that has the money in it that you could use instead of cashing checks
nic hamilton: that i got take out of your bank and send to you
sarah dickson: yes i do
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: why don't i do that then?
sarah dickson: but i can't do anything from here
sarah dickson: i will have to issue a check on your names before u can get money from my account
nic hamilton: yes you would
nic hamilton: can you call me?
nic hamilton: from there?
sarah dickson: i don't have a call card
sarah dickson: i can't afford one now
sarah dickson: but i can give u my hotel numbers to call if u waqnt
nic hamilton: how much money do you have with you now?
nic hamilton: i can not call out of the states
nic hamilton: you would have to call me
nic hamilton: what is the name of the hotel you are at
sarah dickson: shalon hotel
nic hamilton: what city?
sarah dickson: ikotun
sarah dickson: it is in lagos state
nic hamilton: room number?
sarah dickson: u know what nic ?
sarah dickson: room 10
nic hamilton: what?
nic hamilton: is it shalom or shalon
sarah dickson: can u loan me the money ?
sarah dickson: shalon
nic hamilton: i do not have it to loan
sarah dickson: i will refund it back to u first thing when i get to the staTES
sarah dickson: OK
sarah dickson: how much can you help me with ?
nic hamilton: i have none
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: can u help me cash my check then ?
nic hamilton: why don't i take money out of your bank here and send it to you
sarah dickson: it is not possible that way
sarah dickson: i will have to send u my check
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: i will have it issued on your names
nic hamilton: ok
sarah dickson: i will send it to you then you can take it to your bank and cash it for me ok
nic hamilton: ok
nic hamilton: i have a question what is your middle name?
sarah dickson: ayo
sarah dickson: my names are sarah ayo dickson
nic hamilton: parents names?
sarah dickson: richard and mary dickson
nic hamilton: birthdays
sarah dickson: my birthday is september 20th
sarah dickson: my late dad is dec and mom june
nic hamilton: how come your mingle2 profile is gone?
sarah dickson: i took it of
nic hamilton: why?
sarah dickson: i am new to this online dating thing
sarah dickson: i am not comfortable with it anymore
sarah dickson: i think it's not for me
nic hamilton: where where you born?
sarah dickson: in london
sarah dickson: why all this silly ????
nic hamilton: what part?
nic hamilton: i just want to know more about you thats all
sarah dickson: north london
sarah dickson: u will know more about me over dinner when i get back to the states
nic hamilton: the house that you have in the states what is it address?
nic hamilton: so that way i know how to get there for dinner
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: whats your address here in the states?
nic hamilton: if i don't have your address how will i find your house?
sarah dickson: i live in boston MA
sarah dickson: 02108
sarah dickson: my parents have a house there
nic hamilton: how come your mingle page said belen, ms
sarah dickson: but my second house is in belen too
sarah dickson: my parents own 2 houses
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: whats the address for the one in belen?
sarah dickson: i was wondering which of the address u wanted
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: both
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: .....waiting
nic hamilton: what are the addresses to the houses you have?
sarah dickson: why do u need them ?
sarah dickson: i live in st martin in belen ok
nic hamilton: so i will know how to get to them if i am gonna be working and living there ill need to know where i will be living
sarah dickson: # 8 st martin belen
sarah dickson: u know st martin
nic hamilton: not finding it
sarah dickson: am new in the states don't know much places yet lol
sarah dickson: i can give u my addresses over the phone too
nic hamilton: what is the phone number to the one in belen
nic hamilton: do you have a camera with you?
nic hamilton: do you have a camera with you right now
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: no
nic hamilton: how you take pictures of the stuff you showed me?
sarah dickson: why all this question nic ?
sarah dickson: i paid a photographer for that
nic hamilton: because if you was stuck in nigeria with us money why not just go the ambasy there ?
sarah dickson: i need ur full names and address so that i can send my check to u ok
sarah dickson: i am a british citizen
nic hamilton: you own a house and business in the us
nic hamilton: they could help
sarah dickson: i have tried already
sarah dickson: they said they don't interfer in citizens financial stress
sarah dickson: only diplomatic issues
sarah dickson: they only assist in diplomatic issues
nic hamilton: and they would not exchange your us money for nigerian money?
sarah dickson: they accept us money here but not checks
sarah dickson: i have us checks not money
nic hamilton: the embassys web site says that they do
sarah dickson: i have already gone and i anot happened
sarah dickson: i need u to cash my check for me nic
sarah dickson: thats all
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: but why couldnt us use your creedit card on western unions website to send yourself the cash?
sarah dickson: i will have to call them with my us number to do confirmation ok
sarah dickson: i am not in the states right now
sarah dickson: can u help me nic ?
sarah dickson: i need u now
sarah dickson: i just need u to help me cash it at ur bank and resend it to me
sarah dickson: that is the only way forward now
nic hamilton: i don't have the money or a bank
sarah dickson: ok
nic hamilton: but if you give your info ill western union you money with your creditcard
nic hamilton: that is the best i can do
sarah dickson: i see
nic hamilton: you say you need me this is the best i can help you
sarah dickson: thx for ur care nic
sarah dickson: but i can't do that
sarah dickson: am sorry
nic hamilton: why not?
nic hamilton: it is the same as me cashing your check and sending you the money
sarah dickson: yeah but the card is on my dad's names
nic hamilton: and since your dad passed away and your an only child you have control over his estate property and money
sarah dickson: yes i know
nic hamilton: you can use his card
sarah dickson: i just don't feel right about this
nic hamilton:
nic hamilton: ok there is the site for western union you can do it
sarah dickson: don't worry nic
sarah dickson: u are a very nice guy
sarah dickson: i really appreciate ur love and care
nic hamilton: and i am not stupid
sarah dickson: i never said u were stupid
nic hamilton: i know i was just saying
nic hamilton: so how do you think you could get to the states?
sarah dickson: don't know nic
sarah dickson: time is no longer on my side
sarah dickson: can u help me borrow some money from ur sister ?
sarah dickson: i will pay back when i return back
nic hamilton: she will not let me do that
sarah dickson: u won't tell her u are giving me ok
sarah dickson: tell her u need it for something important
nic hamilton: she will know she has ways of finding out
nic hamilton: i have no secrets from my family
sarah dickson: yes but she will get her cash back
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: once u send me the money , i will be in the states the next day and she will get her money back
nic hamilton: she will not give money to people she don't trust
sarah dickson: she doesn't trust u ?
nic hamilton: i cant send you the money cuz i don't have it
nic hamilton: yes she trust me but i don't really know you we have only talked twice now
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: i understand
sarah dickson: sorry about that
nic hamilton: and what your telling seems a lil out there
sarah dickson: don't worry about it
nic hamilton: how could you go out of town on business and not have money set back for your hotel?
nic hamilton: and if you owe the hotel money where are you now?
sarah dickson: i made an upfront deposit ok
sarah dickson: my business made me over stay
sarah dickson: i am in a net cafe near my hotel
sarah dickson: i have been kicked out of my room now
sarah dickson: i am now sleeping at the lobby
nic hamilton: on whos computer?
nic hamilton: you said the laptop you was on belonged to the hotel
sarah dickson: yes
sarah dickson: i am not using the hotel laptop now
nic hamilton: what is the name of the cafe your at right now?
sarah dickson: they have stoped me from using their facilities because of debt
nic hamilton: how are you on the inter net then?
sarah dickson: spiderworld cafe
sarah dickson: i beg the attendant here to allow me use his computer to check my mail
sarah dickson: i also wanted to check u online too
sarah dickson: they hotel has restricted me from using their things
sarah dickson: don't don't feed me anymore
sarah dickson: i have been kicked out of my room too
sarah dickson: i sleep at the lobby now
sarah dickson: i hate talking about this
nic hamilton: wouldn't that be use the hotel for a place to sleep?
nic hamilton: and i am not say thing but a pretty girl like you have a lot of ways sof making money
sarah dickson: u mean sleeping with other men here for money ?
nic hamilton: i never said that
nic hamilton: you could model for money
nic hamilton: get a job
nic hamilton: i am sure it would not take long to make $450
sarah dickson: this country is a poor country
sarah dickson: thx for ur concern
sarah dickson: i think u can't help me
sarah dickson: so don't bother
nic hamilton: ok
nic hamilton: well i tried
nic hamilton: well can i atleast have your number for in the states so i could call you sometime?
sarah dickson: thx
nic hamilton: well i guess not oh well cuz i own my own company and i am rich but i am not cashing checks that i do not write maybe i would have sent you the money if you would have given me your number but your choice
sarah dickson: i am not out for ur money nic
sarah dickson: ok
sarah dickson: it's ok
sarah dickson: i will call u when i get to the states ok
sarah dickson: i still like you alot
nic hamilton: your number??
sarah dickson: i want u to know i still have you in mind and we shall always be friends
sarah dickson: it is disconnected for now for a reason best known to me
nic hamilton: such as?
sarah dickson: don't woory
sarah dickson: don't woory
sarah dickson: i did it because of my ex boyfriend
sarah dickson: he has the numbers
sarah dickson: i want to change my numbers when i get back to the states
sarah dickson: i don't want him to have any means of reaching me again
nic hamilton: what was the number?
sarah dickson: no one will pick it up
nic hamilton: i know but what was the number?
sarah dickson: 5736366165
sarah dickson: u got it ?
nic hamilton: yes
sarah dickson: i got to find away to get out of this mess
nic hamilton: ok i am sry but i have to go
sarah dickson: bye

she claims to live in belen, ms which is in bfe lol here is a area code map of her home phone number
and also the address she gave me for belen, ms is a church

well i am off to work hope you guys find this helpful in stopping these stupid scams

2008-08-29, 10:13:50 from Islandia, United States  
I have been contacted by a man that he is using the name Johnney Reid. He said that he is a contracter that lives in Georgia but in now in Nigeria because he won a contract bid. We have been speaking for about 4 months now. I thought It odd that he kept asking me where I did my banking. Noone has ever asked me that question before. He told me he wanted to know because if we married that we would have a joint account. I refused to tell him where I banked. After alittle while he asked me if he could borrow money from me. I told him that I had none so he asked me to take money out of my credit card. John went so far as to ask me to have the credit card raise my limit. I told him I couldn't do that. Then he told me that he couldn't cash a check in nigeria but he could transfer funds. He wanted to transfer money onto my credit card so I could wire it to him. When I told him I wouldnt to that . He asked me to cash a check for him then wire it to him in Lagos Nigeria. He did mail me the check but have done some research and told him that I wouldn't cash it. The check is for $8,500.00. I read on line that $100 usd is equal to $50,000.00 don't know how true that is but thats what I read on line.. If you come accross him just be careful not to get taken..
Don't let him fool you .. He is very good looking and has a very heavy spanish accent..
2008-08-29, 22:47:20
anonymous from United States  
please have anyone received this picture????????
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-08-30, 03:12:48
In reply to anonymous 2008-08-29, 04:45:51

The guy in the photo posted is 'Steven' from Focus Hawaii model web-site.

2008-08-30, 09:09:16
anonymous from United States  
'I sent this photo to Focus Hawaii model web-site and they have not this pic on their database..please help me...has anyone have seen this pic?????
2008-08-30, 09:16:04 from Nigeria  
2008-08-30, 12:41:02
anonymous from United States  

I kind of got suspect when I found out he was going to Lagos Nigeria, but it was not untill he asked for money that I knew he was not real.

]Ron Colin: Ohh ok,i thought you are already gone to work
CountrySquire: so you all packed up for your flight?
Ron Colin: Yes i have a slight problem of checking out of the hotel honestly
CountrySquire: what is the problem?
Ron Colin: The hotel manager has put hold on my luggage because i was asked to pay for Extra bills before i could be able to check out of the hotel
Ron Colin: I've run out of cash here and i couldn't get the money to the hotel
CountrySquire: what about credit card?
Ron Colin: I left my credit card in my car because i thought i would be able to use my ATM card here but its not working due to the low in infrstructure here
Ron Colin: Internet facilities,food etc
CountrySquire: Always bring a credit card to a third world country
CountrySquire: So like an ATM visa will not work?
Ron Colin: I just don't know just been my first time to be here
Ron Colin: Honestly its not working and the Hotel do not accept any other means of payment accept cash
CountrySquire: Did you call theAmerican embasy, they might be able to help?
Ron Colin: I have try all my possible best and things did not work out fine so i need to tell you if you could help me out and i promise to have your money back to you with interest if you would like as soon as i arrive at the Airport
CountrySquire: Unfortunatley I'm real low on cash, I could not even send you a Hundred dollars, and that would not probalby help.
CountrySquire: are they going to let you leave the country?
Ron Colin: I'm totally confused and frustrated here because i do not want to miss my flight and the more i continue to stay in the hotel the bills keep higher and i'm so shy of asking you for any help
CountrySquire: I don't have the money, Colin
Ron Colin: but i just don't have the means i promise to have your money back to you in good faith as soon as i arrive at the Airport
CountrySquire: Or i would.
Ron Colin: I can understand
CountrySquire: will they let you leave the Hotel?
CountrySquire: Are they going to arrest you for non payment?
Ron Colin: They wouldn't let me to check out of the hotel and i'm suppose to have check out of the hotel 3 hours ago
CountrySquire: Why don't you leave without your baggage AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE AIRPORT.
CountrySquire: WHAT'S IMPORTANT is to get back to United States
Ron Colin: He has put hold on my luggage and passport and i tried to explained to the manager that i will have the money back to them but he refused to listen to me
CountrySquire: Call the American Embassy
CountrySquire: They have one?
Ron Colin: Its almost evening here and i don't think that's the best thing to think of farley
CountrySquire: Better yet, go to the American embasy
CountrySquire: why did you let them have your passport?
CountrySquire: what else can you do?
Ron Colin: The manager did not allow me to check out of the hotel and there's no way for me to go to American Embassy
CountrySquire: then call them
Ron Colin: He was dragging with me to have my passport so i don't have any other choice than to give it to him
CountrySquire: They don't want to keep you there forever , they want money. The only way you are going to get help, is at the Embassy
CountrySquire: Call the embassy right now
Ron Colin: This is not the issue of the Embassy and i have just a limited time to be on the plane
CountrySquire: Can you get the money from anyone else?
Ron Colin: If i have means of getting the money i wouldn't have ask you for any help.
CountrySquire: I know that but i DON'T HAVE IT
Ron Colin: I have my pay check with me here and the hotel do not accept a foreign check also this makes things to be worst with me here
Ron Colin: That's not true there's no US bank here
CountrySquire: You need to contact them, they can help you.
CountrySquire: the embassy will help you .
CountrySquire: I can't I have no money and I'm here.
Ron Colin: The Embassy could only get intouch in some days now
CountrySquire: Well that may be your only choice right now.
Ron Colin: ok
CountrySquire: As soon as you get back to USA give me a call.
CountrySquire: keep me in touch
CountrySquire: you still there?
Ron Colin: I'm here
CountrySquire: call them right now
Ron Colin: There's no way for the Embassy to help me because i have already get intouch with them before talking on with you
CountrySquire: So they are going to let you rot in Nigeria?
CountrySquire: I don't believe that.
Ron Colin: You have to believe me ok
Ron Colin: Its late here right now and Embassy would have close since 4:00 om here
Ron Colin: pm
CountrySquire: the US government is not going to let you be held hostige by a hotel
CountrySquire: well it looks like your missing your flight then
Ron Colin: Well if you think so
CountrySquire: I can't send you the money because i don't have it. You can't get on airplane because you have no passport.]




I wish I could meet the real guy, in the picture, this scamer stole.

2008-08-30, 15:52:25
anonymous from United States  
hello everyone another trick from Lagos nigeria, he use this name on chatting Tim_don001 he use this name Donald Tim Johnson from Odessa, Texas Civil Ingeniere
we chat for a period of two months and he was taking me about marriage after two weeks of chatting saying that he was rich but he has to work for contract that was the reason he was out there, but at the time we have to meet he just said he couldn't pay the tickets of he's son and himself because in Lagos Nigeria can't use credit cards so he was asking me for 500.00 U.S. and I said common sense If he was rich how could it be possible that he doesn't have 500.00 dlls in his pocket. I just saw this page and I wanted to share my expirience of this type of people by the way have the pictures. BE AWARE TRYING SENDING MONEY TO SOMEBODY YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

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