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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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2008-09-21, 01:10:27
more pics of williams_b72.this is his deceased daughter

2008-09-21, 01:15:56
graham edwards
he claims to be a captain on a Navy Warship that is currently patroling the waters of Africa.The ship is broken down and he is stranded.Claims to have a Plantinum Amex card that cant be processed there and requires extra money to process.And he and his kids are stranded in Africa.I may be wrong but the US Military doesnt allow family on tours of duty

2008-09-21, 22:31:06
this is scottswilliams.he claims to be an engineer from New York.His phone number is a London based dialing code.Says he is working for a firm based out of Africa and currently injured.wants money wired from his friends acct into a paypal account that he wants you to set up.Bank account or credit card.Very charming.Ladies beware of this guy.They seemed to be attracted to me.Graham,Larry and Williams are all shady characters that contacted me.Hope these posts help someone somehow.

2008-09-21, 22:55:23   (updated: 2008-09-21, 23:07:25)
E harmony and Oil from Africa scam oh yeah....throw in a little christian god talk too.

Believing that E harmony makes it a little more difficult to post a profile I signed up bored with other sites...

Well, my first match was with JOHN WILLIAMS from Springfield, Missouri...also raised in South Africa and raised in the oil, mineral and gas business....He had polished educated look posting a golf shot, and really handsome picture....( I wish I knew who he really is in the picture...I do love him...but the person emailing using his picture... im sure is not him)at least i do not want to think so...

We started communication on E harmony but very soon he requested direct communication. Since I thought e harmony was a kind of protect and also that he mentioned god a lot.....I thought I was fairly safe in allowing direct emails and IMs....Anyway we talked via email and IM for 15 days straight, he falling hard and heavy and saying all the right things...wanted marriage, I was a soul mate, finally found me...angel from God,,,,you name I heard it, even a proposal....however all the while he had hinted of having a major deal in Africa to release millions of gallons of gas to a buyer in the UK...ok sounds good so far...

The hitch....instead of flying to see me, which we planned for this week ... he had an emergency trip to the UK to solve a problem with his 'agent' in Africa, they were demanding an additional 45K to release the oil and all his money was already tied up in this deal...It was crucial to make this last demand or lose everything....well after several more emails and Ims his amount went down from 45K to 25K to $390.00.....NOW I was laughing at this poor attempt at extortion ...

So I told him I would send it today by Western this was such a small request for such a big deal...and besides we ere going to live happy ever after forever...He professed his love at all chances in between asking for money.

Well, today after receiving the address to wire to--- Lagos Nigeria, more instincts and bells rang for me and I decided to tell him my bank account was over drawn due to electronic payments i forgot about....He is still hopeful I will come through...I am keeping him on the line until I can get the internet fraud authorities notified and also the South African Agency that deals with the rampant fraud coming out of Nigeria...

I love the fact that I AM NOW SCAMMING THE SCAMMER ..

live in the Silicon Valley and I know how to check IP addresses....he did not know that, all his emails and messages came from a scam center in Lagos,Nigeria and none from England or Missouri... lose..and hope you also get arrested.... if you see this beautiful face on E Harmony.....deny the match...or beware you will be next

2008-09-22, 06:57:15
anonymous from United States  
Girls re gud in a town
2008-09-22, 06:58:06
anonymous from United States  
Girls re gud in a town
2008-09-22, 07:02:51   (updated: 2008-09-22, 07:09:10)
anonymous from United States  
nicole blake, she register in,she live in CA, Garden Grove but why her ip:
Country:     Germany
State/Region:     01
City:     Karlsruhe
Latitude:     49.0047
Longitude:     8.3858

beware of this person, asking me to send some money in nigeria, so she can pay for bta fee and for her medication, totally scam !!!




2008-09-22, 10:51:23
ZZXZ30@GMAIL.COM from Malaysia  
2008-09-22, 21:02:06
anonymous from United States  
do you of a site that i can check a picture againest to see if the woman i am talking to is fake???

2008-09-23, 18:19:06
This man that introduces himself as Alinson Haward or Robert Stefano is now subscribed also in BrazilCupid and MyForeingBride.
He tells a false history that he is an american or enghish man, a engineer or a UNESCO employee working in Nigeria, and says he is already in love on the first or second email to his victim!!!
He uses many diferent pictures, I just sent some here.
Keep your attention!
He probably would ask money from me, I am not one more victim just because I looked at the internet for the names he introduced himself and I found out here that he is a scrap!

2008-09-24, 21:12:35
In reading some of these emails, I have had a very similar thing happen---Jeffrey Garry profest to be a bridge builder in Nigeria Africa. We got in touch through a dating program. It was all sweet talk and then He needed money to pay for his son's school ($500) to be exact I told him I did not have that kind of money and he got all upset. Well I was stupid enough to get the money and when I sent it Western Union, Security picked up on it and would not let the funding go through, so I got it all back and very promptly told Jeffrey that I wanted nothing to do with him. I was lucky

I don't have a picture to share, but by the voice and what was posted on the dating program---it did not seem like he could be that person.

Please be careful ---- If you don't know them personnally ---don't send any money
2008-09-25, 09:14:09
[hidden] from Syrian Arab Republic  
i want woman
2008-09-26, 00:39:06
anonymous from United States  
I was just contacted by Janymary through the dating website Amateur Match where she has her photo and information posted. We just started chatting yesterday and today she started asking me for money to keep her internet active so we could continue to chat. She told me that her father and two brothers were mudered in South Africa and her mother was also deceased. It was really funny that the font of her text was consistant until she gave me her information for the transfer of money to western union and then is changed. It was as if she just cut and pasted it at that time. I actually spoke with her on the phone. Her phone number is 011-23-48026078709 if you would care to chat with her. She tried to call me today but I didn't answer her. Thanks so much for this site, she was starting to convince me that she was real. I have posted a couple of pictures that she sent me. She sent me eight total pictures.

2008-09-26, 00:40:31
anonymous from United States  
Here is one more picture of Janymary I have more.
2008-09-26, 19:05:45
anonymous from United States  
This one claims to be Laura Gates. She says she inherited money and clothing stores from her parents. One was in Nigeria and burned down. (clueless why they put a store in a country who's currentcy is less than 100th of the US Dollar) The hotel won't accept her checks and the manager is pushing to settle the debt for sex.

This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Natalya from Osinniki, Russia

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