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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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2009-04-16, 23:46:42
anonymous from Salem, United States  
Yes Zeigfried My KAOS Nemesis LOL
Most scammers use many different names. But keep using the photo's.
They abandon the photo's when so many get posted on sites like this one.
But some photo's are such cash cows for them they keep using them anyway.
Julie / Porn Star / being a very good example of that.
Her photo's have been used hundreds of times and posted but still guy's
keep falling for the big tits and cute face. Her photo's are on this site under so many
names, I couldn't begin to name all the different names.
The fair Madden you posted shows up under many names as well.
Now that you posted that particular photo it will be easy for someone to find in
the future. It appears it is its first time in the system here. Strange to be working
for a common goal Zeigfried to stamp out scammer's. Would you believe working
to avoid being scammed ? LOL
Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'// Out for now must get back to control.

2009-04-17, 01:49:34
anonymous from Australia  
The guy in the picture with the photo approached me 18 months ago. didn`t write for long as I mentioned that I had been dealing with some scammers over there and reporting them to the Federal Police. He was working for Ricoh in sales at the time and had a young son. Different photo but will never forget the face.
2009-04-17, 05:55:37
OJAS from United States  
Sure thing, Agent 86. It seems, not lack of information, as the problem, but finding it. I wish everyone first comes to this site, before heading to Western Union / trying to deposit checks from strangers. Someone, somewhere, from some time-zone will try to help with simple matters as ''asking money from strangers is a scam'', ''beware of gift from the crook, you are liable for bounced checks'', etc.
@newbies http://www.delphifa..?p=1#70419
2009-04-17, 06:00:20
OJAS from United States  
I will post links for the girl in Zeigfried article. This link will be active for a few more hours for anyone wanting to research further.
2009-04-17, 08:54:24
anonymous from Georgia
2009-04-17, 20:26:25
anonymous from United States  
FYI, I have disscussed the situation with my bank manager, as soon as I have timew off work, I'm going to print off my e-mails that were sent with the contact info. where to send the money and take that and the forged money orders to my local sherrifs DEPT.
They will contact the FBI and at least make things difficult for this one scammer, maybe even a whole network of them If we are lucky. I know it is just a drop in the bucket, but if even one scammer scumm gets knocked off(whacked lol) the internet will be plagued with one less scum. If everyone that has ever been scammed or thinks they might be in the midst of one would lay trapps for them they would be paralized unable to function as freely as they are now. Knowledge is the key and this site is full of knowledge
Thanks Agent 86

2009-04-17, 21:30:16
anonymous from United States  
Dear Steve_dux.
My friend is not concerned about this potential scammer I am the one. She is totaly blind and drunken by his emails, words and nonsense talk. She spends a lot of money making calls to nigeria to talk to this guy. I wish I could find his pic at somewhere only to bring her back to real world.

Have a nice weekend..
2009-04-18, 17:20:55
anonymous from United States  
Zeigfreid here,
Was on This woman has been on the site with multiple names.....Told me it was Sara, next post will be her pic........Zeig
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-04-18, 17:22:36
anonymous from United States  
this is 'Sara'

2009-04-18, 17:23:17   (updated: 2009-04-18, 17:24:15)
anonymous from United States  

2009-04-18, 17:25:39
anonymous from United States  
sorry, guess you need something to open the other pic......Zeig

2009-04-18, 20:44:58
anonymous from United States  
Rose Melvin aka found on

She 'closed' for the only man for her.
Instructed to e-mail address from, using space first and set-up yahoo IM
Answered things so fast, had tohave drafts of them. Was online all the time, it seemed. Was in Ghana for antiques. Questions from profile on didn't concur with answers being given. Wallet stolen, need $350 for 'food stuff' Wanted Western Union.

Address given

Rose Melvin
20, Paul Ave Rd

'She' is on this site as 'Rose Peggy Melvin' and I had noticed 'Ken' mentioned a few times. Like I said, always fast with answers. I simply IM'd her, Hi Peggy
no response
a couple minutes later, or should I say Ken
no response
told 'her - him, whatever' you're silence speaks volumes
they are closing in
better look over your shoulder

didn't seem to get a response, quickly they signed off

didn't get anything from me, thanks to this site

2009-04-18, 20:47:28
anonymous from United States  
Rose Melvin

2009-04-18, 20:47:56
anonymous from United States  
Rose Melvin

2009-04-18, 20:48:24
anonymous from United States  
Rose Melvin

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