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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 196.3.62.4

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.

Note:
If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like www.ip2location.com 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?
 http://www.ptiemann.com/
(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.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Aink
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
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: yes.do 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: ???
BUZZ!!!
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): 
(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   
CAPITOLA, CA 95010
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
BUZZ!!!
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: ???
BUZZ!!!
(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
BUZZ!!!
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
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: Why?
BUZZ!!!
(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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2006-04-06, 07:02:07
anonymous from United States  
Eddie smith's fake picture


Keywords: male model man
2006-04-06, 07:02:47
anonymous from United States  
Eddie Smith


Keywords: guy topless
2006-04-11, 18:13:04
anonymous from United States  
I get ripper off too on occassion, but not like that. Ask yourself this, if you're a blond that looks like, that and you own a diamond business overseas, and your'e a family partner in the biz, why would you want to chat on an online dating service. This shit's rigged, son. They're all crazy in NIGGERgeria, boy. Don't even waste your time with online dating. Now go volunteer for something or send me money...
2006-04-13, 06:21:18
AGENTSCAY@YAHOO.COM  
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DEAR
PLS I JUST WANT TO SAY I AM LOOKING FOR GIRL FRIEND
IF ANY BODY IS THERE TO COME FOR FINE GUY LIKE ME
I WILL BE VERYGRATEFULL.
THIS IS MY NUMBER TO CALL ME
+234-8023491135
MY ID AGENTSCAY@YAHOO.COM
2006-04-17, 13:20:04
anonymous  
hello i sew ur picand i really want yto know the kind of guy u are... u can make it up to me on my yahoo id ....... sherry_tom123@yahoo.com
2006-04-22, 13:35:02
anonymous from United States  
Some Sample Form Letters from Nigeria/AfriSCAM
______________________________________________________________

Hello

I will tell you abit about me...my real name is Debbie,i am 30 years of age ,i am the only daugther of my parents...i moved to the states when i was 4 years of age..my dad is from liberia and my mom is from spain..my dad and mom got to meet each other in liberia and i was born there as well..but i moved to the states with my moms aunt when i was 4 years of age..my dad and mom had some disagreement..very earlly of there relationship to they both had to brake off..so my mom had to go back to spain and she took me along to spain too..but i only spent 4 months with mom there..she wasnt able to cope with me there.so she had to throw me down to her aunts place in san diego ..thats were i grew up..and schooled and went to college there too..and since i have been with my moms aunt..i never did heard from dad or mom again..i was just abandoned there and i grew up to really do love my aunt cause she was such a lovelly aunt to me..but she left me so earlly..she died when i was 17 years of age..so since then.. i have just had a life on my own..doing wat i know how to do best in honesty and living my life to the fullest..and i grew up to understand the principles of life and the truth that follows it and i have made a vow to my self and God that i will forever remain honest and truthfull to the things i say and do..cause truth and honesty is the only key to succes..but its every hard to go about..but i still try not to brake my vow..and i do seek all i want with all my heart and the truth of it..

Right now i am on a programme in Africa..But Nigeria preciselly..this is my first time travel and i dont really know much about this environment but i am so adaptive so i get used to alot of things so easily and i get to understand how things are been done in the environrnment too as well.i am into Fashion desiging..Africa clothing and textile design..thats wat i am into..i have just started my career on it and its really my dream and i seek a man who will surport my dream...i just got to africa like 4 weeks ago and on planing to get back to the states soon..to complete my dream and career..it has really been a dream come true for me to become a real fashion designer and i have commited all my time and all i have into this career and i hope it leads to a very great future of mine Well,i am a very sincere and honest person,am caring,kind,social,smart,intelligent,passionate,friendlly,romantic,and i believe in the truth and honest of love..i am really a very sincere person when it comes to sharing feelings and emotions with that speical person and i really am down to heart honest about the things i say and do cause i dont like hurting peoples feelings,cause everyone has a chance to laugh,so why do i make them sad..i am really very easy to get along with,fun to be with and am very adaptive and communicative when it comes to conversant conversation.and my life is based on the truth and honest of self personality...i wud realy like to get to know alot about you and learn somethings with you cause u seems to be kind of ready in getting to know my kind of person and hopefull we can meet in person soon..with time we will get to know each others feeligs,motives and intensions towards each other and it will help us grow knowing each other and trusting each other..Well i will await your next reply and i will try and email you back asap.

i will tell you more about me and my personality..

from Debbie martins............
2006-04-23, 17:28:09
anonymous from United States  
This is a SCAM, if you have too much money send it me

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Nigeria/Africa Scam
The form letters will be similar to this
_________________________________________

I believe that men needs to be treated with respect and as a equal partner in a relationship, but all I seem to find is the ones that does not know how to respond to that or is untrusting to it. I feel like u should treat somebody with respect and like they are a person not a peice of meat or whatever. I am the type of person who wants somebody to feel wanted not just as a trophy. I am a very affectionate person and I love to cuddle, I like to show somebody how I feel not just telling them. I love to be close to somebody whether it is in the bed on the couch or wherever. I guess my dreams would be is to be happy and have a family my goals in life I want to go into
business for my self oneday but that will be a while from now. I guess I want to work on my love life and be happy first. I have always wanted a child of my own and to have a family , but I guess when the time is right it will happen. I appreciate the fact that you are honest and open-minded with me from the start..


I see you are looking to find Mrs. right. I think we all go through that and I am sure someday that will come to all. I think too many people cut themselves short just to have something instead of actually being patient. Take from one that knows... I learned the hard way. I know one thing for myself is that I have made some mistakes in life but that's what life is about trial and error. The most important thing is that we learn not to repeat out mishaps.There is something I have to tell you, just got out of a bad relationship, I am scared of suffering another heartbreak and the games. I was born and raised in Poland in 1980... I migrated to USA in 2004 with my late father....My mother died at the time I was born...I'm in Nigeria at this time...I came here with my boyfriend Dave for the Christmas holidays. We took a vacation down here to celebrate christmas with his uncle. I paid for our trip to Nigeria, when we got here, we stayed in a hotel because his uncle was out of town.

Dave got me drunk a night before the day his uncle was expected to be back in town. He stole my money and some of my baggages and He left a note stating that he was leaving for Germany to meet his family....I know we all have to make sacrifices but it
is wise to choose the headaches wisely! I believe we had to stay at the Hotel because he never had an uncle in Nigeria or whatsoever. This was a plan!!!!! I can't believe he would go a long way just to rip me off. All my life, I have waited for this thing called
crazy love. I didn't feel it at the right time but I felt it for the wrong person at the wrong time. Right from that moment, I have been stranded right here at the hotel. I'm heartbroken and left with nothing but expenses to pay at the hotel. The management of the hotel has threatened to throw me out of my hotel room by the end of this month if I can't come up with the money to pay my bills. I have an outstanding bill of $487 for accommodation plus $12 for Internet access. I came here on a visiting visa without a working permit so i can't work. The hotel manager seized my return plane ticket so I can't leave here without paying the hotel expenses. I tried to run out of the hotel but I can never be on-board a plane coming to America without my ticket. I am looking for something long term, but I do know that it takes time and effort to build a solid relationship. I want somebody to want me for me not something or somebody I am not. I want you to understand this, I do not need a boyfriend or husband to see me through this, I need a friend who is willing to lend me an ear, provide emotional stability and be there for me. Who knows, maybe at the end, we might end up being together. Please write me soon...I really need your help at this time...
2006-04-23, 17:32:36
anonymous from United States  
The *real* woman is here:
http://www.focusage..odels.htm


2006-04-23, 17:50:46
anonymous from United States  
Scammers need money.

Pictures that looks like MODELS do not need money.

Russian Brides Scammers
Nigeria/Africa connection to USA Scammers

What Next?
2006-04-23, 18:07:12
anonymous from United States  

Do not be so naive.
Do you know how Hotels operate? Do you think they are so stupid to let anyone
who is unable to pay to stay in a room even for one night?

Usually they use credit card and they do charge the total stay on your card(before the end of your stay), that is why if your card exceed your maximum limit, you are are unable to use it for any other purchase. If you do not have a credit card, they require cash in advance.

Wake up!!!

2006-04-23, 18:14:04
anonymous from United States  
the hotel e-mail address.....is beatricehotel@yahoo.com

What a joke, this is a YAHOO id , a heaven for scammers to hide behind.

Send all your complaints to YAHOO for providing them to hide!!!!!
2006-04-25, 08:17:47
max from United States  
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the person who sent that mesage to you from lyh_linda800@yahoo.com was using laurens photos from international focus hawaii she had the same story she told me.
Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, the photos of her are on here to ive bein chatting with her and actually talked tom her on the phoneshe got me real good iam new to these dating sites she was on american singles and a local girl i thought and i sent her a message and i wish i never saw her photo ive bein in contact wit her sence january 06 and i wish i new of this site before i screwed my self she can sweet talk you she is the devil him self she will steel your soul and leave you broke. also were she is staying is masayka hotel ive called the motel phone and talked to mark the manager there at 0112348060617027 and her room was 27 she must change the story around a little to but its the same idont know how she keeps this all straight with all the guys on the messenger she always had her first name and my last name with it like we were maried she will make you feel special until you tell her know then watch out here comes the sweet talk and its all perfect spelling and it will come up real quick on your messenger i dont know how she does it.i hope soe one nails her to the wall.also always send monney to her docter james patrick at cross_hospital_doctor@usa.com or segun oduntan its all on here this is a cool site play with this site you will see it all look up the address as will the ones recieving the money are on here to here is the link for sindy green the same person is using linda photo to http://www.romances..?album=111 copy it and past it to your address bar and click on the photos for the storis on her i dont think she is goin to use laurens photos nomore because every body pretty much knows whats goin on with laurens photos lauren lives in hawaii iv called up focus hawaii and thats what they told me ok and they did say she was like 21yrs old hard to believe all


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2006-04-27, 15:42:59
anonymous from United States  
hey is any 1 there
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