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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection


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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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2009-08-09, 10:11:46   (updated: 2009-08-09, 10:21:52)
[hidden] from United States  
Another Scammer picture. Dave Esparza
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-08-09, 10:26:10   (updated: 2009-08-09, 10:26:52)
anonymous from United States  
Scammer Dave Esparza

2009-08-09, 10:28:49
anonymous from United States  
Dave Esparza /Scammer

2009-08-09, 10:38:03
Donna dating scam. bbdonna.

2009-08-09, 10:39:22   (updated: 2009-08-09, 10:40:20)
anonymous from Germany  
Had me going for a day, but she somehow had no phone, no mic and no means of communicating other than yahoo messenger. Funny that all her photos were perfect.


Posted on yahoo dating in Bonita Springs, but claimed to live in rochester ny.

2009-08-09, 11:18:11   (updated: 2009-08-09, 11:19:33)
[hidden] from United States  
Another Scammer picture. Dave Esparza lives in London says he is an oil consultant. Will keep you talking of love and marriage for months before asking for money to come home/come live with you, to be your husband. Has a myspace account, yahoo,hotmail. He keeps talking for months to where you dont believe he's a scammer.
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-08-09, 13:30:12
anonymous from United States  
'Susan Bush' the 'stranded art dealer' tried to strike again. She used almost the exact same story as was written above except now she is from Raleigh North Carolina and her new email address is I found these postings and knew she was full of crap. Thanks for posting people. Now I dont have to feel like there was a chance I left someone hanging.

2009-08-09, 13:31:00
anonymous from Germany  
You can be sure BBdonna is a fake. She is pretty good at hiding it, but there are real reasons to be sure she is a liar.

Too many great photos. Too many availability issues - always there for you. Normal people arent like that.

Don't get sucked in to Yahoo personals - it is a total waste of time.
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-08-09, 13:32:16
anonymous from Germany  
You can be sure BBdonna is a fake. She is pretty good at hiding it, but there are real reasons to be sure she is a liar.

Too many great photos. Too many availability issues - always there for you. Normal people arent like that.

Don't get sucked in to Yahoo personals - it is a total waste of time.
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-08-09, 16:36:54
OJAS from United States  
Danke, Deutschland. Bitte schreibe auch für die deutschsprachlichen Besucher http://www.delphifa..=101#85610
2009-08-11, 03:31:29
When you go to black planet...dont get in touch with a mister Henry Dante Mark.
He has a whole story about loosing his parents this year, has no contact with his family..thats he's all alone, his ex Tamera cheated with his best friend etc.
And now he wants to sell his parents house in London. But his dad worked for the european and west african oil he has to go to Nigeria (yes, the land of scam) to get a clearnce letter. Then , when all was arranged..he got robbed in Nigeria, at the airport and is now in the hospital. I got an e-mail from the University College of Nigeria with the mesage that Henry was robbed and asked for me. If I could call this number +234-803 635 4503 and ask for his doctor and tell Henry he would be ok.
I didn't trusted it..maybe cause of my ducth nature, but I checked the number I got on Internet and what I found was the same e-mail (word for word) to another woman from the University College of Nigeria about Mr. Henry.
I sent this scam message to the so called Mr. Henry..telling him about the scam, and suddenly, 10 minutes later, Im getting 6 phonecalls from the number that was supposed to be the hospital. Im guessing to ask me to keep my mouth shut or what ever. And now, 15 minutes later, the message of the scam is deleted.
I just want to warn people that, if the get a e-mail, form the Universit College hospital in Nigeria, that four people had been robbed, and one of them was Mr. Henry..and he only gave the doctor your name..its FAKE!!
I was lucky...but maybe other women will fall for this scam. Hope this warning will reach them before that can happen!
2009-08-11, 05:16:55   (updated: 2009-08-11, 05:26:59)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
hi Last week I got contacted via my profile with miss brenda bankort we got talking by email she tell me she from the usa bit visiting her friend in NIGERIA she told me her mum and dad died 4 years ago and she not working at the moment then we got talking on msn then she told me she loves my pic she in love with me then she wont to cun to the uk to see me face to face bit she only wonts me to get £100 pound for her to visit me in the uk we are still talking at the moment

2009-08-11, 08:44:38
OJAS from United States  
In the above pic, does it look loike right side steering? If you zoom the license tag, is there additional info? It looks like a Ford emblem. It helps to analyze the details in the pic.
2009-08-11, 14:17:09   (updated: 2009-08-11, 14:18:03)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
In the above pic the car is a green ford and it is a lift and drive

2009-08-11, 16:15:18
anonymous from United Kingdom  
cmason474: hi brenda sorry i not been on iv been busy
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: Ok
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: How are you my love
cmason474: im ok u
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: am also fine thanks
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: do you get the mail i sent to you
cmason474: yes
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: Ok and how do you feel
cmason474: ill
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: ohh whyu
cmason474: i ad a bad night last night i got the doctor out to c me
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: ohh aight and i hope you get better and i also sent you sms this morning, do you get it
cmason474: no
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: ohh maybe is from the bad network
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: have been thinking about you
cmason474: ok did u get my emails to
cmason474: brb
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: Yeap
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: ok
cmason474: back
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: so darling, have talk to my friend today about my coming to you and she told me that she will give me the remaining money .. so when do you think you can get the 100 pounds my love?
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: I want to be with you
cmason474: i do not now at the moment
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: ok baby but you told me yesterday that you will try and get it before this weekend
cmason474: all i can do is try
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: Ok baby and what have you done so far todayt
Brenda Diane Buongiorno has signed back in. (11/08/2009 22:10)

cmason474: everything iv been so busy looking for a job and helping my m8t out
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: same here, am also looking for job baby but is not easy for me to get one baby, the economy is really bad here
Brenda Diane Buongiorno is typing a message.
Brenda Diane Buongiorno: Be right back
cmason474: ok

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