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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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2006-10-16, 11:06:15
anonymous from United States  
If anybody really knows who this is let me know.
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2006-10-16, 13:41:24
[hidden] from United States  
I was on personals.sfgate.com and got scammed by a person with these userids

regina_zeneth@yahoo.com
phone +2348028531158

She also had another email frnds4lfe@yahoo.com
here i was stupid enough to give my address and a week later my house was broken into.

Also i am on Match.com and was spammed yesterday by 3 users
teri666635
madonna43434
debbie619sweets (emailid=immaculatedebbie52@yahoo.com and immacullatedebbie on msn)

I have reported to match.com and so far havent received any email.
This is what scares me.
2006-10-16, 14:24:41
anonymous from United States  
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This site is all so interesting..........Has anyone corresponded with 'Doug597@yahoo.com'
Douglas Machitty is his name (or he claims). His profile was on match.com. States he lives in Georgia, lost his wife and parents in a plane crash, and emails that he is moving to your town....is currently working in Nigeria........his motel room was robbed of 20,000.00 and the diamond necklace he bought for you???? Please send him money so he can feed his son? Any amount will do...then gives you a address, then says it is wrong and gives you another one??????
Pitiful.......bad enough he scams, but to send pic's of a child too?
2006-10-16, 20:07:38
anonymous from United States  
this is reagrding one I posted on 08/01/2006 name: laura trissy. this person had the guts to post another profile on date.com where I first encountered this person same picture , city and state I informed date.com and the profile was removed by the time I got home the following day. heehee haahaa sweet revenge
2006-10-17, 03:51:14
anonymous from United States  
Here is another scammer. Calls herself Dessy Deji and sometimes Dejo.
Claims to live in Charlotte, NC and travels as a self-employed merchant.
Falls in love after one or two emails. Even sends travel itinerary that looks professional with real flights and times.
One day before the flight, she claims her travel documents have been confiscated by the hotel manager at Ariel Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. Even sends a web site of the hotel: http://www.arielhot..ndex.html. The phone numbers for the hotel do not work and then she give another number for the manager (probably the scam manager) 0112348067967174. I could not confirm this hote and think it is a false website.
She says that she spent all her money on artwork and only has ATM card. Needs money.
Very elaborate and convincing.


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2006-10-17, 13:18:32
anonymous from United States  
New one... Debbie Smith aka debbysmith002@yahoo.com and has a profile on the yahoo personals page.

Her last email...

Good to hear back from you..you and I share the same requirements for a successful relationship. I want to say that anything can happen if a persons mind is set to it. It appears as if we are so much alike in our views. Your wants and desires for a relationship are the same as mine. I am at a point where I would like to start dating again. I am not one to play games with, nor doI like playing games with anyone. Its very childish and very immature. It's not cool playing with someones mind, but people continue doing it with everyone. I have been single and looking for some few
weeks now, you definately are qualifying. My Last relationship ended few weeks ago. I wish we could meet right now for a cup or coffee or conversation but I am so far away from you at this time. I'm in Nigeria. I apologise for not disclosing my current location in my profile. I know you were under the impression that I am somewhere close to you. I have always been honest just not always upfront at times. You sound like someone I would love to get to know. In one or two messages to each other, I am starting to feel that I had known you for a very long time because you sound alot like me. I wish I had met you under different circumstances. I have had my fair share of bad luck and mistakes in life. It is no use dwelling on them though because I cant change the past and the only thing I can do is deal with the challenges the best way I can and hope for things to get better in the future. I am stranded here as a result of my last relationship. I was burnt so bad and I'm trying to find my way back to america at this time.
This is hard for me to explain but I'll try..I am in Nigeria at the moment...I understand how you feel, forgive me for not disclosing my current location in my profile. I came to Nigeria some few months back with my boyfriend Dave. Dave invited me to travel to Nigeria with him to meet his uncle. I agreed to go there with him because He was the only family I had left in this world. You heard that right..There is no such thing as a family for me. My mother died when I was three years old. My father died in 2003. I was an only child. I know we all have to make sacrifices but it is wise to choose the headaches wisely. I was looking forward to a great outing here in Nigeria but I didn't know that Dave had a different plan for me. When we got to Nigeria, we stayed in a hotel because his uncle was out of town. I believe we had to stay at the Hotel because he didn't have any uncle in Nigeria. He brought me all the way from america to Nigeria just to rip me off. I have been stranded here for sometimes now and I am trying to find my way back to America. He drugged me on the 13th of february before leaving for South Africa. He stole my money and some of my baggages as well. 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. I'm heartbroken and left with nothing but expenses to pay at the hotel. The management of the hotel seized my return plane ticket as well as my passport to fly back to America.I can't come to America without them You don't know what I have been through. I was thinking about my situation and how you would feel if you were in my position. I cannot imagine.
When Dave brought me to this hotel in the first place, I'm sure he had to make reservations under his account/credit card. I ask the hotel manager to look up under Dave's account and charge to him and he said the reservation was made under my name so I have to be responsible for the expenses. I reported this to the police and hope that they do something about it but the officer in charge said they don't handle such situations. The hotel has to sympathize with me based on Dave's actions because it was unexpected. Don't you think so? I keep reminding the hotel manager about my situation. I took this as a psychological strategy, I keep reminding them, I tried to drive them crazy silently and maybe at the end, they will find a soft spot and maybe make some adjustments with the debt Dave caused me to have a heartache. I cannot believe how Dave treated me, taking full advantage of my devoted love to him, that is wrong. Now I'm stuck in Nigeria. I wish I can pay $1,250. I went to local churches and charity groups in search of help and they turned me down. They said they haven't receive charities from the public for the past 4 months and thus, won't be able to help me. I'm alone, scared and feel like nobody is helping me. I'm in an unknown land where people speak native languages I don't understand . I came here on a visiting visa without a work permit. I can't get a job and how can I make up the debt Dave created for me? The management of the hotel will not return my return ticket to fly back to america to me if I don't come up with the money to pay the bills. I know that this is the part at which I could lose your attention, I just hope you will understand my situation and forgive me for not disclosing my current location in my profile. Like you. 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 need a loving 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. Thank you so much for listening to me. I hope there is something you can do to help me find my way back to america.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Debby


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2006-10-20, 04:33:36
Mandengo from Kuwait  
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HOW AND WHERE TO REPORT A NIGERIAN SCAM !

You can report to < 419fcd@usss.treas.gov >
If the contact from the 419ers was via email: write their email provider at their 'abuse' address (abuse@yahoo.com, abuse@onebox.com etc.) and include the 419er message with its headers; complain about the 419 message; and ask that the account be shut down.

Check these Websites
http://www.fraudaid..-I-Do.htm
http://www.quatloos..erian.htm
http://www.fraud.or..erian.htm
http://www.upenn.ed..scam.html
http://www.fraudaid../index.htm
2006-10-20, 09:49:13
anonymous from United States  
Many pictures are stolen from the model albums of Focus Hawaii at http://www.focusage..x-main.htm

Browse the albums to see if your lover is among the photos!
2006-10-20, 13:05:34
[hidden] from United States  
I did for the pic that I posted. It was not there. I believe the pic I posted is of a regular, average person who may have been scammed also. Ive been doing my own search but havent found anything yet. So if anybody knows who this really is or can help, please let me know.
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection



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2006-10-21, 21:58:59
anonymous from United States  
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this is for 10-20;13:05
I really believe that this guy is the same one that I talked to during the summer. Please beware of him, he is sly. He will go so far as to make arrangements to meet him and then ask for help getting out of Nigeria. Please beware that he has no intention of meeting you and that he only wants to rip you off. His sentence structure is his weakness, and he uses cheap cell phones that make it impossible to hear him.



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2006-10-24, 18:42:15
anonymous from United States  
kellyalltime1@yahoo.com is a scammer, she goes by the name of kelly fredrics and says she lives in wilton ct. she said she is trapped in nigera and needs550$$ to get back to the usa. it is all bull$$$$ she almost got me, but i did some digging beware she is a dirtbag!!! Kelly Fredrics her picture is posted on here with a rose near her mouth beware!!!!
2006-10-25, 03:44:14
anonymous from United States  
'betty evelyn' <monica_luv_001@yahoo.com> Here is another one to add to the list.I thought it was wierd that she went by the name of Monica but her emails said they were from Betty Eveleyn. She never answered me when I questioned her about it.

This one had a different story. She said that she was form the US helping her Uncle in England. We emailed and IM'd a few times and I thought that this may not be a scam. Then she told me that her father died and that the company he worked for owed her a settlement over his death. (funny sence she had told me that he had owned an electronics store that she had worked at) She told me that she needed to go to Nigeria to get the money. (as soon is I read Nigeria I knew this was a scam so I figured I would play with her and see how long I could keep her going.) I emailed her with some advice on her trip to Nigeria I told her to make sure that she take more money with her then she had planned on because things were expensive there. I also told her to make sure that she bought a round trip ticket so that she would not get stuck.I said that I would not be able to help her out if that happened. She thanked me for my help and that she would do it. A couple of more emails on how much she loved me and wanted to marry me ( YEA RIGHT I said that I was not in love with her because we have never even seen each other an only have had a few emails) She will come to me and make me love her (LOL) I did not hear from her for almost a week. I sent an email wondering what was going on. She finally emaild back and said that her computer would not work in Nigeria and that she had to use a computer at a government location. (Funny the time she emailed was usully around 3am Nigeria time What government bilding would be open?) She told me that she would get the chec in another day or two. Then she would fly out to be with me forever. ( I thought at this point she was going to do the check scam and send it to me so I could deposit it and they would empty my account) So I emaild her back with the story that I had just got a large medical bill and that they wanted paymen now and I did not have the money for that and all my other bills. After a couple of days she said that she got the check but there was a problem. After paying for everything she did not have the money for the plane ticket. I asked her why she does not use the check that she just got? She told me that she could not cash it in Nigeria ( I guess that Nigerian checks are so bad that you can't even cash them there) So she kept on asking for me to send money to her> I told her that I only have enough money to buy food now with all of my huge bills. She kept begging. I ask about her Uncle and she could not get it from him. i told her to go to a Western Union and they would cash her check and send it to me then I could send the airfare back to her. Next day she said that the entire Western Union system was down and they could not do it. So I need to send her money. (I decided to have some more fun with her now) I told her that I am not good enough for her I am a looser of a man that I could not send the love of my life the money that she needs to get to me. That I can't pay my bills and I am going to loose my house. Then she had the nerve to say that it was all ok and that I could save up the money for a few months and then send it to her.
I waited a couple of days to respond to her pages and emails, make her sweat a little plus I wanted to think of what I wanted to do next ( Evil LOL )

I was online when she paged me on an IM I answers her with 'who are you' I told her that I was my sister and that I was not home. My 'sister ask who she was and Monica said that she was the love of my life. My 'sister' told her that I was in the hospital, and that I had just tried to kill myself. ( am I evil or what? LOL) A few more words aid bck and forthabout this then Monica trys to send a Trogin worm to my computer via the IM (how nice of my love to do this) good thing I have a very good firewall. After that I send her an email using a different on the I have before and said that it was form my Sister again and that I never wanted her to contact me again. So far no response on any email or IM
here is a photo of her



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2006-10-25, 03:45:21
anonymous from United States  
here is another photo of Monica


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2006-10-25, 03:48:06
anonymous from United States  
here is another photo of Monica
Just think a woman that looks like this and has a large check too!!!


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2006-10-26, 08:21:27
tonyhussy@yahoo.com from Nigeria  
There is a Spanish proverb, which says very justly, Tell me whom you live with, and I will tell you who you are. without talk too much, am cool funny and i'm someone who love swimming than any other things in the world.
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