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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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2010-01-05, 01:17:17
Agent 86 from Salem, United States  
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2010-01-03, 02:10:11
anonymous from India

Go Away India

This is not a Dating Site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bupkus this posting.

Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'// <><
2010-01-05, 07:51:05
ilusung1@yahoo.com from Nigeria  
seeking


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2010-01-05, 09:03:09   (updated: 2010-01-05, 09:05:25)
anonymous from Japan  
@all

What is this above ? ↑
2010-01-05, 07:51:05
ilu**ng1@yahoo.com from Nigeria

If you regard it as a SPAM,
bupkus !
Thank you !




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2010-01-05, 17:29:12
anonymous from United Kingdom  
problem with this one is he is using a uk address, i teied the ip trace that you suggested and it all poi ts to london, i am far from london, try this one it gives me my actual adress situe http://www.ip-adres..ip_tracer/ it also gives you a map, now the only problem with that is that your up against some idiot giving them an email reg'd in the uk, ie.... some guy pretending to be a girl to get an address in the uk, then we know the rest, theres not many guys even with facing the tuth going to say oh yeah i've been talking to a girl from malaysia, comon ppl we need to think as they do nd start fucking them up, its 2010 now, i came about this site by accident and hate scummy robbing people
2010-01-06, 16:24:12
anonymous from United States  
Thank you and I already contacted the CIA and Nigerian anti-scammer task force. After what happend with the Christmas Nigerian flight 528 Delta terrorism bomber, I don't trust anyone from Nigeria. Happy New Year.
2010-01-06, 16:25:02
Cory Morrel from United States  
That was my comment about the CIA.
2010-01-06, 16:26:39
Cory Morrel from United States  
That was my comment about the CIA.
2010-01-06, 16:38:05
Cory M from United States  
The simplistic sign or signal to recognize a scam right away is the person saying,'Oh baby I miss you, I love you, I want to be with you so...so much...oh I love you so so so much. Can you send me $2,000 $4,000, $6,000, $8,000 or even $10,000?' When the victim doesn't even have that kind of money.

TOTAL BULLSHIT.

I contacted my local Internt Fraud Agency (IFA) or my local CIA (Central Intelligents Agency) in Newark or New Brunswick. I reported it and but the scammer on a block.
2010-01-06, 16:48:49
Cory M from United States  
To the site administrators,

Please delete or erase any of my emails or name that I accidentally posted. I want to make sure my personal, financial and identification is secure. Keep me protected. Thank you.

CM
2010-01-07, 00:51:45
anonymous from Australia  
Received this today in My space from a Paul Waybright...


Dear friend,

I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defied all forms of medical treatment, I have only about few months to live and I want you to distribute my funds to charities.
I am in need of volunteers who will prove to be trustworthy to help me set up a memorial project for the specially challenged persons amongst us, the deaf and the likes of such people including blinds.

I believe this is the best I can do with the wealth I am about to leave behind when I die , for this I have designated some fund for setting up of projects in less privileged localities.
I had a very wonderful mother who was deaf and it pains me when ever I remember the deprivation my mother passed through as a result of the inability of the society to provide good support for people with handicapped nature, so I decided to use this means to make up for her memories. She also had to suffer cancer before she died and this makes it much painful when ever I remember the pains she has to suffered before her death.

When I was diagnosed of cancer, I was so sad and confused that I narrowly escaped suicide I know this project will be the best I can do to secure the memory of my mother and myself. You will be paid annual fees for your time investments and expertise, though a review of the policy will be embarked as we progresses.

I want you to be my representative in this task; you will help to distribute help to the people who you know that may not have the resources for good educations and food. your job is to set up foundation and organization for overseeing over this project.
I am so concerned about who will carry out this my dream mission as I am confine to my sick bed and can not handle this by myself thereby needing a sincere partner. I can’t find a perfect selection method, I don't know who to trust (I have found out that money is truly the root
I have dedicated my entire years of hard work earnings to create immortality; I never thought they will be anything like cancer which will come to put such an abrupt hold on my dreams of living a life of business and goal reaching.

The criteria for the selection process involved in this will be based on evident fact that you have a kind heart.

Paul Waybright
2010-01-07, 00:51:45
anonymous from Australia  
Received this today in My space from a Paul Waybright...


Dear friend,

I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defied all forms of medical treatment, I have only about few months to live and I want you to distribute my funds to charities.
I am in need of volunteers who will prove to be trustworthy to help me set up a memorial project for the specially challenged persons amongst us, the deaf and the likes of such people including blinds.

I believe this is the best I can do with the wealth I am about to leave behind when I die , for this I have designated some fund for setting up of projects in less privileged localities.
I had a very wonderful mother who was deaf and it pains me when ever I remember the deprivation my mother passed through as a result of the inability of the society to provide good support for people with handicapped nature, so I decided to use this means to make up for her memories. She also had to suffer cancer before she died and this makes it much painful when ever I remember the pains she has to suffered before her death.

When I was diagnosed of cancer, I was so sad and confused that I narrowly escaped suicide I know this project will be the best I can do to secure the memory of my mother and myself. You will be paid annual fees for your time investments and expertise, though a review of the policy will be embarked as we progresses.

I want you to be my representative in this task; you will help to distribute help to the people who you know that may not have the resources for good educations and food. your job is to set up foundation and organization for overseeing over this project.
I am so concerned about who will carry out this my dream mission as I am confine to my sick bed and can not handle this by myself thereby needing a sincere partner. I can’t find a perfect selection method, I don't know who to trust (I have found out that money is truly the root
I have dedicated my entire years of hard work earnings to create immortality; I never thought they will be anything like cancer which will come to put such an abrupt hold on my dreams of living a life of business and goal reaching.

The criteria for the selection process involved in this will be based on evident fact that you have a kind heart.

Paul Waybright
2010-01-07, 00:54:23
anonymous from Australia  
Paul Waybright profile on Myspace....


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I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, I have only about few months to live. I have dedicated my entire years of hard work earnings to create immortality; I never thought they will be anything like cancer which will come to put such an abrupt hold on my dreams of living a life of business and goal reaching. When I was diagnosed of cancer, I was so sad and confused that I narrowly escaped suicide, but God gave me a second chance to set up, suport charity and help to reduce number of people dying of cancer everyday with the wealth He has blessed me with. I had a very wonderful mother who was deaf and it pains me when ever I remember the deprivation my mother passed through as a result of the inability of the society to provide good support for people with handicapped nature, so I decided to use this means to make up for her memories. She also had to suffer cancer before she died and this makes it much painful when ever I remember the pains she has to suffered before her death. Who I'd like to meet:
I like going to beach, succer, politice, club.

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2010-01-09, 20:13:54
dvg_r1@hotmail.com from United States  
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hello, about 3 weeks ago i contacted a beautiful girl on true.com, she told me that her name was ashley davis and that she works on an orphanage on nigeria and she'll be in the states in 1 month and yesterday she told me that she needed 315 dollars to pay her internet bill, and that i should send her a money gram, well, since we talked it didn't quite felt right, something was off about her, so i didn't do it, here is her picture and who knows, there may be some more people that got scammed by her


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2010-01-10, 09:42:03
wanwan from Japan  
@2010-01-09, 20:13:54
d***_r1@hotmail.com from United States

1) Please remove your e-mail address.
Scammers are collecting your address and will email you spams.
Contact the admin and ask him to remove your add,I hope so.


Admin:
ptiemann_2000@yahoo.com


Thread's name
page
your name and time stamp

thank you !


2)
Sorry you are being scammed by African testicles.
It is a stolen identity.
Scammers stole her photos.
And her story is 100% a rotten scammlish scenario.
A typical Nigerian cheap scam !

Be careful !


This image was also posted here:
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2010-01-10, 20:56:49
anonymous from United States  
this is a pic of a guy that i have been chatining with for a few monthes now said his
name is Gibson Harry and after he tried to get me to send hiim money i stoped
talking to him said he was in Nigeria needed money to get back to his home. throught i
would post his picdidn't sound right
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