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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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2014-02-06, 21:15:03
I do not know what language this happens to be, but can anyone on this site advise as to what this says. This was a reply given when he was refused money.
'oloshi omo naija ni won na ooo kilon wa ni American, lati canada ode oshi ode buruku'
2014-02-09, 02:44:00
I am the person from CS: peonyjenny, it is my personal photo. On CS, I don't like to chat with people even. I mean if i am not interested, I don't bother others at all. I am a genuine person, but please kindly if you find my photos got missused, please kindly point out where is it. I live in Abu Dhabi and Beijing both cities.
2014-02-09, 18:59:51
[hidden] from Iceland  
Am an upcoming artiste

2014-02-09, 19:43:37
anonymous from United States  
Sorry- But this is the same letter we all see. It might be a little longer, but its the same one. I did get scammed, but only lost 200 from some women I thought loved me. Ya Right Anyway it dont STOP. I got a new one a few mins ago. Her yahoo is If anyone see her yahoo RUN
2014-03-01, 12:05:16
anonymous from United States  
I received a text.
They said they saw a picture of me online, (I don't have any pictures online), and asked me to add 'jenusabun7356' on yahoo messenger.
I googled it and found this page.
2014-03-02, 08:32:46
anonymous from Iran  
I am jon
2014-03-02, 08:34:38
anonymous from Iran  
I am jon
2014-03-02, 09:11:28
anonymous from Iran  
I am jon
2014-03-04, 17:37:50
Henry Smith is a Dating site also using two e-mails: and Searching in the net I found he is a scammer from Ghana using the yahoo account. After one month chatting he asked me money to help him in Turkey. He needed 2.500,00 to pay for a work permission and had no one else to ask for the money, no friends, no family, no bank account...
Was least...and scary also!
In the first week he said he loved me and my red flag was up! We exchanged e-mails and chats bur never saw each other personally. I face myself in a wierd situation, and I don desire for anyone!
I just said I would not send anything...and fornutaly scaped from the scam! The worst thing is to fall in love or send your pictures for someone you dont know who really is...
2014-03-15, 11:28:58
there was this lady i met on her name is Mary Chavez ,and her email address is Mary Chavez < went and post my pictures on bad site and i am going to take her to court ..because she have to explain why she have to do this after all what i did to help her..

2014-03-15, 19:03:28   (updated: 2014-03-15, 19:08:31)
anonymous from Canada  
I met another SCAMMER on line about 1 month ago and he is stating he is working in the USA Army in Afghanistan and his name is David Bruce and his email is
He said he found me on Facebook on this religious place and now is demanding funds from me also stating he needs them for the Form for leave from the USA Army and wants to come here to marry me. He also said he loves me too. I did not send any money and have no intentions of doing this either. I asked him for his phone # and he said he cannot give it to me. He is apparently trying to scam other woman too. There are so many scammers out there now, it is dangerous even to go on line. I also met another scammer who states he is from USA also and is demanding funds from me too. I am not sending any man any funds since I got scammed badly by this Ruddy Kelvin Morgan stating he was stuck in the UK. This other person said he is a good Catholic, honest and will pay me back all my funds he needs. He is demanding $15,000.00 for taxes to be paid to Germany for his material and then will come to Canada to marry me. It seems all men on line that meet you are scammers. He said he wants me to meet his daughter and Mom and will buy a house when he comes here to Canada. It seems most of them are using the same template. I am blocking them from coming on line with me now. This one states he is stuck in Slovakia and is very lonely there and does not know anybody at all. Watch out for these Scammers, they may look good and tell you they love you, but are just out to get your money!!! I have photos of them only on Facebook and one sent to my email from these two characters.
2014-03-16, 06:42:34
Rosalyn from United Kingdom  
Another male scammer- I just dids a reverse photo search usaing tineye which led me to this site. About 15 days ago I started chatting tothis guy on OK Cupid. His photo has been used before on here I see- his story- his 'name' is Antonio Salvado- he has been awarded a contract by Transocean to do drilling work - he needs funds to undertake the job- his bank only lent hium half of what he needs- coul I lend him about $50,000 (!!!) or get a loan and he wil pay? of course he loves me and wants to marry me- we've never met btw and only started chatting 2 weeks ago. He got quite abusive yesterday when I was saying 'no'. I have reprted him to the authorities- I have not sent money but they should be aware. I have traced his IP address to the USA so am confused- he is not in Nigeria or Ghana but is acting like one of them. His English is quite good but he doesn't get jokes
which made me suspicious- anyone else met this guy?

2014-03-16, 20:45:57
Bax from United States  
Scammers know of many ways to remain hidden. This is why the crime persists.
They advertise this niche, just as if only good honest people will ever use it...

I think horribly stupid and greedy people are the ones who hatch
these unlimited and uncontrolled ways to abuse technology!
Just like that Snowden. He is not a hero! He's a traitor!

Here are comments from an online provider of such a service,
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2014-03-17, 00:13:50
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