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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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2007-01-12, 19:51:57
rev_3_15@yahoo.com from United States  
THIS ONE CALLS HERSELF BEATRICE OCQUAYE AND WILL USE THE EXCUSE THAT SHE NEEDS MEDICINE AND WANTS TO DIE IF YOU DO NOT HELP HER! SUPPOSED TO BE POOR AND HAS O SOURCE OF INCOME BUT IS ON THE INTERNET ALL THE TIME.

SHE USES THE EMAIL OF BEATRICE_OCQUAYE@YAHOO.COM


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2007-01-12, 19:55:12
rev_3_15@yahoo.com from United States  
THIS ONE CALLS HERSELF HARUNA MARBARAK AND IS SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE POOR AREA OF GHANA. TRIES TO GET YOU TO GIVE HER MONEY FOR EDUCATION AND FOOD.

HER EMAIL IS HARUNA_LUKIN4_UV MARBARAK@YAHOO.COM (BEWARE)


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2007-01-13, 11:51:31
anonymous from United States  
HAHA i ran across this one to.Wants a plane ticket...so dumb cant even copy the chat transcripts right....it will preach to you though....

Mary_janet003@yahoo.com
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2007-01-13, 11:52:01
anonymous from United States  

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2007-01-13, 11:52:25
anonymous from United States  



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2007-01-13, 12:50:53
anonymous from Mexico  
What scammers hate the most, is when someone waste his valuable time, so play a little bit with them, tell them you´re gonna help them, send them a fake WU number then invent an excuse and make them to go many times as you can to the WU offices, here is someone you can have fun with, 'ann blackwell' id angel_2_angie@yahoo.com, real name Tolu Adu 21 years old, when you play with them you´ll get a lot of info then you can report them to the EFCC.com or yahoo administrators, scam the scammers is a great sport and have a lot of fun.
2007-01-14, 19:34:25
anonymous from United States  
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There are four singles sites that are 98% scammers, and all should avoid them:

Single123.com
Dating72.com
AsiaFuns.com
USMatch.info

These sites 'appear' to be run by one person here in the U.S. Look on any of these sites and you will see the same photos many times with different names. All these sites are is a scammer's portal into the U.S. and a trap for anyone using them. Beware!
2007-01-15, 00:18:56
anonymous from Germany  
Hello I am from germany. I have the same problem,with a men what write me over a dating line.I found him here on your side.Here he have the name scott mike. To me he give the name collins williams.He want money,because he stay in nigeria and his creditcard not work.I was so stupid and send him 300€.But he want from me 5000€.I never give him this. You site help me to do no more thinks stupid,because he know to write letters.Be carefull ladies.


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2007-01-15, 18:22:16
wess_greg@yahoo.com from United States  
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This 'girl' said she was fron the UK and was with her sick mother in Nigeria.Her Mother needed a kidney transplant,had a donor,but needed tablets to keep her mom alive.
Kept insisting that I send money and was going to send money orders for me to cash that was given to her from their pastor.
Started talking to me through Imesh.com then to yahoo chat.
Her name claims to be Annie.
The picture is from Focus International Hawaii.A modeling web sight.
Thank you.



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2007-01-17, 12:03:16
anonymous from Netherlands  
well, it seems that i paid with my good heart and trying to help a woman 175$ and i will never get it back, it was naif of me, but also i learned with it, so there are very inteligent people but they should if they could put theyr intelligence in other things and not stiling money from the poors, im sad but its life.
2007-01-17, 12:03:31
anonymous  
well, it seems that i paid with my good heart and trying to help a woman 175$ and i will never get it back, it was naif of me, but also i learned with it, so there are very inteligent people but they should if they could put theyr intelligence in other things and not stiling money from the poors, im sad but its life.
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2007-01-18, 16:45:24
wess_greg@yahoo.com from United States  
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Im posting another picture from this 'girl'.
She contacted me though my email the last couple of days saying she is for real and I broke her heart.
Yet she can't prove anything to me that she is for real.
If anyone has had contact with this person please please please let me know.
I am very curious.
Her email addy is emma_abode01@yahoo.com

Thanks for all your help
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2007-01-19, 17:15:52   (updated: 2007-01-19, 17:32:25)
anonymous from Canada  
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Excellent web forum regarding the scammers in online dating services. I have come across so many in the past that it became a laugh, I knew right away when a girl was about to introduce her usual scam scrip, then immediately ignored her letters future letters. I will post photos of the scammers who tried to rush me for cash.

The lady below with the drink has her location listed in Ivory Coast, yet when we started writing she said she was living in Australia, and that she was half African and half Australian. When I inquire further and told her I saw this photo on a few other sites, said told she was sadden to learn this, and then said she was crying so heavily that the tears was wetting her clothes, all because someone else stole and was using her identity. I told her to prove that this image was actually her, but she soon disappeared. By the way, I have sen this images on many popular dating sites... Seem like its a favorite of many African girls!


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2007-01-19, 17:23:16   (updated: 2007-01-19, 17:30:53)
anonymous from Canada  
The lady above with the drink has her location listed in Ivory Coast, yet when we started writing she said she was living in Australia, and that she was half African and half Australian. When I inquire further and told her I saw this photo on a few other sites, said told she was sadden to learn this, and then said she was crying so heavily that the tears was wetting her clothes, all because someone else stole and was using her identity. I told her to prove that this image was actually her, but she soon disappeared. By the way, I have sen this images on many popular dating sites... Seem like its a favorite of many African girls!
2007-01-19, 18:51:34   (updated: 2007-01-19, 18:57:12)
anonymous from Canada  
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Here is another scammer who I came across on a well known free dating sites....tonns of pics of this girl everywhere! across different countries, descriptions...etc. No idea who really owns the photo, but she sure has been around! One female who took the identity was from Ghana. We chat a few times on yahoo, but I cut her off because she almost immediately wanted money and a free cell-phone (apparently cause she wanted to call be directly). The funny thing was that she didnt want a cheap cell-phone, something over US$500!!! Imagine, I dont even own a $200 cell...!!! she was pretty persistent - kept telling me she was falling in love with me - after only 2 LETTERS! This one took the scammer-cake for me so far.

Hopefully the real owner of this image will come forward and reclaim her photo identity.



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