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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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2007-04-23, 15:10:09  
I have had a simalar deal with a girl who calls herself debby williams or debbie williams who is french and spanish decendent her mother is from france and her dad is from spain her mother had to leave her dad when she was born and go back to france when she was three her mother sent her to the usa to live with her aunt she has not seen her mother or father since . now she is stuck in nigeria cause she went over there to get materials for her fasion design carrer . where she spent all her money to get her materials . she had enough to get her plane ticket home but not enough for her bta so I sent her 600 dollars . And then the hotel manager told her he would not let her leave without paying for her motel bill. So I like a fool sent her 350 , which is what he agreed to accept and then we would pay the rest when she got here . conveniently he refused to let her go untill the whole bill is paid. I refused to send anymore money I told her that he can not hold her there against her will . And I called my senator he told me to get her ssn and her date of birth and he would try to get the embassy to go get her out of this hotel . She told me that she could not trust this guy so she would not give me that information . She said that she would figure out how to get out of there her self . We still sent e-mails to each other I ask her if there is any thing I can do to help her , she said that the only way that I could help her was to send her the bucks to get out of there . I told her thatI could not send no more money to cause I just didn't have it . I have not herd from her since.
2007-04-23, 18:07:39
anonymous from United States  
Heres one to watch foremail address

2007-04-23, 18:13:34
anonymous from United States  
And another one she wouldn't send a picture after I told her about this website. She told me 'I lose'. The way I see it, I won, I still have money in the bank! LOL
2007-04-23, 18:21:16
anonymous from United States  
Heres on that they sent three diffrent pictures claiming it was all of her. You decide.

2007-04-23, 18:24:49
anonymous from United States  
The next picture

2007-04-23, 18:28:08
anonymous from United States  
The third picture, All of them are her! Yeah right!

2007-04-25, 03:43:38   (updated: 2007-04-25, 03:53:53)
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Age / Gender         :         27 / Female
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quote of her invitation:

'i came acrooss you profile and i really like it,i am looking for a serioous relationship from a caring man and i will also like to tell you more about me....
lisa marie dasilva is my name. Born and brief in HOLLAND, LELYSTAD i am 26yrs, 56
tall, 35
Im registered nurse, had my degree in university of Ife,Obafemi Awolowo University,osun state nigeria where i bagged a award in nursing few months ago. i lost my parent last 10years in an auto crash and the only family i have now is my grandmother who is based in nigeria with whom i stay trough out my academic years in nigeria.
For now, a special friend to spend some quality time with will be great.
Hopefully, turning to something meaningful is even better. Am telling
you all this to let you know who i am and maybe you will love to know, if
am ok.But i am looking for a responsible man who will love me for who i am and care for and adore me .i leave in lelystad in holland and i will like to recieve mails from you time will be convinient for you.i do speak dutch but i prefer english .my mail addy is so we can always talk thru the messenger.i want to talk with you now.'

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2007-04-25, 03:48:28   (updated: 2007-04-25, 04:02:23)
she is to be found scrolling up these pages,
'smart' spead speaker through Y messanger..
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2007-04-25, 04:24:45   (updated: 2007-04-25, 04:26:05)
anonymous from Netherlands  
I really don't know why people send money to strangers....wake up guys!!
These scammers make a lot of money using these simple tricks, bad english and stupid remarks. Think again before helping them, beautiful people don't fall in love with strangers...why would they?
2007-04-29, 04:43:34   (updated: 2007-04-29, 04:48:54)
that's it (fall in love in a few days- or don t need even one day)
2007-04-29, 05:03:53
quote from a posting above:

2006 sept 30

-------- from United States    

The woman USING this woman’s photos is a scam artist in Nigeria. She is working with a fictitious travel agent who claims to represent KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. This woman never asks for anything at the start. I spent nearly 20 hours of Yahoo Messenger chat time with her before she started to mention coming to the U.S. This is where the travel agent, in the link above, comes into the scene. He sends an email and quotes a cost for this woman to travel here. In my case, it was $745. His e-mail’s are very polite. He always referred to me as, “Sir.” He always states that he personally knows this woman by name and appearance. Don’t go for it guys! I know she looks nice, but this is not who you are dealing with. These photos are stolen from a modeling agency in Hawaii. Focus Agency International. They are listed under the name “Jamie.” This woman claims to have a friend called Jamie. I suspect that this woman and Jamie are the same person. When I sent an email to her and told her what I had found, I got no response. I reported the fraudulent use of her email account to a rep at Yahoo customer service. I do not know if they will shut it down or not. Beware of this one guys, I’m telling you! I did not fall for her scheme...

Name: Becky Janet Binler. AKA: Nura Binler. Email:

This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2007-04-30, 06:28:03 from United States  
These are stolen photos taken from a modeling agency. If you go to I'm sure you might recognize a lot of photos there. One dating site in particular that is just full of stolen photos is you will see multiple scammers with the same photos, but with different names. Also how do you even know your talking to a women, could be a guy. You dont know unless you get a phone number and actually talk to her a couple dozen times. Also remember most self respecting women will never ask you for money!!!!
2007-05-03, 08:32:55 from Baltimore, United States  
I have 3 such ,Elena from russia[]who wants 950 so I can meet her,Rachael[]who wanted me to fly her to me,and Donny Lorin[]who wanted 350 to pitch in for a ticket to see me.I realize that none of these women are real,everything about their comments and actions are meant to throw us off-guard,like the broken language thing,the too many photo thing for Elena.It took her a month before her asked me for money.Please track these women down for me if you can,I`m not too computer friendly yet,and I`m a stroke victim.The singlesnet has these type of women all the time,75 percent of their sites are phoney.I only want a local girl,not some hacker guy who wants my money.

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2007-05-04, 01:28:38
anonymous from United States  
Heres one from her e-mail is

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2007-05-04, 04:34:26
[hidden] from New Delhi, India  
hi i am gopal that it.............

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