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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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2007-06-04, 10:44:36
anonymous from United States  
I got the same scam from someone name Debra who said she was from Springfield Il. and was a model and had problems with her hotel bill in Lagos. Said she would sent me money orders to cash so I can western union the money to her. I told here don't involve me in your scams.....never heard from her again. HA HA Got Ya.

2007-06-04, 16:33:07
anonymous from Anchorage, United States  
After reading all the other stories out there...I am afraid I have also been scamed by a gal who says she is from Lagos Nigeria. I have even sent a couple packages to her...and western Union the 'customs' clearance to allow her to recieve them I sent a laptop computer for her to use because she said her old windows 98 machine broke...and she had to use internet cafe to message me. We have been chatting for months now. I have recieved e-mails from her 'Nigerian travel agent' with logo and phone #s. I have Sent Western Union $1550 US dollars for airfaire...i know this was close to correct amount after checking for flights online myself. But....the straw that broke the back for me was....After getting a confirmed flight and Itinerary(KLM Air) which I found suspicious...All of a sudden I need to send $1800.00 more for BTA(basic travel allowance)....well if she is US citizen and has US passport....whats with the travel allowance? That should be for visitors....So I find this web site(to late I am affraid) after spending nearly $3000.00 . I have tracked both IP addresses for her and her Travel agent...'allround Nigerian travelling Agency' Both IP adresses originate from California!! Hers was from Sunnyvale, california...and Agents was from San Mateo, California....Her Email adress is any one else who happens to have a Myspace account gets contacted by her. She is good....real good....had an answer for everything!

Keywords: brunette lime blue dress staged
2007-06-04, 23:22:11
2007-06-05, 00:14:46
anonymous from United States  
people...I accidentally posted this pic...I do not know this man to be a fraud...I just do not know how to get his pic off of here..DO NOT MISTAKE THIS PIC
2007-06-05, 04:12:42
anonymous from United States  
2007-06-05, 04:13:19
anonymous from United States  
2007-06-05, 04:41:11
anonymous from Netherlands  
I had simular experience from a international dating site EuroAsia
She did not have profile and photo.
She wanted to chat at msn to show her pics. She showed 3 vague pics from a model.
Here name was Gloria Moris and had a simular hotmail.
She was Australian and Caucasian. She wanted to marry with someone who was nice and lovely blbla bla.
I smelled a rat from the beginning. I kept her talking and she wanted 1035 Euro for Visa and plane tkt.
I made up confirmationnrs and all sort of crap to let her keep talking.
her adress was: GLoria Moris PO339 Agona Swedru Ghana W-Africa
She did not get confirmation and there was no money. She gave her phonenr: 00233242858908. Now the fun started!!; I made a call right away and I heard a negro womans voice. I explained her in my best English how sick she was and some dirty words I rather not write down here.
Feel free to call her too!
and greetings from Holland

2007-06-05, 11:55:42
anonymous from Nigeria  
i want to chat with a nigerian
2007-06-05, 15:45:31
anonymous from United States  
Ladies beware of a gorgeous hunk named Melvin Gills, supposedly from Orlando FL...For 3 weeks I emailed and chatted with him. Fell completely for the guy...Then he makes a business trip (LOL) to Nigeria, and runs into some trouble needing some extra money! These guys are RREEEEAAALLLYYYY good at saying the right things to a lady...Well, I didn't send him any he tells me that some day I will realize how much I hurt him because he loves me so much!! Here's a snip of the conversation.
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:37:24 AM): I love you so much for christ sake
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:37:54 AM): yes i want that
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:38:44 AM): but,i can never hurt you mylove
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:38:55 AM): bcos im Inlove with you
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:39:02 AM): i love you so much
melvin gills (6/5/2007 9:39:08 AM): you mean everything to me
Boy, is my face red !!!

His email and yahoo chat id are
2007-06-05, 19:29:49
anonymous from United States  
Anon US,Can you post a pic of him?Not enough women come here and post report's so anything you have on him will be a help to other's.Are you done with him?If you want to play some more and have never done it here's the name of a yahoo group that does alot of it,it's run by and most member's are women. 'scammerslayer'is the name,Buffy and all there are pretty nice and will help you out.They don't have report's like this site,that's not what they do but it's free to join so take a look.
2007-06-06, 15:29:06   (updated: 2007-06-06, 15:33:39)
anonymous from Malawi  
Wants one working class female from elsewhere around the universe to be friend with.More to anyone who will respond.
Just like attending church activities,picnics,exchanging gifts,tourism,vising new places,watching games,Anyone with a serious mind to communicate through:
2007-06-08, 09:56:58
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Lol OMG i can't believe i found this site! I knew i had doubts and im glad i followed my instincts! I met this guy on a chat room and he was charming and all that. He said he was from Alford Florida and that he's been in Nigeria for 9 years studying Law after his mom, dad and gf died in a car accident (how convieniant!). Apparently his dad left him $250,000 in his will, but its all in Florida. Anyway i will admit that i started to really like this guy, he was romantic, caring and seemed to remember everything i told him. We talked for about two months. But when he was supposed to come to England and see me, i didnt hear from him for a week. I thought well ok then lets just forget it, when he did finally get in contact with me, he said that he had had malaria and that he was so sorry for not getting in contact. To this i thought hmmmmm ok then maybe he was genuinely ill...but malaria, doesnt that take a long time to cure? Anyway, he told me that his 'KLM AGENT' had booked him a flight ticket to Birmingham International for the 7/06/07, he said that when he landed he would phone me...he never phoned (big surprise!). By now i was thinking this is all a load of poop! But when i came online, one of his 'friends' had contacted me plus the KLM agent plus a 'doctor' lol all telling me that he had been in an accident on the way to the airport and i had to help save his life! All senders were urgent in there emails and told me that i ONLY needed to raise an extra £800 for a blood transfusion to take place lmao. I simply said 'a blood transfusion in Nigeria, isnt he better off not having one?' To all other scammers who might read this may i warn you that IM BROKE, I HAVE NO MONEY SO LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!!!!! The next day a letter came through from a so called 'international lotto commission' in Spain apparently i have won 650,810 euros! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! I'm not giving you any money, nothing is for free!!! Get a damn job!!!!
2007-06-08, 11:19:46
anonymous from United States  
They will even combine pics that don't match for Wunmi Jennifer Hamimat or doris1444luv IWO ibandan, Nigeria

2007-06-08, 11:21:19
anonymous from United States  
one that does match for Wunmi Jennifer Hamimat or doris1444luv IWO ibandan, Nigeria

2007-06-08, 11:22:53
anonymous from United States  
They will try every trick in the book to decieve you! Wunmi Jennifer Hamimat or doris1444luv IWO ibandan, Nigeria

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