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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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2007-06-24, 08:34:21
anonymous from United States  
To the 2 new poster's above.We need more info than that.

For future reference the following is the important info to post first;

Name {with surname if possible}

E-mail address

Location {country,city,street}

Phone number {if given}

The money request letter,with full header.With that the IP can be seen and if an X-mailer {ie;THEBAT}is used.

The dating site the scammer contacted you on.

With that available people doing a google search will get answer's.
2007-06-24, 19:39:10
anonymous from United States  
she is attempting to rent a room from me. I actually received a check for $5500.00 on friday and she is egore for me to cash it and take my first and last month and western union the rest to her travel agent in goldendale washington. But she still fails to give me the name of her travel agenency. She keeps giving me a name. She claims to be coming from England but the check was made out from a company in sunrise florida but yet sent over night from a new york address (UPS over night)...... She needs to be caught but how can we do that.......
She is now mad at me because i informed her that i sent her the residual money via mail to her travel agent..... I was able to verify the check through citibank its a valid account and registerd to that company. However the address of the business does not exist nor is it a registered business with the state of florida..... IM CALLING OPRAH SHE WILL PUT STOP TO THIS....
The check was mailed from a company called CANNEX Financial Exhange LTD 47 Murray St. New York NY. 10011 the phone number of the company is from indiana though 812-654-6031. The drafted check is from MMIX telecom, 1059 NW 53rd St, Sunrise FL 33351 account was opened at citibank in Enelwood Cliffs, NJ
She is contacting me through the follow emails..., However she mentioned at the end of this week that she had a problem with her hotmail and to use yahoo. to contact her. I feel that this person is in the states. there is no way she would have a hotmail account or yahoo as we would. People that register for these accounts and are outside of the use usually have the country airport code
2007-06-26, 13:55:16   (updated: 2007-06-26, 14:02:09) from Nigeria  
too bad all this is from nigeria i wish there are jobs out here for people to do im also from Nigreia but im not here for all this scam thing i feel so bad for all the people that have been hurt here........i will like to chat with u plz contact me as soon as u can okay i have more i can tell u plz
2007-06-26, 14:09:57
[hidden] from Nigeria  
too bad all this is from nigeria i wish there are jobs out here for people to do im also from Nigreia but im not here for all this scam thing i feel so bad for all the people that have been hurt here........i will like to chat with u plz contact me as soon as u can okay i have more i can tell u plz
2007-06-26, 16:45:46   (updated: 2007-06-26, 16:46:39)
Dear Kellyalbion, I would love to chat with you but I also believe that you are a scam artist if you are not the same person that is attempting to scam me...... You live in nigeria but have an american email domain. I was not born yesterday and will notify yahoo. to cancel out your account. I have a software and have been able to pin point your location through your last ISP usage when reply to this message... PEACE OUT SCAM ARTIST KELLYALBION@YAHOO>COM
2007-06-26, 16:48:37
2007-06-27, 07:41:10 from San Antonio, United States  

Here's another one who emailed me on First the profile, then the email. I will contact 'her' and post any replies and pics.


Member Profile: Irinochka777
Age:     28
Gender:     Female
Orientation:     Heterosexual
Country:     United States
Location:     Dallas, TX
Height:     5 ft. 7 in.
Body type:     Athletic
Hair color:     Black hair
Eye color:     Blue
Education:     Some college
Occupation:     Teacher / Professor
Income:     I'll tell you later
Ethnicity:     White / Caucasian
Religion:     Christian - Other
Astrological sign:     Capricorn
Smoking:     Non-smoker & don't mind smokers
Drinking:     Don't Drink
Status:     Never Married
Has children:     No
Wants children:     Yes
Last Visit:     Today
Looking to meet a:     Male Age: 30 to 59
Relationship desired:     serious relationship with marriage potential

In my own words
I very beautiful romantic cheerful girl. I very much like to get new acquaintances and consequently at me many friends. I very strongly love children, in fact children it is flowers of a life!!! I very much like to prepare. I always try to find the best in any situation and on it I very seldom happen is upset!

From:     Irinochka777
Subject:     HELLO!!!    
Date:     Wed, 27 Jun 2007 01:48 AM est    
HELLO my FRIEND!!! I very beautiful and attractive girl very much wish to get acquainted with the charming young man!!! Your structure on very much interested me!!! To me it seems, that to us should speak about what!!! If you not against that my!!! I with impatience shall wait to receive news from you very much!!!
Do not forget!!!

Don't send any money!! I don't wanna have to repeat myself!

P.S. They are always around 28, and I'm 49....
2007-06-28, 10:58:15
there could be anywhere in world isp tracks this but if its bat she is scammer or you know what .yes from usa you have to ask yourself whats this girl doing in nigeria or africa its not sight seeing.
2007-06-28, 11:01:07
she could be parris hiltons sister if she as one looks like a model of some sorts prob porno girl
2007-06-28, 12:46:58
anonymous from United States  
To the guy that got the check,I sure hope you didn't deposit or cash it,wehter the company exsists or not it is a fake! Not only will you be out of the 'remainder'money but,you can also be charged with bank/wire fraud to name a few! Who ever sent it to you could be involved or just another inocent victim.
2007-06-30, 18:24:31
anonymous from United States  
Im not a guy im a lady..... i am in goodstanding with my bank and would like to keep it that way. Luckily there is an FBI division here in my town and I took them the check and the entire envelope that arrived via UPS to them. Plus I have submitted my email to them so that they can trace the email.....
2007-07-01, 07:40:21
drod from United States  
Anon Lady,

Ignore post following yours. Individual has been all over the site posting crap.

You did the right thing to bring it to the authorities, and not waiting for them to come to you.

good hunting.........drod
2007-07-01, 18:09:50
anonymous from United States  
ATTENTION LESBIANS! WOMEN scammers from Nigeria (and other locations), are beginning to prey on us. Beautiful women are seeking us out to see how much money they can TRY to SCAM out of us. They all have sob stories. Some say they are American citizens who went overseas for a job, had their purses/bags stolen with all of their money and are now asking for our help. They will chat for awhile and then, the tears roll. They are victims also. This is probably how they make a living. Just beware!! Nobody is spared.
2007-07-01, 18:25:38
drod from United States  
Anon US,

You are right, but to be sure, NO ONE is safe from these scammers without proper education.

You will find it here and other scam sites.

And since you mention it, here is a video taken in Nigeria. Have posted this several times, as needed.

When you watch it, notice the only caucasian is the reporter and there are NO WOMEN.


good hunting.........drod

2007-07-02, 15:30:51
anonymous from United States  
lady in blue bikini was on dating site and we was talking went to yahoo mesenger, she has asked for money i think it a scam.
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