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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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2007-12-03, 09:55:55
anonymous from Romania  
I found Timothy Martins on ...he's using the same name ,same picture and same mail adress .Thanks to this site I wasn't scammed !
2007-12-03, 19:54:23   (updated: 2007-12-03, 20:02:22)
anonymous from United States  
I am a 56 year old American male who was scammed out of about $5,000 over a period of about four months time, by a 32 year old Filipina by the name of Herminia Surtida Fernandez from Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte 7112 Philippines. We met July 4th 2007 from the Yahoo chat room. Herminia claimed to have had two or three heart attacks which caused her to have two mitral valve prolapse surgeries within a period of about three weeks. I was told by her niece Annielyn Mae Fernandez on Yahoo chat without seeing her cam or voice, that Herminia has no insurance or money to pay for her heart surgery. I paid for all of Herminia's medical bills for two surgeries. I paid for all of Herminia's rent, utilities, and food within the four months period of time. I paid for a new cellphone, eye glasses, tennis racket, and scientific calculator along with her college for business adminstration degree at the saint Joseph's College. I also paid six months in advance for a wedding planned in May 2008 for Herminia and I watch was a total of $3,000 plus $700 for wedding dress. After asking her for the wedding receipts and proof of her heart surgery, Herminia has now disappeared out of site completely. Herminia's Yahoo screen name is her_surfer, and e-mail is Please, I advise any male not to chat with her at all. I believe that Herminia is a professional full-time scammer con artist. Please beware! avoid Herminia at all cost! She will grab your heart and lie and con you out of your money! Believe me, it happened to me and it can happen to you. She is very good in what she does well! Filipina SCAMMER!

2007-12-03, 20:07:39
anonymous from United States  
More pictures of 32 year old Herminia Surtida Fernandez of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte 7112 Philppines with her eye glasses on. Filipina Yahoo chat scammer out of your money!

2007-12-03, 20:16:44
anonymous from United States  
Herminia Surtida Fernandez of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte 7112, right out of the hospital after her second mitral valve prolapse heart surgery. She looks pretty good for someone right out of a eight or nine hour heart surgery. Filipina Yahoo chat money scammer.

2007-12-04, 04:26:07
The above e-mails helped me very much. A friend of mine e-mailed me this site. I was one of the people lured into the trap. So it is helpful seeing this that I was not the only one.

They are smooth talking. But evasive at questions asked about themselves. They seem to be looking for ways to find out anything they can to use against you eventually to gain monetary gains from you.

They prey on your loniless unfortuantely.
2007-12-04, 11:27:03 from United States  
to the nigerian who says he's working on a way to stop the scammers, i wish you luck and let us know if it works.
2007-12-05, 07:06:11
this person is a fake, i found two profiles with the same name.
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2007-12-05, 09:51:35
anonymous from United States  
Same thing hapen to me. This one clained to be in Africa and that she needed money for food. Here is a copy of the conversation:

joy_howard999: Honey my stomach is paining me
maltese_stephen: Do you need to go and eat - please do so!
joy_howard999: Is because of the food i eat
maltese_stephen: What do you eat - you are in Africa
joy_howard999: Is affecting me
joy_howard999: The american food i brought his finish
joy_howard999: Are you there
maltese_stephen: yes, Iam worried that you will fall illin that country
joy_howard999: I went to the store this morning to buy american food and the store manager said they did not sell such that i will need to go to therte capital which is there town before i can get ameican food
maltese_stephen: Is the water safe to drink?
joy_howard999: Is AFFECTING ME ASWELL
maltese_stephen: What part of Africa are you in, what state?
joy_howard999: brb wanna go to the toilet 3mins
maltese_stephen: k
maltese_stephen: if you need to go and rest I will understand.
joy_howard999: Am back
joy_howard999: You will nevr believe that i just take 2 slize of bread since afternoon
joy_howard999: I can't eat the local food anymore is affecting me
maltese_stephen: what are someof your likes and dislikes beside the food and water in Africa?
joy_howard999: The food is no good at all ....and is gonna cost me some transport fees before i can get american food
joy_howard999: Right now i need this american food or else am gonna sick
joy_howard999: And the little money with me is not gonna be enough with the transport fees
maltese_stephen: Can i send you some?
joy_howard999: Food
maltese_stephen: why not!
joy_howard999: I know you can
maltese_stephen: Do you have credit card you could use?
joy_howard999: But is gonna be a while before it will ge to me here ...i will almost die
joy_howard999: Yes
joy_howard999: But is not working here
maltese_stephen: How much longer do you expect to be there?
joy_howard999: They are too damn local here in this country
maltese_stephen: what part of Africa are you in??????
joy_howard999: I think a week more ...nothing less than that
joy_howard999: nigerai
maltese_stephen: wow
joy_howard999: Have you ever been here before
maltese_stephen: I have not been to Africa
joy_howard999: ok
joy_howard999: Honey what can you do for me about the food ....insteard of sending me the food why can't you send the money to my hotel manager to pick that for me so that i can travel to another state to buy some food so that i can eat something nice tomorrow
joy_howard999: What r you thinking
maltese_stephen: what are your likes and dislikes
joy_howard999: I like honest person that dosn't lie
joy_howard999: But i think i ask you Q
maltese_stephen: And that being
joy_howard999: I mean about the food
maltese_stephen: Sorry , I can't send money, but if you give me your address i will have some food sent.
joy_howard999: Is it not the money you gonna use to buy it and for the sending
maltese_stephen: we have never met and for all I know this could be a scam. Do you really think it would be wise for me to send money to a person I have never met!
joy_howard999: Oh i never believe that you can said such thing to me
joy_howard999: Scam me
joy_howard999: Oh my God
joy_howard999: You really disgrace me stephen
maltese_stephen: sorry, but you want a honest man and that is what I am being.
joy_howard999: I really don't expect this from you because if you are in my shoe i will never say something like this once you know that is for food
joy_howard999: I can only do my best
joy_howard999: You really dissapointed me ..never know that i can hear such world from you
joy_howard999: :(
joy_howard999: I want you to know something any relationship without trust is nothing
joy_howard999: When i ask you is for food....and you said no ...that mean you can kill then
maltese_stephen: That is true, what have you to trust in me?
maltese_stephen: No i said i will send you food.
joy_howard999: Why can't you send the money to the hotel manager so that he can buy the food for me
joy_howard999: If you send the food is gonna be longer before it get here and also cost you more than you wana send
maltese_stephen: What is the name of the hotel and what name are you resgistered under?
joy_howard999: You mean the hotel manager info?
maltese_stephen: No i am hotel
maltese_stephen: I mean hotel
joy_howard999: Is private hotel
joy_howard999: The hotel manager name is Olufemi joseph
maltese_stephen: Even private hotels have names or addesses
joy_howard999: Ok
joy_howard999: No 17 research marketing street
joy_howard999: But in short way research street
joy_howard999: Let me know your mind
maltese_stephen: That address will never work - i need better.
joy_howard999: So that you can rang the hotel manager that you wanna send me some money for food and he should ready to pick that for me
joy_howard999: NAME...Olufemi joseph
maltese_stephen: okay
joy_howard999: ADRESS...NO 17 research st,
joy_howard999: COUNTRY.....nigeria
joy_howard999: ZIP CODE...23401
joy_howard999: STATE..LAGOS STATE
maltese_stephen: did I tell you that Ii have some realtives that live in Houston?
maltese_stephen: where in houston do you live?
joy_howard999: Yeah
joy_howard999: what did you wanna use the dress for
maltese_stephen: what dress?
joy_howard999: I gave you the hotel adress now
joy_howard999: what is really going on
joy_howard999: Let mw know your mind
maltese_stephen: i will have my lawyer check it out and then have him wire you the money - how much?
joy_howard999: Ask the lawyer for what
maltese_stephen: My lawyer handles my financial transactions
joy_howard999: So can you tell me what concer your lawyer about this issue
joy_howard999: So you can't keep anything within yourself untill you tell the lawyer?
joy_howard999: Don't you know it sound embarrase to me that am beging food from you
joy_howard999: This is not a point
maltese_stephen: Surely they must have ATMs in Africa!
joy_howard999: They never have transaction with american money online or bank account have try
joy_howard999: Go to online western union
joy_howard999: You can do it right now
maltese_stephen: And do what - how much ?
joy_howard999: Just 160$
maltese_stephen: You said that you will be there for another week, surely $160 in not enough!
joy_howard999: I don't know your pocket ....and the most is that u don't want you to start think other wise
joy_howard999: This is not enough but i will try manage that
maltese_stephen: Do you ahve a phone number that i can reach you at to know that you got the money?
joy_howard999: I will give you my hotel manager number you call him and said you wana talk to me
joy_howard999: I can rang you immediatelly the hotel manager gat the money cash
joy_howard999: Let me have your cell phone
maltese_stephen: Don't have one
joy_howard999: Can i give my hotel manager number now so that you can call
joy_howard999: I need to go woke earlly so that i can pick the money with the manager and travel to were am gonna gat the food
maltese_stephen: I see through this scam and i will be reporting this to the authorities, please do not contact me again!

2007-12-05, 19:17:01
anonymous from Australia  
The link above to alternate alisha burkat profile (pic attached)i saw on her 'mums' yahoo account,under bright cole!lolol...oh how one pieces it together all too late:S..of course now i see why she asked me to visit a chat site...she reversed it on me! an got my ip to cheeck! sheesh i make mIRC scripts an walked right into it.lmaooo
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Dating scammer Alisha Burkat ; joy_alisha

2007-12-05, 22:56:03
anonymous from Australia  
I met a guy on a dating site. His photos looked too good to be real, tho when he sent me more I found I was believing it was him. He said he had dutch and italian mother father... but the name he gave me did not look right so I looked it up and it was Nigerian... he then said his granddad was Nigerian... any way... he said he was in New York then he went to Nigeria for work until the 20th of December... He has given me a whole background and everything about his life etc. Recently he said he wants to visit me for xmas for 3 weeks and then he is waiting for some money to come through from a place he did business with in Australia.. I am in Australia... the guy he worked for is on location and cannot get to Western Union to send the money to Nigeria as this guy I am talking to needs it sent through western union and not to a bank.. the business man said is there any where he can send the money in Australia and have them send it through western union... so V. said can he put the money in my account.. I say no I will not give out my account details.. I open another account that I will not put any money in and he gives this account info supposibly to the business man to put the money in on Monday... then I am too take the 16,000 to Western Union and send it to him and he will use it to come and visit me. I cannot see how he is scamming me co's I am not going to loose anything.... but as he has a nigerian name and is in nigeria I think it must be a scam of some sorts I just do not know how it works.. I have been looking up scams on the internet and have not found one like this.

He says he loves me and has talked about having children... we have talked for 6 hours a day when he has finished work in Nigeria... we talk about all sorts of things. I just wish it was for real... but I feel it must be some sort of Scam... just never heard of one like this before. He has not offered me any money and he does not have my account details were my money does.. the only thing he offers is to come to Australia to visit and then to move here and start a life together.

2007-12-05, 23:21:08
anonymous from Australia  
Sorry to hear u got caught up in this one too anon from aussie,im aussie too an just found this place..take ure time an read this thread carefully,ure story is common an sending u money can get u in trouble..

heres another pic of my 'alisha'..note the thumbnail size as spoken about by others now an the small but clear stamp where theyve ripped it off some dating site,looks russian to 'alisha' contacted me through my space at http://profile.mysp..260634729

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Dating scammer Alisha Burkat ; joy_alisha
Dating scammer Natalja Ryzhikowa from Russia
Blacklisted Emails of Russian Dating Scammers
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2007-12-06, 12:53:49
anonymous from Denmark  

2007-12-07, 02:22:47   (updated: 2007-12-07, 02:36:18)
anonymous from Australia  
Simple yahoo search shows alisha above with a diff pic ... listed as a scammer at,joined 31st aug 2006,scamlisted 1st sept 2006 LOL wow i woke up too late..her 'mums' scam yahoo addy that shows as bright cole ,aka her hotel manager is
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Dating scammer Vanessa (Bill Anderson) in Nigeria
Dating scammer Alisha Burkat ; joy_alisha

2007-12-07, 05:55:22
anonymous from Nigeria  
first time im seeing this site.. im equally as amazed as you guys and the government is doing everything they can to fight this crime.. for those of you who have been scammed it was not your fault, my people can be very persuasive.. actually its seeing too many american but that does'nt mean that there are'nt some genuine nigerians out there who just wanna make friends.. just dont send anyone any money..its as simple as that.. and you are right, most of them are guys pretending to be women.. it saddens me cos i love my country.... be safe.. trust your instincts..
2007-12-08, 06:33:20
anonymous from Australia  
I was scammed by a 'Canadian' guy who was from Nigeria and when I found out I broke off contact with him with a few choice words. Since that time - nearly two months now - he has been constantly ringing me at all hours of the night and day and sending me e-mails even though I have asked my provider not to send them through. Can anyone help me with this problem - any web site or place I can report him to officially as it is affecting my health now. My phone company says there is nothing they can do and that I should change my numbers. Does anyone have any other solutions please. I'm desperate.

His 'name' is Dennis Benson +2341851125. He gave his address as 50 Allen Road Ikeja Lagos and his e-mail addresses are benson_dennison201@hotmail or yahoo mail or gmail.
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