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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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2008-01-25, 23:47:57
Crikey from Australia  
Quote,ANON ,germany:Lieber Anonymus aus Austria, bitte melden Sie sich an Die Nummern sind nicht gefälscht. Die Täter sind unter diesen Nummern noch erreichbar.
Vieleicht sind die Nummern 00234-18134479 oder oo2348056019951 oder 002347028178235. Sie sind nicht die einzige aus Österreich. Nur da nenn sicht der Täter Ola Hamza aus USA und hat einen Sohn. Ich habe diesem Verbrecher das Bild meiner Tochter geschickt. Falls sie dieses Bild haben, dann melden sie sich an Danke im Voraus!

babelfish translate:Dear anonym from Austria, please you announce yourselves at The numbers are not falsified. The authors are still attainable under these numbers. The numbers 00234-18134479 or oo2348056019951 or 002347028178235 are much-calibrated. They are not the only one from Austria. Call only there view of the authors Ola Hamza from the USA and has a son. I sent the picture of my daughter to this criminal. If they have this picture, then they announce themselves at thanks in advance!

Followed by,quote:
anonymous from Ghana

hi love i miss you, reply me now ok. what does all this mean.

all i can say is WTF?LOL does any of that mean!
2008-01-26, 01:18:06
anonymous from Austria  
Vielen Dank für den Eintrag. Ja, ich habe ein Foto seiner angeblichen Tochter. Ich füge es im Anhang ein.
Allerdings sind meine Telefonnummern andere:
und zwar 00447045714053 für London, wo er ja angeblich lebt.
00447045702871 war auf den Flugdaten, vermute allerdings dass diese Nummer falsch ist.
002348074009224 seine privat Nr. in Nigerien.
002348074895141 + 002348054464679 die Nr. gehört Dr. Lucky Osaro aus dem Medfed Hospital in Benin
002348053897648 wäre die Nummer wo ich mein Geld überwiesen habe für die >Hotelrechnung, da ja keiner die Kreditkarte anerkannt hat.Der name des Hotels 'Dreams Hotel' in ASABA.

Ich finde es muss etwas unternommen werden. ich will den Verlust meines Geldes nicht so ohneweiters hinnehmen. Es sind immerhin zwei Monatsgehälter. ie lange braucht man um dieses zurück zu legen.

lg aus Österreich
2008-01-26, 03:55:04
Same experience with Hana - asking for money to fly out to marry me

send to -- WATCH OUT

think i might try string her along a little first but thanks to this site for clarifying my suspicions.

if it seems to good to be true, then it is.
2008-01-26, 04:40:11   (updated: 2008-01-26, 04:41:08)
Crikey from Australia  
String her along man,HANA added me from nowhere a while ago,when i asked her how scammers work directly she ran.
Her addy screen name was 'michalpavlasek' ,the agent addy she gave was exactly the same
I think alisha burkat gave me that as one of 2 'agent' addies,they may be tied in together,who out for these addies. ,yahoo , and .

cheers,glad u found this place earlier than
2008-01-26, 09:18:55
anonymous from Germany  
OLA HAMZA changes his name! Now he is BERNARD FORSYTHE on the datingsite Liebe deutsche Frauen! Lassen Sie die Finger davon von diesem Betrüger!
Don't send the money to this person! It is very funy to hear that Bernard Forsythe and Ola Hamza has the same company olyjosh and they both have a son 12, years old, and they both are from Chicago. Maybe they both live in 425 Brentwood Road Machesney Park, 61115, Chicago, Illinois? Who knows this address?
2008-01-26, 17:12:52   (updated: 2008-01-26, 17:22:44)
anonymous from Puerto Rico  
Waooo! this is crazy.. well my story is with a guy I met on eharmony. He told me he was a dutch raise in USA, parents dutch and from spain. He owns a gallery in London has a house in California and one in Tampa. he even sent pictures of the house and a yatch that looked were taken from a magazine. He said he had to travel to nigeria to work there and at some point he couldnt use his credit cards or change his checks (send me a copy of the check. the check did not have any routing numbers at all, nor i could located the bank) so he asked me for $1000.00 to pay his bill. He goes by the name of Akpali Anelu email but has another He also says he is divorced and has a kid of 11yrs. He even has a web page of the hotel his staying at, which asides from the site, you can not find it anywhere. the hotel site is Royal Suite Hotel
233 Royal Suite Hotel Ave
Maryland * Nigeria
when you go to the page you can see that the logo is fake and has many grammatical mistakes. when he called me he obviously sound african. He poses as a millionaire his grammar is fatal and when u ask him the same question twice he gets furious. I created other accounts to see if i could lure him and thats when i caught him. He seems to stick with his story because his has lots of gimmicks to make u believe his story. be careful if youve seen him please post it here.

2008-01-26, 17:15:19
anonymous from Puerto Rico  
here is the pic from the hotel look at the logo

2008-01-26, 17:16:29
anonymous from Puerto Rico  
this is suppose to be his house in netherlands and his car

2008-01-26, 17:20:24
anonymous from Puerto Rico  
his house

2008-01-26, 17:23:53   (updated: 2008-01-26, 17:24:21)
anonymous from Puerto Rico  
look, lol what a beautiful magazine pic of his yatch

2008-01-26, 23:27:22
anonymous from United States  
I came here to see if more scammers have been added
and sure enough YES. There is another website that is
very helpful to see if your scammer is listed. Web address

The last comments I was LOL because the scammer
used a magazine for the yacht photo, OMG. Where
is the klennex tissue? How stupid can one be???
2008-01-27, 07:01:03
2008-01-27, 07:56:25
Lieber Anonymus aus Austria. Auf dem Bild ist kein Kennedy Ned. Das ist James Bill von der Agentur focushawaii. Dieselben Bilder kann man finden Models male career. Auch das Bild seiner Tochter ist gestohlen. Es befindet sich auf delselben Seite. Alle Frauen, die im Kontakt mit Kennedy Ned sind, bitte meldet euch an Das ist ein Betrüger aus Nigeria.Vertauen sie diesem Mann nicht und senden keinesfalls das Geld.
2008-01-27, 16:09:21
anonymous from United States  
I recieved communications from someone recently and I have heard of these scams. I was wondering if anyone else had recieved pictures from this person, if so were they the same or diffrent ones, thanks
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-01-28, 04:24:22
I hope, that Ola Hamza will burn in hell! He is still going on on the Dating-sites to scamm the people! Please give attention! Maybe he is changing his name and the story, but you can see by the picturesn he send to you, that he is a scammer, the pictures looks like shot from a Foto-agancy and the most of the pictures does look not natural. And how he writes his english! Another point to see, that he is a scammer, is that he will be very reliougious and will do fall in love with you very soon!
And never send money to the scammer, whatever they tellíng you! It can´t never be a proof of love if someone ask about money in that short time and you will know nothing about him!
And the scammers they do chat with you a long time! Don´t you think, cause of love, no, no, they only take that time to built the trust you should have to come and only they want to have your money, thats all!
They will never come to visit you ore whatever they promiss to you, don´t believe that fucking shit! It will be never come true!
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