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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection


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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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2009-06-26, 22:47:21
anonymous from United States  
dear agente 86...

Angel has a crush on you..go an get it....heheheheh kiding....
2009-06-28, 00:09:04
anonymous from United States  
Anyone know this girl she has scammed me and then laughed and said i win and you loose She goes by Kelly Jones and her email is dessyfrances_1988 and she is smooth talker and don't ask for money for a few months for plane fair. Let me know if you know her thanks
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Dating scammer Kelly Jones

2009-06-28, 04:23:46
2009-06-29, 08:09:52
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ anonymous from United States 2009-06-28, 00:09:04
Regarding Kelly Jones.
Sorry you got scammed!
I've not seen her face before!
You do not say where she is from or what country she is in! I've seen your posts on http://www.delphifa..0#comments You do not give enough info after 10 months of contact.
Scammers are predominantly MEN regardless whose photos they send. http://www.delphifa..p=3#50022

Most if not all contact with people from any West African country is a scam. Do not sent money! Do not tell them anything about this site or where you got your information from!
I have seen her photo's on this site somewhere but do not remember where!

Take care and remember do not send money under any circumstances! No mater what they tell you. They will tug at your heart strings to get you to send money. There is no way of retrieving your lost money after you've sent it!
They will never show up at your door! This is an ongoing problem that many are falling for.
If only everyone would stop sending money we will not have this problem.
She may also be an innocent victim.
2009-06-29, 10:08:42
Regarding Alister Christos: I am looking for Tina from Arizona, who put up a post on 06/04/2009 about your experience with Alister Christos. I have had a similar experience, and I would appreciate being able to clarify a few things by communicating with you.

Tina from Arizona, if you should see this post, and are willing to communicate with me, please contact Peter Tiemann, the administrator of this site at and he will give you my contact information. Thank you!!!

2009-06-29, 19:59:05 from United States  
yea has anyone heard of Susan Bush? email: i sent a message here and to her yahoo email of the same name... got a response from both... says she is from tennessee and is currently in nigeria buying stuff... and she is going to be back here in 3 days from now... today is june 29, 2009... she wanted to talk on yahoo messenger if i couldnt email but i did both... strangely tho she didnt come off as a scam, but bots are everywhere trying to invade people's lives... but she seems to email in well formed messages and very small mistakes, mostly punctuation. im not sure but if anyone else has heard of this being a scam please let me know...

2009-06-29, 20:24:53 from United States  
ok so i did the ip trace... it was sent out of nigeria and then went to sunnyvale california...
2009-06-29, 22:15:35   (updated: 2009-06-29, 22:19:50)
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
Charliebron***** from the USA Page 197

Please be informed that, You should never post, Your e mail
address on this site.
Scammers will flood your inbox because they watch this site.
They will attack your computer also.
You may request your address be removed by the site administrator.
Contact Peter at
Tell Him the name of this thread
[ another dating / chat scam - USA / Nigeria connection ]
Page # 197 Date 2009 - 06 - 29, Time 19:59:05
You must give both postings information to remove both of them.
I recommend, You do this right away.

As far as the scammer goes

# 1 The IP out of Sunnyvale, Calif. Is Yahoo main address.

# 2 The real IP is probably in Nigeria.

# 3 Please believe me when, I tell, You all the fallowing.
There are no white or black girls that are either from another Country living in
or from Nigeria either one on line that are not scammers. NONE !!!!!!!

# 4 There are no white or black, men or woman in or from Nigeria, Ghana,
Dakar, Senegal, Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, Refugee Camp, all of
West Africa that are not 100% Scammers on line right now.
It makes no difference at all what story, You have been told.

# 5 Scammers use stolen photo's, Fake names, fake web cam appearances,
fake woman voices, many e mail addresses, nearly 100% of these scams is
done by men.

# 6 Your He / She has been talking Love to, You.
Get a grip there is no such thing as any good looking girl in the entire
World who needs to go looking for Love at all.
No Woman falls for a guy she doesn't know.

# 7 It doesn't even matter if, You have been asked for money at all.
They can actually get, Your money without ever asking because they manipulate
You into believing they need money very badly and, You feel sorry for them
just as they made, You feel that way.

# 8 You are being scammed by someone who does it for a living and
has more money than, You do.
Also someone who has no problem telling a lie with every breath they take.
Even when they rarely get busted they laugh at, You
for being gullible enough to be fooled by another man.

#9 It, You choose to not listen to me now, I guarantee You will later on, Your
own and after, Your hurt very badly or broke and homeless.
You see a scammer never stops bleeding their victims.

Scammers are cold heartless animals that don't care if their victim commits
suicide and yes that has happened.
Stop being in Love with stolen photo's now and learn the truth so, You
can be safe in the future because, you do not know enough to recognize
a scammer instantly and that is very obvious to me as, Your hooked up
with one, You should have been able to tell on the first contact.
All, I can do is tell, You the truth its up to, You to stop it now.
Never tell any scammer about this site or even how, You learned the truth.
Do not help them by telling them anything.
Remember they make their living by telling lies.
Don't fall for more lies if they say they are sorry for deceiving You.
Its just another lie. Be prepared to be scammed again even by the very
same scammer. Using more stolen photo's the works.
If, You gave pictures of, Yourself to the scammer they can be used to
scam someone else.
I wish, You the best but please come back and post everything so
others can be warned. Also take the time now to learn all, You can.
Read about the posted scams here.

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//

2009-07-01, 17:53:31 from United States  
Peter L Cotton. Con man. Gets his victims off of Claims to be an architect currently working on a project in victoria Islands, Lagos, Nigeria. He sends his victims the same letters saying how beautiful their smile is and how he is the knight in shining armor they seek. He uses Yahoo IM to continue conversations and woo his prey. Once the girl feels she is loved by this 'perfect' man, Peter starts by asking for money. First it is that he is on his way back to the states but the check his cliwnt paid him with is notcashable in Nigeria for securiey reasons. He claims to love his victim, gains her trust, tells here he is on his way back, butv needs 'pocket' money. Fakes flight confirmation usually from Air France. Next he will say that his passport is being held and needs about $3,000 to get it back, Next is customs is holding on to his shipmentb of antiques preventing them from getting back to the UK. That is another $3,000. The latest is he was beaten up by armed robbers who stole his money and cell phone. Several women have believed his stories and fell for this loser, sending him money by Western Union.
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2009-07-01, 17:54:58
anonymous from United States  
Peter Cotton Con Man

2009-07-01, 17:56:49
anonymous from United States  
Peter Cotton Con Man at his hotel in Lagos, Nigeria
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2009-07-01, 20:22:35

2009-07-02, 00:28:20   (updated: 2009-07-02, 00:37:24)

I was passing through profiles and I saw your profile look interesting and my heart went for you that you will be the right person that can handle my funds and keep in a safe place. you can write me to this email address {} there I will explain more to you or you can send me your email addres. I will be glad to hear back from you soon.

2009-07-02, 00:38:40   (updated: 2009-07-02, 00:40:37)
I was passing through profiles and I saw your profile look interesting and my heart went for you that you will be the right person that can handle my funds and keep in a safe place. you can write me to this email address {} there I will explain more to you or you can send me your email addres. I will be glad to hear back from you soon.

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-07-02, 16:15:17
anonymous from United States  
Has anyone seen this girl, she has a great story, says shes from wisconsin, now staying in fw tx. I almost believed her and sent the money until she gave me a lagos nigeria address to send the money, oops guess she blew it .

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