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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 196.3.62.4

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.

Note:
If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like www.ip2location.com 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?
 http://www.ptiemann.com/
(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.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Aink
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
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: yes.do 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: ???
BUZZ!!!
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): 
(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   
CAPITOLA, CA 95010
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
BUZZ!!!
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: ???
BUZZ!!!
(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
BUZZ!!!
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
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: Why?
BUZZ!!!
(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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2008-10-26, 15:15:26
anonymous from United States  
spoke with a guy from a phone number in Nigeria 234-805-XXXX asked him to send an e-mail and here is IP he sent an email after 10 minutes our conversation

78.138.29.98 ORG-SGN1-RIPE
org-name: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
org-type: LIR
address: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
Kinetic Business Centre
Theobald Street
WD6 4PJ Borehamwood
United Kingdom
phone:+44 20 8387 1750
fax-no:+44 20 8387 4004
I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS BUT I AM JUST GOING CRAZY...HOPE SOMEBODY HELP ME HOW IS IT POSSIBLE YOU GET A CALL FROM NIGERIA AFTER 10 MINUTES THE SAME GUY SEND AN EMAIL FROM UK....
2008-10-26, 15:31:50
anonymous from United States  
spoke with a guy from a phone number in Nigeria 234-805-XXXX asked him to send an e-mail and here is IP he sent an email after 10 minutes our conversation

78.138.29.98 ORG-SGN1-RIPE
org-name: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
org-type: LIR
address: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
Kinetic Business Centre
Theobald Street
WD6 4PJ Borehamwood
United Kingdom
phone:+44 20 8387 1750
fax-no:+44 20 8387 4004
I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS BUT I AM JUST GOING CRAZY...HOPE SOMEBODY HELP ME HOW IS IT POSSIBLE YOU GET A CALL FROM NIGERIA AFTER 10 MINUTES THE SAME GUY SEND AN EMAIL FROM UK....
2008-10-27, 06:06:01
anonymous from United States  
spoke with a guy from a phone number in Nigeria 234-805-XXXX asked him to send an e-mail and here is IP he sent an email after 10 minutes our conversation 78.138.29.98 ORG-SGN1-RIPE
org-name: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
org-type: LIR
address: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
Kinetic Business Centre
Theobald Street
WD6 4PJ Borehamwood
United Kingdom
phone:+44 20 8387 1750
fax-no:+44 20 8387 4004
I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEBODY CAN BE IN NIGERIA AND AFTER 10 MINUTES IN UK I AM JUST GOING CRAZY...HOPE SOMEBODY HELP ME HOW IS IT POSSIBLE...
2008-10-27, 06:06:30   (updated: 2008-10-27, 06:07:15)
anonymous from United States  
spoke with a guy from a phone number in Nigeria 234-805-XXXX asked him to send an e-mail and here is IP he sent an email after 10 minutes our conversation 78.138.29.98 ORG-SGN1-RIPE
org-name: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
org-type: LIR
address: SkyVision Holdings Ltd.
Kinetic Business Centre
Theobald Street
WD6 4PJ Borehamwood
United Kingdom
phone:+44 20 8387 1750
fax-no:+44 20 8387 4004
I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS BUT I AM JUST GOING CRAZY...HOPE SOMEBODY HELP ME HOW IS IT POSSIBLE...
2008-10-27, 13:57:52
anonymous from Nigeria  
Well, for the parts that involve nigerians, it is highly embarassing because am a nigerian. unfortunately, some nigerians have made fortunes from many of these not-so-clever scams.
please let online relationships stay the way they are..online.
Dont transact with a nigerian u dont know well(cos even the well known ones turn out liars).
All the best!


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2008-10-27, 22:50:31
anonymous from Australia  
THIS PERSON IS NOW USING THE NAME KATHY WILLIAM EMAIL IS kat_rider30@yahoo.com SHE HASNT ASKED ME FOR MONEY YET BUT I KNOW ITS COMING SOON. WHATS EVEN MORE FUCKEN STUPID IS THAT THE PHOTOS HAVE THE NAME JESSICA. THIS ONE ISNT THAT SMART.
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2008-10-28, 08:38:09   (updated: 2008-10-28, 08:49:11)
anonymous from Netherlands  
i can i belief almost fell this shit..thank god for this page
look out for jenny matins aka martins..she/he is using pics next door nikki
if its to good to be treu its not true...sexyheart001@hotmail.com


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2008-10-28, 22:04:55
anonymous from United States  
Hey I have you you should beware of she is going by the name of Rachael Weinup, she she sent me a message on myspace (no friend request sent or accepted when I sent her one) We have been talking everyday for about a 2 weeks, exchanging emails and having real personla conversations. I didnt think she was a scammer cause I made it clear that I had jsut lost my job and had no money whats so ever. We kept talking and I started to feel really good about it (Even my roomates where impressed and totally fell for it) Then low and behold today she asked me for money to help her get back to Colorado. She wasnt asking for alot like 150 bucks cause ther was a gas and tax increase on flights out of Nigeria. I did the research and yes there was a recent tax increase. She was very smart but I found this website, and started reading all these posts and its all the same. Really pisses me off I am recently divorced single father and had just been thinking about putting myself out there again, and I thoght everything was all good. I feel so I don even know a word to describe it. She is using bewitheal28@yahoo.com as her Yahoo id


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2008-10-29, 20:44:48   (updated: 2008-10-29, 21:08:33)
anonymous from United States  
rating
The picture of Rose Calsberg Williams is a photo of a model,from a model/talent agency Newfaces.com. Rose Williams is a scammer of different names ane pictures. I have been talking to the person in this photo since April 2008. I know her as Cindy Bashy from Chicago,Illinois. Now living with her grandma in Ikeja,Lagos,Nigeria, after her parents were killed in an automobile accident. She has asked for money to help her pay for her grandmothers hospital bills and medicine, come back to the US and live with me and have my kids. Asked for BTA money which doesn't exist anymore. Always having computer problems for some reason. Does this sound familiar to anyone of you that has talked to her. These photos are on different scammer sites. She is a smooth talker and will have you believing that you are the only one in her life and talks to no one else. Wanted Wetern Union sent to Samual Adekunle Bashorun ( grandma ).
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection



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2008-10-29, 20:46:40
anonymous from United States  
another picture


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2008-10-29, 20:48:14
anonymous from United States  
look familiar guys


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2008-10-29, 20:51:11
anonymous from United States  
I wish this was who I was talking too.


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2008-10-31, 07:15:02
anonymous from Netherlands  
i am very happy you are the first member that talk to me on this site...life is good and it is okay and fine. how is life treating you over there ? And i will like to ask u some questions below, so that we can get to know much more about ourself : i do understand Spanish but i preferred to be communication in English language as i do educated in England United Kingdom


1) What do u like in a lady ?


2) How was your MARITAL life in 6 month before ?


3) Are u a player or for real ?


4) Tell me about your parents ?


5) Are u single ? Married or divorced?


6) Do u have kids ?


7) What do you do for a living? Do you like your present Job ?


8) Tell me more about urself ?


9) What do u do for fun and in your free time?


10) I want to know about your experience in meeting a lady on the Internet as am new at this online dating ?


11) How do you treat your woman ?


12) Can i have my trust and hope cast in you ?


Hope to hear back from you soonest, if you can drop for me your phone number to contact you, so that i will try to call you as soon as i can get out of the hotel right here,and i can hear your voice at least, but if you feel like calling me at the hotel number right here is there phone number +2348065037440 ; send for me your most resent pictures as well


Karen.
2008-10-31, 07:19:58
anonymous from Netherlands  



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2008-11-01, 05:46:54
anonymous from Canada  
Good day to you over there, how is everything going with you there? ,hope things are moving greatly with you and your family,
anyway i just decide to write to you back, I have a lot to say to you in this my mail which i hope you don't run away from me.
So to start with, my name is Yemi Davis , i was born in Cyprus , but i left there at the age of 18 years old when i lost my dad, though i
should have still been living there but it was work out because my dad's family sent my mum out of the house in accusation that
she was the one that killed my dad, which really frustrated my mum so much that she later got married to an African man who is from Nigeria, and been a young girl then i had to followed my mum to Africa where she got remarried to the man, though i enjoyed my stay in Africa with them because i was sent to school in Nigeria up to university level, thanks god that am now a graduate working in a charity home , though i plan to relocate to anywhere that is if i could see someone that would really show love to me because i have dated Nigerian men which i found that they are all full of cheating. and i also have the fear of God in me...Presently i work in Nigeria in a charity home around my house i mean motherless home I am tired of staying lonely and looking for the man who will make me feel safe complete and comfortable in arms and would like to know if u have ever tried along distance relationship and would like to know the girl which u tried that with,I have really been through a lot in my past,I am looking for a man i can trust,I Will like to relocate with the man i can trust with all my heart and fall in love with,I work as cleaner in a charity home here in Nigeria,My education level is high school and would like to study more my personality traits are,Friendly Kind,Intellectual,Sensitive nurturing Loving,Romantic,Self Confident,Serious,Responsible.Humble and Decent My favorite activities are Cooking,Entertaining,Home Improvement,Decorating,Playing and Listening to Music like,R&b,Gospel,Blues,Jazz,Reggae,Classical Music and Rock&Roll,like Playing Pool,Golf,Watching Movies,Tv,Shows,Political Trails,Go Charity Events,Museum Cent res,And Traveling Weekend Trips,I have really been through a lot in my past,since this incident had happened life seems very miserable to me and Life has thought mum many things. Now i am trying to relocate to find my soul mate.I didn't hope i was going to find my soul mate on the dating site but just when i thought i should quit then you came with a sincerity word.I hope you are an honest man because the most important characteristics to me are compatibility and friendship.I'd like to find someone who's open,honest and easy going. A sense of humour is a big plus.I am looking for a honest,loving caring,open minded loyal,kindhearted,considerate,understanding,polite,decent,humble,trust worthy and down earth to every one in life and generous laugh with any one to make people happy and lifely that will not be double dating a soul mate so he won't cheat on me,I am not a lady that is after riches,nor wealth i am wanting a True Love and to be treated the sane way i will be treating my Man.My ex did took advantage of me,Which really hurt ed me so much cause i was so honest trusted and loving caring and kind hearted under standing considerate down earth to every one in life and generous laugh with any one to make people happy and lifely kind of lady that any man would like to meet in person.But my love took me for granted cause i loved him and gave him all my heart he cheated on me I learn t never to trust any one in life,I will caution my self in any relation ship i am getting my self into cause my ex took me for granted cause i can't stand a second heart broken.if we do find out that we are meant for each other then we could both find a way on how we are going to meet each other in person That is all about me and where i stay now,though love is easy to spot, when someone has found it but you must have hope in your heart before you can love and also that sometimes what you're looking for is right where you left it, which i don't know i fit
might be you. With all this that i have gone through though is very painful but i always believe that, that is the way god wanted it because we
are nothing but a pencil in the hand of the creator.Iwill stop here for now till when i would reading from you again,remembere even we are not lovers we can always remain best of friends,bye for now.
REGARDS
YeDavis

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