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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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2009-01-31, 19:35:42   (updated: 2009-01-31, 19:38:17)
anonymous from United States  
how bout this one?

2009-01-31, 21:08:45
anonymous from United States  
another here, says shes an artifact seller even gave me a website showing stuff,

2009-01-31, 21:09:39
anonymous from United States  
1 more

2009-01-31, 22:45:40
anonymous from United States  
I think this phot belongs to an America Next Topel Model named Bree or this model and u see th potos and compared... Maybe I am wrog see by uself
2009-02-02, 02:49:00
Fred from Germany  
above pics from Yaya DaCosta

2009-02-02, 02:52:18
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Thanks you guys and here's some more good news just in!!!


2009-02-02, 08:58:19
anonymous from Serbia  
please be carfull from this address ( you can find this person in a lot off dating sites and it claims like a clothing model , ...... than countinue with a pics and long stories............... and than gives you this phone number + 2348051719331 and than ask you for the money BEWEARE,,,,,,,,,,, i ll get picture later and publish couse i just saw this site..................................
2009-02-02, 19:05:50   (updated: 2009-02-02, 19:07:35)
anonymous from Australia  
Here's another one! Australia - NIgeria connection. Refer Website NOTE: THis is a FREE Dating site and it is full of scammers!

Thsi one is sandarlawrence65, also using

It seems like a typical Nigerian one to me, although she? claims to be from Adelaide, Australia and working as a model in Nigeria. Here's an excertp from a Yahoo chat (NOTE: I was baiting her to the max!)

angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:33:57 AM): but if i ask for help of 300
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:34:04 AM): you cant help me
Craig (3/02/2009 9:34:12 AM): 300 what?
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:34:14 AM): you know i want to be with you
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:34:19 AM): and have your kids]
Craig (3/02/2009 9:34:42 AM): Are you asking me for money?
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:35:07 AM): am telling if i need a help for a hotel payment
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:35:13 AM): you can t help me
Craig (3/02/2009 9:35:44 AM): Don't you get paid for your modelling?
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:37:22 AM): i do but for now i have dont have much on me john
Craig (3/02/2009 9:38:02 AM): I Don't you have a Credit Card?
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:38:34 AM): i dont use it i lost the one am using
Craig (3/02/2009 9:38:57 AM): That's bad luck
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:38:58 AM): baby you know how much we want each other
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:39:16 AM): it is not my fault john
Craig (3/02/2009 9:39:43 AM): Can you email me your bank details and full name etc and i'll see what I can do
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:40:13 AM): you know i dont have bank acount here
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:40:33 AM): you can only send it through western union money transfer
angel angel angel angel angel angel angel angel (3/02/2009 9:40:35 AM): ok
Craig (3/02/2009 9:42:08 AM): If Ok. Then email me the details. Don't give them to me in here becuase it is not secure enough. My email is very secure because I have special software that I use to prevent anyone else accessing it

Photos attached!

2009-02-02, 19:10:39
anonymous from Australia  
sandralawrence - another pic.

I also ran the email header through Geopbytes and, as expected, the IP was untraceable.

2009-02-03, 00:28:41   (updated: 2009-02-03, 00:35:09)
anonymous from United States  
i will post chat records as soon as i can make the annomus girl called herself Panford Baah Tawiah tried for 300 bucks for internet and phone said she wuold marry an come to the us phone and e-mail traced to Accra,Ghanna. Thought i would share good luck out there !

2009-02-03, 00:30:31   (updated: 2009-02-03, 00:31:56)
anonymous from United States  
this is another pic of her the 3rd one is graphic so it will not be posted

2009-02-03, 03:37:26
Fred from Germany  
seems be very popular

alsu used by her

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Hello Dear

How are you doing,hope that everything is well with you there and also doing okay.This is Missy ,i want to let you know that i have your email address now.So i decided to send you this note to see if you will get that.If so then,i will be glad that you will write to me and tell me more about yourself and also send me some pictures as you can see that am so much interested in you now.

So i will be waiting to hear from you soon.


2009-02-03, 09:25:07
anonymous from United States  
I was getting scammed by a maybe female claims to be a import/export. she will actually send you a box of candy to get you hooked. then she wants money to help buy a computer for her son Jerry and she will send you photo's. thenits to her hubby died years ago and she is so horney. she ends up saying she owes tax on 950k and can't pay for it. i was play with her cause i knew it to be a scam so it went from 10k, 5k, 500.00, so be aware she has popped up on my other web site also and she doesn't know who i am there. she goes by linda bakers, linda williams. address 17 oshifila street, ikeja, lagos, nigeria. be aware. thanks.

2009-02-03, 14:53:46
The 'sandralawrence65' picture shown above was used by a 'Luve4u' who contacted me on Adultfinder. The picture belongs to Melanie Paris, an escort in Paris. Luve4u claimed to be from Cape Town, South Africa. She writes perfect english and and takes her time before coming to bussiness. I add another picture from the escort's website.

2009-02-03, 17:19:20
anonymous from Netherlands  


I am called Monica murrey,I am a very beautiful looking nice girl very attractive and romantic both caring and lovely. looking for a nice handsome man.i saw your profile on ( today and found you worthy to be
mine as some one whom i can lay on hisarms as long as love is concern, teassing you all the supernatural satisfactions,and intense emotion of feeling so
strong for you. If you are interested inknowing more about me and for me to send you some pictures of mine, then contact me direct to my e-mail address here,.
thus( )awaiting to hear from you.

This messega has not been send by email, but by private hyves message for your information
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