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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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2009-04-11, 22:30:47
[hidden] from United States  
I have been contacted by a new more crafty scammer now, possibly the same scammer using a different modus operandi, this one has a business she had to be in nigeria for promised me she had her own money and that she would not need mine, then it came problem @ the air port she needs 950$ When I refused she said how about 200$ I replied would you believe I'm broke, then she came up with a customer owes her money but I have to cash a money order and send it back to her in cash they won't cash it in nigeria it has to be done in the u s , they will try anything I gave her a po box to send it to I may actually be able to have my bank set something into motion with the document if it really arrives I'm not even stoopid enough to try and cash it but I will take it to the authorities and let them study it keep hunting agent 86 over and out

2009-04-12, 04:43:55
anonymous from United States  
Hello Hidden from the US
Ha Ha Ha If it were not for the fact your new sweetie is from Nigeria, I would swear
she was my scammer from Ghana. If she sends that money order to you treat
like Nuclear waste. LOL I liked your comment would you believe, I'm broke. LOL
Thats a cute girl for sure. Only wonder who's picture it really is ?
No white girls in Nigeria looking for love. Only lame scammers looking for blood.
My scammer actually tried to get me to withdraw money from a credit card account.
No doubt a stolen card. She was mugged and somehow forgot to tell me when
it happened. I guess those kind of things happen every day in Ghana so she forgot
to mention it to me. LOL You are so right they will come up with anything to get the money. Enjoy the ride but be sure to keep your arms and legs inside until the ride comes to a complete stop. LOL
Kind Regards Happy Easter Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//

2009-04-12, 17:56:47
anonymous from United States  
can anyone tell me if elena4luv101 is a scammer? i would really like the help with this thank you
2009-04-12, 21:17:35
OJAS from United States  
Anon US 2009-04-12, 17:56:47, Just one look at the e-mail user name, an obvious scammer http://www.delphifa..212#99309
2009-04-13, 17:08:32
anonymous from United States  
agent 86
well . . . . my uncle sold EVERYTHING he is left with one chair, his laptop of course and his cell phone he sent the money 'she' requested yesterday and is expecting get this - six million dollars today or tomorrow. its so sad he is to be out of his apt by the 15th of this month just a couple of days but he is not worried heck no he told my mother when he gets his money he will be getting a bigger and better place for him and his 'mary'. he so called 'wife' i am sick over it but we have tried everything he just don't get it. SO my question once they get this money i am sure they will try for more am i right ??? and how on earth can you marry someone legally over the internet ???
still hunting for answers
2009-04-13, 18:52:37
anonymous from Salem, United States  
Hello Anonymous from The US
This is the worst scam, I have ever heard about. OMG really ? Six Million ?
The scammers will be able to retire on that much money. Hell they may even own
their own Country now. As to will they keep up the scam ? That should be no.
After they get that much money they should disappear. I could not see them continuing
after that. In fact you would think they would go into hiding to keep from getting caught
with that kind of money. I don't even know how that much money could be transferred ?
Your uncle should have reality hitting him real soon. His so called wife will just
disappear. I have never heard of any marriage that can be legal on the net ?
What can, I say this is one for the record book's. With that much money involved
you should be able to go to the FBI and file a complaint. But, I'm certain without
your Uncles participation in that nothing will be done. You know as well as, I do
He is not going to be alright after the scammer just stops talking to him and
disappears. I know scammer's keep trying to scam. But this is the big score they dream
about. Why should they keep scamming him ? He most likely said He's broke now
anyway. But the sick bastards who knows if their greed has any bounds ?
I am so sorry that this ended this way. I know you tried to stop him.
But that is the problem every victim faces. It is very sad when the victim refuses to
listen to the people that truly Love him. The real danger now is how he reacts when
He knows for himself he was robbed. I never thought anyone would ever send that
much money to someone they never met. I am unable to fathom what reason
could have possibly been given to him to even ask for that much money ?
Your uncle I'm sorry to say sounds completely out of his mind. No disrespect meant
by that. He obviously needs help. He has shown he is very irresponsible concerning
his own welfare. I know if, I had that kind of money, I wouldn't have been living
in a apartment. I hope you can at least help him not to hurt himself.
Please believe me, I would tell you how to get his money back if, I knew ?
Hopefully some of the other guy's on here can help in some way.
OJAS , and Dirk, 007, Steve_dux , Wanwan ?
You have my sympathy for what has happened. Your uncle made his own decisions
so that should in no way make you feel bad. You tried to stop him.
Kindest Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
PS : If possible try to keep him from deleting any e mail's from the scammer's.
As that is the only way of tracking them. Also he must have some kind of papers
showing the money transfer. Those will help also.

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2009-04-14, 05:40:45   (updated: 2009-04-14, 05:43:34)
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ anonymous from United States 2009-04-13, 17:08:32

I'm almost at a loss as to the believability to this story! Be as is may I will try to add something!
Email your uncle this link: just replace the underscore with a full stop that is one of many sites that Melissa is on. Your uncle's new love is probably a young black African male, so refer to your uncles new love AS SUCH on as many occasions as possible, it might sink in!!!

It seems to me he needs to be committed to an asylum. There's no offense is meant, but to give away all that one has even the furniture. Leads me to believe in a mental illness, of some sort.

2009-04-14, 05:49:15
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ Agent 86 Maxwell Smart

You've done a good job Max! Some people can't be helped no matter what you or any one does, even those that love them. It sounds like it's too late, but it might not be, it depends how it was sent (as to paper work regarding the transfer, it can be done electronically. Then there will be email confirmations to his address.).

As to getting it back, he will have to apply to have it returned, no one else can do that. Usually banks limit the amount that can be width drawn each day so there should be a money trail. That amount of cash is not held by a bank unless it has been ordered in advance. So there would have to be electronically transferred to their money trail,
He may not get all of it back, but it will have to come from him unless he can be committed to an asylum (that takes time and may not be enough of that before they can clean their account out and then clear out) It's a long shot because they might have an account that is an offshore type of account that is protected by that countries laws. It's a sticky situation that I have only heard about and don't know much about!
2009-04-14, 06:21:20   (updated: 2009-04-14, 06:22:37)
anonymous from United States  
I think this guy is describing the send me money to get the six million released, I'll send you the six million, then I come to you and the money and we live happily ever after........

2009-04-14, 08:59:11
anonymous from Canada  
Hey Max... I think you better consult with 99 for a minute or two. The guy who was scammed, fell victim to the... 'old money to be sent trick'. The scammer gives some BULLSHIT story about how all 'her' relatives were killed in a fiery plane crash (they have more plane crashes in Nigeria than everywhere else in the world combined ya know)... and her Dad was the Uncle of the late Prince of Niggerland who was a wealthy diamond dealer, who has this 'secret bank account' that they have to get out of the country. Your role??? Help them get this NON-EXISTENT money out of the country... and they will give you a 30% share... simple as that!!! Oh ya... and it is ALWAYS IN THE MILLIONS... how else would they tweek anybody's interest??? They send you a series of phony but authentic looking documents... which SUCKS in the victim. All the victim has to do... is SEND VARIOUS INCREMENTS OF MONEY... for a bunch of bullshit fees, which also don't exist! They are simply making the scammer successful in his endeavors. They take all the money the victim will send... and sometimes even send the victim a very authentic looking Bank Draft... but the sad part is... it ain't real! The whole clever scheme, is set up by SIGFRIED and SCHTAKKA!!! But due to HUMAN GREED and the thirst for riches... people fall for it everyday! The guy mentioned above... sold all his stuff to send their 'fees'. He didn't send THEM 6 million... that's how much they promised him!!! The truth is... HE IS GOING TO GET FUCK ALL... he sold all his shit for nothing more than a CLEVER NIGGER who duped him. He better go and get a job, because rent will be due in exactly 16 days... and the CHEQUE IS NOT IN THE MAIL!!! Keep up the good work Max...

2009-04-14, 10:29:24
anonymous from United States  

2009-04-14, 10:31:45   (updated: 2009-04-14, 10:35:07)
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ anonymous from United States 2009-04-14, 06:21:20 (updated: 2009-04-14, 06:22:37)
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@ anonymous from Canada above......
Your right!
I read Max's first and then read anonymous from United States 2009-04-13, 17:08:32 too quickly. Uncle spent all the gain 6 million nothings.

I'm afraid there are too many people falling for that trick. Last year in Australia there was over 20 million sent to West African countries.
2009-04-14, 20:23:42
anonymous from United States  
Hey Anonymous from Canada, thank you eor knowing what I was talking about and explaining.........Zeigfried, Kaos Agent
2009-04-14, 20:23:46   (updated: 2009-04-14, 20:24:28)
anonymous from United States  
Hey Anonymous from Canada, thank you for knowing what I was talking about and explaining.........Zeigfried, Kaos Agent

2009-04-14, 21:22:06
anonymous from United States  
has anyone know this guy?????
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