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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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2009-07-02, 16:18:38
anonymous from United States  
this was the address she sent me.
Name...larry more
Address...No 2 Asalu Shita
thank god my daughter had some common sense.
2009-07-04, 11:41:49
anonymous from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom  
2009-07-04, 18:49:35
2009-07-07, 08:17:33   (updated: 2009-07-07, 08:23:48)
Joseph Summer a.k.a Jody
uses myspace, facebook
says he is from Richmond, VA and in Nigeria visiting mother who is in hospital. Has several other fake photos


2009-07-07, 12:57:10   (updated: 2009-07-07, 12:58:51)
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 address. I will be glad to hear back from you soon.

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-07-09, 10:20:20   (updated: 2009-07-09, 11:05:16)
anonymous from United States  
Do not respond to a Daniel King on myspace. He goes by He is part of this scam in Nigeria. He is a great looking guy who is divorced and his wife cheated on him with his best friend (right). He is in Nigeria as a Civil Engineer and he became ill and needs money to get medicine. He is self employed but his company ran out of money and he has no cash or credit card. (right) Does he think I am stupid....

Here are some of the emails he sent me. I knew it was a scam but I played along up until he asked for money. I work for a special investigations unit so I told him he had been played.

Hope that you had a beautiful night rest with the sweetest dreams. As for me i was able to sleep for 7hours last night i can tell you its been awhile i slept for that long i was soo tired that i needed to rest i am glad after having beautiful dreams about us to be awaken and found your email waiting for me. How is your camping going so far? i hope that you are having lots of fun and thinking about me as much as i am doing over here.

I find myself thinking of you and growing fonder of you with each passing minute.I sit and wonder what it would be like to touch your hand in mine. I wonder what it would be like to look into your eyes and see the very soul of you. Are you really real? I keep asking myself this question over and over again.... how could you be real? Your so kind and sweet and considerate.

I find myself wishing and hoping that your beautiful words are true.You do say the most amazing things to me, how can I not question if your really who you say you are? How could someone so wonderful be so far away? Are you someone who is going to love me for me, not for what I look like on the outside? I have a very warm heart and I can give of it without evening thinking.I have so much love to give to the woman who can make me feel as if I am floating on a cloud without a worry in the world.

Can you make me feel that special? Can you show me that I am your everything? Can you show me all the love and support that a ''WIFE'' should show to his ''HUSBAND''? There are so many things that I am willing to share with the woman who can give me all the love and admiration that I so truly deserve, I would make her my QUEEN'' and I would forever be his KING''.Right now, I am really not sure what to expect of all this, I really do hope that you are as wonderful as you have shown me to be so far.

Are you the woman who can take my breath with just the touch of your hand on the nape of my neck, are you the woman who can make me melt inside just by looking into my eyes?
I am not for sure if you are or not, but I hope that you are the person that i will spend the rest of my life with.I will give my heart to you, it will be yours forever and I will honor you and cherish everything about you. If we are together will you take care of me? I need a woman who will cherish me and prove to me that she loves me, I can make love to you in my mind until we are together as one. All of my body and heart will be yours to hold if you are that woman that I hope that you are.

Tell me that you are the woman I have searched for, tell me you can make love to me in your mind and with your heart over the distance we have between us, tell me you will always be there for me and make sure I am taken care of while we aren't together, tell me that you will honor me until we are together as one... are you that woman my body and soul ache for?

I can promise you my everlasting devotion,my loyalty,my respect, and my unconditional love for a lifetime.I can promise that I'll alwaysbe there for you, to listen and to hold your hand,and I'll always do my best to make you happy, and make you feel loved.I can promise that I'll see you through any crisis,and hope with you,dream with you,build with you, and always cheer you on and encourage you.I can promise that I'll share my dreams my world,and every aspect of my life with you.I'll willingly be your protector,your advisor,your counselor,your friend,your everything.I believe that's what love is truly all about... please tell me i am not mistaking that you are truly that woman that i have been searching for my whole LIFE!!!

I do not have much pics on this laptop but there you go i was able to find some hope you like them. Thats my son on the other pic. Remember have fun like you would not see tomorrow with lots of expectation for the future knowing that it can only get better baby. Sending you all of my love.

God bless you.
Always Your King.

Good morning Lisa, how was your night? hope your night was full of beautiful dreams. As for me my night was cool although did not slept much but it has become a part of me alittle. I got your email about your computer i likewise got kicked off on my laptop so we couldnt chat forl long but i am glad we were able to chat for alittle while.

My heart is so full...full of joy, of hope that you are really what you speak to me. I find my self wishing that we could be together and physically touch. I want to see your eyes as we talk, see in them that the words you speak are truth. Baby, I love holding hands and cuddling, hugging. touching because I want to be close. Touching isn't all about sex but though ilove sex very much, but the feelings of a loving heart, I have so much love to give my soulmate and want to pass some to you through touch. A gentle touch, a soft kiss, a look that will send shivers down your spine, letting you read my eyes...knowing how I feel and sometimes what you have to look forward to when we get alone. I want that closeness that we know each others thoughts and can read them with a glance. I want to hold my beautiful princess at night, curled up in my arms....I want to feel cherished just as I would cherish her. I have so much love to give, true love to the right girl. Unconditional love for who she is not what she can do for you understand what I mean. Accepting the real person as they would accept me unconditionally.I want a girl with true love to give me. I want that joining where we take care of each other, where our thought patterns are focused 'on us and our children'not on 'the self' but I want the same thing...unconditional love, I don't give my love freely. It has to be to the lady who will honor me as I honor her . The lady who will know that my love is real because of the way I treat her and take good care of her. I want a woman who will stand by my side not over me and I want to stand by her side not over her, be proud of her, be honored to call her mine be able to trust and admire her. ....that is what I desire in a relationship. If you are the one God has destined for are going to be one lucky Girl

I feel that when in a committed relationship Honest,good communication and fidelity are at the top of the list. the intimacies shared in a relationship is the deepest form of trust, that is when you become one with each other. When you give yourself wholly to a person. When they are me that is the deepest form of betrayal...I have experienced it and know how painful it could be!I do not ever wish to experience such again.

I want us to know each others heart, I believe we should be able to tell each other anything and listen to the other, even if you already heard the story fifty times...just listen...that is selflessness, which is important. All the little things you do for each other, because you know they like it or just because you wanted to do it for them is part of showing you care and love. If you want me to go to a concert and its not really my thing I'd go anyway and enjoy myself so you could enjoy your self and if I like museums we go to one and have a good time (or pretend) because you know I enjoy it. I receive joy from others enjoyment. I enjoy letting others know and feel just how special they are.

Lisa, I have a loving spirit and compassionate, giving nature...that is who I am. I will be truthful and honest. I wouldn't intentionally hurt you or cause you distress, but it can happen accidently and I would hurt as bad as you because I caused it. I'd rather be honest than lie and loose your respect. I treat others as I want to be treated. I would not ever hurt someone or anyone else.

I have been told that I am too picky in times of relationship, but thats not it. I am selective. It takes a lot to spark my interest it makes people wonder at me thinking i am a gay. You have the privilege of having my undivided interest. And yes, it is a privilege. Have you heard the story about the apple tree? You can pick an apple from the ground that is easy to get to and has a few bruises or a worm in the middle that you can't see. You can try a little harder and jump for the ones on the low hanging branches. You can even climb to the middle and get a pretty good one or you can climb to the top and get the one that is kissed by the sun, rich in color, bursting with flavor, sweet and juicy. You may have had to work for it, but it was worth the time and effort it took to reach the top and the enjoyment you receive from the fruits of your labors will be your reward...Looking forward to chatting with you again soon hopefully tonight, throughout the day, may there be joy in every hour of your journey...happiness in your eyes and laughter in your voice...contentment that reaches down to the very depths of your soul...peace in your mind and love in your heart, may today be one of those rare and beautiful times you'll always remember fondly...a time when hope is restored and dreams come true, and may you take comfort in knowing that I'm here, and I care about you...Rememeber keep smiling do not let anyone steal your joy.

God bless you
Always Daniel.
2009-07-10, 21:13:06
anonymous from United States  
[ this a scam wiht]

2009-07-11, 07:41:09
wanwan from Japan  

2009-07-04, 18:49:35


2009-03-28, 03:16:07

Same person ?
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Anastasiya Basova
Dating scammer Alena

2009-07-11, 07:42:51
wanwan from Japan  
compare 2 pictures !
see above and below!
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
Is this Russian girl scamming me? How to recognize scammers

2009-07-11, 16:48:32
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
Angel at

I just tried responding to, Your last message but the postmaster
sent me two notices unable to deliver ?
So, I am unable to contact, You anymore ?

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
2009-07-12, 21:27:57 from Antioch, United States  
I have encountered Chris Louis. He told me he is from Itally but moved to LA 6 mo ago. He says he lost his wife and has a 3 year old daughter named Sophia. He went through about 4 days of love e-mails and end the end asked for help with some business proposal and he has to pay $650,000 up front and only has $600,00. Wanted my help with the $50,000 as he says he can't get a loan. Of course, going to West Cost of Afica to make this happen. He's do flattering and tells you he loved you and wants you to be the mother for his 3 year old daughter. Even sends pics of a little girl named Sophia.And of course the pics of himself are a beautiful man and you know this is too good to be true. I laugh at myself for even having a conversation with this man. He is goo though, doesn't miss a beat until he hitss you up for that money.
2009-07-12, 23:03:56
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
saddgirl******* Antioch USA

Please be advised that, You should never post,
Your e mail address on this site.
Scammers watch this site constantly.
Please contact the site administrator Peter and ask for
it to be removed.
Tell, Him the name of this thread
[ Another Dating / Chat Scam - USA / Nigeria connection ] Page # 199
Date 2009 - 07 - 12, Time 21:27:57
I cannot begin to stress the importance of getting it removed.
You will regret it if, You don't.
Be sure to never open anything that comes to, You with a attachment.

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
2009-07-13, 05:50:52
Hi, i was warned about these Nigerian scammers. I may not have the proof but the way they were being described here, i guess i have encountered one of them. Sometime in June 2009, I received an email in my myspace account. He invited me to chat with him in yahoo. Out of curiosity, i chatted with him because when i checked his profile, he was so damn good looking professional. I was told that he worked as Engineering Contractor in UK. He asked for my number and i gave him my mobile number so it would be easy for me to change numbers whenever i don't feel like communicating with him any longer. He called and the first three numbers that appeared on my phone were +234, in which i am expecting the +44 country code of UK. I found out that +234 is Nigeria's code. We had the chance to chat the next day, i asked if i could view his cam, i was told that his cam's not working instead he would want to view my cam but i refused. I asked him to post more pictures on his profile but then he told me that he will just send it through my email account; i find it so weird when i get to see his pics -- as if they were just those pics from GQ magazines that were being scanned and posted on his profile. I stopped communicating with him because i could feel that he is a one fake guy. Anybody who gets to meet this guy ('Kelly Alex') in myspace, its up to you on how you will handle all his excuses when being asked about his true identity...
2009-07-13, 10:44:11
anonymous from United States  
I've been contacted as well from a internet dating service from a person calling himself Robben Clark. He is supposedly from Italy, recently moved to the states to start a new life. Quitea story he gives. He's in sales, stuck in Nigeria because he does not have the funding to release his shipment. When I didn't send him the money, he said his agent had the money but he needed a credit card, after 10 days of chatting, he considered me his fiance and told his broker that I would help. I told him I wasn't comfortable with this and stopped talking. After a few days and a poem copied from the internet, he asked me to send him $300 to pay for hotel damage his son did by accident. He called me from a phone number in Nigeria but the connection was horrible.

I've since deleted him from my contacts.

I'm not sure the picture I've attached is actually him, but that's what he sent me.

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