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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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2009-07-16, 04:31:23   (updated: 2009-07-16, 04:34:41)
am wondering if anyone have seen this person he contacted me on DATEINASIA.COM website. HE calls himself RICHMOND ABI email adress Richmond A.'', real name KOUAO BLE HENU i think. Recently residing in EL PASO TEXAS, he was in China Guangzhou. i have pictures of his so called house in Texas. Please help me track him down....and enlighten other girls of this person if he is a skammer...
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2009-07-16, 07:40:04
Ladies here is another photo of Mr.Shawn Bugit.Please beware, I don't want none of the rest of you to end up like I did.Luckily I have been digging things up about him for awhile now.This dude also seems to have a thing with guys too.Found alot of intimate emails from guys around the country, inside his email.When I questioned him about being bi, he calmly told me, you are mistaken those emails were not for me.Ladies? They were all addressed to him.He's great at writing poetry it will get to you.So, please watch out.This man, or whatever the hell he pretends to be now, is out there preying on all females.So, just know when you see his face on any prof. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like hell, and don't look back.Males, watch out.Watch your back.
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2009-07-16, 12:48:49
anonymous from Saudi Arabia  
Today a debate will be held at 6:00 pm GMT- 2 pm new york time- between brother Wesam from the Muslim side and an American Christian apologist .. the topic of the debate is 'Did Jesus claim he is God?' .. so be with us in oJJl Muslim Christian Dialogue oJJl room at Middle east/Islam.
2009-07-16, 18:58:29 from Philippines  
hello everybody... I'm Gemma Velila 35 years old, single. I'm from Davao City Philippines.
I'm searching a man w/ since of humor, gentleman and a very kind man. Everybody are welcome. We will chat anytime just inform me for my email-add.

2009-07-16, 19:08:08   (updated: 2009-07-16, 19:33:54)
[hidden] from Australia  
ok ladies just reading some of your comments about grinberg smith well here are so more pics i received from and HEY come on surely you are not that thick and in love with this scammer....

2009-07-16, 19:09:53
anonymous from Australia  
ok does anyone know this guy he claims to go by the name Chris Wood..
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2009-07-16, 19:10:27   (updated: 2009-07-16, 19:33:26)
[hidden] from Australia  
2009-07-16, 19:11:27   (updated: 2009-07-16, 19:34:46)
[hidden] from Australia  
another chris wood pic

2009-07-16, 19:12:36
anonymous from Australia  
This one ladies his name is jim brawley does anyone know him
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2009-07-16, 19:14:23
anonymous from Australia  
another Jim Brawley

2009-07-16, 21:11:19
anonymous from United Kingdom  

2009-07-16, 21:20:49
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  

Thanks for all the photo's but please stop making any more
postings until, You learn how to make a posting.
That being said.
You need to provide information with each posting.
Just a name usually is useless.
Scammers use stolen photo's and tracing the photo by itself
is next to impossible.
Scammers use many fake names and change them frequently.
All, You have done was posted pictures with a name and both may
be impossible to find any information about.
Have, You considered that a photo may be of someone that is
not being used by ascammer ?
You need to tell the whole story with each posting.
What the scam is about ?
Where are they from ?
Phone number, E Mail address and header if possible.
If, Your intent is to help stop scammers then take the time
to learn what is needed to do any good.By posting no
information with the picture and name is the same as throwing
a needle in hay stack then telling someone else to find it.
So please come back and provide everything that is missing.

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
2009-07-17, 17:34:02
anonymous from United States  
I am currently still working with my scam artist.Today, I told him that I left a huge amount of cash at Western Union for him.He had already recieved small amounts from me, but this was the BIG ONE.....he wanted to play games.So, I let him play.This time, I decided to play along with him.So, after he calls and tells me his SON needs an operation, so that he will be ok again.(I'am already knowing this is his latest scam on me, I agreed to find him the cash.)So, I called him this morning telling him, ok, the cash is at the Western Union, go get it.Giving him a fake-ass MTCN number, he took the bait.You already know what will happen when he gets there, right? He started this, I never bother anyone.Now he will come back to call me, I will then take out my list and point out all the times he fucked up with OUR relationship, that led to me checking up on his ass to make sure he was legit.He met the right one this time.I've also informed my brothers friends who happen to be cops, about this scammer.Also taken the liberty to place his picture all over my hometown, post offices, grocery stores, community centers, gas stations, libraries....anywhere that women go to hang out.Please ladies beware.He's a great package.But in the end he will sink your heart.Please beware.....this charmer, is the snake in the grass, please watch your feet or you will get bit.Trust me.

2009-07-18, 02:50:08   (updated: 2009-07-18, 02:53:49)
anonymous from Australia  
Hi there ladies ok this guy here goes by the name of Chris Wood i met him in Interpals late last yr we got talking on MSN his emial add is and he claimed that he needed help with a 'consignment' ok ok i know this was my first time on the internet and being NAIVE i sent him $400 after that the usual bullshit came in each time he asked i kept makng excuses about sending money so then it got to the stage in our chatting where he said he was coming over here to AUS for a visit BUT got held up in Indonesia with heart problems after being there for a month he decided to go and die on me cause i would not send any money over then surprise surprise he contacted me again some story about being kidnapped while in indonesia and he just got out and back home to the UK he said he resides at 39 Manor Road ..Artherstone ..UK .. his number is 447011163381.. and yes he still claims he is needing money so i got sick of it and reported him to the Queensland Fraud Team Investigation and a police officer got in contact with me and they are currently investigating his ass ... he is in meet your messenger UK and in tagged as well though he uses another pic in tagges other email accounts that came up with his name is and he also goes under the name of Melina woods in face book .... so agent 86 from the USA hope that was enough info for you...and yes i know next time what to put in here when i want to shame someone and save heartache....and yes he uses this pic on most of his profiles as well....
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2009-07-18, 03:11:14
This man goes bu then name of jason scott i met hm in Tagged he contacted in MSN and MAN OH MAN talk about grow old waitng for a responce from him untill one day he asked for my home address and full name he needed it to send a check to me cause he did not have a bank account opened in the UK to cash it ..I then told him what makes you think that there is a bank here in AUS that will do it.... His email add is his number that he gave me is4470359934431... after telling him or arguing i should say about why he needs it he didn;t get back to me at all THANK GOODNESS... he cliams that he ia a beginner in here and oh yes the usual very religous as well
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