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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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2006-11-02, 20:18:27
Mrs. C from United States  

More stolen photos?

B. Ellis Photography
on that photo is from

B. Ellis Photography
Dallas, Texas
United States

Alot of his photos on on this site
also on his own site

2006-11-03, 15:28:34
anonymous from United States  
has any body ever heard of this may be scam us/nigeria
2006-11-04, 18:54:27
anonymous from United States  
If sweet_nat writes as if he is retarded and the verb tense changes without any rhyme or reason, he's probably a scammer. Tell to go pound some Nigerian sand and move on to someone that deserves your time and attention
2006-11-05, 19:42:10
anonymous from United States  
What a valuable site! Douglas Machitty may also be Shawn Mac with an email address of ( and shawn mac [].
He contacted me through Same con story for both. Lost parents and wife. Robbed in Nigeria. Needs money to feed his son. Watch out!!! He's a high pressure con man!!!!!!!!
2006-11-06, 15:38:32 from United States  
Here is the low dow on the nigerian scams... there is a school in nigeria that TEACHES this stuff. The University of Nigeria. Anyone who tells you some story that they are from the US (or possably ant where) and they are in nigeria for some reason, they are leading you down a path to some kind of scam. One of the most popular is 'I came here with boyfriend to visit his Uncle. We checked in to a hotel and he then robbed me and left me here. I now owe the hotel $900 and they have taken my passport and return airplane ticket.' Another that I have run accross is 'I cam to nigeria to attend the University Of Nigeria' I was robbed and Now I have no way to get home' If you are looking into the Online dating thing and someone wants you to contact them on there yahoo emal, simply aske them to use the dating sites email system until you get to know them. If they are truely interested they to will want to protect there anonimity and will be glad to use that system. If they say that they dont check that site very often, and they want you to contact them by yahoo ( and it allways seams to be Yahoo, only afew use hotmail), chances are high that they are trying to lead you into a scam.
2006-11-06, 16:05:12
anonymous from United States  
I have a new one.....or some of the same people who knows anyway I have a new email but same stupid people.this is from the website see emails below.


my response:well before we proceed I need to know what you look like it is only fair. don't you think so???

Thanks for the mail and ur understanding. NO NOT TOO FIR TO ME COS YOU CAN COME TO ME OR I CAN TOO SO NOT TOOWORY OK?..well am English,deal on spices,i travell a lot and presently im not in uk....took a trip to africa to source for the goods i deal on.i love swimming at my spare time...i like wat u said about urself and hope its real cos too many liers on the net plz forgive me for that ok?.plz dont fail to reply my mails as i wont want us to loose contact...oki am not always on here but you can get me via the email adrees on the subject space

this person liked what I said about myself which was absouletly nothing. you just got to laugh. no picture never responded back
2006-11-06, 17:54:57
anonymous from United States  
In reference to the entry of 2006-09-18, I've been contacted by the same girl from Nigeria. A little more information about her for you good folks that don't want to be SCAMMED. Her name is Jane Obi, 30 years old, date of birth Nove 12 and she will be 31 this year. She lives in Nigeria, City is Ogba-Ikeja, State is Lagos. You can reach her at, both email and instant messaging. I almost bought into her I LOVE U storey until I found her picture here. I've got a better photo for you. I guess the bottom line is if you have to send money then it must be a SCAM. Lesson well learned.

2006-11-06, 19:08:22
anonymous from United States  
Another photo of Jane Oli

2006-11-06, 19:50:28 from United States  
I have noticed a pattern in some of the email addresses of women from Nigeria that are out to scam. Their addresses a lot of times contain the character strings, 'luv', 'lov', 'lovu', and so on. It's a big red flag when I see this. It's just bait, and nothing more. As for Russian women. It their addresses end with a '.com' then beware. If they end with a '.ru' then they might be OK. Maybe...
2006-11-07, 03:11:54
anonymous from United States  
Meet Elizabeth Plummer from Nigeria, email and instant message address is She is a nurse who was born in Iowa and is going to return there, just needs $600 to take a plane back. How do I know she's a SCAMMER, well, my son-in-law contacted her after she contacted me and she started saying the same things to him that she said to me. Sent him the same pictures and everything. I'm so tired of the Nigeria Scams that it is unreal. IS THERE AN HONEST WOMAN OUT THERE? Doesn't look that way.

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2006-11-07, 03:12:56
anonymous from United States  
Just another photo of Elizabeth Plummer.

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2006-11-07, 04:33:42
anonymous from United States  

Her name is Miss Olaoluwa (Ola) Benson, originally from Bakersfiled, CA 93301. Her email address is She poses as a US Citizen that is now in Nigeria. Poor thing, lost her mama and papap. Has no brothers or sisters and is all alone. All she wants is a happy home and to be loved by someone, along with $1,200 to get back to the good old U.S.A.. This one is slick, will con you into your personal information and before you realize it, you've done something stupid. This one con me into my personal info and then took over my Yahoo Account, then tried to scam my daughter into a credit card number. Be very careful of this one.

2006-11-08, 05:02:02 from United States  
I have a new one for you folks, I met Jackson Smith an immigrant from Poland 25 years ago on yahoo personals [(amagunrunner) redflag]. I told him that his name wasn't Polish to please explain. Fluffed it off and said that he had been divorce for ten years. We chatted back and forth for 4 months then he disappeared for a couple weeks then came back wanting to develope a relationship. I reluctanly said maybe. Two weeks later after a few days absence I get an IM stating that he has flown to Poland to be with his daughter Kelly, who is very ill in the hospital and wants to borrow $200.00. I infacticly said no. A few days later he asked if I would make some Western Union (WU) transfers for his business, (selling electronics). As it turned out I did a couple for him with money going to Femi Aje, whom he is contracted to work and was an old college roommate from Metropolitan University in London. Femi is from Logos Nigeria. I called the FBI and local police today to file a report because he decided to ship to me a pallete of electronic stuff, (ink cartridges and laptops). This site is very valuable if you find yourself in a similar situation, because as a victim does not afford you justice. http://www.fraudaid..proof.htm
I am posting his picture from yahoo personals which state that he is from Shrewbury. Ma, but after some investigation found that he used a felonious address of Keyport, NJ.
Be aware that this Jackson Smith is not his real name, (identity stolen) and he has stolen tens of thousands of dollars from Busness's to support his nefarious dealings. I did get to speak to him on the phone a couple of times and suggested that his accent was not Polish but Middle Eastern to which he replied, 'a couple of people have told me that before.'
Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you.
After talkingn to the FBI agent this evening he didn't seem too concerned, nor did the local police.
This is a billion dollar industry for scammers and there has to be a collective grassroots effort, other than the 419 site to deal with these criminals, without compromising our saftey.
Any suggestions to maybe contact your local TV stations for an epxose?

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2006-11-08, 15:47:32
anonymous from United States  
what are you going to do with the laptops?
2006-11-09, 15:42:09 from United States  
The woman in the photos below goes by the name of Roseline Ashely. She is from Cape Town, South Africa. She seemed to be an honest woman for a long time. I corresponded with her for nearly a month on a daily basis and nothing unusual happened. The only thing I had any issues with was the she seemed to like to quote a lot of biblical scriptures to me. It’s not that I do not believe, I just do not have a habit of tossing it at someone without their permission. She never asked.

Her singles profile stated that she had a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Not true. In reality, she has very little income and claims to work for a charity organization. She volunteered nothing about her background to me, despite my asking repeated questions. She would always jump to another subject.

When she decided that she wanted to come here, I told her to get her passport and go to the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town to see about a K-1 visa. She comes back at me with a story about going to the office and getting a hard time from someone that worked there. A friend took her to a travel agent who claimed he could get her a visa. Also she insisted that I pay for a “round-trip” ticket. $1,982. I contacted the U.S. Consular there and told them about this visa. They bluntly stated that no one but their office can issue a K-1 visa. I had also contacted the State Department in Washington D.C. and told them about the travel agent visa situation. It appears they may have contacted the consular themselves.

When I told her of all this, the roof blew off. She accused me of being childish, and messing everything up. I told her a round-trip ticket was not necessary for a visa, and that I had to file a form here before she could get one. She talked to me like I was the devil himself. So much for her religion. Did I ever care anything about her? Not really. I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it did. Was she really being dishonest? I do not know. Naïve for sure...

Name: Roseline Ashely

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