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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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2006-06-13, 02:31:17
anonymous from United States  
we understood what Smith was saying even If it was Mispelled

are you our spelling monitor???

Lighten the F up!!!!

also if she can E-mail you why cant she E-mail the FBI and etc. herself??

2006-06-13, 12:00:20
anonymous from United States  
That's exactly what I told her.

Yesterday I forewarded the US Embassy webpage and Nigerian Lawyers webpage to her. She wrote to me today STILL SWEARING she's not a scammer and that time is running out for her to get her Father's money (but NEVER mentioned those webpages I sent her).

She said she can't transfer the money to her own bank account but sent me her bank's Routing Number for me to check it out.

She's also been reading this website.

2006-06-13, 14:19:55
[hidden] from United States  
anyone here been contacted by a guy using the name he has been begging me to send him money to send something from nigeria where he is suppose to be for a work assignment. He says he needs a total of $8,000 to send this to Seaford DE which is where he supposedly lives. I have continued to chat with him but refuse to send him any money, but he is apparently getting desparate and starting to get almost hostile over it.
2006-06-13, 16:18:11
anonymous from United States  
I have been dealing with my Parents estate for over a year now. Both passed away 2 months of eachother and I can tell you there is NO way that she can touch that money to transfer it to your account.
My parents owned 5 homes and some land.(Much of that I had to sell to pay the medical bills)

to Be able to touch that account, a signed and notarized Will has to be submitted to the court
Then the court has to but her in charge of the estate.ONLY if she is listed on the Will as the person to inherit the money.

Without that paper she could not even change his mailing address,phone bill,ANYTHING in his name.

After that for 3 months you have to put notice in the newspaper giving anyone notice of the deaths and let them make claims aganst the accounts.(medical bills, morgages,loans etc.)

also open a bank account in her and the Estate's name. With a New tax ID given to her from the courts and IRS
even If she was for real, by putting money in your acount you WILL !!!be investagated by the Irs. and the bank.

(An example of bank investagations)

Yesterday I bought a used car,and at the bank I gave the Man the money to pay off the Loan and give me the Title.
Because the money I gave him was over ten thou. he had to fill out paperwork to prove that he had a job and the money was not from anything illegal.

do me a favor and don't point out my spelling mistakes O.k
I am college educated but Dyslexic.

I did always wonder why thay made Dyslexic so hard to spell????
Mrs. C

2006-06-13, 18:35:07
anonymous from United Kingdom  

This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

Keywords: fake paper
2006-06-13, 18:35:57
anonymous from United Kingdom  
This is the bank statement showing my scammers $10,500,000 and the will above that of her murdered father(he was poisened poor man).

2006-06-13, 20:27:44
anonymous from United States  

Look at the date on the will
it was Made a month after he signed it.
one date under referance # is 19/12/01
date singed at bottom
and he would have to sign his full name to make it legal not just T.W.
Mrs C
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

Keywords: fake paper
2006-06-13, 23:24:52
anonymous from United States  
on the bank statement
took out the one million if she was the only one on the account???

and Damn no intrest on that much money.
that bank sucks!!!
ha ha

Mrs. C
2006-06-14, 01:15:47
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Well spotted Mrs C. To be honest I never really looked too much at the documents. But I did think it was a nice touch by the bank to include Norweigan spruce as their logo around their document. I bet you see a lot of those trees in Senegal.
I have told that I am a Church Minister and wish to build a missionary church with my cut of the deal. I even sent them my photo as a Minister. She is happy to help spread the word of god!
2006-06-14, 01:47:56
anonymous from United States  
Heres a new one, Tina is a girl from California, tricked into going to Africa and then once there left at a hotel (whitehouse hotel in Lagos Nigeria) supposedly. She needs 320 dollars to pay the hotel bill, and she has a ticket back to USA and wants to come stay with you and love you forever. Want you to send it Western Union. When I asked the 'hotel Mgr' why I couldn't just pay the bill with a Visa card, he said they were a small hotel and did not take credit cards...yeah, right. Here is the picture of the girl called Tina Anderson. E mail address used is, and the hotel mgr named Jonathan David used E mail of, they used 2 phone numbers 234-803-809-9424 and 234-805-957-1496. A guy answers the phone 'hello?' ...yeah dead give away that it's NOT a hotel!!!!! Here is the photo of the girl they claim is TINA, but I doubt she is even a white woman from Califonia, I am sure she and her boufriend accomplice are from Africa...anyway, I wish some one would catch these people and lock them up!!!!

2006-06-14, 01:56:30
anonymous from United States  
Oh yea thay got plenty of those trees, almost as many as the apple trees. and oh the best maple syrup comes from senegal..Ha Ha

you could start a new mission for the

Holy Church of The Order of The Red Breast.
This is a funny story!!
this guy scammed the scammer


Mrs. C
Mrs. C
2006-06-15, 08:12:10
[hidden] from United States  
Well, I DID it !! As you'll see below, I reported 'her' to 2 places.


Oh well.............
thanks again ALL !!

Please take care and keep up the good work ?



E-mail message

From: (C. A. Pascale)
Date: Wed, Jun 14, 2006, 10:51am
Subject: Re: Fwd: RE: Re: 419 Nigeria

Nothing may come of it, but it is at least good that they acknowledged receipt of your materials.

And at least one good thing has come out of it, which is that you are not involved with the 'lady' anymore and that is the main thing, of course.

At 08:17 AM 6/14/2006, you wrote:
Hiiiii C.A. !!   :-)


Well, they got all of it  !!

Thanks again, 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000  TIMES OVER !!

Please take care and LIVE FOREVER ?


Subject: RE: Re: 419 Nigeria
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 09:43:15 +0100
From: 'Economic and Financial Crimes Commission'

We write to acknowledge the receipt of your mail and to inform you that your mail has been forwarded to appropriate authorities you will be contacted in due course.

Thank you for contacting EFCC
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission {EFCC}

Sent: Tue 6/13/2006 8:31 PM
To: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Cc: Scam Mails
Subject: Fwd: Re: 419 Nigeria

Hiii !!   :-)

I was referred to you by

As you can see in the included emails below, I was a victim.

What now ?

She's like a 'Leech' that's under my skin / won't stop.

Please write back A.S.A.P. ?

Thanks soooo much.
2006-06-15, 22:02:18
anonymous from United States  
Thank you all so much for imforming me of this.... I too, think I have been scammed, but not yet... for I feel that I am a smart woman and nothing could happen so badly to one person, as his stories get better each time he writes... I will not send money. Nor will I fall for anyone that thinks that I can fall in love in a day... Though his pictures were quite tempting... I wish he was real but come on. There is so much you can believe.

I want to thank my friend Sheryl for clueing me in that he could be a scammer. I told her no, he hasn't asked me for money... he wants to give me money when he comes to visit me after his visit to spain and then his business in West Africa... The Shit got so deep that the waders I was wearing weren't working...

Thanks again!
2006-06-16, 21:21:38
anonymous from United States  
Here is another Named Rolex
Watch out for this one as well.

2006-06-18, 09:38:09
anonymous from United States  
Ohhh, it's OK ALL. You're welcome.

SO the last one is named after very expensive watches ? 'Rolex' ? Geee.... :-)

And the AMAZING thing that I'm seeing is HOW VERY BEAUTIFUL the photos that they are sending are ?! Especially If someone's still waiting for their very first girlfriend to fall from the sky into their arms of Pure Love, they're the ones that would be especially at their weakest.

I guess ? Right ?

Oh well........
thanks again for listening and caring.


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