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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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2008-02-26, 14:29:10
[hidden] from Morocco  
2008-02-27, 10:24:49
anonymous from United States  
Be aware of this girl who uses mant names I know her as Hildegen Tano
Address:70 East Akowando Street
Country:Ghana 00233

aka Grace. I have seen her on this site in many areas her e mail she gave is She claims to want love to me but lets be real a girl who i never met wants love but shows a picture like this. Fist time i talked to her as many other girls from Ghana asking for is money to be western union to them

2008-02-29, 04:05:41
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Iv been having e-mails from some-one calling him-self, Dwayne Carter Hills, saying he's from New Hampshire, USA, and at the presnt in Africa on holiday with his son Cliff. we've been e-mailing just a WEEK, and he say's all the things a girl wants to hear, 'you know'!, how-ever when i received his e-mails last night, ' sounding franic with worry ', he said that his son Cliff was rushed into hospita with appendisitis ( sorry about spelling ), that he needed emg surgery, & had no funds available to pay for his treatment, where=as in our previous e-mails he was telling me of hoew succesful in buisness he was & what he owned, cars, BMW, trucks, motor bikes. & now he's strapped for cash, for his supposidly sons operation, he went through all the dramma's of ' here he his coming out of surgery now', I have to go to him, please , please, send the money now, tell no-one of my situation, does this man think im daft, I gave him an old address to see how far he was prepared to go, so to cut thi short now, he wanted me to send him £1000 dollers or pounds (what-ever), and send it to, - Mark Weiss, 234 Ogba Road, Ikeja, Lagos,Nigeria, Zip Code- 23401, & send the monet via Western Union Bank,, for me to send the money & 10 diget code, txt question - i care for, answer - Cliff.
So please let others be aware of this, & Dwayne or who-ever you want to be called, your a sad, silly man, do you honestly think we're all stupid out here, i told you what I wanted you to hear & you fell for it, because you thought Id fall for your scam, never under esimate any-one. PS, He got my profile from Catholic Match
2008-02-29, 06:38:14
anonymous from Netherlands  
does anybody now this girl she comes from accra in Ghana and use the name linda addo or lady pinket 4 real or may abio.She`s 30 years old and i think she`s a scammer.
2008-02-29, 14:37:47
Does anyone know this person, i suspect scam, would appreciate any info posted

2008-02-29, 17:34:34
this is suppose to be MARTIN 'MATT' BROWN he is a big scam artist. his yahoo email is matt_brw777 ladies watch out he scammed a loved one of mine he got her for close to $900 don't fall for his tricks

2008-02-29, 20:07:39
Is there anyone out there who has had any communication with this person calling herself Madison Andrew, supposedly out of California and now in Nigeria, very clever i suspect. Any info posted here about this person would be greatly appreciated

2008-03-01, 07:13:03
i saw this lady also on frienscout24 and send me after a while also this picture.I think in the hope to send more money.Its a bitch. really.Watch out
2008-03-01, 07:15:55
Yep she`s a bitch. i found her also on friendscout24 and send me pictures like this in the hope to make me horny so i can send her more money.WATCH OUT GUYS
2008-03-01, 11:40:27
Any info on this person, calls herself Madison Andrew,supposedly out of California and now in Nigeria. Seems dodgy, asks for money via western union after a few chats

2008-03-01, 22:51:28   (updated: 2008-03-01, 23:02:29)
anonymous from United States  
I was scammed by 'Enny Johnson' (

Eniola Johnson
40 Apata Street
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Enny Johnson

2008-03-02, 17:27:54   (updated: 2008-03-02, 17:33:29)
Crikey from Australia  
2008-02-29, 04:05:41
anonymous from United Kingdom

can you please post the email addresses he/she used so others can google and find the info on this site to be forwarned.thanks!:)

p.s LMAOOO@ whoever posted under the bad-ass cut n paste pic re-jacknife,thats hilariously bad!

p.s.s 2008-03-01, 11:40:27

california based in nigeria now..dont do it man,scammer for sure
2008-03-05, 20:28:38   (updated: 2008-03-05, 20:34:45)

2008-03-06, 19:31:24
anonymous from Pinellas Park, United States  
Well, I can say this site helped my butt. to my Yahoo address... Hello from New York, You look bla bla bal. Going to Africa to pick up my goods. Bla Bla Bla, Hello I am in Nigeria. Hello oops I dont have enough money to pick up me produt cause I dont have the duty. I care for you so, Bla Bla Bla. You get the picture, For days. Send you the flight info. See you soon. Wish I was there.Bla Bla. Even custom agent answers phone says Bla Bla Bla. Has email,Western Union, emtc. Read your site and dident go fo it. It was a Wild Ride. Glad you where here boys.......and girls....

Did ask for the room number and hotel silent after that....grin
Did a traceroute also...

Every one else listen to these parallel stories.....

Not stung - 1024.00 US


2008-03-06, 21:08:03
anonymous from Oman  
Another scam doing the rounds,posted by one Maxwel Richard,email id is

any info on this person,pls spread the word around so that all are alerted.




I have been waiting for you since to contact me for
your Confirmable
Draft of $400.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did
not hear from you
since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft
SERVICE, West Africa, I travelled out of the country
for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of December.
What you have to
now is to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE as soon as
possible to
when they will deliver your package to you because of
the expiring
For your information, I have paid for the delivering
Charge, Insurance
premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque
showing that it is
not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack
in your Country.

The only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER
SERVICE to deliver
Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is
($205.00 US)
Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier
Company so far.
Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other
money except
$205.00US Dollars. I would have paid that but they
said no because they
don't know when you will contact them and in case of
to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE now for the
delivery of your Draft
with this information below:

Contact Person: Mr.Matthew Anderson.
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal
address() and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on
the Delivery and
ask them to give you the tracking number to enable
you track your
package over there and know when it will get to your
address. Let me
repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you
receive this mail to
avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their
fee of $205.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

You should also let me know through email as soon as
you receive your

Mr. Maxwel Richards.
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