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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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2008-03-14, 11:19:00
anonymous from United States  
I also know Otis Clayton, only his e-mail is tsclytn @ His new story is that his son Henry is sick with malaria...and he has no money to get him his medicine..what a hoot this guy is. He tells me he is worth millions but could he borrow 50 bucks.These people really burn my butt. I was on a site because I am a recient widow and he thought he could take advantage of me.How low can a person go, really...He tries to chat daily with me and now I am playing the game on him and he has no idea that I have been on to him from the start. These people need to be taught a lesson, do not try to be a friend with an agenda, it ruins it for everyone...
2008-03-14, 19:37:26 from United States  
is she a known scammer?? goes by tessycrane
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2008-03-15, 08:58:15
anonymous from United States  
Yes, Tessycrane or whom ever she is claiming to be is a scammer. Have seen this photo posted many times on different sites.
2008-03-15, 10:31:03
anonymous from United States  
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Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 18:07:31 -0800 (PST)
From: 'Laykay Smith' <> View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
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From The Desk of
Barrister Laykay Smith,
34, Aiyepe Road
Aiyegbami, Offin,
Ogun State.
Tel Phone: 009 234 802 873 6669.

I am Barrister Laykay Smith from the Chamber Laykay & Associate, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Ms. Sandra Johnson forwarded your contact to me to pass you the situation report of the properties.

I am the Legal Practional and adviser to Ms, Sandra Johnson whose Father happens to be my very good client till the day of death.

Mr. Christopher Johnson is an american successful business man and properties investor who choice and love africa to be is investment base. He died in a Plane crash in Nigeria in the year 2001 october, while he was going from Abuja to Lagos to inspect is properties.

After the death of Mr. Christopher Johnson, the government of Nigeria decided to take over the properties just as a result that the buildings was not taking care of and beinging looking unkept. As a result of this, I got intouch with Ms. Sandra so she could come to claim the properties.

We came in process of this but being difficult just because Nigeria is a place where WOMEN have no say in such an issue of this nature. This is the reason why I have contacted my other collueges and our finding made us to know that it is be helpful if Ms. Sandra can get someone from somewhere who can help her acting like her husband who is really intrested in the properties and wants her wife back home as soon as possible with the news of having the properties back.


We will be using your commitment to get this propeties out, We believe that the Government will respect your opinion just by seeing whatever we present to them as what the husband of Ms. Sandra wanted from us.


I will want you to know that no risk is involve in this as we will be presenting all the documents which will back this up and also we will make avaliable whatever will show that indeed you and Ms. Sandra are legally married even under the law in Nigeria.
Believe this, We are lawyer makers and all things are possible for us to do.


1. 16. Nos of 3bedroom flat each @ Festac Town Lagos
2. 18. Nos of 2wings duplex @ FCT Abuja
3. 20. Nos of 3bedroom bungalow @ Monoton in Ibadan all in the name is Johnsons' ESTATE.


We will like to know whatever question you have over this before we can process in the court also, we will like you to send to us just your infomations such as:-

3. AGE.


1. Barrister Laykay Smith. (myself)
2. Barrister Ryan Jones.
3. Barrister. Musa Ibrahim. ( The Senior Advocate of Nigeria).

Here are the helpfull information about the properties and i will be expecting whatever questions you have regarding the issues.

Well, as for what you ask,How long it will take for everything to be Finalize;I can assure you everything will be finalize as soon as possible.Since your wife Ms Sandra has some one to stand for her i promise i will do my best possible to make sure the property get out soon. Like i said we will be using your commitment to get this propeties out.

So i will want you to get us the information asked above so that we can start the claiming as soon as possible and am assuring you that your wife will be with soon.So i will like to get back to me soon and will be looking forward to see if you have any Question.

Thanks for much for your co-operation


Barrister Laykay


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2008-03-15, 10:43:45
anonymous from United States  

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2008-03-15, 12:06:13
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Heh, you can get her ip by sending her a pic and then using start > run > cmd > nestat -a > search for a 5101 or 5191 ports (that are used by yahoo)

2008-03-15, 14:44:32
[hidden] from United States  
Very educational article. I have been knocking around some of these dating websites, too, and found very frequently that the people you correspond with are not what they seem. They seem to all have some kind of scam going on. One girl said she lived in Norton, Virginia. I thought 'Gee, that's not too far away..' Contacted her and turned out she was in England. We exchanged some emails. Eventually she cut to the chase and asked me to cash a check for her. I dropped her like a hot brick. Met a couple of others in England. they asked me to help them get visas. Same with one in Ghana (her profile said she lived in Red Deer, Canada). Met another online who said she lived in Morocco. Turned out 'she' is living in Nigeria with her 'uncle' Lawrence Nweke. We exchanged right many emails. She pestered me alot about western unioning $425 for her visa. I finally dropped her, after sending her a couple of shortcuts: one was this site about the scams, and the other was the myspace page in which she said she was living in Novato, California. She never got a dime from me.
An currently corresponding with a chick in Ghana. Smokin' pics, but taken with a BIG grain of salt....
I did get alot of nice pictures out of the whole experience...
2008-03-15, 19:03:27
anonymous from United States  
Here is an email I just got today;

Hello sweet,
I have a very full and rewarding life and would love to share it with the right man although life can be filled with love and joy without that happening. I care deeply about many things:
I am attractive, and am very warm. It may take me a little while to overcome my initial shyness, but then I am fun and funny. My dog fills my life with activity she never stops but through her I've made new and great friends.Love to do work voluntarily.
What kind of man is right for me? I need someone whom I respect-who has a great deal of integrity and a sensitivity to injustice. He needs to have enough belief in himself that he is not self-absorbed and can care about others. Common interests are a great way to begin a relationship but values and beliefs are what will keep it going that and passion!I care and i feel meeting will then bring all this first and we will get along so good i like your profile and i know u will be a darling and u seem handsome and i fear women will fight and roar over you..I had a man i loved and wanted to get along with and after i fell and wanted him to get ma married i caught him live with my friend making love on my friends bed and i warned myself not to trust men but ..we cant run away from love and i wanted to give this a try and get on the site because my friend told me about the site and am here and seeking for someone kind,lovely and great sense of humor like u can be and i know will be a great feeling

be good and like em hear from u..u can also ask anything my dear


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2008-03-15, 19:04:15
anonymous from United States  

2008-03-15, 19:04:49
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2008-03-16, 14:15:29
anonymous from United States  
Scam Artist: Michael Brown, Mike Brown, Micheal Brown


Ghana phone#: 233246230893
London phone#: 447045716341 < this # actually routed to Africa

Note: Photo Below is not of the scammer but the pic he used to create false identity

Said he resided in Annapolis MD, born and raised in Richmond VA (USA)
Speaks with accent, possibly Polish
Says he is in Jewelry business, buying and selling precious minerals, precious metals, gold bars, blah, blah, blah.....but STILL needs $$ from women for laptop, etc.
I can post LOTS of emails if anyone wishes to see.

2008-03-16, 17:03:23
anonymous from United States  
looking for anybody run in to her
2008-03-16, 18:03:33
anonymous from United States  
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 08:13:11 -0400
From: 'Barr Johnson Harry' <> Add Mobile Alert

Dear Friend,

How are you today and business in your country?

I am Barr. Johnson Harry, of the Johnson Harry legal chambers,
Newcastle, United kingdom.

I have a business proposal that will be of immense benefit to the both
of us.

If you are interested, you can contact me through My private

In replying kindly state the following:

Your full names:

Barr. Johnson Harry. Esq

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2008-03-17, 08:12:44
anonymous from India  
need communication with business people
2008-03-17, 18:58:43
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