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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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2009-04-18, 21:11:14
anonymous from Salem, United States  
You know that is a scammer Right ?
Her pictures make up volumes on this site. Even the forces of KAOS are not as
diabolical as these scammers.LOL It is easy to spot scammers on most any web site.
Someone just asked today how they could bait a scammer ? LOL
Who needs bait ? LOL I cannot check my inbox without finding a list of scammers.
If, I register on a dating site at all, I get jumped by 5 or 6 the first day, I post
a profile. Even the so called better sites. Same results. That includes a disclaimer
posted boldly at the head of my profile saying flat out scammers beware.
It just cracks me up because they flock to me no matter what, I do. LOL
I won't use a dating site ever again. Its a scam to have to pay to be contacted
by scammers. LOL The sites are slow or just don't do anything to remove them.
Google Cosmos Faibi and you will see a posting for peoplemeet or some such site.
Usually at least two postings to dating sites. Thats my scammer still right there
and not being affected by the fact the Delphifaq link is just below her listings. LOL
It sickens me to read she is new to the dating thing. The Cosmos Faibi at the top
of the Google listing from America is not connected in any way.
Keep yourself safe Zeigfried and once more you know the photo you posted is
a very common one used by scammers. So its a scammer for sure.
Would You believe its a Monkey sitting at a computer trying to get your money ?
Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
Below is a example of our new Troop effort under the Obama Administration LOL

2009-04-19, 01:04:35
anonymous from Malaysia  

This image was also posted here:
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2009-04-19, 01:05:25
anonymous from Malaysia  
2009-04-19, 01:05:54
anonymous from Malaysia  
2009-04-19, 01:06:29
anonymous from Malaysia  
2009-04-19, 01:07:20
anonymous from Malaysia  
2009-04-19, 01:25:19
anonymous from Salem, United States  
Good posting look at all the names that appeared above each photo.
Click on any of those and compare the stories posted under those names.
Obviously the photo's are stolen by scammer's. By comparing your story to the
other postings you may determine if in fact it is the very same scammer.
The stories and names do not have to be exact matches. Look for similar traits
that give away the scammers style. Please post as much information as possible.
The more detail the more useful the information can be used by others to be helped
if they are scammed. Thank You for your effort to post what you did.
Every piece helps. Please learn all you can about scams and scammers.
Once a scammer has connected with you they have your information and will try to
scam you again. Using different photo's and name and e mail address.
Kindest Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//
This image was also posted here:
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2009-04-19, 12:00:28
anonymous from Bucharest, Romania  
HELLO ALL, i recently received the same kind of e-mail. Only this time was from a woman named Cathy aparently the daugther of Alphonsus Godwin. Aparently she saw my add for selling an apartment in my town. See the mesage below also i have attached the picture. After reading the mesage with that Joy woman and thanks to the note our friend made regarding the IP i have checed her ip on and learned that this Cahty caracter was from Monroe Washigton. Thank God for the internet!!
Hello Dear, How was the Easter celebration with you? I hope great. I am happy in your reply to my email, meanwhile like i told you, my name is Miss Catherine Godwin, I'm 24 years old of age, from Rwanda in Eastern Africa, I am 5.10ft/178cm tall, fair in complexion, never married before and still single, but presently i am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal (in Western Africa) as a result of the civil war that was fought in my country Rwanda, I am the daughter of late Dr. Alphonsus Godwin. My father late Dr. A. Godwin was the managing director CEO of (an oil company) GoddyAlphs & Associates (Ltd), and he was also the personal adviser to the former head of states in my country Rwanda before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed him alongside with my mother.

we have asked her to giv us a telephone number where we can contact her

In this refugee camp we are only allowed to go out briefly on Mondays and Fridays of the weeks, It's just like one staying in the prison but i hope by God's grace i will come out from here soon. I don't have any relatives now whom i can go to as all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war. The only person i have now is Reverend Father Mathew Jude who is the Rev. Minister in charge of the Church built here in the camp by the United Nations, the Reverend has been very nice to me since i came here, but i am not living with him rather i live in the females quarters because the camp here has two quarters one for men the other for women. The Reverend's tel. number is (00221-765260355), you can as well reach me through this his office phone, if you call just explain to him that you want to speak with Catherine Godwin so that he will send for me at the females quarters in the camp, i am as well using the computer in the Reverend office here to communicate with you. As a refugee here i don't have any right or privileged to anything be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country. I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year in the university as a medical student before the tragic incident that lead to the death of my beloved parents took place.Please listen to this, i have my late father's certificate of account and the death certificate here with me, which i will send to you later. This is because when my father was alive he deposited some amount of money in one of the leading banks in Europe which he used my name as the next of kin to the account, the amount in question is $4.7M. (Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars). And like i told you i want to invest this money in buying some real estate properties down before i go back to pursue and complete my degree course in the university as a medical student which have always been the good wish of my late parents for me.
I will be looking forward for your positive response and concern to help me out over the transfer so that i can give you my late father's account details and the bank contact information so that you contact the bank immediately for the transfer. I am attaching my photos for you in this mail, i just hoped you will like them even though i am not all that photogenic. I await a news from you soonest, until then do have a nice day, Sincerely yours Catherine .

of course we did not believe her see the photo
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Dating scammer Goodwill Ajaratu
Dating scammer Goodwill Ajaratu

2009-04-19, 14:50:41
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ anonymous from United States 2009-04-17, 21:30:16
Re: MBF (my best friend)
I'm sorry to hear your friend is that hooked, they are good at what they do, they talk sweet nothings and the like. Most people just melt under that type of talk. If you can only get her to understand the saying 'if it seems to good to be true then it is' also tell her that there is no one looking for love coming from Nigeria, they are all scammers.
I can understand she is in wonderland at the moment! I just hope she doesn't crash too far when she finds out the truth.
I'm sorry I've not been able to help more.
I hope you can keep us posted on what happens. Also when the penny drops you could direct her here and we will try to help her get over her shame! We understand because we've been through it ourselves.
Good luck trying to convince her!
2009-04-19, 14:57:13
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ Zeigfried
Your photo of is also known as Barbra claims to be from Wellington NSW Australia. She made a passing glance at me and never got back. She contacted me through Yahoo personals. The profile said she was 48 yrs old....not likely.

2009-04-19, 16:38:20
anonymous from United States  
Ziegfreid here,
If you're from Australia you might be familiar with Almost every woman on this site is a scammer. I was playing an online game called hot or not, this pic came up many times.......I think on the first night, I saw more than 10 profiles with this pic! And person lets you lift the pictures from others profiles!
Here in the USA we have a site called Plenty of Fish thats totally free, and they don't allow other countries in, but all they have to do is lie.....I've actually met ladies from my town that are real people. Maybe they have a down under version!

2009-04-19, 16:50:25
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ Ziegfreid
I've heard of from this site but have no profile on that one. I'm not sure if I'll join another one, I either get scammers or woman that are 10 + yrs older contacting me. Maybe I should be happy with an older woman.
I think we do have (Plenty of Fish) one here, I'll look it up and thanks for the heads up.
2009-04-19, 17:24:19
OJAS from United States  
Steve, here are some hits, pictures possibly stolen from
2009-04-19, 18:48:18
Steve_dux from Australia  
@ Ziegfreid and OJAS
That photo sure gets around. No wonder..... the woman in it is a real honey! ;))
I tried some links, some have the photo others didn't. The profiles on the dating site's Blackplanet looks scamish. http://www.blackpla..ulietmaj/
Member Since: Dec 15, 2007
Sex: Female
Age: 27
Last Login: Jan 19, 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Race: Asian/Pacific Islander
Zodiac: Aries
Jaanet Arion as named on http://vietsingle.v..1&z=2&q=2

Jaanet Arion
IP và Ngày: on April 6, 2007 at 5:47am
Sửa Chữa Ngày:     September 24, 2007 at 4:27am
Giới Tính:     Nữ
Tuổi:     35
Chiều Cao:     5 Feet 11 Inches (180 cm)
Cân Nặng:     Will tell you later
Thân Hình:     Athletic
Từ Thành Phố:     South Miami Beac
Tiểu Bang:     Florida
Zip:     32313
Đất Nước:     United States
Tôn Giáo:     Cơ Đốc Giáo
Học Vấn:     BA/BS (4 years college)
Nghề Nghiệp:     Social worker
Hút Thuốc:     Không Hút Thuốc
Uống Rượu:     Biết Uống Một Chút
Gia Cảnh:     Sống Độc Thân
Mục Tiêu:     To try new things.......
Giờ Rãnh Rỗi:     I love to go to Cinema,swimming,camping,shoping and I love listern to music......
Tôi Là:     My name is Janet Arion and American/Canadian.i was born in Fl.but i grew up in Canada,ONT.i had a great and very interesting upbringing....I'm 34,single...loving and caring friends always saying I'm a very humble and funny gal,I think i can make them laugh....i av a brother called Sam.I lost may Dad when i was 10years...I love to try new things even,relationship.Actually,have been hurt before but,i think life must continue....I love to travel may be because of the nature of my Job,I work with UNITED NATIONS [ ( THAT'S A GOOD EXCUSE TO SAY SHE'S IN NIGERIA )Steve_dux ] serving HUMANITY,i love it so much.........I was brought up to see people as equal,and not about the gender...I have a great respect of any HUMAN being...
Tìm Kiếm:     emm....anyway,I am interested in someone who is confident, ambitious, hard working, open minded, loyal, respectful, and great sense of humor.

Interesting to note that has an IP sddy attached 5th line of it's addy. No prizes for guessing........

http://www.ip-adres...1.190.40 IP address location & more:
IP address [?]: Copy [Whois] [Reverse IP]
IP country code:     NG
IP address country:     ip address flag Nigeria
IP address state:     Lagos
IP address city:     Lagos
IP address latitude:     6.453100
IP address longitude:     3.395800
ISP of this IP [?]:     Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd
Organization:     Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd

The photo has another's name on it....Annie

2009-04-19, 18:52:11
Steve_dux from Australia  
Name Jaanet Arion on http://vietsingle.v..1&z=2&q=2

The owners IP Lagos Nigera.....Not the woman in the photo

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