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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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2010-05-04, 13:48:43

2010-05-05, 13:07:58 from United States  
2010-05-06, 12:03:03
anonymous from Estonia  
Hello annonymouse from USA that posted a half nude girl, with white pants with red hearth on

This picture is taken from a internetpage, since you can see the logo is still there up in left corner.
If it had been the girls own photo wood she almost for sure had the orginal, and not used a picture with a photoshopped logo up in left corner.
This picture is probelly stolen from a erotic datingpage, erotic modellpage, or more likely a ordinary pornpicturepage.

It shall be possible to see the pagesname, and guess the first part of the domainname is penny.
Pages with names like this is often a softpornmodels own paypage, where she or her 'modellagensie' put in own pictures to male wissitors.
This sort of softporn/glamoremodels is not so often scammers.
so this picture is 99,99% for sure stolen
The radiator is probelly not eastern Europe, or scandinavia. This curtain and old woodtable is not most of western Europe (might be latino-Europe). I guess it is a Latin-american model, and she works mainly against the USA-marked. And her pics is stolen

And this is a scammer from west-Africa that have stolen her pics, since most other names it have been used on is connected to west Africa.

2010-05-06, 23:40:08
anonymous from United States  

2010-05-08, 13:16:25
anonymous from United States  
I just read the email below and was SHOCKED that I met the exact same person with the exact same story!!! Unfortunately, I fell for it for several months and did send him lots of money. I sure feel like a fool. He sent lots of pictures in addition to the one included here. Very nice looking model from Denver was also scammed for his pictures.

anonymous from United States

was contacted by a'man?' on an online dating site He stated he was in Baltimore, MD andwas leaving on a business trip He stated hewas born in Portugal and his parents were missionaries. He was a widower and had a daughter married living in Canada with 2 children. Conversation went on for a few weeks before he left and went to London and then on to West Africia. He sold oil drilling equipment. In London he became ill and was in the hospital. His wallet was stolen at Heathrow. He asked for money and became a little distraught when it was not sent. Hedropped hisvery expensive laptop and needed to replace it because he a 7 million dollars at stake in a business deal.He sent down loaded music, cards, poems and really played me. He was hospitalized in lagos and he really was in a bindand needed any amount I could send him because the hospital had seized his passport. By now he is not calling me his angel anymore and ws getting a little uptight sounding. You could tell from his writing he had an accent. He had given me his cell phone number and it had a London area code and I had actually spoken to him when he was in 'London'. The connection was bad I was calling from Hungary at the time. He seemed very surprised to hear from me. I did not , will not send money I have not heard from him since last week after I did not send money. I had sent a package of cookies to the address in Maryland and have not gotten it back. It has been over a month.

2010-05-08, 22:23:08
anonymous from Rogers, United States  

2010-05-17, 20:11:11
This mans photos have been stolen and being used by scammers in Ghana; be careful ladies. But if you know who the guy is in the photo, please let me know if he is single. Have a couple of photos of this fine man!!!!

2010-05-17, 20:11:51
...another photo
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Lizzy Hansen

2010-05-17, 20:14:16
and a couple more
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Vereschagyna Olga

2010-05-17, 20:15:36
and another one
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Vereschagyna Olga

2010-05-17, 20:17:00
I keep the photos so that I can look at this lovely man.....damn, I wish I can find him. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Dating scammer Vereschagyna Olga

2010-05-18, 04:01:07
anonymous from Pakistan  
Hi there,
I am S.A.Bilal, & i want to have an E-Mail of this Beautifull sexy Blonde girl by the Internet Nickname ( Joy Jhonson ), kindly let her know, my email is ( ) & ( ). Byez

2010-05-18, 22:51:38
anonymous from United States  

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Dating scammer Fati Barri

2010-05-19, 14:22:38   (updated: 2010-05-19, 14:30:40)
Here' another One EVRYONE should be aware of. I had been talking to this one for more than two month's and early on I was 'Skeptical' to say the least, these People(Scammers) can be very convincing. This one saying 'I Love You' very early on over and over again, Even said that she 'Graduated' from UCF in Orlando, and that She worked At Disney! She said she was in Nigeria(RED FLAG)because her MOM was sick with 'Cancer Of The Lungs'. Not very good 'Grammar' for someone with a 'Degree' in Marketing, and the fact that she was supposed to be 'Back To Work' at 'Disney' by April 1st? I'd say she's a 'Little Late' getting back. I REALLY wanted to believe her, I'm just glad I didn't get 'Taken To the Bank', because I know that if 'Something Sounds To Good To Be True', then I'll Bet it is a SCAM! I found the pic on here, and 'Compared It' with the Ones 'She' sent me, what do you think? Looks like 'One In The Same Person' to me. I SO Glad that I'm as 'Tech Savy' as I am. LOL LOL This is the Email address (she) is using (
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Rhoda Naa from Accra, Ghana

2010-05-19, 14:32:29
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