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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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2011-10-09, 07:30:13
quote )I just concluded my M.SC, I used to work with a construction company in Brooklyn as a senior field supervisor, before moving to Georgia, Albany to be precise to set up my own firm because i thought i was getting too old working in the field :-). I'm currently working as a contractor, hence i execute contracts such as construction of houses, hospitals, rig house in offshore for oil companies, hotel and some lots more.Being my own boss is something i have always wanted and seeing myself being able to achieve that always put a smile on my face and i give God all the glory for the strength and wisdom.I live alone and like my job so much, because its fun, and i have been opportune to visit a couple of countries too. I have cousins in Spain, and also my uncle and just one cousin, are the only relatives i have here in the US.(unquote) doyou think this is a scammer

email id is

2011-10-09, 14:50:53   (updated: 2011-10-09, 14:56:21)
anonymous from Czech Republic  
I also have such experiance. One man hae found me on facebook and contacted me. He also very soon about wedding and that he lives in, US,CA. His name is , LIke he told me, Edward luis, form Chula Vista. He was in Nigeria, Lagos with his son and the son needed medical treatment. He also has written bad english, but I thought, that american english can be a little less complicated. I have sent him some money for treating his son Larry, but if he should to go home and send me this money back, he had an car accident by the way to the airport. After than a *doctor* contacted me about this accident and said to me, that police have found our mailing in his notebook and if I will pay his treatment and surgery. I declined that. Than he selfs wrote me many times with begs to help him and not let him die. I tried to find the hospital and the doctor and so came to the sites of Scam Africa. Than I was surfing through many sites and found, that this man Edward luis, using the adres edward.luis.98@yahoo. com has also adress adk profile on MySpace like Lawson Clitton nad I oso find links to profile of Tim Brown. This man had stolen all pfotos from Tim Brown, like I found, and Tim Brown is a victim, which do not know about that. After I wrote to Edward Luis, that I knew, what he did, he deleted all fake profiles and didnĀ“t contact me already. He wanted to send money to the adress in Nigeria: Daodu Ojo, Modupe steet, Shomolu, Lagos or to Ajibola Tola, Fadeyi, Lagos. I send you this warning, please, be careful and do not send any money to anyone in Nigeria. And the name of *doctor* from General hospital Ikeja lagos was Ademola Lawal and his mail: It is a scammer.
2011-10-09, 15:31:21
tracy scott ant one know of her her email is tracy_scott33@yahoo and is in nigeria studing and taking care of grand ma and from roscoe montana

2011-10-09, 16:34:51
2011-10-09, 16:56:54
May the Protocalipaora maggot fly lay eggs on the genitalia and the hatchlings pillage the anuses of all scammers wherever they may be hiding.

2011-10-09, 16:57:51
May the Protocalipaora maggot fly lay eggs on the genitalia and the hatchlings pillage the anuses of all scammers wherever they may be hiding.

2011-10-09, 23:52:07
anonymous from Denmark  
Somebody know this man,he has write many emails to me.

He call him self for Mathew Sorge 46, from New York Springvalley.United States.

He told me he work in Nigeria, but all ip.adress he used is not only from Nigeria. He told me he is alone with his 10 years old daughter Loren

ip.adress he used.

phonenumber he used +2347034865841

2011-10-09, 23:54:33
miss sorge from Denmark  
Chris Blomberg

Hello Lotte,
How are you doing today? I hope everything is going on fine with you..There is something of great important i want to share with you, though i know am not suppose to be telling you this but I just have to trust you and I know you won't betray the trust i have.

There was a contract i did for a company when i was in Malaysia few years ago, I supplied them gas because I work in a gas company the company was suppose to pay fully but they refused to balance up there payment cause of some crises the company had then....but last week i got a call from my lawyer in Malaysia that the company has agreed to pay me the balance of the money which is Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($850,000.00)..

The reason why am contacting you is that the company has given me a deadline to collect my money from the bank where they lodge it but as you already know my present location wouldn't allow me do anything from here.

As you already know I work with an Oil company and we're presently on the coast of Scotland, right in the middle of the sea drilling and i won't be able to leave here until i finish my contract which ends by October

Since I got the call I've been thinking of how to get my money but all to no avail so, I decided to contact you to see if you could help me out, I would have transferred it to my account in the US but my Ex wife lawyer is monitoring my account, if the money get to my account, she is gonna take 60% of the money which is not right cause she has never been there for me and my son, I would rather give you 30% of the money than her taking 60%.

If you're willing to help me get the funds I will give you 30% as your compensation and when I come over I will collect my 70% from you...please let me know if you're interested so that i can give you the contact of my lawyer in Malaysia, he's the one to help you secure the necessary documents as my beneficiary from the Federal High court...I want you to know that there is no risk in this cause the appropriate documents will be issued to you from court stating clearly that you're my next of kin.

So i want you to think about this and get back to me so that we can get this done as soon as possible.

Hope to read back from you soon.
Chris Blomberg.

This man he concact me in doUlike and in facebook

2011-10-10, 00:07:28
miss sorge from Denmark  
this man he name is Davis Orton

He cheating me for 10.000 dollars, i meet him in badoo.
he told me he working as a engineer in a compagny honeywell, concact the firm but the dont anything about this man. He also told me he had a lot of money in a bank 5 mill dollars.(reliance bank) the bank is ok but the dont anything about this man.
he is on all datingsites and are all from engineer and doctor. He is alsoi n facebook and had 2 profiles Davis Orton or Orton Davis.
He told me he was in Malysia for this firm and had lots of problem with the coverment.

Ip. adress

skype name da. orton


2011-10-10, 09:02:13
anonymous from United States  
guys, looks like finding your partner is like pain in the ass for you. Take your time and enjoy communication. I have no idea where these people take pictures and why they prefer making money in this manner..... But if you are a clever person, would you believe all that noncence they tell you? Hahah, i would definetely know it all lies immedeately. I found my perfect match on Since i'm with her my life is getting better and better every day! She is all I ever wanted and all I ever needed. So be patient and wait for your turn. I'm sure you're rushing things.... enjoy chatting, and you will finally find your perfect match.
2011-10-10, 19:28:58
anonymous from United States  
This man try to scammed me with money because the hotel he staying in India kept his passport and he said that he wasnt be able to get into his account. His name of Badoo is Michael Robert and he his email is
2011-10-10, 19:31:37
anonymous from United States  

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

2011-10-10, 19:32:46
anonymous from United States  
This is Michael Robert whom pretend to be Ingenier from California.
2011-10-10, 19:32:47
anonymous from United States  
This is Michael Robert whom pretend to be Ingenier from California.
2011-10-10, 19:32:48
anonymous from United States  
This is Michael Robert whom pretend to be Ingenier from California.
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