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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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2009-03-05, 01:34:29
Wow!!!!!! I ish that I would've seen this site earlier.... Yes I was one of the fools who bought into this, stupid me... Well just so you know never talk to Tracy Jones aka because she is really really good!!!
2009-03-05, 01:43:14
I posted one of these before but I didnt know you could attatch a pic of the scam artist! So here you go.... She calls herself Tracy Jones and her email is

2009-03-05, 17:02:00
[hidden] from Stockholm, Sweden  
Dear Friends. To all of you knowing about this excellent site! Is there no need or will to take this more siriously and try to do something agains it? I just can't except that somebody is using the god will, the will to get a partner(otherwise you wouldn't invest your money), maybe also the will to help and then use this against us. This is individual. As I devorced 3 years ago, I thought I would after a sertain time find somebody. Well, I didn't. So I tried it via a site thats provide you excess to people also beeing alone. It is more that regretable and depreving, who ever does seek this contact, to make this experience. I will fight every one who is going to try this awful pattern. HAW
2009-03-05, 17:37:41
It seems all the ladies from Nigeria,Africa and Russia are all scams for money..they will stroke you along then ask for money to come to you..when you tell them no they get pissed then you dont hear from them again..
2009-03-06, 11:16:38
anonymous from United States  
rating yep that's a scammer. When My husband and I were getting divorce he decided to hook up online dating services (jerk) anyways she email him too same junk the only difference is my idiotic husband sent her $1500!! and swore marriage to her and her to him..I read her emails and give me a break she fell in love within weeks and my dingdong of a husband believed her! bwahaha he was going to send her $3000 dollars for her to come and visit him. I swear some men are so stupid sometimes you just want to hit them!

2009-03-06, 12:08:01
rating this person is from Lagos, Nigeria) so don't be fool people by him
2009-03-09, 14:24:29
anonymous from United States  
Recently been hit by this scam as well, I ran a traceroute on her ip, and it came up in Israel.

She is going by the name Rebecca Mayer. And I even got her phone number that she used. 07027219087

Obvious scam. I met her through (Eharmony has already removed her)

2009-03-11, 04:18:38 from Agege, Nigeria  
hi....watssup,am oscar and i wud luv 2 hav u as a friend plz?
2009-03-11, 12:10:55
kolly.moore (11:35:12 PM): :(
kolly.moore (11:35:20 PM): Got your email
me (11:36:06 PM): i'm sorry but scams go on everyday online and until i have proof i cant give out that type of money
kolly.moore (11:36:44 PM): this life is cruel
kolly.moore (11:37:03 PM): i almost want to kill myself
me(11:37:37 PM): get on web cam
kolly.moore (11:37:49 PM): Can not here
kolly.moore (11:37:53 PM): cam
me (11:39:11 PM): do u understand where I'm coming from
kolly.moore (11:39:23 PM): yes
kolly.moore (11:39:32 PM): babe trust me on this
kolly.moore (11:39:43 PM): i have got nothing to hide from you
me (11:39:50 PM): I want to but its is hard
kolly.moore (11:40:21 PM): i understand how you feel about this but honey put yourself in my shoes
kolly.moore (11:40:34 PM): honey is kinda hard i know
kolly.moore (11:41:32 PM): but believe me am being sincere with you
me (11:41:52 PM): if only i knew you more than a week I would hussle up the money u need but i can't put myself out like that
me(11:43:35 PM): u said u had attachment of the hotel bill give me the name of the hotel
kolly.moore (11:44:45 PM): Main step hotels and resort
me(11:45:17 PM): room number
kolly.moore (11:46:32 PM): 21
me(11:47:36 PM): the location city there and give me your address here sorry but my training is kicking in
kolly.moore (11:49:07 PM): what training ?
me (11:50:36 PM): is that the correct spelling of the hotel
kolly.moore (11:51:23 PM): yes
me (11:51:44 PM): i just moved back from New York a year ago and there I worked in the police department
kolly.moore (11:52:28 PM): ok
kolly.moore (11:52:30 PM): good
me (11:53:20 PM): so give me more info
kolly.moore (11:53:36 PM): Like ?
me (11:54:40 PM): number to the hotel addresses
kolly.moore (11:55:28 PM): +2348056445907
kolly.moore (11:57:50 PM): 2 Adeleke Drive, Ikeja, Lagos
me(11:58:53 PM): here
kolly.moore (11:59:28 PM): thats it
2009-03-11, 12:23:41 from United States  
Dearxxx, I am sorry I could not get on to mail you...its because of what happened to me...I was due to come back to US today but something happened to me and I could not make it again.... I got attacked by some robbers here and they took my valuables and my money too I was unable to recieve any text cos they took away my phone as well i have been to the police and and also the Hopital i have some bruises on me. I am so confused and I am weeping now because I was due to pay up my hotel bills and then leave but I cant now because the money I was supposed to use was that which was stolen...I dont want you to feel that I am after money or anything but I am just asking if u could help me in anyway..I know its kind of hard but I need to pay up this hotel bills here so that I can be allowed leave here for US. Pls in any little way you can just help me and I will really appreciate it...The bills total $1650 but with help from uncle I was able to pay $1000..I feel awful having to ask you for money but really I am in a tight corner and dont know what I should do.........I dont know if you could help me with the rest which is $650 ..ok??? I promise to pay you back on my return to the US.Even if you dont have up to that..U could just tell me how much you could help with so i can tell you how to get it sent to me..Thanks and sorry if i am bothering you with this...take care..I also attached the bill breakdown from the hotel so you can see it..hope to see you soon so we could talk better about the things we like most and hope that the fact that I asked for help doesnt ruin things between us...bye for now dear....

Dear Dale,
When I am with you, I feel alive. You bring to me a happiness that no one else ever could. You bring to me a love I have never known before. I could not imagine what my life would be like without you. You have touched my heart in ways no one could ever comprehend. I love being with you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Every day I wake up thanking God for you. You have given me so much, and I don't know if I will be able to give back all that you have given me. You have been my guiding light when I was lost. You have been my comforter through all my trials and sorrow.. You have been my rock. Sometimes I feel lost and out of touch, but when you’re there, I feel safe. Your voice soothes me. I could sit here and try to tell you just how I feel, but I can't find the words other than I am ecstatic we met and have gotten together after all we've gone through. I want to tell you that the love I have for you is undying. It is a love that is strong and enduring and will stand the test of time. I truly feel blessed that you have become a part of my life, and I cannot wait for the day that we can join our lives together. I want to lie next to you at night and fall asleep in your arms. I want to wake to your beautiful smile. I want to share in your joys and sorrows. I want to be your everything, because you are everything to me. I promise to always love you and always hold you in my heart. I will always be here for you when you need me, and I will love you no matter what life brings us. You are my soul mate, and I vow to love you all eternity. I love you, baby.

After I bust him He said he was scammed to come their and this was the leter she had got from her. when he came there they took him to a place and robbed him and then he stay in a room some where that he pays $15 dollars a day and the owner told him this is how he can get the money. He confess and said it was his first time doing this and he was sorry.

2009-03-11, 12:30:38
[hidden] from United States  
Dear Customer,

We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Confirmed Package that
is registered with us for shipping to your residential location.We had
thought that your sender gave you our contact details.It may interest you
to know that a letter is also added to your package.However, we cannot
quote its content to you via email for privacy reasons. We understand that
the content of your package itself is a Bank Draft worth of $800,000.00
USD, FedEx do not ship money in CASH or in CHEQUES but Bank Drafts are
shippable.The package is registered with us for mailing by your colleague,
and your colleague explained that he is from the United States but he is
here in Nigeria for a three (3)months Surveying Project as he works with a
consultant firm in Nigeria West Africa We are sending you this email
because your package is been registered on a Special Order. What you have
to do now,is to contact our Delivery Department for immediate dispatchment
of your package to your residencial address.

Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirms your informations, it will
take only one working day (24 hours) for your package to arrive it's
designated destination.For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as
well as Insurance fees have been paid by your colleague before your
package was registered.Note that the payment that is made on the
Insurance, Premium & Clearance Certificates, are to certify that the Bank
Draft is not a Drug Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor
Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoid any form of query from
the Monetary Authority of your country. However, you will have to pay a
sum of 105GBP to the FedEx Delivery Department being full payment for the
Security Keeping Fee of the FedEx company as stated in our privacy terms &
condition page. Also be informed that your colleague wished to pay for the
Security Keeping charges, but we do not accept such payment considering
the facts that all items & packages that is registered with us have a time
limitation and we cannot accept payment not knowing when you will be
picking up the package or even responding to us.So we cannot take the risk
to have accepted such payment incase of any possible demurrage. Kindly
note that your colleague did not leave us with any further information.We
hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to
respond until the expiry date of the foremost package, we may refer the
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return address. Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery
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Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given
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your package as well as the attahced letter to your residence. It usually
takes 24 hours being an over night delivery service. Note that we were not
instructed to email you, but due to the high priority of your package we
had to inform you as your sender did not leave us with his phone number
because he stated that he just arrived Nigeria and he hasn't fix his phone
yet. We indeed personally sealed your Bank Draft and we found your email
contact in the attached letter as the recipient of the foremost package.
Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address given
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------------------------------------------------------Now I'm getting everything fro Nigeria LOl
2009-03-11, 19:41:24
anonymous from United States  
2009-03-12, 13:56:25
anonymous from United States  
Sorry to say it is a con. I contacted fed ex and the never have a website in at I have us them for years and they will always give you a confirmation number and they also will deliver it and if your not there or if the package was not able to ship because of there policy they wouldn't contact the receiver they would contact the sendr. Sorry to say you have been scammed. I pray you get your money back and god mends your broken heart.
2009-03-12, 16:40:43
anonymous from United States  

2009-03-13, 02:49:51
anonymous from United States  
Good day!!!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirm able Bank
Draft of $750,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you
since for a couple of weeks now.Then I went to the bank to confirm if the
draft has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.James Adams the
Director Bank of Africa told me that before the draft will get to your
hands that it will expire. So I told him to cash the $750,000.00 USD UNITED
STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration
as I will be out of the country for 3 Months Course, and I will not come
back till ending of May 2009.

What you have to do now is to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you. For your
information, They accepted cash on delivery C.O.D But insisted that the
security fee most be paid before the delivery will commence.So the only
money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICES to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($280.00
US)Two Hundred and eighty United States 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 $280.00
US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they don't
know when you will contact them and in case of dumorage.You have to
contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your consignment
with this information bellow;

Directors Name: Mr.Mark Jark


Telephone-- +234-702-631-1079

Email Address:

1.YOUR FULL NAME..............

2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS...........


Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to send
your airway bill and keep you updated on the arrival of your consignment
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
or increase in the dumorage and remember to pay them their Security
Keeping fee of $280.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

Note this. The FEDEX COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box.I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents
was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them
know that box contents money please. Finally, Endeavor to indicate this
CODE (FDX0081) which will prove that you are the owner of the Consignment
i deposited in there company, Hoping you have a wonderful season.

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