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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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2009-03-22, 20:28:58
anonymous from Portland, United States  
Does anybody know 'Mama Bawah? She/He is a scammer too. She called my cell phone and it sounded like a man. Ha Ha. Don't fall for this crap just have fun with it and waste as much of their time as you can!!
2009-03-23, 07:52:42   (updated: 2009-03-23, 08:05:02) from Palestinian Territory  

i`m shadi from palestine 27 y single ,, male

looking for girl out of palestine for marry and love .

my email :
2009-03-23, 11:28:46
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Juliet Linda
Address.....52 Awolowo way

This was given to me today by Juliet.linda4love
said she was from 234 Queens Avenue, Brooklyn. But in Nigeria now
the address is for Washington

2009-03-23, 11:33:29
anonymous from United Kingdom  

2009-03-24, 04:17:23
[hidden] from Jordan  
2009-03-24, 13:32:33
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Follow up to the Michael Alexander saga from page 172. I continued the scam for the hell of it, figured it was costing him money in texts and phone calls. Anyway he asked me if I would cash his work cheque and send him the money via Moneygram. I agreed and the cheque duly arrived, made out for £3500, it was actually a Bank of Scotland cheque for a ligitimate company in Scotland, CALEDONIAN FERGUSON TIMPSON LTD. I called the company and was informed that they had no contractors, did not know Micheal Alexander and did not have any contracts in Nigeria. They confirmed the cheque was fraudulent and they had been hit several times over the past few months. Fortunately for the company the Bank reimbursed them and are supposed to be investigating, so I have sent them what I know. The scary thing is that if I had paid this cheque into my account it would have actually cleared and I would have the funds, until such time as the Bank caught up with me and no douobt would expect me to pay the money back. I can well do without a debt for £3,500. So please look out for this scumball, he uses his son (or a child he is making out to be his son) to put extra pressure on. Michael claims to be 45 and his birthday is 19 September. He has changed his email address to and his phone number is 2348033915897.
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-03-24, 14:46:48 from United States  
there are several hits on the later pages with this team the webcam operation they use is so good, you would not realize it is a playback, while someone monitors your chat to make it seem real-time.
She/He is doing business as danlad sumaila, honestqueen09@yahoo, sweetlove11@yahoo, lovelyheartkss@yahoo, and many others. they are REALLLY good, and can make you ignore the warning flags. included are some pictures they sent, omiting the more nude one or two.

the pictures are of raven riley (?).
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How to submit a new scammer profile

2009-03-24, 17:44:48
anonymous from United States  
Has anyone ever come across a lady named clara she only writes on yahoo messenger, any way she said she lived in new york and asked me for money to get to where I am, I kind of ignored it, she left it alone then kept saying in future messages that she would really like to be where I am, I ignored it again, now she says she is sending me a printer, I know, dumb, I gave her my name and address. What should I expect? Has anyone else come by this before? Why send me a printer? Has anyone else had this happen and it turned out to be a scam?? Please let me know. Thank you.
2009-03-24, 17:58:45
anonymous from United States  
In addition to the last one I acually got the printer.
2009-03-25, 02:09:34
2009-03-25, 04:46:57
anonymous from United States  
Hello Anonymous
I have looked and cannot locate a story about anyone named Carlos ?
I'm not going to look at all 174 pages to find Carlos either.
If your going to make such a statement the very least you could do is say what the page
number of this thread your talking about. There are several postings on this page
about a Clara and Claudia. But, I looked back several pages and find no Carlos
at all ? Why should the administrator even think about removing a posting given
you give no explanation as to why to remove it other than to say it is false. That Tell's no one anything. Definitely you need to clarify who you are talking about first.
Then give a better reason than you did before any consideration can be given to
your request. Other wise you appear as a scammer trying to remove the truth.
Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-03-25, 06:47:15
anonymous from India  
2009-03-25, 13:46:31
anonymous from United States  
Has any of you ever received a death threat when you told the girl that was writing you you know they are a scammer???? I went to the local police and they told me not to worry they are in another country?? But the girl wanted me to print checks for her and sent me check paper to do it with, the check paper was sent from the U.S.A. through fedex, ( is that because they were using a stolen credit card #??) she wrote me this morning and told me to watch my back because she was going to kill me, and she just wants the check paper back. The police aren't doing anything, has anyone else had this happen to them???? Please give me your info. By the way her 'name' was lizzy hanson
2009-03-26, 03:39:01  

2009-03-26, 06:33:13
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