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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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2006-05-08, 12:07:17
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2006-05-10, 03:11:37
anonymous from United States  
if anyone hears from sandra smith 2000 it is also a scam. she or he just got my friend for about $3000. The picture they used is on Her real name is Malia P, she is a model and not from nigeria for sure. So keep an eye out for her
2006-05-13, 22:26:01
anonymous from United States i saw her hear on new dating site look it up ok boy she she get around
2006-05-14, 11:47:15
anonymous from United States  
This is a picture that sandrasmith00 is using to lure guys in. She is a scam artist. The picture is of malia p a model in hawaii.
I talked to her today on the phone and she is supposed to be from the uk and lived only there, but her african accent is so thick it is hard to understand her. But believe it or not I busted her for not using her real picture and she denied it. She is still saying that is really her. The nerve of these people.

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2006-05-16, 17:48:35
anonymous from Northern Mariana Islands  
Is she or isn't she...

She says her mother is from Texas and her ill father is Nigerian. My own sons are 'hapa' that half irish american and half pacific islander. They have nice skins tone but they are not pasty white.

This chick's english is not great but it does not fail the way a speaker of Yorubua would fail. If you teach ESL, then you come to know certain kinds of errors pop up as a result of the users' first language. Hers is maybe Ukranian, certainly eastern european.

But I applied a packet sniffer to our conversation, as little skulldugery on my part. I do alot of network forensics on email and other protocols. Her IP address is from a US block. For those who are not network admins, if you know how to look for the info, then you and locate geographically where the other end of a chat has come from. In this case, Spokane, Washington... also a long ways from Lagos.

Sorry Kelly... i know i wasted a lot of your time but since you are likely some whacked out meth freak in trailerpark in eastern washington... well, i am not sorry. Yahoo will be contacting you sooon as I am forwarding the data collected to them for review.
2006-05-16, 21:25:47
anonymous from United States  
Hum I wonder is this is what trailer park Kelly REALLY looks like

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2006-05-23, 15:21:17
anonymous from United States  
This is just another scam to add to all. This man is on, under richie2308, his email address is off yahoo like a lot of the others, which is, he's from Lagos, Nigeria 23401, but he sent US postal money orders for her to cash and wire the money back to him for supposedly hotel expenses, and to get new tickets to come back to the US. He to said he was from the Netherlands, then came to Lawrence Ks b/c of the art, and that he is freelance artist. After he was talking for a few weeks to her, he said he had to take a trip to Africa, and that he would be back in two weeks. Well two weeks turned into months, and then when she received the money orders, they were dated over a month old, and i took them to the local post office to have them looked at. Of course they were fake. There was a total of 4 money orders each for 520.20$ a grand total of 2080.80$. We took it to our local police station, and they are supposed to do something about it, but from what I've read up on all these scams, that it isn't considered a crime over there, and that internet crime is a high paying job. Their is usually a big wig that runs things, and pays off authorities to keep them off their back. One guy laundered 100 million and only served 6 months of jail there. I did read that a lot of stuff goes through the UK, then they send it to their guys in Nigeria. These people are ripping us off through the UK. Plus I wouldn't doubt there aren't insiders in our own country. She got the Fed Ex package with the money orders in it from a Goriga address, and it was mailed from within the US.
I just think this is so crazy, and I'm glad I'm aware so I can warn others.
This is some of the IM's, i wish i could've found an IP to his emails.

Pocahontas: when i received your package yesterday, it came from inside the usa..... i thought u were in africa..... who is Matt N?? And are these money orders real?? If they are fake and i get into trouble, i am sending the law to your house in Lawerence and u will go to jail.

iambrvhrt2308112: Hey Sweetie....i dont like the way u sound...I told you the money orders had to go thru screening before they resent it to your house...Then how could they be fake...Pls get bakc to me ASAP as soon as u cash the money Orders Okay..I cant wait to meet you Susan

Pocahontas: i will send the money orders to ur house in Lawerence and u can decide what to do with them from there. i don't think i want anything to do with u anymore. Im sorry....... i just don't want to meet u or have anything to do with u now or later.

iambrvhrt2308112: u are such a bitch
iambrvhrt2308112: Gold Digger
iambrvhrt2308112: ur name is already on the money orders, nobody else can able to cash, if u dont want my troubles, go and cashed them and send me my money, cos i need it for something specia

iambrvhrt2308112: Am going to distroy ur life
iambrvhrt2308112: bastard
iambrvhrt2308112: If i did not get my money in cash viA MONEY GRAM BEFOR MONDAY, I SWEAR I DISTROY UR LIFEW
iambrvhrt2308112: LIFE
iambrvhrt2308112: hey Sweetie...hows ur day going...Anyways wish u were online so we could have a

iambrvhrt2308112: Bastard
iambrvhrt2308112: u will regret....u fucking Gold digger
iambrvhrt2308112: i am coming to the country today and go to the FEDS to
iambrvhrt2308112: u will see hell

Pocahontas: and to think, u use to talk so sweet to me... and now look at u?? calling me a bastard? sorry hun, a bastard is a MAN without a father. ur money orders are in the mail, i don't want your money so u can't call me a gold digger.... u sent the money to me, so if i wanted to cash them and keep the money i could... they have my name on them....... and there is nothing u could do about it...... but make sure you have your receipt for them showing that YOU bought them, and you can take them to a post office and get new ones.... its that easy.... by the way, i never loved you and i was only talking to you to see how far you would let this go........ i never intended to meet you
pocahontas608: hello??
pocahontas608: r u there??
pocahontas608: i need 2 know where u want the money sent to
pocahontas608: i will be online for awhile today, so let me know as soon as possible, ok
iambrvhrt2308112: are u there
pocahontas608: yes
iambrvhrt2308112: ok so wat u saying
pocahontas608: i cashed them, where do you want them sent
iambrvhrt2308112: u dont wnat to talk again
pocahontas608: i'm here, where do u want this money mailed to.
iambrvhrt2308112: the money or the money Orders?
pocahontas608: the money!
iambrvhrt2308112: X-(
iambrvhrt2308112: u Yellin at me?
pocahontas608: no, or it b in all caps
iambrvhrt2308112: Hmm
iambrvhrt2308112: go to moneygram and send Them
pocahontas608: is there an address there?
iambrvhrt2308112: yes
iambrvhrt2308112: send it to me
iambrvhrt2308112: u have a webcam right?
pocahontas608: no, why?
iambrvhrt2308112: i want to see the cash....u told e u had already put the money orders in the Mail
iambrvhrt2308112: so how did u get it back
pocahontas608: i was going to mail them today, but changed my mind
iambrvhrt2308112: ok...u know my Name
pocahontas608: yea
iambrvhrt2308112: the address is 12b western avenue,Lagos Nigeria 23401
iambrvhrt2308112: go and send it thru moneygram...and i guess u prolly dont want to meet me anymore
pocahontas608: well when will you be here in the US
iambrvhrt2308112: as soon as i get the money
iambrvhrt2308112: i need to take care of my hotel bills and other expenses then re-shedule my ticket cos its Expired
iambrvhrt2308112: \can u go send it now
pocahontas608: ASAP
iambrvhrt2308112: much?
iambrvhrt2308112: u logged out?
pocahontas608: ok
iambrvhrt2308112: yes
iambrvhrt2308112: so go send it thru moneygram okay babes
pocahontas608: ok

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2006-05-23, 19:35:12
why are u using someones country as an u know that many whites are right there in nigeria and nothing has hasspened to them and there money....................pls u should removed the names of the country disclosed to this page.
2006-05-25, 01:50:14
anonymous from United States  
as any body ever chatted with this laddy from nigeria dont know if she is a scam or not ok need info on her shy goes by Simy Ama
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Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)
Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)

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2006-05-25, 01:56:12
anonymous from United States  
As any body know or have seen this laddy Basics
Yahoo! ID: helseymilton01 Real Name: Helsey Nickname: Pretty Location: USA Age: 30 Marital Status: Single And Looking Sex: Female Occupation: Contractor About Me
Hobbies: I like reading novel,swimming,listening to music and as well love travelling alot.
Latest News: Believed in yourself and God will surely make a way for you.
Favorite Quote: It is good to be honest and trustwordthy.

2006-05-25, 02:57:38
anonymous from United States  
yes she is a scam.
look on the website you are on now. scams
look at

Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)
and you will see her

Mrs. C
2006-05-25, 03:21:45
anonymous from United States  

if your laddy above's profile says she is from 'Pritty Location USA'
And she is not from the USA that tells you right thair she is a lier.

Don't you agree?

this is a good site that has some of the scammer pics and storys

Mrs. C
2006-05-25, 12:58:12
anonymous from United States  
The photos below are names of so call Frank Powell, Stephen Perry and Joel Kelvin.
Be aware!

yahoo id's
perry4reallove and jkcollins02
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Scam artist Joel David Collins from Lansing, Michigan
Scam artist Joel David Collins from Lansing, Michigan

2006-05-25, 12:58:51
anonymous from United States  

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Scam artist Joel David Collins from Lansing, Michigan

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2006-05-25, 12:59:10
anonymous from United States  

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