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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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2007-11-04, 01:09:26
anonymous from United States  
Has anyone hear about westsidebabygirl00@yahoo who is from the US and went to Nigeria becos mom is sick and was there for over 3 months now wants to come to the US but says needs BTA of $5000 to show and is a citizen of UK? Is this a scam
2007-11-04, 04:51:40   (updated: 2007-11-04, 05:01:53)
Umar,Al,Sharef from Qatar  
I do not know much about BTA but from what I have gathered this scenario is a scam and the amounts now being asked for are between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 ref to http://www.delphifa..8#comments chat log between myself and Debby Williams needing to get back to the UK after supposing being robbed and needed $ 10,000

My friend all I can say is do not be fooled and part with your well earned money, you will never see it again, I know it is all so convincing and you feel you want to help, but believe me all they want is to scam you out of your money.

Guys these are not just some ordinary people trying their luck on scamming, they are a well organised syndicate who have devised a very well arranged strategy and will have you believe what you want to believe and will drive you to believing them.

Subsequent to my somewhat jolted awakening to the fact that I had been scammed and royally ripped off, I have been in contact with several international agencies FBI, CIA, CID, Scotland Yard to name a few who are all in one way or another investigating these crime syndicates operating out of Africa aptly named Nigerian 419 Fraud, with a web site which is full of details on how to stop these fraudsters and send in your info on being scammed

Good will hunting guys and gals, and let us fight crime and stomp out these nasty individuals and scam syndicates

2007-11-04, 11:55:26
anonymous from United States  
This is freaken rediculous, I was curious too about jc-michaels she has a profile on same site my profile is on. I thought she was for real, turns out she is full of it. How do individuals get away with this crap?
2007-11-04, 11:56:08
anonymous from Longmeadow, United States  
Hey there! I'm outta here NOw!!
2007-11-04, 15:05:14 from Germany  
I want to announce that the woman who calls herself Iryn Brown ( e-mail: ) appears to be extremely insincere: After having written many many sweet words, she asked to me to give her my full address because she has problems to get her money in Nigeria from the company and she asked me if she can trust me. She said she´s a fashion designer ( about 30 years ). I refused and then suddenly she said : BYe Bye.
She gave me in Nigeria the number ( she said it would be a hotel-room number 13 ): 00234-802-6227231, where in fact a woman picked up who was fluent in English ( had a sweeet voice ).
2007-11-04, 23:30:33
anonymous from United States  
Here is a fresh one that I was contacted from the web sire. And if you will notice it got to late as soon as I called her on her BS.

lura022003: hi how are u doing today
lura022003: i will ad you now ok
lura022003: u there
butch4750: Wow. What a surprise. I was just writing you back.
lura022003: how was ur day
lura022003: where did we meet
butch4750: I am doing good and I am not a fast typer. So please be patient with me?
lura022003: ok
butch4750: We met at the 'Tagged' site. You don't remember???
lura022003: am happy i met you onlie butch
lura022003: ooh ok
lura022003: i rember now
lura022003: ok
lura022003: are you still in that site?
butch4750: Yea. That's pretty cool. Do you have anymore Pictures of you? I only saw tyhe one of tou lying in the grass there.
lura022003: i know u are slow ok but i will wait to listen to u
lura022003: realy
butch4750: I am still on that sire. I get messages from it once in awhile.
lura022003: u like it
butch4750: Yes
lura022003: you are the first person to reply me there
butch4750: GBut I'd like to see more of you
butch4750: I am?
lura022003: realy
lura022003: yes you are
butch4750: How many prople have ever gotten back to you ever??/
lura022003: nobody u now i told you am new
butch4750: Is this the only site you ever tried?
butch4750: So you are just learning how to use a PC???
lura022003: yes is the only site
lura022003: u
lura022003: no
lura022003: since when i was a kid
butch4750: Do you know how to post pictures at all???
lura022003: why not
lura022003: is just that i dont have my own pc ok
butch4750: OK. The3n you can follow my instructions if you need to.
lura022003: where are u from
butch4750: Florida. And where are you???
lura022003: am from tx but now in africa with my granny
butch4750: Oh yea. Why???
lura022003: cos she is sick
lura022003: she has diabities
butch4750: I see.
butch4750: When are you coming to the US again???
lura022003: i hipe trhat dont bother you
butch4750: No.
lura022003: i wish by nest week but something went wrong here
butch4750: What will bother me id if you ask me for money like many other women who say they are in the same country.
butch4750: Are you going to do that???
lura022003: money is not love
butch4750: It is a common scam and I don'y buy into it.
butch4750: I know that.
butch4750: So what is love to you???
lura022003: i have to go is late now
lura022003: ok
lura022003: later
butch4750: OK. I caught you in the act. Good bye.

Need;less to say she is just another one with a Yahoo address as well as Hotmail. This is just another run of scamming that is so common, as well as, Gmail which they are also using now

2007-11-05, 06:30:24   (updated: 2007-11-05, 06:33:59)
Umar,Al,Sharef from Qatar  
Hi from Germany,

Sorry to say mate but yeah, I fully get you and understand, this so called women is also knowen as Debby Williams and the only diferance is you got out without loosing, Good on you and do not be foolled by her lovely words and sweet voice, latter you will be talking to an African who has a very bad voice.

So mate well done and count yourself lucky you got out alive and never part with any money to these scammers, no matter how sweet and convinsing they sound.

2007-11-06, 06:08:08
I am a nice guy seeking a serious lady
2007-11-07, 21:13:46
busdriver9799 from United States  
I'm glad I read this! I sold my car on ebay. The person who bought it had really bad english and was supposedly buying the car from Maryland. He is paying with a cashiers check which is guaranteed and I can cash immediately. After I cash it I'm to call his friend who will come get the car. Oh and by the way the cashiers check is for more than the cost of the car. Would I mind giving it to his friend so he can have money to drive to Maryland with. Please. Anyway I'm glad I read all these comments!
2007-11-08, 03:39:04
anonymous from United States  
That is a classic scam, the check will be a fake, but it will take about a week to prove it. You will wind out both the car and the money.
2007-11-13, 03:03:08
anonymous from France  
Ah! Well now 'Olajide Oladipupo' is a travel agent! I run two holiday homes in France, I had an equiry from a Greg Anderson for a weeks holiday, he says he lives in Italy and wants to come here for his honeymoon. He said that the company sponsoring his trip would only issue one cheque which would pay for the accomodation, flights, insurance etc. My rate for that week would have been £350, a cheque arrived for almost 2000 Euros. I was supposed to bank the cheque then deduct my £350 and send the balance to guess who? Huh!
2007-11-14, 17:29:03
anonymous from United States  
I to was almost suckerd to send money, This person calls herself Path smith, and has asked for money many times for things like her grandmother in the hospital, for food and now for her internet conection to stay incontact with me. This girl or who ever she is really got to me and I was in the prosses of getting money together to try and bring her to the US, but thank god I found this site. The desiding fact for me was seeing someoones post with her so called pic. So I am adding one of the many pics she sent me to try and help some other poor sap out there from making a mistake of sending money. If it helps someone then my pain is worth it. Good luck
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Becky Williams
Dating scammer Rhoda Naa from Accra, Ghana
Dating scammer Tope Williams

2007-11-14, 17:30:04
anonymous from United States  
2007-11-14, 17:31:46
anonymous from United States  
2007-11-14, 17:53:47
anonymous from United States  
the only one I have not seen before is the one in the white bikini. The other two are definately scammers.
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