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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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2008-04-21, 14:56:03
anonymous from United States  
just dont be greedy !! Then you will not fall a victim to these internet fraudsters
2008-04-21, 18:23:16
anonymous from United States  
This is absolutely unbelievable. I have been home 2 weeks recovering from knee surgery so I was killing time on the net. So I joined a dating site it didnt cost any thing so I figured why not. It has gotten to the point of entertaining listening to these people. I have talked to at least 40 women with about 10 being Russian, 10 Being Ukrainian, about 10 being Philippino and the remainder being from othe countries including Nigeria. I have kind of got there M.O. down now. after 3 to4 letters written back and forth there is either the girls that say they can't afford there translation service anymore so they will not be able to talk to me anymore. I believe this is the services using model pictures. and this has happened mostly in the Ukraine. The next one is after 4 to 5 letters they are in love with and can't wait to come to America and be with you, of course they need thre visa, passport and flight money, this all the countries. I have actually had two women one Russian and one Philippino that are calling me on there cell phones, I do not call them I will not spend one dime on any of them unless they get to the US and I know it is them and not a picture of the models. The clues to look for are as I have read here before. If they have a phone, job and especially a home computer chances are they are safe, maybe. But the minute you hear the dying family member or i am afraid of being raped by my stepfather crap, cut your losses. MOST, OF THESE i WOULD SAY 80 TO 90% ARE SCAMS. i WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL. I ma including photos and names with the ones that are scammers. Oh and one other thing many of these that email you or you find are webcam girls trolling for customers. I deleted most pictures but I will list the names. AND PEOPLE USE SOME COMMON SENSE IF SHE LOOKS LIKE JESSICA ALBA SHE DOES NOT NEED MONEY OR ANYTHING FOR SHE HAS SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE ALREADY TAKING CARE OF HER, ON THIS INTERNET SINGLE HOT PEOPLE ARE NOT LOOKING . HOTTT= scam. Have a great day, ladies and gentlemen they are out there just few and far between, and GOOD LUCK SCAMMERS: Tatyana 27 blonde Ukraine, Inna 27 blonde 6 yr old son Ukraine, Marina Karimova 26 brunette Saratov Russia, Marina fake bonde 22 Starobelsk U kraine, Natasha x 25 Ukraine, Alexa brunette 23 Philippines alexa85442yahoo, Rianna brunette 23 Phillipines, Leah brunette 21 Philippines, Bianca brunette 23 Phillipines, there are many more I deleted but my best I saved for last Victoria brunette 26 Zion Illinois where she was allegedly almost raped by uncle, mother is from England and father from,,,, you guessed it LAGOS NIGERIA and of course her parents are dead and she lives with her 90 year old grandfather. I don' know about you people and I have never been there but I did a little research and I do not think Nigeria is the new business hot spot or club med vacation spot. But all of the sudden the country is full of hot caucasian people I think that says it all

2008-04-22, 11:56:45
anonymous from United States  
How are you doing i am very much interested in getting to know more about you.I am realy new to this online dating and i haven't met anyone yet through online dating personals but i am willing to get to know someone and get to understand his motives and intension's towards me.I believe once i am been sincere and honest about my kind of person and i am able to help you understand who i really am i think you will be more comfortable getting to know more about me.
I am 28 years of age, born on March 17, 1980. I am an only child and have never been married. I have never had children but am willing to be a parent with someone who is ready for permanent commitment relationship. My dad is from uk and my mother was from Spain. My dad was a contractor and my mother was a teacher. My mom and dad met in London and that is where I was born. I grew up with both parents until I was seven. They had a misunderstanding so dad had to leave me and mom in London. I lived with mom in London but she was under a lot of stress so she chose to take me to the states to meet her Aunt Elizabeth. I was 8 years old. Mom had to explain everything that went wrong between her and my dad. She didn't even know where he had gone. My mom and I stayed with my great-aunt for two months but then my mother told me that she had to return to London. I missed my mom but she wrote me letters and she phoned me until I was eleven. Then I didn't hear from her again. I was worried and then shocked when my aunt had to tell me that my mother had committed suicide. The pain of losing my mom has been in me ever since.
My aunt took me in as if I were her own daughter and it made me happy to know she loved me with all her heart. She was the only family I had but died of a heart attack when I was seventeen. Since then I have had to make a life of my own doing the things I know how to do best. I kept faith in myself and my belief in Christ. I am a devoted Christan and believe so much in Christ. God has really been my father and my mother and provided me with all the inner strength that I needed.
I am a Fashion designer, i design cloths for modells, clothing companies to, but right now I am on a contract in West Africa, Nigeria precisely, working on a project in fashion design. I am pursuing other interests as well. I was sent here by a company in the states. Once I am through in Nigeria I will be heading up back to the states to sign off my contract then back to Ames,iowa . I lived there but don't have many friends around that area because I am always out of the country for work. I have been to Spain and France but the traveling isn't any fun for me. I had no choices left other than to do what I needed to do. This is my seventh week in Nigeria and I have only a few more weeks left before I leave Nigeria then back to the states. Then I will be settling down and hope to meet my Mr. Right. I don't know who he is yet but I know I will meet him someday soon.I am even willing to relocate to wherever he might be in this world.
My closest friends describe me as a person that is real and sincere. Someone that is not looking for anyones baggage or a person to fill a void till you find something better. A person that can appreciate the little things in life and very goal orientated and self dependent. Someone that is a very good friend at all times. My friends would tell you I have a favorite qoute and that is the grass may appear greener on the other side, but that does not mean it is easier to cut. More people in life should think about that.
The thing that I appreciate most in a partner is there honesty and personality. It is not one or the other that can make a relationship it is the both of you together. Laughter is the best medicine and realizing that life is too short to be serious all the time.
my main goals in life are to be the best that I can be at my job and take my career and run with it. To be there for my children and my partner on every issue not just ones that I want to deal with. To be a great friend to everyone that I meet and to always be honest with myself.
The keys to a lasting relationship are communication. If you cant communicate with each other and be honest and open then what do you have? To be supporting of each others goals and dreams. Time alone to enjoy the things each of you like. To be the best friend of the other one. Friend ship is an important part of making it or breaking it
I hope i haven't bored you too much with my long emails.Just want to be more detailed and letting you know everything about me.Age is not a problem at all to me.
I will be waiting to hear from you
Jessica Elizabeth Jones

Received this from a Yahoo personals

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-04-22, 13:11:57
anonymous from United States  
Here's another picture of Jessica Jones from ames Iowa she using email address

2008-04-22, 13:12:42
anonymous from United States  
3rd picture of jessica jones

2008-04-22, 13:13:59
anonymous from United States  
From somone else on this posting same person
This image was also posted here:
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-04-22, 18:34:53
[hidden] from United Kingdom  
It seems that Little Miss Precious ( Preccy ) Glanvill /Martins is still at it !! I had been contacted thru Date the UK website. The usual ' add my yahoo / hotmail address to your Messenger service.
Got all the usual dearest and darling crap. She said she was modelling in Australia Adelaide, even got the time difference right!! Clever girl !!
Then it got down to 'I want to come and be with you' and even 'I lost my parents recently' and even ' my boyfriend has stolen all my money and run off with my best friend '
Then I got ' The airline won't let me fly this thursday 24th April unless I have $700 Australian with me. I asked her if she had a British Passport as she claimed to be living in Cambridge Uk. She kept begging me to send the money vis Western Union to a supposed Travel Agency with C/o address. I worked in UK banks for 14 years and got used to spotting Nigerian scams. Claims she has Euro Check for 65000 Euros drawn on a German Bank.
Basically told her no way was I going to give her this money but if she was for real when she got to Heathrow airport and home to Cambridge she could contact me. Had a couple more messages from her on Windows Messenger but it has gone very quiet !!! I wonder why ?


2008-04-23, 11:28:40
anonymous from United States  
HAHA look this person told me they was hungry for some food and that they will take a trip to America and live with me.

2008-04-23, 20:25:06
anonymous from United States  
I got the same thing. Stuck in nigeria in a hotel and wasnt being fed. Her name was Lucy and shes from Union city, california. She kept getting mad when i said i dunno if i could send the money... only $50... I found this website and she called me a liar and signed off. Wanted me to send the money to ADEJARE OWOLABI. Damn scammers!
2008-04-23, 20:48:45
Jessica Jones also uses the name Joy Akinspeterson and claims to be 24yrs old. Has tried to get me to send $1500 but I not that stupid

2008-04-23, 20:50:14
Photo 2 of Joy Akinspeterson

2008-04-23, 20:52:10
Photo 3 of Joy Akinspeterson

2008-04-24, 00:31:13
anonymous from United States  
Don;t these girls look like they are starving to you? Come on guys where is your heart, HaHA I do not eat but I have a 5k boob job. I hope these pieces of shit get what they deserve, maybe some day they will really end uo in Nigeria and get gang raped in the Congo/
2008-04-25, 01:17:41
[hidden] from Germany  

VALENTINE OSUJI contacted me a while ago... a scammer as I have just been confirmed on your website

now there is another ... i am deeply suspicious of .. given name COLLINS WATERMAN from Bishopville S.C. widowed with two sons and guess what...............he working on a shorttime project in Lagos, NIGERIA... he has tried once to ask me for help... which was denied
Doesnt seem to deter him though. He s still with me..... yuk

I still have him on hook because I really would like these scammers to get caught.
I live here in Germany who should i contact and what should be my next action

thanks for your help

Keywords: the picture is of collins waterman guy silver hair
2008-04-25, 06:40:36   (updated: 2008-04-25, 09:34:43)
[hidden] from Germany  
2008-04-25, 01:17:41

just wanted to say to stop any confusion, that the picture in the above comment, which was sent to you is of COLLINS WATERMAN

I do also have the IM s and emails from him.

i have also submitted new fotos and email addresses from Valentine Osuji.

Best of luck to everybody out there, hey lets all get together and stop these
men and women in their tracks. Whats the saying together we are strong.

If anybody has any ideas how we can fight back, please let me know.

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