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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 196.3.62.4

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.

Note:
If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like www.ip2location.com 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?
 http://www.ptiemann.com/
(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.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Aink
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
City/state:lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zipcode/city code:23401
Amount:$750
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: yes.do 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: ???
BUZZ!!!
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): 
(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   
CAPITOLA, CA 95010
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
BUZZ!!!
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: ???
BUZZ!!!
(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
BUZZ!!!
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
BUZZ!!!
Joy Johnson: Why?
BUZZ!!!
(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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2006-08-22, 17:34:06
anonymous from United States  



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2006-08-23, 14:51:03
anonymous from United States  
i thak this woman is a fraud she sends me emails and chats with me on yahoo messenger do you KNOW if she is or not. SHE keeps asking me to come to see her in nigerin AND THAT SHE NEEDS MONEY . help if you can i have not sent money or my info to her and i am not goung to thank you H. D. W. YOU Can EMAIL ME AT thewrightwayco@yahoo.com

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Subject: SEND THE MONEY HERE BY WESTERN UNION
To: 'david wright' <thewrightwayco@yahoo.com>

Name: Adefowope Adesola
Adress:55 OpeRd
City:Ikeja
State:Lagos
zipcode:23401
Country:Nigeria
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2006-08-23, 16:15:13
anonymous from United States  
david, rule of thumb especially after you read the stories on this website. DON'T TRUST any woman (or man for the ladies) who say they are from anywhere in africa or russia. AND if they ask for money regardless what it is for if they can afford a computer they can afford to sell it if they need the money. if you question if you are being scammed run there email through google.com if you have a picture look through this website. the email you gave came up at the folloing website as being a scammer : http://www.datingnm..email3.htm

if you want to know for sure confront her after going to the webite above she will say it isnt true but dont trust her and DON'T give her any personal information ph#, address, etc

best of luck
2006-08-24, 12:01:20
cutee11066@netzero.com from United States  
I am looking for advise on dealing with what looks like a scam to have me cash money orders then wire via western union money to someone. I did receive American express money orders that are not valid as verified by the Amex. I did not tell the online party that the checks sent to me were not valid but that i have not received them yet. Why? I want to see what he tells me to do with themto add that info to my report to the Amex and the States Attorney's office. before I send them to AMex office(I filed a report on this with the American Express company)
The States attorney's office,or I should say the lady who answered the phone, said to tell him that I have not received them yet. and send the checks to Amex with a written report.
Should I continue to tell the online person I have not received them and end the relationship or tell him that the checks are not valid? Please help. Advise from any one with experience with this is greatly appreciate. Thank you
2006-08-24, 13:58:11
anonymous from United States  
cutee11066
Keep it going so they can bust them. There is obviously a ring of these guys/gals sitting around using a bank of computers with some ring leader passing around notes and ideas. Help stop the idiots!
2006-08-24, 14:50:29
anonymous from United States  
cutee11066,
I agree with the first respnse get as much info as you can address,phone# , pictures, etc. but dont give them your info give them fake info that doesnt exist in your area.try asking questions one day and a few days later ask the same question see if you get the same answer and save all emails and instant messages whatever info you get post it on this website because if somebody does a search for say the email this person is using on google.com it will show up showing this website or others. also write down there ip address from you email headings.
2006-08-25, 03:10:20
anonymous from Australia  
i have recived emails from match.com asking for money
it says that a girl in lagos is in hospital and needs money to pay the bills and return home
the email adress is toperichad@yahoo.com
the emails claim to be from an australian girl
she will not go to the embassy for help
2006-08-25, 20:14:52
cutee11066@netzero.com from United States  
Has anyone thought about or even started a citizen's watch group that poses as possible victims inorder to bring these persons to justice? I am thinking of the organization featured on tv that busted pedophiles. Is there such an organization to catch online scammers? These creatures have me angry.
2006-08-25, 21:03:59
anonymous from United States  
cutee,
first off the organization that you see on tv that are busting pedophilers ( 60 minutes , nightline, etc) are within the usa and work with the local goverment to catch them this is alot easier. these people are in russia and in africa way out of any of our local goverment jurisdication it would take more time for our federal goverment agencies that i hope are working with the local govermants of these countries is some way. but it is up to there local goverments to put them away according to there laws not ours. i know this sucks but it is out of our hands all we can do is share our information that we have on them emails, pictures, names, etc.
2006-08-26, 09:30:44
[hidden] from Kuwait  
thewrightwayco@yahoo.com
The picture you posted, I think i saw this person somewhere for a body builder or
something like that maybe the picture was stolen from the Net and used by a scammer.
2006-08-27, 18:56:22
anonymous from United States  
I would like to check to see if anyone has been scamed Nigeria wize through a partiacular doctor respresenting housing in Nigeria for the W.H.O.? (Not the Band)
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2006-08-28, 20:45:59
anonymous from United States  
I was contacted by Trustinlord1957 on match.com. He wanted to chat on Yahoo instant messenger under the name of Trustinlove1957. Claimed to be William Bill from Uniontown, PA. Overly affectionate.. had to go to Lagos Nigeria for a construction contract for 4 weeks. Stayed at Jimmy Motel in Ikeja (city). After knowing him for one week he wanted me to FedEx him a white gold chain and pendant. Professed his religous devotion to God and to me. Didn't hear from him for a few days , then all of a sudden he is sick with malaria. Needs money for pills. Yeah, Right! I said no. He asked for $200 for calling card to call his bank. I said no. Would take a lesser amount. Then he pleaded with me to find a Chase Bank and open up an account in my name for him. Get REAL! I Challenged him and he went offline. Also, when we chatted, there was a time lag between his responses. I think that he was double-dialoging. Here's his alleged pics:
2006-08-29, 15:58:56
anonymous from United States  
The pics didn't make it on the last post. The whole construction, God and malaria thing sounds like the famous 'Harry Ashwood'.
2006-08-29, 16:45:15
anonymous from United States  
her a scam artist


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2006-08-29, 18:15:13
anonymous from United States  
Trustinlord1957 or Harry Ashwood
Thank God that I didn't give the scammer any money... I let Match.com and Yahoo Messenger know that the scammer was abusing their sites. I wonder if they even care?
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer Harry McDaniel Ashwood, in Nigeria



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