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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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2013-05-07, 13:48:49
anonymous from Qatar  
dear viewers,
i found again another scammer from the US but it says here he is working in the sea as mechanical engineering, now we are chatting for almost 2 months ,now he start to seek help to me to send money to his son named mark kelly moore to send her atlist 500usd for he cant able to send him money coz he is in the sea, now i just say yes give me the address and when he gave me name and address he dont want to gave me a telephone number so i just send to his son a 100QR thats supposed to be my tithes in the church but i send it as a help to them ..i did not consider as a credit.
Now he says he want to transfer his money from the bank ofghanna the name is Ghana Agricultural Development Bank coz this bank is going to close for 2weeks only and if he will not claim his money that amount 120,000usd will go to government authority,he told me to transfer on my account, but i didnt say yes, the reason he cant acces his he gave me the manager of the Bank named LOUIS ODIGIE number is +233542378243 he told me to call this person but i didnt call this i do not believe on this conversation i know its just a scammer,i will send you some of our conversation.

chat you again when im back
barrymoore894: you know about last yr i worked in the country ghana and i left there back to the state now am in the sea i got an email last night from the bank telling me the bank wwants to close up and all costomer should come and witdraw thir money from their account my money there its about 120,000usd and they said if we dont get it before 2weeks they will transfer all the money to the goverment account so i want to plead with you now we have gone a long way to let them transfer to your account so when i get on land and we meet we can plan with it honey hope you understand i dont want to lose that money i work for cause when they transfer to the govverment i will lose it
kameeqazie: helo what do you mean by this
kameeqazie: i have my account on my company here?
kameeqazie: if you want i can say this to my company and they will work for this
kameeqazie: hello im home now i just arrive and i read your offline message
kameeqazie: <ding>
kameeqazie: hello are you there?
barrymoore894: yeah am here
kameeqazie: how are you now
barrymoore894: did you read my message ...?
kameeqazie: yeah i read it when i log in
kameeqazie: yeah no problem if you will transfer but i will ask yet to my company tommorrow how it will be if my account can able to have this amount
barrymoore894: okay honey please you do that for me okay
kameeqazie: if you will transfer this is there no any too much paper to work for this
kameeqazie: i will try to ask for the management secretary tommorrow
barrymoore894: okay you ask them my love
kameeqazie: how much is this 120,000 usd ?
barrymoore894: yeah honey
kameeqazie: okey i will ask for help to the management tommorrrow if how it will be then they will be the one to work for this what is the name of the bank
barrymoore894: ghana agricultural development bank
kameeqazie: what is your complete name and account number
kameeqazie: so just in case they will inquire?
barrymoore894: no
kameeqazie: okey youre complete name only
barrymoore894: you will call them and give them your bank details
barrymoore894: so that they will transfer the money to your account
barrymoore894: MARK BARRY MOORE
barrymoore894: love you told them that you are her my wife
kameeqazie: okey whats the number of the bank
kameeqazie: ah okey
kameeqazie: how if they will look for marriage contract copy?
barrymoore894: you call them first honey
barrymoore894: the manager number
kameeqazie: okey first i will inquire first to the management before i will give you detailsthats better i thik?
kameeqazie: whats the manager number?
barrymoore894: +233542378243
kameeqazie: the name of the manager pls
barrymoore894: the manager name LOUIS ODIGIE
kameeqazie: okey
kameeqazie: i will try to ask tommorrow

'so!have you taking your lunch now
kameeqazie: about the money that you want to transfer it is big amount how you cvan transfer in 1 transaction there is money launding law right isn't it there is a minimum in sending money
barrymoore894: baby they will prove the document will cover the money
kameeqazie: yeah im finish my lunch
barrymoore894: they will transfer it one by one honey
barrymoore894: you understand now my love
kameeqazie: yes coz you told me its only two weeks
barrymoore894: my love they say first you will open account with them so that they will transfer the money to your account
barrymoore894: you will open account with them with 300usd
barrymoore894: you send to them to open account with them
kameeqazie: i will send 300 usd
kameeqazie: i dont have that amount
kameeqazie: look how can i open account with them tehy are about to close the bank
kameeqazie: then why do i need to open an account with them
barrymoore894: honey you can borrow from your friend when you receieve the money then you will pay back
kameeqazie: i am confused with you
barrymoore894: please do that for me very fast my love
barrymoore894: what you mean if they will transfer the money to you my love
kameeqazie: no i cant call it should be my office will do sothey know whats the transaction is
barrymoore894: i say you try and get the money from your friends then when you receive the money then you will pay back my love
barrymoore894: okay
kameeqazie: no i cant able toll do thiks
kameeqazie: my head is paining i need rest please
kameeqazie: i need to sleep first
barrymoore894: okay you can sleep okay when you wake up let me know okay

thats the conversation we had and i block him already?
these all means that the devil now is becoming powerful to the people..

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RE: 2013-05-07, 13:38:53 picture.

WC is Water Closet (British English) http://en.wikipedia..ter_closet
2013-05-09, 13:54:12   (updated: 2013-05-09, 14:03:47)
anonymous from Qatar  
please check pis picture another scammer pics be careful with this picture he may use many names

2013-05-09, 14:02:24
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anonymous from Qatar  

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2013-05-09, 20:05:03
DOC from United States  
2013-05-09, 21:27:52   (updated: 2013-05-09, 21:32:31)
anonymous from Qatar  
Dearest gentleman,
I am here to inform you that if you see my picture attached below use by other person please do not believe i see my picture used by other person ,i dont know how they took my picture but i believe that the scammer downloaded this in my facebook account,i am letting you know that please contact me if you ever see my picture ,my account i will attcahed :

2013-05-09, 21:33:29   (updated: 2013-05-09, 21:35:05)
anonymous from Qatar  
please do not entertain any person who is using my images some of my pics ive seen in dating website and in profile of others

2013-05-09, 21:38:43
anonymous from Qatar  
please do not entertain scammers who is using my images..

2013-05-09, 21:43:14
my images was stolen please do not entertain picture you will see the same as my face....

2013-05-10, 00:52:11
this another scammer named samuel grant using his ym account i will post i picture of him he is pretending that he is a bussinessman in US but he is from armsterdam netherland according to him.

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