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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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2007-03-02, 06:04:18
anonymous from United States  
here's another on she goes by the name of lilla4u

2007-03-02, 06:11:25
anonymous from United States  
Look who I found here also..goes by delishhous on (home of all scams...) everyday I get one posted with the same story or similar,stuck in Africa...needs $750 to get home..etc. I think it's a guy because if u let them talk they get desperate and even have somebody else trying to help. they would say talk to my friend and ask about her...Don't fall for's BULLS@#T!

2007-03-02, 06:14:31
anonymous from United States  
I'm just gonna keep posting them...this is cumnats200 on

2007-03-02, 06:17:59
anonymous from United States  
and another...she goes by last mins on I f@#k with them and I ask to show me proof, like a picture of her in front of the hotel holding up the Nigerian Times!!...she didn't reply for some reason...HA!

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2007-03-02, 06:24:44
anonymous from United States  
rating's the girl in the middle of this website.. I love this website... she goes by vivian4real on

2007-03-02, 06:28:57
anonymous from United States  
I gave this website to all my friends.....everyone should know about this... Here's everybody's favorite girl...lovemake7000 (different name), on

2007-03-03, 05:33:44   (updated: 2007-03-03, 05:37:40)
anonymous from Australia
2007-03-04, 17:48:58
anonymous from United States  
The saga continues, on the gorgeous man from Nigeria, Richard James Only recieved two email responses so far, both think this is a scam. I have called three psychics, all three are stating to me that it is really him in th picture. So I think it is really him, however, time will now tell, the emails and messages have subsided, I am still concerned that this person has money, but is locked up somewhere, one of the psychics told me he has a swiss bank account somewhere, angeldoves on Is this too much or what, and why the bank cannot cash his 7,000 check from his client from a credit union no less! Are these people really this disfunctional? I have emailed the US embassy stating that this person is in need of assistance, and am waiting for a response. Still not sending this person a dime. I called him, to see how he was, and of course the same thing ' help me help me, send me money' I'm waiting for the doctor to call me back. While I look at pictures of Port Hartcourt in Nigeria with gunmen standing ready to fight over oil, I wonder. Who the hell would even go to Nigeria in the first place, no less get 'stuck' there. So there you have it, continuing story, there is always a story. Psychic #3 told me he really loves me, and by the time he comes here, it will be in June, that the embassy will really help him. She seemed to describe him, so I'll keep you posted. So far no one has claimed the pics.
God, wouldn't this be my luck. Please email me with any comments
2007-03-05, 05:45:26   (updated: 2007-03-05, 05:50:47) from San Gabriel in California, United States  
sorry this repeat has my infor so people can respon. :) say, what about the name tracylove247. Shesays her names tracy wiliams. She hs sent a check for 4900.00 im cheking it tomorrow @ THE BANK.. Heres where it gets fishy, look at this address: Tracy Williams....100 Allen Avenue Road,Ikeja
2007-03-06, 20:06:45
anonymous from United States  
It seems that the internet isn't what it use to be when a persons is trying to find someone to date that is of good character. Now, all sites even the ones that charge a fee will allow some people fall through the cracks. The women seem to prey upon men who are mature and looking for a serious relationship.

Case in point, I had a woman from Russia contact me via the website. I replied to who e-mail and mentioned the city she was from, St Louis, that I had been through it. Noticeably she never mentioned in her reply to me anything about St Louis, red flag #1. We proceeded to e-mail each other daily, she was a young fit 28 year old. I am a mature 47 year old. In my e-mails to her I consistently mentioned my age, just in case it was overlooked, no response, red flag 2. I was waiting for the issue of money to come about and it did, she was getting her paperwork done to fly to the United States. It was very expensive to stay and eat in Moscow while she was finalizing her paperwork, red flag 3. She e-mailed me in desperation a day ago saying that she need $1000 dollars in US currency sent via Western Union, red flag 4. She said that she couldn't get her Visa or the interview until she proved that she had a round trip ticket as evidence that she would be returning to Moscow, red flag 5. You are instructed to get your visa first before the plane ticket because ther is no guarantee that the VISA would be issue to a person coming to the US. Also, on the flight plan she sent me it showed a J-1 Visa, red flag 6. She would have been issued in a B-2 Visitor Visa, not a visa to come study in the US. She told me that she was coming to the US to work not study. So good men and women looking for a relationship on singles sites beaware. Search for the truth and you will find it. Also, I didn't send the $1000 to her and found out by research that I could purchase the airline ticket for her. In the event something went south I could get my money back. She knew what the deal was when I offered to do just that I knew that she would not e-mail me back. By the way the woman's name was Venera Vafeeva and the picks were pretty good that she sent me. Oh yea! why does every single female live with an Uncle in these countries, red flag.
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2007-03-07, 12:36:44
anonymous from United States  
Look out for this one as well...Maria or She sent nearly the exact same email as one of the posters here.

Suspect IP addresses:

She didn't come out and say she wanted money or a place to stay, but I had the feeling she was on that track. Good thing I like to research things before getting in way over my head.

Watch out guys!!!

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2007-03-07, 12:39:36
anonymous from United States  
Pic #2

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2007-03-07, 12:40:08
anonymous from United States  
Pic #3

2007-03-07, 12:40:59
anonymous from United States  
Pic #4

2007-03-07, 12:42:36
anonymous from United States  
Pic #5

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