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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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2007-11-29, 13:14:30
anonymous from United States  
2007-11-29, 13:17:35
anonymous from Salt Lake City, United States  
More photos of Russian scammeer.

2007-11-29, 17:09:36
anonymous from United States  
got this email with some pics... after puting ad on craigslist.... got instant message... then this email....


i will tell you a little about real name is Kelcey i am 26(About to Clock 27 on Dec. 22 this year),I was born in LAKE ISABELLA ( CALIFORNIA ),i am living alone,i am studying.

i am the only daughter of the family, my parent got married to each in the state....i am happy i have a wonderful parent like my parent but unfortunately i lost my parent years ago in a car wreck and it sucks..its so painful coz i was unable to let them feel my impact before they died.I live with my Grandmother in West Africa..Right now i am studying (Business Administrator) in west Africa (Nigeria) precisely.

this is my first time to travel to Nigeria and i don't really know much about this environment but i am so adaptive so i get used to a lot of things so easily and i get to understand how things are been done in the environment too as well...i have just started my career on it and its really my dream and i seek a man who will support my dream.

I just got to Africa like 8 months ago and on planning to get back to the state complete my dream and career.

It has really been a dream come true for me to become a Business Manager and i have committed all my time and all i have into this career and i hope it leads to a very great future for me, I am a very sincere and honest person,i am Caring, kind, social, smart, intelligent, passionate, friendly, romantic, and i believe in the truth and honest of love..i am really a very sincere person when it comes to sharing feelings and emotions with that special person and i really am down to heart honest about the things i say and do cause i don't like hurting peoples feelings,cause everyone has a chance to laugh,so why do i make them sad..i am really very easy to get along with,fun to be with and am very adaptive and communicative when it comes to conversant conversation.

And my life is based on the truth and honest of self personality...i would really like to get to know a lot about you and learn somethings with you cause you seems to be kind of ready in getting to know my kind of person and hope full we can meet in person soon..with time we will get to know each others feelings, motives and intension towards each other and it will help us grow knowing each other and trusting each other..

I am looking for Honest,God fearing,loyal,trustworthy and intelligent person..i am looking for something long term relationship.Well i will await your reply and i will try and email you back asap.

2007-11-30, 08:25:16
anonymous from United States  
Hi ! I am pleased to receive your reciprocal message. But you have
not sent me your photo, I asked about it you. Please send to me your
photo. Your mail means for me, that I too was interesting in me. Do
you really like me on picture? well.. in the next letter i shall send
you another my picture. Don, i have questions and i would like to ask
them in letters, I hope to get your answers OK? It is important for me
to know your opinion on some things. Dear, I understand, that you have
some caution of acquaintance on the Internet as you had sad experience
earlier. It is really awful, as those women spoil reputation of all
women from Russia. But not all women of Russia are similar to these
deceivers. I have sincere intentions. I search for whom - to fill in
emptiness in my life. Who - what is going to be there for me, as I
shall be there for him to divide all our ideas, pleasure, happiness
and feelings. Both of us only should have trust between the friend the
friend. Unless you do not think so? I think you read my profile and
could see that I have serious intentions im looking for serious
relations.... I shall try to tell a little about my character. well..
I think im very romantic woman. I like to communicate with people, it
is pleasant to me i like good humour. Also i very much estimate,
honesty, loyalty, understanding, patience. I believe in love, and I
think it very valuable thing which needs to be protected. I adore, to
hear compliments and is ready to listen indefinitely. For me it is
necessary, that around of me there was a cleanliness, I often do
cleaning. I love a cosiness in the house and I enjoy in the silent
evening of a house. Also i like to cook, various tasty things.... well
also I am always ready to be the most patient. i think i good woman :)
Probably all women dream to find good man and dream about beautiful
romantic relations. But often such things come to the end very
quickly. In relations should be not only romanticism but a reality
also. I have no intention to spend my time on such relations. While I
have not met such man in my life. But i hope to find such person. I
hope to make family. I think its main thing, not career or other
success. Happy good family and love person are main. Tell me please
what you want in the life? What the woman You dream to meet in the
life? Excuse Don , that i ask you to discuss such frank thing with me
whom you know couple of days. But it is interesting to me to know it
about you. I shall wait yours e-mail. Yours Michelle
2007-11-30, 13:16:10
Lagos, Nigerian Dating Scammer on

Beware ladies of this man who calls himself Sunny D. West, he is interested in getting cash (asked me for $1500 wired to him at 30 Awolowo, Ikeja, Lagos Nigera 23401:
Here is his online message to me and his profile on

Hello Good day ( ). Hubert is very close to Jacksonville. I guess you most have hard about Jacksonville....,I am sunny 46 years old .A Widowed, I have one son name Jackson 8yrs old, He is my life and my everything Cose i love him so much. I am a kind of good hearted man’s like mostly the outdoors...I love an intelligent and self-confident single women with ambition and drive. Let's be friends. I don't go from 0 to 60 right after 'Hello Good day ( ). Hubert is very close to Jacksonville. I guess you most have hard about Jacksonville....,I am sunny 46 years old . A Widowed, I have one son name Jackson 8yrs old, He is my life and my everything Cose i love him so much. I am a kind of good hearted man. I like mostly the outdoors...I love an intelligent and self-confident single women with ambition and drive. Let's be friends. I don't go from 0 to 60 right after 'hello,' and I'm definitely ready for a serious relationship; let's discover the many ways we can enjoy each other. Ultimately I want to find the woman who clicks with me -- I'm eager to shower the right one with lots of affection.

I am a Fun loving, easy going, and honest family oriented person seeking someone who is supportive, caring and easy to talk with. I enjoy spending quiet nights at home reading or watching TV, going to the gym, shopping, traveling, cooking and going out to eat. I am a happy person with a quiet inner joy. I'm easy going, slow to anger and don't get destabilized very easily. I am not easily impressed by the material yet very impressed and inspired by the courage and goodness I find in most people. I love to laugh especially when that laughter is shared with someone special. I have quite a few very close friends many of whom go back years, yet I love meeting new people and making new connections--in short, I rarely find a person uninteresting--we all have interesting stories to tell. I see myself as having a warm and generous spirit...I like to play tennis, golf, soccer, baseball....

I am looking for a loving, caring, woman. A woman with a good sense of humor and most especially whom I can spend the rest of my life with.....Do you have a yahoo IM account so we can talk more better on yahoo messenger and get to know more about each other......
Here is my screen name on my
yahoo IM: sunnnydwest_sdw1961
And here is my Private Email
I will be looking forward to have an instant chat with you...

2007-12-01, 03:15:16
Ray from Honolulu, United States  
I'm glad I read this site. I'm currently talking to 'Samantha Roper' an attractive model, who's on vacation in Nigeria and can't use her credit cards. She only needs $850 to pay for the rest of the ticket to fly out here and see me. All I have to do is send it by Western Union to Lagos, Nigeria and she'll be on the first flight out Sunday morning.
Just so you know 'Samantha' goes by and uses the number 011-234-805-2561067. I've attached a picture she sent to me. Spread the word!

2007-12-01, 16:35:41
anonymous from United States  
Never send any money to Nigeria, do there and get her if you must, but never send it. I have had the money stolen from the person while I chat with them twice, and all of them are liars so far.
2007-12-02, 06:45:56 from Morocco  
2007-12-02, 06:50:17
anonymous from Morocco  
hi every body
2007-12-02, 06:51:11
anonymous from Morocco  
2007-12-02, 06:53:36
anonymous from Morocco  
2007-12-02, 20:55:28
hi iam happy to see all of this good womens
2007-12-03, 05:25:07
anonymous from Nigeria  
with time, I can stop Nigerian Scams, because i know all how all their trick goes, i studied everything. Can work on how it can be stopped!
2007-12-03, 05:27:25
anonymous from Nigeria  
I'm a Nigerian, but i hate how those bastards out there keep on giving a bad name to Nigeria, bad hearted people. I know how to stop them, and can work on it
2007-12-03, 05:32:19
anonymous from Nigeria  
my email is
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