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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection


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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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2009-01-09, 23:46:16 from Stockholm, Sweden  
Jessica John

It is good to know that I am not the only fool takeing AFF for a real as a meeting place for men like me, divorced, living alone and even longing for a partner to come. This lady also cheated me by saying she would need 2.300,- USD to come and see me in Stockholm and I should pay the ammount via Western Union. I said no, I would pay the ticket from here and she could pick it up at the airport. She refused that solution. She also wanted me to help her friends son to get a job here in Sweden. I feel sorry for the young lady that has no idea what is going on in here name. I have got a whole bunsh of pictures that somebody is using.
You are welcome to get in touch to find out more if you wish.
Hans-A. Westlund

2009-01-10, 00:06:39 from Stockholm, Sweden Stephanie Wilson

This lady wrote she had been in Nigeria to fetch a fund of her fathers who was American and workde for a Nigerian Oilcompany. Both her parents passed away and she went to Nigeria to 'sort things out'. She did'nt succed and now she run out of money to be able to leave Lagos and wanted some help to pay her hotel Bill. 420,- USD she needed to come back to Sweden again. She sent me a photo, belowe, also beatuful like Jessica John but even there she wanted the money transferred to Western Union. So be careful all you who are looking for a new partner or a new life, this is dangerous business. To hurt and deprave seems to be a part of the game. Even here you are welcome to contact me for futher information.
Hans-A. Westlund
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2009-01-10, 01:24:08 from Stockholm, Sweden  
Reading all those mails convinced me to explore even more pictures of to let it be a warning for all looking for a good relationship or trusting this way would be an alternativ of searching for luck.
Hans-A. Westlund

2009-01-10, 01:59:30
anonymous from Stockholm, Sweden  
Jessica John

This is how the passport of this 'Jessica John' looks like. I feel sorry for the real Jessica John.
Hans-A. Westlund

2009-01-10, 09:22:18
[hidden] from France  
Our friend Yemmy (Desola Opeyemi) is now on Adultfinder. E-mail Using other pictures than the picture above. Had her (?) on chat for a first contact. I will advise Adultfinder.
Keep up the good work

2009-01-10, 15:44:33
anonymous from United States  
I just had a [Yemi Davis] contact me via MySpace. The person used the above photo displaying keyword: Michell from I would concur with some of the post that indicate bad spelling on the part of the scammer. Although the spelling from this person was considerably better than other scams of this sort. I have been receiving several of these types. I do believe they originate out of Nigeria.
2009-01-10, 16:13:01
anonymous from United States  
I was speaking to what I thought was a very sweet and charming gentleman. He had me hook, line and sinker. Until he had to go away on business to Lagos, Nigeria. His daughter's birthday was to be that sunday and she wanted a psp game. But since he was there he thought it better to have me send the money to:

Olayinka-Oladimiji (not the name he gave me as his)
21 Alaba Street,
Palm Ave
Lagos, Nigeria 23401

Ladies, the pictures used will make your heart melt in a minute, be careful.

Thank you
2009-01-10, 16:13:58
anonymous from United States  
I was speaking to what I thought was a very sweet and charming gentleman. He had me hook, line and sinker. Until he had to go away on business to Lagos, Nigeria. His daughter's birthday was to be that sunday and she wanted a psp game. But since he was there he thought it better to have me send the money to:

Olayinka-Oladimiji (not the name he gave me as his)
21 Alaba Street,
Palm Ave
Lagos, Nigeria 23401

Ladies, the pictures used will make your heart melt in a minute, be careful.

Thank you
2009-01-10, 21:17:46
2009-01-10, 21:19:16
anonymous from United States  
2009-01-10, 21:20:30
anonymous from United States  
2009-01-11, 01:09:01
hans.anders.westlund@gmailcom from Stockholm, Sweden Jessica John

I hope I manage to get the passport copy on the screen.

2009-01-11, 08:16:19
anonymous from United States  
A Nigerian man is posing as a 48-YEAR OLD BRITISH MALE that’s going by the
name of GARRETT GOGGIN at XXXX MORRIS PARK ROAD, PHILADELPHIA XXXXX. The username he used for MATCH.COM is CJO7444. There’s also a younger male
posing as his 20-YEAR OLD SON named MARK GOGGIN. There are at least two
other males involved that are going by the names
GBADAMOSI STREET, OJODU, LAGOS 23401. JANET is the name given for MARK
GARRETT GOGGIN is GOGGING@YAHOO.COM and is communicating through Yahoo
Messenger with a USERNAME GOGGING. The 3 TELEPHONE NUMBERS used are
0112348032401025 for GARRETT GOGGIN, 0112348074191978 for MARK GOGGIN and
MARK DAVID GLENN is the name given as the
NJ 07043 is the name and address given as GARRETT GOGGIN’S CLIENT that
mailed a FRAUDULENT CERTIFIED CHECK for $3,750 to me via FED EX from
BROOKSVILLE, FL. JOHN HALL and LOWELL HAHN are the names used as MR.
ROBERT’S FRIENDS that shipped items from CHAMPIONUSA.COM, GAP.COM and
OVERSTOCK.COM via UPS to my home for his birthday. The SCAM STORY….Garrett
Goggin is in Nigeria because Mark Goggin was in a car accident in June,
2008. Mark Goggin has been attending school for 2 years for Zoology.
Since the health provider for Mark Goggin will not pay for his surgeries,
Garrett Goggin had to use his available credit cards to pay the bills and
as a result they reached their credit limit. Garrett Goggin was unable to
return home on August 29, 2008 because his plane ticket expired and did not
have any money available to purchase another ticket. He says the British
Embassy will only help him with $2,500 and he needs $2,000. He gets a
contracting job at Mr. Robert’s place of employment so he can get the
$2,000. Once he gets the $2,000 and intends to return home on December 24,
2008, I received a phone call on December 22, 2008 from Mark Goggin
indicating that his father and Mr. Robert was in a car accident on December
20, 2008. Mark states that his father has internal bleeding and the doctor
said he cannot fly home as planned. I’ve been unfortunate for 5 months to
become a victim of this scam. I feel I have been violated and my
goodhearted character was harmed by this misfortune. Please note that
vulnerable, sensitive and insecure people are the prime targets of this
scam. I’m very angry that this scammer may not be punished for his crime,
but hope that this blog will prevent anyone else from becoming a victim
like me.

2009-01-11, 08:53:38
anonymous from United Kingdom  
sorry this is not a post as such but i got this raven riley scam called pure love from this dating site be aware of this site as there are some very good people on this site but a lot of scams and scammers please keep away from it a very good dating sit i now use is

2009-01-11, 12:28:39
anonymous from Germany  
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