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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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2007-03-25, 11:06:34
anonymous from United States  
Here is nicebod from, another scammer.

2007-03-25, 18:41:01
[hidden] from United States  
On BlackChristianPeopleMeet. His screen name is EmmanuelLove. Says he is a clergy. Seeking a wife.

2007-03-25, 22:02:09
anonymous from United States  
Hello again...just call me Latino, I think this girl is in here some where..... off of

2007-03-25, 22:44:06 from United Kingdom  
Just 1 more note for those interested. Nigeria is currently one of the scam capitals in relation to Internet scams. It is on the same time line as the UK so British users beware. The number of single young white women living there are probably as many digits as the average human being has (that’s 20 if you count your toes) newer and rising to similar heights you will soon see Senegal, Ghana and similar locations within the region. The smarter ones will claim family members working in the area, or they are there on a charity cause (usually involving children). One of the biggest give clue’s is the poor use of the English language and the poor spelling, and repeated use of “am” am 18 am blond am 5’7” am here visiting my father/uncle etc.

On a slightly different tack I almost got clobbered by one young thief from Russia who was hours away from stepping on the plane to visit me for 2 weeks. But her visa apparently was for London (I'm in Manchester) she suddenly needed £270 (about $525 US) due to the change of location. This is the west, not the old Soviet Union. The visa is for the country not the city! I went to China and travelled over 7000 miles on one visa at one price. So beware of this one. On the upside I sorted out the spare bedroom and cleared out a lot of junk that I didn't need. The only money I did spend was on the roses I purchased the night before her flight was due, Dohh! However I enjoy them myself.

Keywords: white flowers
2007-03-26, 15:56:24
anonymous from United States  
WHY are there so many hot girls in Lagos?? LOL...
2007-03-28, 01:59:36
anonymous from United States  
I kind of knew something was up with this woman. She im's me but the thing is she is not that good at scamming apparentLy. She is real stupid. She didnt even get to the money part with me. I am too much of a nova for that!! I was vulnerable as a result of breaking up with my wife and was on, not so much looking but real hurt she im's me and we began to talk. She gave this story of being in Ghana due to the death of her father and that she was coming back to Massachetues on the 5th of next month. Apparently she is caring her mother in Ghana to help her get over the lost. She will tell u she loves you and how fine you look (which is no lie I am a handsome guy lol.)
ON YAHOO HER ADDRESS Apparently that is her name YEAH RIGHT!!!!!

Just goes to show you that the fine ones are the snakes in the grass usually.
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2007-03-28, 06:45:15
[hidden] from United States  
He's on under the screen name trojanlove4u.

Keywords: black guy
2007-03-29, 07:56:49
anonymous from United States  
There is a women or someone I think its a man that says she is Susan James. She claims to live in Nigeria. I had contact with her on a site called singleparentmeet. As i have read through all i can see is a scam. She is very persistent. Or he is? Don't fall pray to these scam they will want your money . I will attempt for her to send me pics so i can post them
2007-03-29, 10:53:03   (updated: 2007-03-29, 10:54:51)
anonymous from United States  
The woman in, or using, the photos below goes by the name of 'Michelle' or 'Mishelle'. She approached me on DateMeFree, a site known for lots of scamming activity. I did not prejudge, but simply followed along. Last week, I learned her real name is Olga Alexandrova. This name frequently appears on scamming sites. March 29th is her brothers birthday. She requested I send her $100 to purchase a birthday gift for him. I refused, with legitimate reasons for doing so. After this, her messages became extremely sort and indifferent. I asked her what was going on. She sent me a furious message ending with, 'F*** You!' I sent this last email to Yahoo's mail abuse address, along with the text of the email requesting money.

Name: Olga 'Mishelle' Alexandrova
Location: Kazan, Russia

Keywords: 10 small images of a girl
2007-03-29, 11:32:52
anonymous from Nigeria  
Hmmmmm,its intersting readiing different experince.....Can i be scammed....Well i cant blame them..The nigerians have been scammed before by the colonians taking them as slaves...i think they want to Avenge back.......Well all i know is that i cant be scamed i play my games well.
2007-03-29, 15:17:35
from Belleville in New Jersey, United States  
Re entry for 07-03-23 about LOLA JONES on - 'She' is out there as OLUSOLA OYEWOLE on Yahoo .com, going by SOLA for short. Like other Nigerian stories the name is borrowed from a real person. He is a respected university professor who seems to be working in Ghana.

Her e-Mails alternate between the usual poor English with bad grammar and sloppy spelling and what are apparently cut-and-paste chunks from someone literate. Some are quite poetic. I don't have a feel for how many 'she' is running at the moment, but I am sure it is not just me.

I have kept it going for over a month now and have just heard from 'her' about flood damage to 'her' house and the hospitalization of 'her' sister Lilian. Oddly enough, although passing references have been made to 'her' financial circumstances, no overt request for money has yet been occurred. I can hardly wait............Meantime, I will ask for a new photo and maybe it will be the one above.
2007-03-30, 14:26:45
anonymous from United States  
Ok - Here's the latest from Sola- Lola and another photo'

how you doing today, hope you are fine, i just want to hear you doing goo, and i want to tell you things are getting better here, dear, i lots lots of things over here, and life is getting hard for me as i am confused and i dont know what to do right now...
baby i dont know if you can help me finaciallyright now, i need $200 to get some things sort,100 for lilian bills and right now i must tell you i dont have anything to eat,most of the money on my father has been used for the repairs of damages done...
baby right now i must confess i really need your help.and i will be very happy if you can help my so sorry if am causing inconvinences for you ...but right now baby am in tears as i dont know what to do.i will be grateful for a positive response from you to help my situation, lilian and my family...
thanks so much dear
i miss you so much and i long for the day to meet you an never to part again.
i love you
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2007-03-30, 23:25:43
anonymous from United States  
kelly has changed her email address to and is working with 'john dawson' whose email is He claimed to be a building contractor who had to pay everything out of pocket and now the hotel is going to kick him out if he doesn't come up with money quick!

2007-03-31, 09:09:04   (updated: 2007-03-31, 09:17:53)
anonymous from Belleville in New Jersey, United States  
More on Lola/Sola and now 'Lilian' - Here's the delivery address and a photo of the two 'sisters'. Has anyone seen Lilian's photo on a scammer site (she's the one on the left). It looks familiar.

'i just came back from home, and luckily for me i got the flash drive, and baby i am attaching the the pics below, of lilian and i.well i must confess you are really making my spirit wakeup from weakness of the mind, i must say i am forever grateful. i ask on how you can send me the funds to me down here and i was told at the hospital its possible through WESTERN UNION.i guess that is always at the nearby store arround you .
and baby this is the information you will be needing to send the funds to me

NAME........................OYEWOLE OLUSOLA
ADDRESS.................NO,44 OKO,OGBOMOSO
COUNTRY........... .....NIGERIA

this is the necessary information to get the funds sent to my family.and baby if you can do more that what i requested for, i will be very happy.
i dont know how to express my heart to you , but i will show you more one of these days when we get to meet.
thanks so much, hope the kids are doing good.......?
love you
sola and the family'

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2007-03-31, 10:22:55   (updated: 2007-03-31, 11:12:10) from United States  
I have been chatting with a Johndonal for about a week now. All of a sudden he changed his email address on me, but never told me why. A few days ago he told me that he was going to be kicked out of his hotel if he didn't come up with some money because he spent all his money getting to where he is. He then tells me last night that his sister Carla was supposed to send him some money, but she wasn't able to get any so now he doesn't know what he is going to do. Funny thing is, he told me last week that he had no brothers or sisters! Here are some of the emails he sent me.

'Let me start by saying that I thank God every night since I found you. You came into my life when everything seemed so dark but you provided the light to find my way. I've never been so certain of anything in my life like I am of us. You have totally changed my outlook in life and I thank you for that. I never thought that someone could love me like you do, but guess what? I love you that much too. I feel as if I'm walking over clouds just thinking about you. You make my life complete. I know you've said we could do foolish things while in love, but you know what? With you I wouldn't mind being a fool for the rest of my life. I love you so much and I know you love me too. I know that others looking into our relationship might think that we're saying too many foolish things too soon but they just don't know how we feel about each other. There's nothing foolish about the things I've told you, I meant every word I said. I love you and for you and D. I would do anything, I love you both so much. Today I promise you that I would do anything in my power to make you a great person, outstanding mother and loving wife. I LOVE YOU'

'Thanks so much sunshine.. have realy missed you so
much .. well i thought i told you that i lost my
parent 2 yrs ago i lost them in a car accident both of
them were dead in a car accident on there way coming
to visit me.. this make me feel so sad i just don't
wanna remember this again because i course its my
fault asking them to come and visit me here... i
should have not ask them to come... and i was the only
child they have no brother no sister.. am all alone
and i dunno any of my parent family because they never
take me to any of there family.. My mom shes a white
and my dad also white indian.. Sweetie am so sad
about my parent whenever i remember what happen to
them its realy make me feel so sad .. and i have no
family .. nobody for you all i have for now.. and also
my son is far away to me.. I miss him so much... I
hope you can understand and get to know more about me
now.. I Love you'

'How are you doing sweetie .. No nice talking to you
last nite am so happy you can tell me how much you
love me too .. I know you love me too.. And i know
you never believe me as far.. but my feeling for
you is unlimited i mean i will never hide my feling
for you i will always be proud of you.. I wanna give
this email to tell you today is your day.. Today
shall be one of the best day in your life and you
shall be shining. Because its your turn to shine you
will shine in jesus name.. It is your turn to shine
and you will be shine in front of your enime you
will be the great one every would love till the
end.. Bible say open up to me and say what you want
and its shall be giving to you.. I pray for you
this morning all
you want in your life shall be giving to you.. So i
want you to know from this moment all you want shall
be giving to you in jesus name.. I love you so much
sweetie and i know today would be your Day of Joy
and everyday shall be your day of happiness in jesus
name.. Thsi is morning prayer to you my love... I
wanna let you know you mean the world to me and as
i lern my love on you that all i wanna do anytime i
breath i feel brand new you open up my heart and
soul and show me all your love and wolk right
through as i lern my love on you.. I Love You'

All this is after knowing him for like 2 days. And he would never acknowledge anything I ever said to him in the emails, almost like he was copying and pasting this stuff!

I'm supposed to send him $250 today (yeah right). He's been telling me all day today about how his sister Carla didn't come through for him. I believe this Carla person is someone else he tried to scam, I feel bad for her and hope she didn't fall for it. It was weird that he just all of a sudden started talking about her when he never mentioned her before. She must have ticked him off or something.

Here is a picture of him:

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