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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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2008-04-04, 04:41:30
anonymous from United States  
Ladies ifyou ever get an email from a larry smith in alabama or thats what he said he was from he scammed me for 1300.00. I thought he was being sincere. He stated that he was working in Africa and needed money to get home to put the jobsite back on track because there were alot of problems going on withthe job. All Lies. Went as far as to tell me that his mother was dead and she was the only one to help him. If anyone out there has heard of him please let me know. Also met him on don't be a victim like me.

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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2008-04-04, 19:07:55
anonymous from Lake Oswego, United States  


Yours in Service,


PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: Barrister Aidan Walsh.Esq Markus Wolfgang, Mr. John
Marvey Esq, Mr. Jerry Smith Esq

Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 20:18:15 +0200 (CEST)
T0: Attention:

On behalf of the Trustees andExecutor of the estate of Late
Engr. Jürgen Krügger I once again try to notify you as my earlier
letter wasreturned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by
this same email address on the WILL. I wish to notify you that late
Engr. Jürgen Krügger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the
Fifteen Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$15, 100.000.00) to
you in
the Codicil and last testament to his WILL. Being a widely traveled
man, he
must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were
nominated to him by one of his numerousfriends abroad who wished you
good.I hope to hear from you in no distant time

I await your prompt response.
Yours in Service,

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2008-04-04, 19:13:08
anonymous from Lake Oswego, United States  
SCAMS From: 'Mr.Liu Yan' <> t

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 06:56:41 +1100 (EST)
Subject: Your sincerity Is My Concern
FROM: Mr.Liu Yan
Bank of China Ltd.

13/F. Bank of China Tower
1 Garden Road,Hong Kong.

I have a transaction of mutual benefits, which I like to share with
It involves an amount of Nineteen millions Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars only,in our Bank, which I like to acquire with your help
you will be compensated adequately upon your readiness to proceed with

However,I would like to be sure of your willingness, trustworthiness
commitment to execute this transaction with me,I cannot afford to
compromise these virtues considering the money involved,it is necessary
for me to be sure of the person to whom I will be entrusting this
transaction,What I expect from you is trust and commitment,I want this
large sum of money transferred with your assistance and you should have
nothing to worry about regarding legality AT ALL.

If you are interested please reply instantly with your contact
and forward your telephone number so we may discuss and I shall provide
you with the details of this transaction. If interested send your
to my personal email address :

Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Liu Yan


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2008-04-05, 10:06:44
[hidden] from United States  
A Rita.Smith72@yahoo emailed me through one of the personal sites...we exchanged emails and IM chats. Right off the pictures she sent and the expression of her 'love' had me on guard. However, I ignored my strong suspicions. She purportedly was in a modeling contest in Lagos, Nigeria, and lost. She bought an air ticket to come to me but didn't have enough money to pay off the hotel balance 'Federal Palace Hotel' 176 Garki Kano Road, Kano State'. (note: a search of the hotel on the internet did not exist.) However, earlier I did wire through western union $350 to the hotel manager Chikeluba Onyejekwe, Lagos State Nigeria. Cell#234-8065187719 to settle Rita's bill. I got a receipt by email.
Several days after she told me although she paid for airline tickets she could not produce a booking code. She claimed she needed another $1500 for a BTA fee to final her air plans to me. She said it would be reimbursed to me when she arrived to me.
At that point, I told her to not come and see me and I wanted nothing more to do with her. (I left out a lot of other details but this was the ending)
Some of the tells here: 1. (She was supposedly from Georgia) When I asked her about Victoria Secret garments, she had no clue what I was talking about. Now this is a model from the US, right!
2. She claims to have run out of money and claimed no one would accept her credit cards, possible? Unlikely.
3. Her instant love for me, I'm 61 she is 29 and looked like a model, supposedly. This just wasn't realistic.
I lost $350 but learned a money to anyone you have not meet in person and trust. Hope this helps someone else. Ernie

2008-04-05, 17:04:10
anonymous from United States  
I have a question for everyone. Does anybody know of a central site to report scammers? What i MEAN is, is that I am running into scammers from other countries other than Africa. Some are even here in the USA and I have not seen any. So I report some of them here. So please tell me here so I can get logged on with them as soon as possible.

Maybe there should just be a site for Yahoo addresses that are used. Because as we can see they love that sense of security they think Yahoo gives them. And in many ways it does. I wish this could be stopped.

And here is a picture of an American one. She starts out with wanting you to view her web cam site and then expects more.

2008-04-05, 17:05:12
anonymous from United States  

2008-04-05, 19:05:26
anonymous from United States  
Ladies there is another of these 'sweethearts' out and about. He's different, not your standard 'poster boy', in fact he's just ordinary cute, with, again, the saddest story. I ran into him on, that palce is loaded with them it seems. He contacted me, and I, regretably (depending on how you look at it, he did serve as a certain level of intertainment it seems), answered back. The story is simular, supposedly Swedish living in Tampa, FL, poor english, in Lagos, Nigeria without money because of his job, he owns a bridge building company (never gave me a company name). His twist is he is there with his two daughters, Sue and Linda, 9 and 13. Seems his wife was killed in a wreck after they moved to Tampa three years ago.... Wait, don't discard your kleenex just yet, it gets sadder . It seems he came to Florida to handle his Dad's estate, he also died three years ago, dying the same day that his Mom died, and he still has no idea what happened to them, someone just called on the phone and told him he had to leave Sweden and come to Tampa. He started his first request with me about Sue's 9th birthday and he is out of money and cannot buy her a gift, of course, they are also living in a hotel, so I fully expect that the hotel bill amount would be requested in due time. Right now all he would like is a game, or the money (since he wanted me to fed ex something immediately) to buy his little daughter a gift. I called him on it, then mentionedas to how his header information linked to about six scam sites. He is, of course devastated, in shock that I would think such a thing, and so very contrite. What amazes me is that these people, when confronted and called on their game, do not move on to the next target but continue to play their game. I have discovered inside of me a touch of inner bitch and played along some more, sort of like a cat that does not want the bird but continues to mess with it for shits and giggles. This fellow has a match id of mike_222_333 and his email is I cannot post his photo, for some reason it won't seem to upload. Whatever, he was just absolutely certain that I would not find a reference to him here since he is legit and all, but I assured him that, within 24 hours, I would certainnly take care of that oversight.


2008-04-07, 11:58:18
anonymous from United States  
Has anyone seen this lady before, she goes by the name Olivia Bannerman. She claimed that her birthday was April 1st and wanted money for her birthday and has not stopped bugging me for it since. She claims to live in Accra Ghana but was from South Africa before her dad died.
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2008-04-07, 13:09:18
anonymous from Belgium  
hi i'm from belgium
and i visit this website i was in contact with this beautiful chick named brenda bankort
same story, parents dead, from homestead florida and now in nigeria
she didn't ask me any money yet but now i know it will come
i was wondering what was gonna be the cheat in this so amazing virtual love story!!!
she said she loves me after the first chat, she sends me millions of kisses by sms, mail,...
here are some more pics of that brenda (

2008-04-07, 13:21:14   (updated: 2008-04-07, 13:22:49)
anonymous from United States  
Olivia Bannerman from Accra Ghana???

Calims she moved there after her father dies in South Africa. Claims her birthday is April 1st and wants money for her birthday and will talk of nothing else...o, except how much she loves me of course.
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2008-04-08, 18:54:58
[hidden] from United States  
i need to find out if i am being scam it looks like i am after looking at this site how do i get the ip or id number from here would it be on the email address or what. need info
2008-04-09, 07:19:57
anonymous from United States  

Unfortunately, as we hear every single day, being smart is NOT enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating spam, or devious identity theft

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2008-04-10, 04:29:02
I also got by this guy called David Nino Goodman. Poses on Eharmony as New Yorker in Sydney now in Nigeria working as a telephone is +238073562386. I did not get off as lightly as the other lady I actually sent money.. sumb but true.
email is

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2008-04-10, 13:46:06
anonymous from United States  
yea these scammers are funny i got one from maria on my space and right now i got this one from web date named goodness if u fall for the line of crap they spitin man you stupid but the shit is funny i'll i do is led them on but ima see if i can get some money out of them
2008-04-11, 06:42:51
This guy David Nino Goodman is a fraud
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