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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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2006-08-15, 00:48:35
anonymous from Guatemala  
i was tooa man who is call mark send me a lot of thing i was so naived but please not be stupid
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Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)

2006-08-15, 00:56:05
anonymous from Guatemala  

This image was also posted here:
Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)

Keywords: what kind of scammer is this???
2006-08-15, 00:57:12
anonymous from Guatemala
be carefull
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Dating scam artist Sindy Becky Green in Ashley, Ohio (Lagos, Nigeria)
Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

Keywords: i have just shook of this bloke on meetic man
2006-08-15, 11:10:53
anonymous from Guatemala  

2006-08-16, 00:17:00
anonymous from United States  
hi im reporting a suspicious person on match .com named are using rita harding 30@ yahoo .com she is on match .com she is also supposedly stuck in some hotel in nigieria need s help are will be stuck there forever anyone seeing her on match .com be forwarned im sure shes a scam she need you to send money which luckily i didnt but shes is a scam rita harding her match screen name is match me cute 1975 stay away from this one .
2006-08-16, 11:55:41
anonymous from United States  
Another one is flybynite20005. He said he was from NJ but stuck in the airport in Lagos after flying there to deal in antiques. Needed cash! SCAM, all of them!
2006-08-16, 16:11:11
anonymous from United Kingdom  
this scammer goes by the name of jade cares ( or for hawaii with nigerian connections beware! says she is stuck in hawaii and carn't get home to uk scammer scammer scammer!
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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

2006-08-16, 16:13:04
anonymous from Switzerland  
Now this is new for me... I knew that they look for money, but for airline-tickets? And business-class of course... ;-)

hello dear how are you doing?...thnk you for the quik
reply...i love that...Love is not about finding the
right person, but creating a right relationship. It's
not about how much love you have in the beginning but
how much love you build till the end....If it is meant
to be, our hearts will find each other when we meet.
And if our hearts melt together so will our bodies and
souls. Then every word and every touch will fuel our
passion flame. I will be yours, you will be mine, and
we will be one....What is more important to you the
love you share, the memories you have or the lover?
Give love a chance to swallow you up. Don't just think
it will happen in a instant, it will suprise you
before you know it, but it will be the most rewarding
experience you will ever have,i will be expecting to
hear from you soon,
this grace.

Hello nick,how are u doing?im very sorry for not
written all this while...reasons,i was addmitted in
the hospital since last week nick,i was robbed by
thugs they took all my money $20.000,im not supose to
be writen you this mail but bcos you are so dear to
me,honey im stranded here in africa im so scard i just
wanna go back to the u.s.a,i need your help pls.kisses

Hi honey,if you can come i will really apprecaite it,
dear!but if you cant,all i need is for you to assit me
with some money,for air tickets to get back to the
state....may God be ur strainght as you help me,i love
u dearlin,Grace

Hey! You could just send it through any money Gram...i
could get it fast or an alternative, that is getting
the ticket and send it through a reliable postal
service,so that it can get to me save,so that i can
leave this horable place

i fell so warm and relaxe now,that will be better,at least you will saved me the cost and risk of running up and down again..please buy it and send it through...(DHL),to this address.....93,ST,FINBBARS COLLAGE ROAD, AKOKA, YABA, LAGOS NIGERIA......with this name(grace),how ever money gram is a system of sending money international through finnancail instutition or a better language western union money transfer which is the easiest and fastest way of transaction internationaly.....
i want to get out of this deep shit.

hey nick,
a business class ticket from (LAGOS to NEW YORK),for (GRACE. C.MICHAEL.)the date of traveling should be (25th of (FRIDAY),august.2006)..... from any good air-line,like (KLM, BRITISH AIRWAYS, US AIRWAYS or VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS).

2006-08-19, 19:30:06
anonymous from United States  
i just got somebody else through who tried to think she or he could scam me the first clue was the choppy essay how stupid are these people so i decided to insatnt message her since she was online you know have a little fun. so of course on her profile she said she was from algonac,mi but in her sloppy essay said she moved to maryland.
she said she moved to nigeria for school yeah right i confronted her and poof she closed the window these people have no guts when they are confronted. below is the instant message and the picture on the profile.

realsherry: i live in maryland but study in
university of nigeria
metaltyrant: really studing what?
realsherry: international relations with
metaltyrant: why in nigeria there are better
schools here?
realsherry: what do you do for living ?
realsherry: yes
realsherry: my dad is from africa
metaltyrant: what s your athnicity
realsherry: and i losted him some years ago

realsherry: you first pls
metaltyrant: what about your mom where is
she from
metaltyrant: i own my own retail store
realsherry: oh really
realsherry: that;s cool
metaltyrant: so what about yourmom
realsherry: she here with me
metaltyrant: she from africa also
metaltyrant: hello
realsherry: sorry
realsherry: i am here
metaltyrant: see prev question
realsherry: mom is from america
metaltyrant: how long did you live here
realsherry: about 20 years
metaltyrant: so youve been living in
maryland for 8 years how long have you
been over in nigeria
realsherry: i live in maryland for 20
realsherry: and nigeria for 8
metaltyrant: ok but you you lived in
michigan for how long before moving to
realsherry: just for 2 i think
metaltyrant: then why do you have algonac
as the city you live in. when you have lived
most of your life in maryland
realsherry: just love been private
metaltyrant: thats not an answer or
realsherry: don't want to tell the truth on
metaltyrant: ok mind if i ask aquestion and
get an honest answer
realsherry: not problem ok
metaltyrant: how long have you been a
scam artist to try and get money from people
*** realsherry's IM window is closed
metaltyrant: thought i was an idiot didnt
*** Waiting for realsherry to connect
metaltyrant: come on give me an answer i
dont bite
*** Waiting for realsherry to connect
*** realsherry's IM window is open
*** realsherry's IM window is closed
*** realsherry's IM window is open
*** realsherry's IM window is closed
metaltyrant: are you so scared to find out
that we know the truth that you are scared
to face us
*** Waiting for realsherry to connect
*** realsherry's IM window is open
metaltyrant: come realsherry have the guts
t face me
*** realsherry's IM window is closed

2006-08-22, 06:44:58
anonymous from United States  
i have been scam by a man from nigeria who claims he was in brooklyn NY usa. he continues to e mail me..

false picture of himself and claims his daughter is kidnapped want s 3000.00$

2006-08-22, 17:31:58
anonymous from United States  
Here I got scmammed by 'kimberly jones' orphan at 17 she found me on right after i posted that I was a business owner...I did send the crook $300 via western union to:
Name:Kimberly Jones
Address:12 sola street
Country code:23401
2006-08-22, 17:32:46
anonymous from United States  
more pics coming...

2006-08-22, 17:33:13
anonymous from United States  

2006-08-22, 17:33:29
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: black hair blonde top at night
2006-08-22, 17:33:41
anonymous from United States  

Keywords: blonde white top brunette flowers top
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