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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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2009-08-13, 08:16:40
anonymous from Malaysia  
sure...i hve come across many such cases n the administers of datein asia just allow such contacts to go through, though this web ios for dating only....i hve come across many also frm filipino ladys but the actual operater is a guy/male n just post someones picture...just to get yur money ...telling she has a problem n seeking money....
2009-08-13, 16:53:43 from United States  
this woman my be a scam but i know for a fact that her pics were stolon off a cafe computer in accra ghana.i have talked to the woman that took the pics and goes by roseline. she is a young black girl supposed to be out of collage
traped her in money scam, told her to fess up and i would not report her.. she gave up her agent, land lord and a couple others there to stay out of jail... to make sure who she was i insisted on web cam and telephone at the same time. it was the voice i had heard in the scam,i recorded the calls and kept all email and i m messgs. she said her name was roseline daniels but

i dont kno for sure. this is pics that were stolen, i have about 35 or 40 of them i have made it my hobby to bust the scams out there the pic of the black girl is the on that stole the pics and info

2009-08-13, 16:58:41 from United States  
ere is the pic of the woman the the one above stole the pics.. as i said she may well be a scam too, because more of her pics are listed on this site with many differant names. but as i say i know her pics were stolen by the black girl above
This image was also posted here:
Dating scammer florence yarko or grace Mensah
Dating scammer Rhoda Naa from Accra, Ghana

2009-08-17, 14:09:23
anonymous from United States  
caroline_who_knows - after many chats & pics (all from Nigeria - doing 'jewelry antique' business)
all of a sudden get's sick from food and loses wallet - so - asks for $200.00 for medical expenses.

(yeah, right)

put her on Iggy.
2009-08-17, 23:26:55
anonymous from Denmark  
can anyone explain the helpfullness of bringing pictures of the several used images, before I add new ones?
2009-08-18, 03:02:35
anonymous from United States  
sorry guys I just have one question has anyone recieved an email from a Frank Smith, if so please respond and let me know what he has said to you, i Just want to know if he is a scammer ( I hope not )
2009-08-18, 19:57:39   (updated: 2009-08-18, 20:11:15)
anonymous from United Kingdom  
Anon US

Yup definate scammer, you're well out of it.

Ran into her last year, found out before sending any money.

I reported her to Yahoo back in 2008, but I see she is still active, same name, same Yahoo ID. I guess they don't care.

Update since my original post sometime ago (page 137) - The pictures she/he uses are of Brianna Garcia.

Kinda dumb really considering they are all over the Internet.

2009-08-19, 06:41:37
Am alex isaac, a poor boy, who because of my status looking for a lover, friend, well wishers. who could at least help me out in meeting my educational obligation. With a promise not to let her or him down. You can mail me on

2009-08-19, 06:57:59
anonymous from United States  

I am wondering if a person I met on myspace could be a scammer - after he was on myspace for a short time communicating with me he deleted his profile and contacted me in IM, saying that too many teenagers ('teengers') had written to him. In his pics, he is a white guy, says his name is Dr. Kelvin Johnson, born in June 1954 and he is with USAID as a HealthCare Supervisor. He's currently in Vietnam on assignment (he says), and lives in Rockaway, NY. I asked him to tell me about his job and he said 'Look it up on Google', which I thought was rather odd. He said his father is from the UK and his mother is from Israel and so he's half Jewish (I am Jewish). One of his pics showed him with (his, he says) two teenage kids, and he told me they're Christian. He has not asked me for money, but he's trying to get my address to 'send you a birthday gift since I can't be there to kiss you', but I haven't given it to him. He wanted to know my favorite color, and if I drink wine (he wanted to know 'what percentage' of alcohol did I want). I told him I'd like to speak to him on the phone first before giving my address, but he said it was 'too soon' to talk on the phone (this was when I was chatting with him on myspace), and later he said he's now in Vietnam and can't call me from there as his job has a lot of restrictions. I asked him to purchase a pre-pay phone card to call me, but he said his job doesn't allow him to carry money (??!!) so he wanted to purchase a cell phone online (I guess with a credit card) and have it sent to me, so I could then send it to him in Vietnam. I said 'doesn't that mean you'd need my address?' and he said 'yes', so I said 'I'd rather wait till you get back home and then you can call me' He said he won't be home for a month, but that didn't change my mind.

He also said that he's not sure if his cell phone (back home) is working - strange! He has been chatting with me on Yahoo IM but he can't spell very well, and that seems really odd for a doctor. He has sent me photos, which I tested on Picture Search here on this site and came up with nothing.

It seems that he never really checked out my other pics on myspace (except my profile pic - what, (I'm thinking) no time, Kelvin? saw all you needed to see with that one and in a rush? did you think you saw a good mark?!) so anyway, I sent him a few pics of me and got no reply for a few days.

Then I sent him a second email saying 'I guess you're not interested, take care.', so he sent me these two emails:

Dr Kelvin Johnson,
HealthCare Supervisor.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 6:46 AM

Hi babe am so sorry for the delay.lve been real busy but l know l dont ve to be busy on you....well l hope my apology is accepted.....l will be online to talk to you...take care.your kelvin

- - - - - - - - - - and - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dont think that interested but just busy with pahtients and am less busy now to talk to you....l really want to talk.

He finally gave me this number in Vietnam - 0084989038344, but I said 'what about your cell number', and so he gave me the number you see in the heading of his email - 516-874-7781. At the time, I thought it was his cell number and didn't realize it was the same one in his email. I looked it up on Reverse Phone Number Lookup on, and it's nonpublished, in Nassau NY. and it's a landline, not a cell. In the end, he said he doesn't want to force me to give my address if I don't want to (although it did seem that he tried to 'force' me). I said 'I hope you're not upset with me' (I was doubting myself for a minute), but he seemed upset and wrote rather curtly that he had to go - that was the first time he said he had to go like that. Maybe he thought that would make me feel bad and change my mind. I did feel bad, but I didn't change my mind because I believe I did the right thing. Oh, and I told him 'after you said I should check out USAID on Google, I did, and I came up with, among other stuff, a website (this one) which says there are scammers out there that say they are with USAID' He said, 'What website' and I said 'just some website' (I didn't give the name) and he said 'Oh, I have to watch out for that' and I said 'YOU have to watch out for that? I think that I have to watch out for that!' He said 'well, I haven't asked you for money or anything' which for some reason did not seem like the kind of thing a doctor would say in response to what I'd told him - it didn't seem like a professional mans reply. Then he said something about me 'thinking negatively', to which I replied 'I'm not being negative, just cautious - you can understand that, can't you'.

I will upload two pics of him. I hope I'm not doing an innocent man wrong, but something DOES seem fishy... Can anybody help me - can you tell me what is going on here? Why does he want my address so badly - what does he want to do with it - could he hurt me by having my address? As I said, I didn't give it to him... I DID however, give him my cell phone number - of course, he hasn't called -he's in VIETNAM, remember. Yeah.

Is it possible that my 'nice Jewish doctor' is a scammer? I knew it was too good to be true. By the way, there's been no mention of Nigeria... only Vietnam. Maybe Vietnam's the 'new' Nigeria...

I may be looking for love, but I ain't stupid, baby.


2009-08-19, 07:03:43
anonymous from United States  

2009-08-19, 10:50:34
anonymous from United States  
I have been chatting with a henu ble kouao since 28 may 2009 and need any info on her thats out here. She is supposedly in guangzhou, china on business and currently resides in boulder colorado. Formerly in springfield mass. as of feb/march of this year. Very nice and very chatty and I have sent money to her via western union. My bad. I do however have over six thousand dollars of hers in a visa account of mine. I check the balance every day online. Most scammers have the money going one way only. So I am confused at all this. I have a few pix of a fine looking white woman around thirty-ish and dressed very nicely, no telling if this is really her or not. Hope so. Any info would greatly help me figure out whos on here with me every day, thank you.
2009-08-19, 20:32:51
anonymous from United States  

2009-08-19, 21:04:36   (updated: 2009-08-19, 21:40:48)
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
Anonymous from The USA

2009-08-19, 06:57:59
anonymous from United States

2009-08-19, 07:03:43
anonymous from United States

While Your Jewish Doctor certainly sounds very suspicious.
It does sound like a scammer also.
As for, Him being from New York and being in Vietnam that is
a Horse of a different color.
Please no matter what, You decide to do never send money and
do not give out any more personal information.
You did not find, His pictures in the search but that doesn't mean
anything. It could be a simple matter that those exact pictures have not
been entered before. That happened to me when, I tried to find pictures
of, My scammer. The pictures, You posted look just like a reported scammer.
That, I have seen posted on this site before.
Problem is there are over 300 Men scammer postings alone.
With more than one scammer per posting.
Scammers can have e mail addresses that the IP shows them to be in any
Country they want. But actually be in Africa or somewhere else.
There are a growing number of Asian connected scams now.
No matter what, You do never send money to anyone no matter what
the reason given.
I think if, You continue to search for pictures of this guy, You will find them
eventually. Trouble is all the time that can take.
Scammers change their fake names and addresses and stolen photo's
often. Making it hard to track them down.
This so called Doctor should not struggle with the English language.
That is a very big red flag. While, I may struggle understanding Eastern
English spoken by East Coast residents the written language is the same.
I see a list of red flags in, Your posting and would advise, You to keep
both eye's wide open and don't fall for a bunch of sweet talk.
I would look at this as, Hes a scammer that needs to prove, Hes not
one at this point. That should cost, You nothing.
It is, His problem to provide proof to, You.
I am sorry, I do not remember where, I saw that face before.
But, I have looked at every posting on this site.
That is nearly 4000 now. Which means there are about 10,000 or more
actual reports. If this guy does not give, You straight answers to any
question, You ask dump, Him there is no reason for, Him to withhold
any information from, You. Remember Love does not happen on line
with anyone, You never met face to face.
Scammers use manipulation to get what they want.
Some never ask for money because their victims just give it to them
because they feel sorry for them.
Some scammers wait as long as 3 years building trust before they cash in.
I wouldn't waste, My time if, I were, You on this strange at best story
of, His it has way to many questions and not enough answers.
Never allow, Him to send anything to, You to send back to, Him.
That is a fraud scam. Something is purchased with a stolen credit card
and is sent to, You then, You ship it to, Him.
Your the one who gets busted because, You received stolen property.
Never cash a check of any kind or money order.
It is plain BS if, He claims that, He's not allowed to, His own carry money.
If, You cash a fake check or money order again, Your the one who
gets busted. Scammers Love to have their victims ship things to them.
Be very careful and end it soon if, He doesn't provide everything, You
ask for. That is BS also, His telling, You to Google the Job, He does.
No one, I have ever known in my life sent, Me looking on Google
when asked what they did.
Never confront a scammer with the truth.
They already have a cover story to explain anything.
That will only result in the possibility of, You believing more lies.
Never tell a scammer about this site no matter what happens.
Never post, Your e mail address on this site either.
You take control of the situation and do not allow, Yourself to be taken.
Because scammer change their fake names all the time can be why, You
haven't found those pictures yet. Even then finding out who they were
stolen from can even be harder.

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//

2009-08-19, 21:26:57   (updated: 2009-08-19, 21:30:02)
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
2009-08-19, 10:50:34
anonymous from United States

Well just reading, Your posting, You already made a very big
mistake. That being, You sent money by Western Union.
I can only say sorry for, Your loss. I hope it wasn't a large amount ?
No one should send money to anyone, They never met face to face.
I don't care if, You chatted for 3 years already.
Scammers have waited 3 years to ask for money.
Pretty much anyone who asks, You for money by definition is a scammer.
As for having money from, Her in, Your account good luck with that also.
How do, You know it was obtained legally ?
You do not know this person but, You obviously have given up, Your
personal information. That at its best is foolish.
You need to get, Her money out of, Your account and change all
your account numbers even if that means closing accounts to do that.
Just because, You don't see how this can turn bad doesn't mean it
won't happen. Learn to be responsible with, Your own money first
which clearly, Your not being at this point.
Your going to get burned in the end and its up to, You to prevent it.
Go ahead and do nothing be, My guest its, Your life.
You posted here because, You at some level are questioning if
this relationship is real or not. But not providing very much information
doesn't help anyone help, You.
The old saying if it sounds to good to be true means just that.
This sounds to good to be true.
I wouldn't believe this wasn't a scam but, I'm not, You.
You sound like, Your very young and are wondering why a older
woman would be interested in, You.
There are only two reasons that would happen.
# 1 She wants a boy toy in that case she would be with, You right now.
# 2 She / He is a scammer setting, You up.
I tend to believe # 2 in your case.
Good luck with that but as, I said it looks like, Your in for a rude
awakening to the real World.

Kind Regards Agent 86 Maxwell Smart \\'^o^'//

2009-08-19, 21:36:08
Agent,86 from Salem, United States  
Hello Wanwan, Bad Dog, Doc, OJAS, Fred, Pete,
Gilligan, Pirate and other contributors

Please Bupkus two postings above

2009-08-19, 06:41:37

2009-08-19, 20:32:51
anonymous from United States

Thanks everyone Agent 86 \\'^o^'//
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