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Another dating / chat scam - USA/ Nigeria connection

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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