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Yahoo chick the final chapter

For anyone who might have thought "she" was a "real" person with "real problems" and it was maybe a little mean for me to be posting about our conversations. I assure you this was a complete SCAM. Yesterday after my last post we chatted again, I swear all the Nigerian scam artists must have been together in one room chatting with me at once. We got past the immaculate conception baby thing and I think she realized I wanted nothing to do with raising or giving money for raising a kid. So then she tried another ploy. All of a sudden she needs money to pay for going back to school. So I asked how much she needed and she told me 422 Naira which converts to about $3.29 US. So I asked her if she knew how much that was in US dollars and she said yes, it's $250.00. So Ok, she's thinking I don't know how to look up an exchange rate. Naira is also the currency of Nigeria. She said before she was in Ghana and the currency there is the Cedi. So I asked her why I would send her money in Naira when Ghana's currency was cedi. And she said, "but u know i told that i am in nigeria , to see my younger brother that is in school,i come into nigeria last week."

So apparently she had the money for school when she left Ghana last week but her brother borrowed some from her and now she doesn't have enough to pay for school anymore and she wants yours truly to pay for it. Yet the same day when she was talking about coming to America to "be with me", I said "well that's kind of a long and expensive trip isn't it?" to which she replied, ": umm it not so long like i have all the money to come over , i could make it to be with u befor sunday."

Then out of the blue I get this from her:

"so dear do u know what, i just can stop thinking of u, cause i am feeling u so much and u look responsible to me"

After she tells me how much the conversion to naira is I tell her:
" It's more than I can really afford right now. I just paid out $800 to go on this trip. $250 would pay many of my bills. Sorry I can't help right now.

and she says:

"but dear how much can u afford to give me right now so that i could pay half of the money first so that i could have rest of mind"

So I tell her I can't really send her anything and she pretty much goes ballistic. Starts begging me for anything I can send her. So I ask her why if she goes to school in Ghana would I send her the money in Nigerian naira. And she tells me that if I send it to her in Nigeria, she can convert it for more money in Ghana and then she won't have to work to pay for school.

I explained again I didn't have money to send her and I get this:

"i dont whant to be reforworld back in school plzz like my father was alife all this whont happen u know and u are the only one i have right now"

Now realize, we only started talking 2 days prior to this and nothing was eveer mentioned about needing money or any of this.

She tells me to send her whatever I can so she can go back to Ghana yet a few posts later she tells me she will go back to Ghana and sell some of her possessions and wait there for me to send her some money. I'm the only one she has remember because her father is dead.

" i travel to ghana and sell some of my properties in the house plzz do u whant to live me just like this in pain plzz i know u can do some thing plzzz."

Yet today she tells me her father is alive he just won't give her any money.

Today I log on determined to let her know I don't have money to send her and we should just concentrate on being friends if that is what she wants. I start asking her basic get-to-know-you questions and she is answering them but in between there are new little monetary requests:

" ok dear i understud u so much and i know much about ur condition, plzz honey u know i love u so much and if u have the money u will give it to me but it just that i dont have rest of mind right now infact i cant even eat and i am getting sick, all i wil have to do is that i wil stop schooling then cause it only u that i know , u have real put intrest in me so much and i do care for u and i wil always think about u "

I asked her name and she said it was Anthony Maya. I said that was a boys name and all of a sudden she says, no that's my son's name. No I mean it's my father's name. So I said, "Maya is your surname then?" and she said yes it is. So what is your first name then, I ask? and she suddenly logs off.

When she comes back on I get an email from her with additional pictures and I notice the name on the email is Maya Lovely. So I do a Google search on that name and find that Maya Lovely is an American Porn star. When I ask her if she knows Maya Lovely is a porn star, she says that yes she knows and nothing further is said.

Now she knows I'm not going to send her money so she says for me to call her and gives me a number to call her. She claims it's the number of her cell phone but she had already told me that she had to sell her cell phone to get money for food. I did a Google search on the number and it's one of the scam numbers that ends up charging your hundreds of dollars per minute. So I tell her I can't make International calls.

She gets frustrated again and starts asking me when I'm going to send her school money. I tell her if I was even to think about sending her money I couldn't send her anything for at least a month. And she gives me another phone number in Nigeria for me to call the Nigerian Branch of the Wisconsin International University and tell them that in one month I will be sending them money to pay for her schooling.

I told her again I couldn't send the amount she needed to pay for school. She gets frustrated again and comes up with a new plan:

but honey there is oneof my father friend in the uk, he told me that he would have love to offer me a check of $3000usd for me to take care of my self and my brother in school, and it only in usa they could cash the check and i dont have any idear on what to do right now cus i am not in united state so may be u could help me csah the money, and i wil offer u 500usd to take care of ur wife and ur self cus i dont whant u to stresss ur self toomuch then u wil send down 2500 to me true westernunion money trasfer

I asked her if she had the check and she said she did and would endorese it to me and send it today but in the meantime I should get $2500 and send it to her Western Union today and when the check arrived I should just deposit it. I asked her if I were to send her this money Western Union, who would I send it to, still trying to get her whole name. She says to send it to:

NAME---STEPHANIE STOHON
112 ALLEN DRIVE
LAGOS NIGERIA

I ask if that is her name and she tells me it is the name of one of her brother's teachers and she will go to Western Union with her and pick up the money. When I ask why she can't recieve the money herself, she logs off again.

She comes back briefly and asks if I know of any US dating sites she can go to. I ask her if she has tried MySpace and she say's no. She asks if she has to use her credit card to register because that's what she uses to register at all the other countries dating sites. I told her no the accounts were free. She thanks me and logs off again saying she's going to go down to Western Union and wait for me to send her the $2500. She's going to be waiting a mighty long time I think. I've blocked her Yahoo profile from messenger and her email address from my mailer now.

Just so many ways to pick apart all her statements but the one that really gets me is why would someone in the UK write a check to someone in Nigeria that would only be drawn on US funds? And if you know you have to pay for school, why do you make a trip to Nigeria to see your brother in the first place. She told me the trip cost $150 and yet she needed $250 to pay for school. She says she's sick and starving but she tells me she is staying with friends of hers who apparently make enough money to afford a computer and interntet service.

I feel really sorry for the poor schmucks with low self esteem that would actually fall for this. I wonder how many thousands of dollars she has conned out of good hearted people who can't afford to shell out their hard earned money.

Ah well, it was an interesting diversion for a couple of days.

T Minus i day to Seattle.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
moonvision
Mar. 18th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
*sniff
She said that SHE was going to live with ME!!! ;P

Impressive skills of deduction and reason!
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm sitting there chatting and all these warning bells are going off. It really wasn't that hard to trip "her" up.

W
moonvision
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
Well, thanks for playing along a bit and providing some entertainment before your trip! Have a great time!
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
THANKS!

W
sweetsongstress
Mar. 18th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I don't understand the part where she told you that she was gonna send you $500 and then you should send her $2500? What is the point of that? God, she/he/it can't keep her/his/its story straight.
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Nope she was tripping all over herself.

W
ex_earthsist869
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
That's actually how the typical Nigerian 419 scam works. They send you a check for some many thousands of dollars. You cash it and you get to keep X amount, but you have to wire transfer (thousands - x) amount to them before you can cash the check.... because the check is usually a fraud!

Also, this site is a lot of fun - he's duped the scammers and made a little money off of them! Also http://www.419eater.com/ :D
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
Cool. I notice I've gotten no email in my junk mail folder from her since this afternoon. I wonder how long she waited at Western Union?

W
ex_earthsist869
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
You should write her and tell her that something must have gone wrong with the transaction.

You need to make her take a degrading picture of herself! (a sign, folks, just holding a sign. fully clothed.)
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
hehehe well if I wasn't leaving in less than 12 hours on vacation I could get really squirely with it.

W
ex_earthsist869
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
well, you can always put her off for now and tell her you'll come back to her.

I've always wanted to scambait. I never get them, though.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
You might find this an interesting read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_fee_fraud
green_noise
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
oops, that anon comment was me. :)
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah I've been studying these frauds for the past couple years.

Thanks,

W
wander
Mar. 18th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Yeah I've been studying these frauds for the past couple years.

Thanks,

W
zahrah
Mar. 18th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
if my head could spin like on that movie, then my head would be spinning right now.

better yet i think the crazy worms would eat my brain.
wander
Mar. 19th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Yeah it was getting hard to keep up with.

W
virga_flame
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
Have a good Seattle trip. (Seattle's a nice place to visit if you don't have to pay attention to the fact that it's Seattle.) Meantime, thanks for the soap opera. T'was tres amusing.
wander
Mar. 19th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Yeah it's nice here. My brother asked me if I wanted to see the Space Needle. I told him it held about as much interest as going to Chicago to see the Sears tower. So we had lunch at a nice little neighborhood pub and we are going to the market in a bit and then sit down and watch all the NCAA games.

W
skywalkerchick
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
that is all sorts of crazy!! you just met her randomly in a chat room right?
wander
Mar. 19th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Not even a chat room. I had my Yahoo Instant Messenger open and she randomly messaged me.

Crazy.

W
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