Harrison's Potential Victim:

Joyce Nelson The lovable Joyce is a 50 year old widow with her very own MySpace page.  She loves to make new friends, and help those in need.  Little does the scammer know, she's really a 27 year old man.
About the Scammer:
Name:  Harrison Mark / Harrison Smith / Akeem Shomola / Victor Okewu
Email:  harrison_lovers@yahoo.com
Location:  Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: +2348080445391
Profile:  MySpace


Hello,How are you doing,i hope u are fine,i was searching on profiles on here and ur profile thrilled my eyes,my name is harrison am from oklahoma,i have been single for the past 6years now,i have a 10years old son,i have been hurt so much in my life,am looking for a honest and caring woman in my life with sense of humor,i really would love to get to know u more better..............i will like to know if u are single looking,i will also like to know what u are really looking for in a man,i will be waiting to hear from you,i will also like to know if u have a yahoo ID so we can chat on there and get to knoe aech other more better ok,mine is harrison_lovers@yahoo.com


Harrison: helo
Harrison: How are you doing?
Joyce N: Hello
Joyce N: I'm fine. How are you?
Harrison: am fine
Harrison: so how is everything with you
Joyce N: Everything's super
Harrison: good to hear that
Harrison: do you rememeber me?
Joyce N: Yes.  You're the man with the jacket that mailed me
Harrison: good
Harrison: so what do you do 4 a living?
Joyce N: I'm a book supplier
Harrison: good
Joyce N: How about you?
Harrison: am a international building contractor,i won a contract down in west africa i will soon be back to the state
Joyce N: I wish I could win something cool some day
Harrison: so do you have any kid?
Joyce N: I have one adult son
Harrison: good
Harrison: i have a 10years old Son
Joyce N: My son was 10 years old once
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so what are you looking for in a man?
Joyce N: Honesty, kindness, a vegetable garden, and intelligence
Harrison: good
Harrison: me too
Harrison: am looking for a honest and caring woman in my life
Joyce N: I"m glad we're both looking for the same thing in men
Harrison: i have been hurt alot i dont want to get hurt anymore
Harrison: do you have a cam?
Joyce N: No. Do you?
Harrison: No
Harrison: i really would love to get to know u more better
Joyce N: Feel free to ask anything
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so do you live alone?
Joyce N: Yes
Joyce N: Just me and my dog
Harrison: good
Harrison: i do live with my son
Harrison: my son need a mom
Joyce N: Where's his real mother?
Harrison: i divource her because she is a cheater
Joyce N: Some day she will go to hell for that
Harrison: yes
Harrison: so can you call me
Harrison: i would love to hear ur voice
Joyce N: I'm not calling out of the country
Harrison: ok
Harrison: can i call you?
Joyce N: No
Harrison: why?
Joyce N: I'm not giving my number to someone I just met
Harrison: oh ok
Harrison: i understand you
Joyce N: Thanks for understanding
Harrison: it seems u are a good woman
Harrison: i never met someone like you b4
Joyce N: Aren't ya kind!
Harrison: do you like reading love peoms?
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: They're usually corny and sound like they're written by a child
Harrison: ok
Harrison: i do have some for you....lol
Joyce N: Just send them to my email
Joyce N: and I'll pretend to read them
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so u dont want it on here.....
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: I don't really want it on my email either
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so u dont want me to send it to you
Joyce N: No.  I just told you once before I don't care to read poems
Harrison: ok
Joyce N: It was nice chatting with you but I've gotta go
Harrison: ok
Harrison: i will chat with you later
Joyce N: okay
Joyce N: Talk to you later
Joyce N: bye
Harrison: ok

The next day...


Harrison: Hello
Joyce N: Hello
Harrison: how are you doing?
Joyce N: I'm fine.  How are you?
Harrison: am fine
Harrison: are u not working today?
Joyce N: I don't work weekends
Harrison: ok that good
Harrison: my son said he like ur pic
Harrison: he is right here with me,he want to start going to His friend house......hun
Joyce N: I'm glad to see I'm still attractive to 10 year olds
Joyce N: Tell him I said hello
Harrison: he saide hello too
Harrison: he said can he call u Mom i told him not yet....huh
Joyce N: You are correct. He shouldn't be calling internet ladies mom yet
Harrison: yes
Harrison: i wish we can chat on phone
Joyce N: Chatting here is fine with me
Harrison: i could have called u yesterday....its because i dont have ur number
Joyce N: You didn't give me yours either
Joyce N: So let's just chat here for now
Harrison: yes
Harrison: that will be fine with me
Joyce N: Me too
Harrison: so can u tell me why u are still single?
Joyce N: It seems that every time I meet someone interesting, they're hiding a colostomy bag, and I don't need that in my life
Harrison: oh ok
Harrison: i understand u
Harrison: so are u ready to be with a Good and honest man now?
Joyce N: Yes.  Totally
Harrison: me too
Harrison: so maybe we should both build a good relaionship together and see where it will goes from there...hun
Joyce N: That sounds good to me
Harrison: yes
Harrison: u look great in ur pic....
Joyce N: You look very handsome in your pic
Harrison: Death can not stop true love, it can only delay it for a little while......
Joyce N: What's that supposed to mean?
Harrison: True love can blind you but at the same time if you let it, it can also open your eyes.......
Joyce N: What's with the death and blindess quotes?  Do you have scarlet fever?
Harrison: No matter how ugly you think you are, that special someone that loves you believes you are the most beautiful and irresistable thing on earth and nothing can ever change that
Joyce N: I don't think I'm ugly
Harrison: u are not
Joyce N: So why did you say that?
Harrison: No
Harrison: am just using that as a poem
Joyce N: I didn't like that poem
Harrison: sorry ok
Joyce N: Try to read the poems first before you copy and paste them
Harrison: the peoms was wrote by me
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: I searched it
Joyce N: http://www.google.com/search?tab=
Harrison: ?
Harrison: what do you mean
Joyce N: I copied it into Google
Joyce N: and it's on about 200,000 different sites
Harrison: ok
Joyce N: So don't pretend like you wrote it
Harrison: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Harrison: let not argue on this ok
Joyce N: Just try not to take credit for someone else's work
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so have u ever chat with anyone from africa b4 or Uk or ghana
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: Why?
Harrison: just asking
Joyce N: Have you ever chatted with anyone from Portugal or Switzerland?
Harrison: No
Harrison: what about you?
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: Just asking
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so do you chat with any other men on here?
Joyce N: Only friends and family
Harrison: good
Harrison: so do u have any man that want you tobe with him?
Joyce N: Yes
Joyce N: Kurt Russell



Harrison: where is he from?
Joyce N: Hollywood
Harrison: so what happening with both of you now?
Joyce N: It was a joke.  He's an actor
Harrison: so he was only joking with u
Joyce N: What?
Harrison: or u are joking with mee.....lol
Joyce N: Yeah
Harrison: i hope so
Joyce N: Don't worry about him. He's still dating Goldie Hawn so you've still got a shot with me
Harrison: ok
Harrison: so my love will u marry me?
Joyce N: Are you serious?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: i want you to be the part of my life
Harrison: and my son do like you
Harrison: and he want me to get married with you
Joyce N: I'm not going to marry your son
Harrison: i mean me
Harrison: i said will you marry me?
Harrison: i didnt say my son will marry you
Harrison: my son is just 10years old
Joyce N: I'm sorry, but 10 years old is too young for marriage
Harrison: yes
Joyce N: Good
Joyce N: I'm glad I changed your mind
Harrison: i dint say he is getting married with you
Harrison: i said he want me to marry you
Joyce N: Do you do everything a 10 year old tells you to do?
Harrison: no
Joyce N: That's good.  You need to think for yourself
Joyce N: 10 year old make some bad decisions
Harrison: i ask him did he like you
Harrison: i think my self
Joyce N: He probably likes Charlie Brown too
Joyce N: but that doesn't mean you have to marry the little red headed girl
Harrison: ?
Harrison: what do u mean?
Joyce N: Nothing
Joyce N: I'm just saying don't give the boy too much power
Joyce N: it could corrupt him
Harrison: brb ok
Joyce N: Okay

Harrison didn't come back.  I guess he ran out of time at his internet cafe.

I didn't hear from Harrison for the next four days.  It was probably due to bad weather in Nigeria.  I asked another scammer where everyone was (I have over 200 scammers on my Yahoo Messenger, but hardly any were coming online).  I was told that Nigeria is in its rainy season, and it's affecting the electricity and the internet.

Four days after our last chat, we were reunited...


Joyce N: Hello
Harrison: hello my love
Harrison: i really miss you so much my love
Harrison: i love you so much
Joyce N: I missed and love you too
Joyce N: Where have you been lately?
Harrison: babe i have been so mad at my computer
Joyce N: Oh.  Computer problems?
Harrison: yes
Joyce N: Do you have it fixed now?
Harrison: i love u
Joyce N: I love you too
Harrison: babe i have been thinking about you all day and night my love
Joyce N: I've been thinking of you all the time.  Even at church
Harrison: babe u really mean alot to me
Joyce N: You mean a lot to me too
Harrison: babe i cant wait to be with you and spend the rest of my life with you....uhn
Joyce N: I want to spend your life too
Harrison: babe do you really love me 4 real?
Joyce N: Absolutely I do
Harrison: good to hear my love
Joyce N: Thanks
Harrison: the reason why am asking u its because i have fall in love with u,and i dont want u to break my heart
Joyce N: I won't break your heart.  Never ever
Joyce N: and I hope you won't break mine either
Harrison: i promise you i wont
Harrison: give me ur phone number
Joyce N: Give me yours
Harrison: +2348080445391
Harrison: do you want to call me
Joyce N: No.  I was just asking.  I don't give out my number to anyone that doesn't give theirs
Joyce N: 903-867-5309
Harrison: ok
Harrison: dont laugh at my voice if i should call you ok
Joyce N: Why would I laugh?
Joyce N: You you have a high, squeeky voice?
Harrison: because i have a bad accent
Joyce N: What kind of accent?
Harrison: u know it told you i have been in for the past 3 years now
Joyce N: Where?
Harrison: in west africa
Joyce N: so you've developed an accent in only 3 years?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: lol
Joyce N: That's weird
Harrison: really
Joyce N: Yes.  Usually people don't develop accents once they are past their childhood
Harrison: u know i have alot of africans friends
Harrison: and the way they speak i master from them....lol
Joyce N: That's strange
Harrison: why is it strange to you
Joyce N: I just told you why
Harrison: i will call you now ok
Harrison: let me go off ok
Joyce N: Okay
Harrison: ok
Harrison: hold on
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: ur number is not going through
Joyce N: I didn't receive any calls
Harrison: u gave me wronf number
Joyce N: I didn't
Joyce N: Why would l do that?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: voice mail
Harrison: anwering merching
Joyce N: Well I have no messages on my voice mail
Harrison: let me go try again
Harrison: brb
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: hello my love
Joyce N: Still no call?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: just dont know hy my love
Harrison: i think is the net work
Joyce N: Probably, because I'm showing 5 bars here
Harrison: ok
Harrison: i love you my love
Harrison: \can u do me a favour
Joyce N: I love you too
Joyce N: What's the favor?
Harrison: ill you my love
Joyce N: What's the favor?
Harrison: my love can u lend me 500$
Joyce N: Why?
Harrison: i want to use it for my son
Joyce N: Why does your son need $500?
Harrison: is at the hospital
Joyce N: The hospital?
Joyce N: What is it?
Harrison: i felt from the step case
Joyce N: Oh
Harrison: am worried
Joyce N: I'm sorry to hear that
Harrison: i dont want to tell you because u maybe so worried my love
Harrison: he is my only son
Harrison: i will pay you back my love
Joyce N: Why do you need to borrow money?
Joyce N: Don't you have money?
Harrison: i dont have cash
Joyce N: So how do you eat?
Harrison: the only money i have is money order
Harrison: and i cant cash it here
Harrison: am even waiting for a payment from my client
Harrison: he said he will be paying by US CHECK and i cant cash it down here
Harrison: am just confused
Joyce N: I'm sorry to hear that
Harrison: my son will think i dont care for him
Harrison: my love plz help me
Harrison: the doctor called me and ask me am i still coming
Harrison: because one of my friend promise me h will be coming to give me money i havent seen him
Joyce N: A few days ago I probably would have done this for you
Joyce N: but do you realize that I haven't seen you online in almost a week?
Harrison: i know my love
Harrison: that is the reason why
Joyce N: How do I know you won't disappear after I lend it to you?
Harrison: i wont
Harrison: i cross my heart
Joyce N: I want to believe that
Joyce N: but $500 is a lot of money to lend someone
Joyce N: I just don't want to loan it to you and you disappear from my life without a trace
Harrison: my love i will pay you
Harrison: and if u want my client to send u the payment is owing me i will let him
Harrison: i cant my love
Harrison: i promise you
Joyce N: Do you swear to God on your life that you will pay me back?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: my love i cross my heart
Joyce N: Say it
Harrison: i swear
Harrison: i swear to god
Joyce N: Swear to god on your life
Harrison: if i dont pay u i should dei
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: see u knpow what
Joyce N: What?
Harrison: am crying now
Harrison: my love
Harrison: u re the one i want to spend the rest of my life with no one else
Harrison: promise me too u won break my heart
Joyce N: I feel the same, but I just had to ask those things
Harrison: plz promise me
Joyce N: I won't break your heart
Harrison: because i want to swear to god now that i wont break ur heart
Harrison: u really mean alot to me my love
Joyce N: Thank you
Joyce N: You mean a lot to me too
Harrison: am happy i found my true love
Joyce N: I'm happy too
Harrison: babe if u break my heart i will die
Joyce N: I don't plan on breaking it
Harrison: should i give u the info
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: my love its my hotel manager that will help me pick the money beceuae i dont have ID to pick it
Harrison: my ID get lost in a fax food
Harrison: fast
Joyce N: Do you trust some hotel manager?
Harrison: yes
Harrison: i do
Harrison: i will go with him
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: NAME:- AKEEM SHOMOLA
Harrison: ADDRESS:- NO4 OSHO STREET
Harrison: SORRY HOLD ON
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: VICTOR OKEWU
Harrison: SORRY I MADE A MISSTAKE WITH THE NAME
Harrison: DONT USE AKEEM SHOMOLA
Joyce N: Who is Akeem Shomola?
Harrison: USE VICTOR OKEWU
Harrison: HE IS ONE OF THE HOTEL MANAGER
Harrison: HE WONT BE HEAR TOMORROW THAT IS WHY
Joyce N: There is more than one manager?
Harrison: NAME:- VICTOR OKEWU
ADDRESS:- NO4 OHSO STREET
CITY:- OPEBI IKEJA
STATE:- LAGOS
CODE:- 23401
COUNTRY;- NIGERIA
Harrison: VICTOR IS THE PA TO THE MANAGER
Joyce N: okay
Joyce N: I've got it
Harrison: MY LOVE SO U WILL BE GOING NOW TO SEND THE MONEY RIGHT
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: I'll do it tomorrow morning
Harrison: BABE I NEED TO PAY THE BILL TOMORROW MORNING
Joyce N: Then check your email tomorrow morning because that's when I'm sending it
Harrison: BECAUSE B4 UR MORNING IT WILL BE LATE HERE
Joyce N: I'll send it before work
Harrison: WHAT SAYS BY UR TIME NOW?
Joyce N: 3:30 pm
Harrison: CANT U SEND IT TODAY MY LOVE
Joyce N: No.  I'll do it in the morning
Joyce N: Take it or leave it
Harrison: K
Harrison: SO BY TOMORROW U WILL SEND IT MY LOVE
Joyce N: Yes
Harrison: OK NO PROBLEM I WILL TRY TALK TO THE DOCTOR OK MY LOVE
Joyce N: Okay
Harrison: I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MY LOVE
Joyce N: I love you too
Harrison: BABE WILL YOU MARRY ME
Joyce N: I'm sorry, but I'm not going to marry a guy I haven't made out with yet
Harrison: ITS OK MY LOVE
Harrison: I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BABE
Joyce N: I love you too
Harrison: SEND IT TO MY EMAIL I MEAN THE INFO OK
Harrison: MY EMAIL IS HARRISON_LOVERS@YAHOO.COM OK
Joyce N: I didn't ask before, but you want this wired through Western Union or Money Gram?
Harrison: WESTERN UNION
Joyce N: Okay.  No problem
Harrison: I LOVE U MORE
Joyce N: I love you too
Harrison: WHAT TIME TOMORROW WILL U BE SENDING IT
Harrison: I WANT TO KNOW SO I CAN CHECK MY MAIL
Joyce N: Early. 
Joyce N: Before 8
Harrison: OK MY LOVE
Harrison: I WILL GET IT IF U WILL BE SENDING IT B4 8
Joyce N: Okay
Harrison: U WILL BE THE ONE TO PUT THE TEST QUESTION AND ANSER AND THE CONTROL NUMBR OK
Joyce N: okay
Harrison: U WILL BE THE ONE TO FILL THE FORM
Harrison: AND U WILL KNOW WHT TO FILL MY LOVE
Joyce N: I know.  I've used Western Union before
Harrison: OK GOOD MY LOVE
Harrison: MY LOVE I WANT TO GO AND SEE MICHEAL NOW OK MY LOVE
Joyce N: Tell him I said hello
Harrison: OK I WILL MY LOVE
Harrison: I LOVE YOU
Joyce N: I love you too
Harrison: MY LOVE TAKE CARE OF UR SELF OK MY LOVE
Joyce N: I will.  Thanks
Harrison: OK MY LOVE
Harrison: I WILL TALK TO YOU TOMORROW MY LOVE
Joyce N: I'll miss you
Harrison: BY TOMORROW MORNING I WILL GET ONLINE TO CHECK MY MAIL OK
Harrison: I WILL MISS YOU TOO MY LOVE
Joyce N: Take care
Harrison: OK

Late that night, I sent the following email with the standard fake info...


Hello  I'm sorry if I'm late, but I have sent the money.  Here is the info you will need:

MTCN:  7003681580
Sender:  Joyce Nelson / 615 N. Front St. / Wilmington, NC 28403
Receiver: Victor Okewu / NO4 Ohso Street / Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria 23401
Test Question:  Where do we chat?
Answer:  Yahoo

Let me know how Michael is doing.  Take care.

Love always,

Joyce

The next morning, Harrison received the email and sent the following offline messages expressing his gratitude...

harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:52:34 AM): hello my love
harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:52:35 AM): i love you so much babe
harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:52:38 AM): Thank u very much
harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:52:41 AM): am really happy
harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:53:08 AM): i love you so much and i miss you
harrison smith (6/12/2007 5:53:26 AM): my love Thank u very much

Harrison then took the fake MTCN number and attempted to claim the money.  After being being rejected and humiliated, he was forced to take the Western Union Walk of Shame back to the internet cafe.   He then sent the following email...


My love!
       How are you doing today? I just got back from the bank and they told me the MTCN has a problem. My love please help me call the western union and check for the correction and make the changes. Sweet heart i would want you to send the full information again to my other email id william_simon2007@yahoo.com because rigth now i think my email id is not been used by only me due to the public system i used to mail you the last time. I would write you let you know when we can continue with this id as soon as i resolve this problem okay. I love you and i await your response.
Hugs and Kisses..

He then sent the following offlines...

harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:54:51 AM): hi
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:55:06 AM): hello my love
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:55:29 AM): plz get online ok my love
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:55:49 AM): my PA get ammbarassed at the bank
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:55:58 AM): they said there is not transaction
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:56:12 AM): did u send the money this morning
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:57:44 AM): my love call the western union so they can activate the transaction
harrison smith (6/12/2007 8:57:59 AM): plz call them my love

Later that day...


Joyce N: Hello
Harrison: my love
Harrison: i want u to give me the control number agin
Joyce N: 7003681580
Harrison: my love did u send the money
Joyce N: Yes.  Did you not get my email?
Harrison: yes i did
Harrison: they said there is not transaction like that
Joyce N: I don't understand
Harrison: call the western union
Joyce N: What happened?
Harrison: they said the control number is not found
Harrison: call the western union
Harrison: and ask them what wrong
Joyce N: Did you go there?
Harrison: yes
Joyce N: What happened when you went there?
Harrison: they said no transaction found
Harrison: the control dont even show up on their screen
Joyce N: That's odd
Harrison: when did u send it?
Joyce N: This morning
Joyce N: about 7:30
Harrison: its not there my love
Harrison: call the western union plz b4 my bank here closed
Harrison: ok
Joyce N: I'm at work now.  I'll have to call during my lunch break
Harrison: do you know what
Harrison: can you resend the fund
Harrison: ur number isnot even going through
Harrison: everything is not going fine at all
Joyce N: I can't resend it now
Joyce N: Maybe after work
Harrison: babe are u sure u send it?
Joyce N: Yes.  I clearly remember giving them $530
Harrison: ok
Joyce N: A girl doesn't forget those things
Harrison: my love so u will have to resnd it after lunch
Joyce N: After work
Harrison: u will have to go there so u will resend it and they will give u another control number
Harrison: am so pissed off right now
Harrison: am not happy at all my love
Joyce N: You're pissed off at me?
Harrison: no my love
Harrison: at my self
Joyce N: Yeah
Joyce N: It probably was your fault
Harrison: because the doctor will nag at me and my son micheal
Joyce N: You're right
Harrison: how is it my fault my love
Joyce N: You are unable to claim it
Harrison: claim what is not correct
Joyce N: It is correct
Harrison: its not
Harrison: or are u joking with me
Joyce N: Why would I joke?
Harrison: sweear u sent it
Joyce N: I swear
Harrison: swear ur ur life?
Joyce N: Are you calling me a liar?
Harrison: no my love
Joyce N: Then shut the fuck up
Harrison: ok
Harrison: are u mad at me my love
Joyce N: I didn't have to help you out
Joyce N: and maybe I shouldn't have helped you out in the first place
Harrison: ?
Harrison: my love not like that ok
Harrison: its just that am scared to go back to the bank if u dont resend the fund
Joyce N: oooooohhhhhhhh
Joyce N: I see
Harrison: people just gardered looking at me and my manager
Joyce N: You want me to believe that you can't receive it
Joyce N: and you want me to send it again
Harrison: yes
Joyce N: and you claim them both
Harrison: am seriuse my love
Harrison: track it ur self u will see
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: Hold on
Harrison: they will tell you no fund found with the tracking number
Harrison: ok
Harrison: are u doing it my love
Joyce N: I'm doing that now
Harrison: ok
Harrison: tell me what they said ok my love
Joyce N: Just a sec
Harrison: ok
Harrison: :-?:-?:-?:-?
Harrison: hello
Joyce N: I don't see the message you told me about
Harrison: oh
Joyce N: This is what I see


Harrison: this is not the first time getting a payment from western ok
Joyce N: Then why are you having so much trouble claiming it?
Harrison: u send me no money
Harrison: bye
Harrison: bye
Harrison: bnye
Harrison: bey
Joyce N: So you are leaving to go back to Western Union?
Harrison: bey
Harrison: bey
Harrison: bye
Harrison: bye
Joyce N: What are you trying to say?
Harrison: bye
Harrison: bye
Harrison: i know u are only joking with me
Joyce N: Why would I joke?
Joyce N: My jokes usually end with the room smelling like farts