Maurice's Potential Victim:

Joyce Nelson The lovable Joyce is a 58 year old widow.  She's not waving at the camera.  She's trying to touch your soul.  Little does Maurice know, Joyce is actually a 27 year old man.
About the scammer:
Name:  Joe Maurice / Joe Mourice / James Smith
Email:  joe_mourice@yahoo.com
Location:  Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone:  0112348037532559
Profile:  MySpace


HELLO
I AM MAURICE FROM OKLAHOMA TULSA,I AM DIVORCE FOR 8YEARS NOW WITH A 19YEAR OLD DAUGHTER,I AM LOOKING FOR AN HONEST LADY TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH....ACTUALLY I AM PRESENTLY IN WEST AFRICA SEEING MY DAUGHTER SHE WAS IN A CAR WRECK.WELL ABOUT THE DISTANCE IS NOT A PROBLEM COS I'M READY TO RELOCATE WHEREVER I FIND MY MRS RIGHT.WHEN I SAW YOUR PROFILE ,I WAS REALY ATTRACTED TO IT SO I NOW DECIDED TO MAIL YOU.I AM AN ARCHITECT SO I WORK ALOT THEN THE LITTLE TIME I HAVE ,I GO TO DINNER,MOVIES,PERFORMING ARTS,SPORTING EVENTS,RESTING AT HOME WATCHING TV,WALKS IN THE PARK.I DO GO TO THE BAR BUT NOT THAT MUCH SO IT'S HARD TO MEET NEW PEOPLE BUT IF YOU ARE NOT OUTTHAT MUCH ,I WOULD LIKE TO MEET A WOMAN THAT HAS GAOLS,LIKES THE BEETER THINGS IN LIFE,HONEST,LIKES TO LAUGH AND HAVE FUN ALL THE TIME.AS FOR MYSELF I AM HONEST, KIND,CARING LOVING GOOD SENSE OF HUOUR PERSON AND LOVES TO DO FOR OTHERS,LIKES TO TRY NEW THINGS IN LIFE AND ALL THE REGULAR THINGS LIKE DINNER,MOVIES,PERFORMING ARTS,A WALKIN THE PARK,SPORTING EVENTS,ACTIONS,STAYING HOME WATING TV.I ALSO LIKE COLLEGE SPORTS AND LOVES ANIMALS.MY FAMILY AND FRIEND ARE VERY MUCH IMPORTANT TO ME BUT RIGHT NOW I HANE NO FAMILY APART FROM MY DAUGHTER.IWOULD LIKE TO MEET A WOMAN THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT TO HER,A WOMAN THAT IS READY FOR THE BEST CHAPTERIN HER LIFE....WELL IF U WOULD LOVE TO CHAT SO WE CAN GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER MORE BETTER.HERE IS MY YAHOO ID......joe_mourice@YAHOO.COM. HOPE TO HEAR FROM U SOON. THANKS
MAURICE



Joyce N: Hello
Maurice: hi
Maurice: how are you
Joyce N: I'm fine.  How are you?
Maurice: kool i guess
Joyce N: That's nice I guess
Maurice: back from work??
Joyce N: I don't work weekends
Maurice: ok thats nice
Maurice: so how are you today?
Joyce N: Kool I guess
Maurice: lol
Maurice: when did you get my mail?
Joyce N: Yesterday
Maurice: and how long hAVe you been on myspace?
Joyce N: About two weeks
Maurice: do you have cam?
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: Do you?
Maurice: no i thought you have
Joyce N: Why did you think that?
Maurice: cus i you really look so nice on your pics
Joyce N: Thanks
Maurice: so are you divorce ?
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: Widowed
Maurice: ok i got it
Maurice: for how long now?
Joyce N: Since 1998
Maurice: too bad
Maurice: what happened
Maurice: did he die?
Joyce N: Yeah, that's usually how widows are made
Maurice: ok so sorry
Maurice: too bad
Joyce N: It's okay.  That was a long time ago, and he had no business sticking his head in that thing
Maurice: ok
Maurice: so whatt do you do for a lining
Joyce N: I'm a book supplier
Maurice: do you have your own store ?
Maurice: what kinds of books
Joyce N: It's not a book store, it's a business
Joyce N: and I deal mostly with college textbooks
Maurice: really thats nice
Joyce N: Thanks
Maurice: so tell me more about you if you don't mind
Joyce N: What would you like to know?
Maurice: how old are you
Joyce N: I'm 58
Maurice: do you have kids
Joyce N: I have one adult son
Maurice: really were is he now
Joyce N: He lives in Raleigh
Maurice: so were do you live and were are you from
Joyce N: I live in Wilmington, NC
Maurice: ok thats nice
Maurice: so what do you think about the mail i sent to you few days ago?
Joyce N: It was very well written
Maurice: did you go thruogh it?
Joyce N: Yes.  About a thousand times
Maurice: ok
Maurice: don't you  have any thing to say

Note from James:  I usually don't pay much attention to the original email sent (I call them "Hello Pretty"s, since that's how most of them are titled).  I could tell he was fishing for something, so I finally read the message.

Joyce N: How is your daughter?
Maurice: she doing good i guess
Maurice: so what would you have to say if i do want to keep you
Joyce N: I say okay
Maurice: really
Joyce N: Yeah.  You seem nice enough
Maurice: do really want to keep me too
Joyce N: So far you seem like you might be a keeper
Maurice: so do you like me
Maurice: that much
Maurice: that you have to keep me
Joyce N: Yeah.  I might just keep you
Maurice: thanks alot
Joyce N: You're welcome
Maurice: so what kind of things would you like to know about me?
Joyce N: Are you spending all of your time with your daughter now?
Maurice: yeah actually i have to cus thats all i have for now?
Joyce N: When was her accident?
Maurice: last month
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: I'm glad to hear that she's doing better
Maurice: yeah i really have to be with her till she is well again
Joyce N: What was she doing in Africa?
Maurice: she went for a visit
Joyce N: Who was she visiting?
Maurice: she went with a friend of her's
Maurice: a nigerian
Joyce N: okay
Joyce N: Good thing her friend wasn't Sudanese
Joyce N: Or she would be in much worse condition
Maurice: don't  really think that her friend was so hurt
Maurice: but she's getting better too
Maurice: they are in the sam hospital now
Maurice: recieving treatments
Joyce N: How long have you been there?
Maurice: like two weks now
Joyce N: so what about work?
Joyce N: Did they give you the time off to be with her?
Maurice: not really i do work on my own
Joyce N: Oh
Joyce N: What kind of work is that?
Maurice: am an architect
Maurice: so i have my own office
Joyce N: I would guess you built that office with your own hands
Maurice: yeah
Maurice: how long do you stay on the computer
Joyce N: Not a lot
Joyce N: I come online every day but I don't stay on for long
Maurice: really
Maurice: you have to stay today
Maurice: cus i have to talk to you
Joyce N: No.  I'm actually getting ready to sign off now
Maurice: why babe
Maurice: i came here just for you
Joyce N: I have other things to do
Maurice: If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes
Joyce N: Nice
Joyce N: We can chat again tomorrow
Maurice: I'll sweep you off your feet, and make God regret he left an angel behind
Joyce N: Thanks
Maurice: Heaven's lost without you
Joyce N: I enjoyed chatting with you today
Joyce N: and hope to do this again soon
Maurice: what would you like to share with me
Joyce N: We can both share a warm goodbye
Joyce N: and we can continue this tomorrow
Maurice: A friend is always good to have, but a lover's kiss is better than angels raining down on me
Joyce N: yeah
Joyce N: Talk to you tomorrow
Joyce N: Take care
Maurice: ok then
Joyce N: Goodbye
Maurice: bye
Maurice: loved talk to you today

The next day...


Joyce N: Hello
Maurice: how are you??
Joyce N: I'm fine.  How are you?
Maurice: kool i guess
Maurice: so whats up?
Joyce N: Nothing much
Maurice: did you go to work today??
Joyce N: Yes
Maurice: so are you back now?
Joyce N: Yes. I've been home for a while
Maurice: so you have anything for me?
Joyce N: Yes

Snake Lizard

Maurice: what the hell is that
Joyce N: I think the scientific name is "Snake Lizard"
Joyce N: I saw him outside my back door this morning
Maurice: what are you gonna use that for?
Joyce N: I don't know yet
Maurice: oh you don't know and you took a picture
Joyce N: and also a video
Maurice: omg
Joyce N: http://www.youtube.com/v/jU7h3Z5vwb4

Note from James:  No need to follow the link, here's the video...


Maurice: don't know what else to say about this
Joyce N: You can say you love me
Maurice: i love you so much
Joyce N: I love you too
Joyce N: Now say you love the snake lizard
Maurice: okey sweetie

Note from James:  Long pause.  I knew not to force the snake lizard thing much more.  I think it was starting to weird him out.

Joyce N: How is your daughter?
Maurice: she doing good?
Joyce N: That's good to hear
Maurice: so would you like to get a card from me??
Joyce N: what kind of card?
Maurice: i mean any card
Joyce N: Credit card would be nice
Maurice: come on be serious baby
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: You can give me a baseball card and I'll put it in the spokes on my bike
Maurice: you seems like a funny nice woman
Joyce N: Thanks
Maurice: so baby where would you like to go on a date
Maurice: dinna or something nice?
Joyce N: I like dinna
Joyce N: it's almost as good as suppa
Maurice: yeah i know
Maurice: so would you like to go with me if you don't mind
Joyce N: That would be nice
Maurice: hope it works out between us
Maurice: but want to hear your voice so could be sure about all this
Maurice: can you call me??
Joyce N: I'm not calling Africa
Joyce N: You can call me
Maurice: ok can you give me your number
Maurice: so i could fine where to call you?
Joyce N: 903-867-5309

Note from James:  This is the number to an apparently abandoned pager.  Why is it abandoned?  Probably due to the last 7 digits.

Maurice: ok
Maurice: thats nice
Joyce N: ok
Maurice: but if you feel like caling me you can call me if you like??
Joyce N: You can give me your number
Maurice: 0112348037532559
Joyce N: If I'm able to sometime, I will
Joyce N: but I don't have long distance calling at home
Maurice: ok baby
Maurice: just call ant time you feel like talking to me ok?
Joyce N: Okay. I'll remember that
Joyce N: Don't call me after 9 pm
Joyce N: or before 7 am
Maurice: why
Maurice: going to work?
Joyce N: No.  Sleeping
Maurice: ok baby
Maurice: so when are you going to come onling again??
Joyce N: Maybe later this evening
Maurice: ok are you going out now?
Joyce N: I will soon
Maurice: cus am about living
Joyce N: It's okay.  I'll need to go soon too
Maurice: have to go and see my daughter in the hospital
Joyce N: Tell her I said hello
Maurice: okey and am going to sleep over
Maurice: maybe till tomorow
Joyce N: Okay. We can chat again tomorrow
Maurice: but if i can come online this evening am going to let you know
Joyce N: I'll miss you
Maurice: ok baby
Maurice: miss ya
Maurice: bye for now
Joyce N: Bye

The next day...


Joyce N: Hello
Maurice: hi baby
Maurice: how are you?
Joyce N: I'm fine.  How are you?
Maurice: not fine bby
Joyce N: Oh
Joyce N: Why?
Maurice: you know i mtold you that i was going to see Ann last night?
Joyce N: Yes
Maurice: i got hit mby two guys like that
Maurice: can't recorgnise there faces
Joyce N: What happened?
Maurice: and they took all i have got
Joyce N: I'm sorry to hear that
Maurice: my money and everything
Joyce N: Are you okay?
Joyce N: Did they hurt you?
Maurice: yeah am fine
Joyce N: That's a relief
Joyce N: I'm glad you were not harmed
Maurice: wasn't hurt i guess
Maurice: but they gave me a very hot slap on my face
Joyce N: oh
Joyce N: That's not too bad
Joyce N: I've been slapped plenty of times.  It only stings
Maurice: oh you haven't?
Joyce N: huh?
Maurice: i mean being slaped?
Joyce N: Everyone's been slapped by their pastor at some point
Joyce N: The red mark on face is only a little pink now, so it should be gone by this evening
Maurice: oh lets just forget that so how is work?
Maurice: are you back?
Joyce N: Work is fine
Joyce N: Thanks for asking
Maurice: guess what baby?
Joyce N: What?
Maurice: are you there baby?
Joyce N: Yes
Joyce N: I'm waiting for you to finish your sentence
Maurice: i love you so much
Joyce N: I love you too
Maurice: just am having problems with my hotel manager
Joyce N: Oh
Maurice: yeah he said my rent will expire next week
Joyce N: So why is he bothering you now?
Maurice: and i have been shouting at him
Maurice: cos i have to be here till Ann gets better
Joyce N: okay... so why is he bothering you now?
Maurice: cos i don't have anywhere to say if i should go out of this hotel
Joyce N: Oh
Joyce N: I'm so sorry to hear that
Maurice: you know i was robbed but if you can help me with some cash when i get back i will pay you
Joyce N: How much are you asking for?
Maurice: $800
Maurice: just for now and to renew the room cos i have so many thing in that room that i wouldn't want to losse
Joyce N: This would be enough to hold you until you are home?
Maurice: no but just for now ok
Maurice: let me get that one done first
Joyce N: Well... I'm not going to lend money to anyone and have to do it again
Maurice: ok so how much can you aford to give me now?
Maurice: just that i don't know how long i have to be here
Joyce N: I don't think I will give you anything
Joyce N: It sounds like you are going to need a lot more, and I am not a piggy bank
Maurice: come on baby i don't think $800 is too much for that
Joyce N: $800 isn't a lot of money.  But $800 every week or two adds up to a lot of money
Maurice: not baby i wasn't talking of getting that much from you
Maurice: just needed this for now cos the main priority now is to pay the hotel bill
Maurice: so i can have were to have some rest
Joyce N: If I loaned you $800, when do you think you would pay me back?
Maurice: that will be when i get back to the states
Joyce N: When do you expect that to be?
Maurice: as soon as Ann gets better
Joyce N: Approximately when should that be?
Maurice: i wouldn't wait for any other extra madications
Maurice: first week of august
Maurice: cos my birthday will be on the 2nd
Joyce N: I'll tell you what.
Joyce N: I'll loan you the money on the two conditions
Maurice: what two conditions?
Joyce N: #1.  You pay me back as soon as you return
Joyce N: #2.  You don't ask for any more money until you repay the original $800
Maurice: ok baby
Joyce N: Do you swear to God on your life?
Maurice: yeah i swear
Joyce N: Say it
Joyce N: Swear to God on your life
Maurice: i swear to God on my life
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: I believe you
Maurice: thank you
Joyce N: You're welcome
Maurice: so when are you going to get that to me?
Joyce N: Maybe tomorrow
Joyce N: before work
Maurice: ok you know what?
Joyce N: What?
Maurice: you going to send it to the hotel manager so he can get it to me
Maurice: through western union
Joyce N: Are you sure you trust him?
Maurice: yea i trust him
Joyce N: Okay.  I had to ask because you were yelling at him earlier
Maurice: yea just that i didn't understand him today
Maurice: he never acted like this before
Joyce N: oh okay
Maurice: so i have toi give you his detail now
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: Let me get those now because I need to sign off soon and start cooking
Maurice: ok
Maurice: James Smith....address: 20 medical rd city IKeja Lagos State
Maurice: Counry.....Nigeria
Maurice: zip code...23401
Joyce N: writing it now
Maurice: teztquestion....Whats the money for
Maurice: text answer...Hotel
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: I've got it
Maurice: YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE COLLECTION OF THE MONEY
Joyce N: Okay
Joyce N: Joyce Nelson / 615 N. Front St. / Wilmington, NC 28403
Maurice: OK baby
Maurice: thank you so much
Joyce N: You're welcome
Maurice: k
Maurice: wish am there withy you
Joyce N: Me too
Joyce N: I haven't started cooking dinner yet, so I'm going to have to go now
Maurice: ok baby
Maurice: thanks for everything
Joyce N: You're welcome
Joyce N: I enjoyed talking with you again today
Maurice: am so glad
Maurice: bye
Maurice: love ya
Joyce N: I love you too
Joyce N: Bye

Usually at this point, I send the scammer a late night email with fake info.  (I wait until it's late so that the time stamp on the email shows the next day, and so the scammer will come online early the next morning and waste no time in claiming the funds.  Also, if the scammer has the fake claims number for too long, he may be tempted to track it, which would ruin the joke).

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to follow the usual routine that night.  Maurice never signed off.  He apparently purchased many hours in his internet cafe, and he was pulling an all-nighter.  I came online the next morning to send fake info.  While writing the message, Maurice signed back in.  We then started chatting...


Joyce N: Hello
Maurice: hi baby
Maurice: you there/
Joyce N: Yes
Joyce N: I was just writing you an email
Maurice: how are you
Joyce N: I'm fine. How are you?
Maurice: good
Maurice: are you home
Joyce N: no
Joyce N: Work
Maurice: ok
Maurice: i was here to check my mail
Maurice: just back from the hospital
Joyce N: Well, I was in the middle of sending you an email
Maurice: ok you can send it now ok
Joyce N: I'll just give it to you here
Maurice: ok baby
Joyce N: I sent the money this morning
Maurice: alright
Maurice: do you have it there with you
Joyce N: I am waiting for a thank you
Maurice: thank you so much
Joyce N: You're welcome
Joyce N: Is it too late to pick up the money today?
Maurice: no baby
Maurice: its not
Joyce N: Good.  I tried to come online earlier this morning, but things were too busy here.
Maurice: oh ok
Joyce N: Do you have a pen?
Maurice: yeah
Joyce N: Okay.  I am on a break so I can't stay long
Joyce N: Here is the info you will need
Joyce N: MTCN:  7003681580
Joyce N: Sender:  Joyce Nelson / 615 N. Front St / Wilmington, NC 28403
Joyce N: Test Question:  Where do we chat?
Joyce N: Answer:  Yahoo
Maurice: ok baby i got it now
Joyce N: okay
Maurice: thank you soo much
Joyce N: You're welcome
Maurice: you are the best baby
Joyce N: So are you
Joyce N: I have to get back to work.  I'll be back later this afternoon around the usual time

Note from James:  Within one second after sending this message, Maurice signed off.

Joyce N: Talk to you later
Joyce N: Bye

Maurice wasted no time leaving the conversation.  He had a little more than an hour to get to Western Union before it closed.

Maurice took the fake info to Western Union and, of course, left empty handed.  Later in the day, he came online and we exchanged the following offline messages...


Mourice Joe (7/19/2007 5:35:56 PM): hello
Mourice Joe (7/19/2007 5:48:17 PM): The money was not there

Joyce (7/19/2007 6:37:00 PM): Hello
Joyce (7/19/2007 6:38:58 PM): Are you there?

Mourice Joe (7/20/2007 6:04:55 AM): hi baby sorry about last night just got a call from the doctor so i had to rush immediately to the hospital to know what's wrong...hope you understand
Mourice Joe (7/20/2007 6:04:58 AM): hi baby and how are you today? hope good . juat wanna tell you that they haven't comfirmed the money you sent to me yet and the problem is that the Western Union people can't see the same MTCN number that you gave to me.....ope you try and find out that actually is the problem.will talk to you later in the day..Love you

The day after his Western Union humiliation, we had the following chat...



Maurice: hi
Maurice: you there baby?
Joyce N: Hello
Maurice: how are you doing?
Joyce N: I'm fine.  How are you?
Maurice: good
Joyce N: I hope all is well with Ann
Maurice: yeah she good
Joyce N: That's good to hear
Maurice: did you get my mail?
Joyce N: Yes. 
Joyce N: I just read it
Maurice: are you still with the MTCN number?
Joyce N: Yes
Joyce N: 7003681580
Maurice: yeah  but James came back with nothing
Maurice: saying the there was no transfer
Joyce N: Hmmmmm
Joyce N: That's weird
Maurice: yeah exactly
Maurice: was wondering if you made mistakes by giving me the wrong number
Joyce N: No
Joyce N: Maybe you made a mistake copying the number
Maurice: but i still have the number here with me baby
Maurice: please be serious about this
Joyce N: Are you saying I am not serious?
Joyce N: I did you a favor by sending this.
Maurice: yeah i know baby but why all these is happening now
Maurice: i really need the money but anyway there's still time
Maurice: maybe you just have to go figure out yourself
Joyce N: Maybe you just have to go fuck yourself
Maurice: what do you mean by i should go fuck myself
Joyce N: Oh...
Joyce N: I'm sorry
Maurice: what has come over you baby
Joyce N: I didn't mean to type that
Joyce N: I thought I was only thinking it
Maurice: besides your phone is not going through
Maurice: cos i was gonna call you last night
Maurice: when i found out that the number wasn't right
Joyce N: Yeah, I screen my calls so I don't have to talk to losers like you
Maurice: oh you calling me a loser
Joyce N: Oh, I'm sorry.  I accidentally typed a thought again
Maurice: i think you are crazy
Joyce N: I think you are an asshole
Maurice: there's something wring with nyou
Joyce N: Noooooooo!  Why do I keep typing my thoughts?
Joyce N: I don't mean to hurt your feelings!
Maurice: bullshit
Joyce N: Why are you talking like this?
Joyce N: Are you angry because I gave you a fake MTCN?
Maurice: why did you do such a thing
Maurice: by giving me a fake MTCN
Joyce N: Ooooooh no!
Joyce N: Now I am accidentally confessing secrets@
Maurice: is there anything wrong with you?
Joyce N: I have Scoliosis
Maurice: you know what baby
Maurice: you are am asshole
Joyce N: Oh, don't be silly
Joyce N: You know I'm a damn sweetheart
Maurice: you try to mess with me
Joyce N: I think you messed your pants with doo-doo after coming home from Western Union
Maurice: go fuchk your self

Maurice then signed off and blocked me...