For Nigerian law, yahoo boys are people who carry out 419 fraud. This number refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code, which directly deals with fraud. It is also a kind of a swindle in which the lawyer usually proposes plenty of money for a smaller up-front deal.
Internet fraud became widely accessible simultaneously in Nigeria and Ghana in early 2000. This act has quickly become a real trend amongst young people. Yahoo boys have become surprisingly respected people. Therefore, Internet fraud has rapidly allowed many young Nigerians buying expensive cars, houses, jewelry, etc.
Now it has become the only means of livelihood for thousands of youth. A yahoo boy in Nigeria Experts in Internet security also call yahoo boys all those people who commit various shady deals with the help of Internet. Nevertheless, for many years 419 schemes have been effectively duping many foreigners.
Below are the top cities where you can find most of these con men in Nigeria.
10) Abuja Yes, their are a good number of internet fraudsters in Abuja, a city known to be controlled by political money bags. These fraudsters who are seen as Abuja big boys by virtue of the fact that they are relatives of some big politicians or claim to work in one government ministry or the other, actually use those as a cover for their illegal activities.
9) Abeokuta, Ogun State This is a town with a growing number of youth interest in online scam. These young men sometime in 2014 hacked into an Ogun state owned account and stole millions of Naira. This could anyway be attributed to poor security system with the bank in question.
8) Kaduna, Kaduna State Kaduna is another town with a growing number of yahoo boys. There has even been reports of attempts to steal the identity of the new Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
7) Awka, Anambra State The scammers here who are majorly undergraduate students appears to have been gradually deserting the town as security operative had busted them many times in the past and had continued to be on their trail.
6) Enugu, Enugu State Enugu is a place where yahoo boys are growing in their number as the city has quiet estates and accommodations where these young men hide away to carry out their illegal jobs without easily getting noticed.
5) Owerri, Imo State A large number of Yahoo boys can be found in Owerri. They are well known in major hotel within the city where they go to squander their money on women. They also ride flashy cars around the city with people usually hailing them.
4) Warri, Delta State Internet scam is so popular among the youths in Warri, Asaba, and other major towns in Delta state that they even impersonate their state governor without fear.
3) Port Harcourt, Rivers State Port Harcourt is a place where internet scam is fast becoming a hobby. You will hardly see a young boy who doesn’t know someone involved in this ugly activity. Even with the increase in the number of people captured by the EFCC there, they appear not to be perturbed.
2) Benin City, Edo State Benin is a known hotspot for the so-called Yahoo guys. Young boys of different age groups here engaged in online dating of foreigners particularly widows. They use different pseudo names and pictures to deceive their prospective victims. They also believe in charm helping them to hit their “maga” easily. yahoo boys rides cars houses internet fraudsters
1) Lagos Lagos is the headquarters of Internet Fraudsters in Nigeria. Virtually every corner of Lagos, from Lekki to the mainlands, has these con men who refer to themselves as “Gee Boys” meaning guys with swags and knows what’s up. The biggest among them own houses and live very expensive lifestyles in Lagos.