meet with the ‘Yahoo boys’ – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen

meet with the ‘Yahoo boys’ – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen


Lecturer of Criminology, Deviance and Social issues, University of Ibadan

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Numerous undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraudulence. Nicknamed “yahoo-yahoo” after the worldwide internet portal and internet search engine, this perfidy is a means of life when it comes to young con-artists. A majority of these fraudsters – dubbed “yahoo-boys” – have grown to be filthy rich.

Some are caught because of the legislation. An undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-cafe in April 2012, Olasaidi Dare.

On 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years’ imprisonment june. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000 by presenting himself being a homosexual individual from the Republic of Benin. He had been charged for impersonation, control of fraudulent documents and trying to get cash by false pretences.

These instances attest towards the nature that is pervasive of fraudulence in Nigerian universities. My research that is own was at Nigeria’s premiere University of Ibadan. My aim would be to decide how this subculture is organised among pupils in tertiary organizations Because of this we talked to quantity of those “yahoo-boys”.

Regions of specialisation

Online fraudulence is organised along aspects of specialisation to create a popularity of this behaviour that is deviant. Fraudsters study the protection community of online deals to choose where you should pitch their tents. (más…)

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