How To Avoid ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (Cyber Fraud) In Nigeria (2024)

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How To Avoid ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (Cyber Fraud) In Nigeria (2024)

How To Avoid ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (Cyber Fraud) In Nigeria (2024)

Nigeria is already on the global map for increasing cyber crimes and this has already given the beautiful Nation a bad name. These boys are also known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’. Sad to know that their age range is from 14 – 30 years of age. They are in a quest to make it big and fast notwithstanding, thus, defrauding ignorant people of their hard-earned money to achieve this.


They are on the increase as the rising unemployment and recession rate seem to be the order in the Nigerian economy.

As we promised while creating this blog, we will ensure to give you the latest cyber security tips to avoid being victims of these schemes.

In This article, we will be revealing the methods by which these fraudsters carry out their crime and how to stop/avoid them.

But first, let us take a brief look at how they operate.

ALSO, READ Types Of Cybercrime And How To Fight Against Them (2024)

In Nigeria, some scammers who are usually referred to as ‘Yahoo boys’, make use of voodoo or spiritual powers and are called ‘Yahoo Plus’ or ‘Yahoo Plus Plus’. This happens to those who are finding it difficult to cun or deceive their victims.


They engage diabolical means to achieve their goal. ‘Yahoo Plus’ or ‘Yahoo Plus Plus’ is ‘do as I say which means the victims will be manipulated to succumb and meet their demands, and only come to their senses to realize the errors after they’ve been defrauded.

Scammers could target anyone, and they are becoming more skilled in their attempts to steal your money. Job offer scams, lottery scams, beneficiary scams, online dating scams, charity fraud scams, and more are examples of scams perpetrated online.


How To Avoid ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (Cyber Fraud) In Nigeria (2024)

1. FAKE IDENTITY – If you’ve only ever met someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. If a message or email comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of character for them, contact your friend directly.

2. CUNNING/IMPOSTER – Scammers frequently pose as people you know and trust, like members of your family or businesses you deal with. In any circumstance never give them your money.

3. STALKING– Always keep the possibility that the approach may be a scam in mind while dealing with uninvited interactions from people or businesses, whether it’s through the phone, mail, or social networking sites. To find potential victims, scammers use social media, dating websites, and several other websites. They may rapidly come off as a friend or even a love interest, but that is just one of their strategies for winning your trust. Don’t fail; for that trick, Be on the lookout.

4. SPAMMY TEXT/MAILS – Do not click on suspicious or malicious emails or links to avoid endangering your details. Some links are very dangerous to your privacy, just a click can grant a remote user access to all your passwords and data.

5. PASSWORD THEFT – After you have used a good and strong password for your profiles, do not share it with various devices. This could compromise your login details and lead to loss of account and breach.

6. SOCIAL MEDIA HACK – If you use social networking sites, such as Facebook, be careful who you connect with and learn how to use your privacy and security settings to ensure you stay safe. Some Yahoo boys make false profiles and chat or send you a friend request. If you reply, they will contact you with offers to invest or make quick money, or they may beg you for money to help them with a problem they are having. Additionally, they might have access to your private data and steal your identity.

7. MAKE CALCULATIVE DECISIONS – Yahoo boys try to convince you that the deal is only available for a short period. It’s never a good idea to make a significant decision immediately; they aim to force you into action before you have a chance to ponder.

8. FAKE BANK SMS/ALERT– If your bank texts you that there has been a problem with your Bank Verification Number (BVN) and you need to contact immediately away with some account information, it is actually a fraudster who wants you to give them access to your account information. Don’t fall for that pressure and release your details. Go to the nearest branch and confirm the text.

In conclusion, whenever you fall victim or come across these fraudsters, please don’t hesitate to report to the authorities.

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