(Last Updated On: March 24, 2022)

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Nigerian & Western Africa Word & Concept:

Mugu Is A Typical West African Slag Term

A typical slang much famous in the English-speaking region of Western Africa. It is used in referring to a victim of a fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. or to a person who is duped of his/her money, especially through the internet.

In Nigeria it’s a term used by African scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. artists (specifically of the scam & spam variety) to describe the people they get / steal money from. Literally translated, it means something like “big idiot.”

A term also used by 419419 An advance fee scam or fraud (419 scam) is a form of fraud and is one of the most common types of online confidence tricks. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster claims will be used to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears. The 419 comes from the Nigerian law against this type of scam. scambaiters (scammers) to describe their pets (captive victims).

In regular dating it also means:  In a relationship where the guy is a player and the girl is losing out, the guy is called Maga (or Master), and the girl – Mugu.

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Anti-Scam Tip: If you think you are chatting with an African ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer., sprinkle some of these in and see what the response is.  If the scammer understands the term, you have them!

Here’s some Nigerian slang words to help those who get scammed!

  • MUGU: A person who falls for a scam
  • MGBADA: Scam artists refer to their victims by this. ie; “OMG, this mgbada keeps slipping from my traps, but i am still gonna nail him!”
  • RAINMAKER: Someone who sends a lot of money to scammers.ie; “Mr. Rainmaker is sending me some funds!”
  • ABU FLY: Leave immediately!
  • DAGBO: Fake
  • DELETE: Die or get killed
  • FABU: Unbelievable lie
  • FA!: an exclamation
  • FALL MY HAND: Disappoint me
  • Fearface: No respect. ie; “you no dey fearface, fa!”
  • JAND: England (Nigerian in)
  • NAIJA: Nigerian