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SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: A Taxonomy

There Are A Lot Of Different Words Or Terms Used To Describe Different Kinds Of People Involved In Romance Scams!

WARNING: SOME OF THESE TERMS USED BY NIGERIAN AND OTHER SCAMMERS ARE OFFENSIVE – DISCRETION IS ADVISED

Here Is A Guide To The Meaning Of Many Of Those Terms (A Taxonomy)

TERMS FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SCAMS:

  • ACCESSORY (SUPPORTER): someone in the victim’s own country working with the scammer – may collect money but is not a mule
  • AJE BUTTER [SCAMMER SLANG]: rich spoiled person – rich victim or rich scammer
  • AKATA [SCAMMER SLANG]: white man – also called COLONIZER
  • AMEBO [SCAMMER SLANG]: backbiter/rumor-monger
  • ANTI-SCAM GROUP: a group of people involved in helping to expose scammer or educate the public – usually amateurs /nonprofessional – most do more harm to victims
  • ANTI-SCAM HATE GROUP: an amateur group pretending to be experts in scams and scamming that focuses on hate for scammers
  • ARISTO [SCAMMER SLANG]: Yahoo Boys that like young girls (underage or teens)
  • BADDO [SCAMMER SLANG]: is another word for ‘Bad Guy’ used to describe how good a scammer is at a particular thing – ironically, is also a major dating website
  • CATCHER [SCAMMER SLANG]: a scammer who makes the first contact with a victim and then start to pass them onto another scammer who finishes the job/closes
  • CHOP COCKROACH [SCAMMER SLANG]: pregnant Yahoo girl – used in rituals
  • CHURCH MEMBER [SCAMMER SLANG]: This is a word commonly used by FRAT BOYS/CULTISTS/RITUALISTS
  • CLIENT [SCAMMER SLANG]: a victim being groomed by a scammer
  • COACH [SCAMMER SLANG]: a scammer trainer
  • COLONIZER [SCAMMER SLANG]: white man
  • CULTISTS: involved in Yahoo Yahoo rituals
  • FLASH BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: a successful scammer that shows their wealth
  • FRAT BOYS [SCAMMER SLANG]: involved in Yahoo Yahoo rituals
  • FRAUD BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: can mean a Yahoo Boy, GBoy, or Sakawa Boy – but is used more for non-internet actors
  • FRAUDSTER: the cybercriminals themselves
  • G BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: equivalent and slightly more modern that ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’
  • GBEBORUN [SCAMMER SLANG]: backbiter/rumor-monger also called
  • GUY [SCAMMER SLANG]: scammer engaged in advance fee fraud
  • GUYMAN [SCAMMER SLANG]: scammer engaged in advance fee fraud
  • JEW [SCAMMER SLANG]: non-cultist/non-ritualist
  • JONES [SCAMMER SLANG]: means someone or a group are not being smart – also means the speaker is talking about someone not seizing the opportunity where he or she ought to (as in a scam)
  • KELE [SCAMMER SLANG]: young woman
  • LIMPET: a scammer that attaches to a victim’s family and friends but remains quiet
  • MAGA [SCAMMER SLANG]: fool / victim
  • MAHEE [SCAMMER SLANG]: victim of advance fee fraud / scam
  • MAHI [SCAMMER SLANG]: victim of advance fee fraud / scam
  • MAYE [SCAMMER SLANG]: fool / victim
  • MAYEE [SCAMMER SLANG]: victim of advance fee fraud / scam
  • MAYI [SCAMMER SLANG]: victim of advance fee fraud / scam
  • MOMSY [SCAMMER SLANG]: an informal word for mother or elderly woman (can be victim or not)
  • MOLE: a victim who is helping a scammer – may or may not be aware they are part of the scam
  • MUGU [SCAMMER SLANG]: fool / victim
  • MUGUN [SCAMMER SLANG]: victim of advance fee fraud / scam
  • MULE: a victim that receives stolen property from other victims – usually does not are involved in scam / crime
  • NATIONAL CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES: a public / private partnership with the United States Department of Justice to register crime victims’ assistance organizations (SCARS is registered with the NCVC)
  • O’BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: friend who knows scammer is scamming
  • OGA [SCAMMER SLANG]: boss
  • O’GIRL [SCAMMER SLANG]: girlfriend who knows scammer is scamming
  • PARTNER: another scammer to ask as the fictitious lawyer, doctor or another person to reinforce the scam
  • PLUCKER: local money courier picks up money from transfer agent
  • POPSY [SCAMMER SLANG]: an informal word for father or elderly man (can be victim or not)
  • RITUALISTS: involved in Yahoo Yahoo rituals
  • RUNNER [SCAMMER SLANG]: local money courier picks up money from transfer agent
  • SAKAWA BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: Ghana scammer that is involved in Sakawa rituals
  • SCAMMER: the cyber criminal themselves
  • SCARS: the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scam Inc. a registered professional victims’ assistance, education, and advocacy nongovernmental organization
  • SCRIPTWRITER: someone that writes scripts for scammers to follow
  • SUGAR MUMMY [SCAMMER SLANG]: an older woman in a relationship / scam
  • TEY TEY [SCAMMER SLANG]: old victim comes back after long delay
  • TUSH [SCAMMER SLANG]: A refined well-educated scammer
  • VICTIMS’ ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION: an incorporate organization – usually a tax exempt nonprofit that provides professional assistance / advocacy to victims of crimes
  • VICTIMS’ ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONAL:  a professional specifically trained and involved in providing assistance to crime victims – most are certified and work for Victims’ Assistance Organizations
  • YAHOO BOY [SCAMMER SLANG]: Nigerian style scammer
  • YAHOO MILLIONAIRES [SCAMMER SLANG]: very successful Yahoo Boys
  • YAHOO YAHOO [SCAMMER SLANG]: internet scammers that have gone into JuJu rituals

TERMS FOR RELATED PLACES OR ACTIVITIES ONLINE:

  • ANYSCAM.COM: a universal cybercrime data reporting network developed by SCARS to distribute scam and scammer data worldwide to agencies and governments
  • SCAM BAITING: where a victim or other person uses the methods of the scammers against them – meaning they engage in online deception and fraud
  • SUPPORT GROUP: a professionally managed peer to peer support group run by a victims’ assistance organization or their affiliate
  • VICTIM MINE: a scammer created website or social media page/group that victims willingly follow and participate allowing access to victims that can be scammed over and over
  • VICTIM WAREHOUSE: fake or pretender or amateur anti-scam group / website / social media p