Understanding Yahoo Boys Methods

Understanding Yahoo Boys Methods

(Last Updated On: August 2, 2022)

Understanding Yahoo Boys Methods

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Yahoo boys – How They Make Billions

The Nigerians That We All Call Yahoo Boys Are The More Famous Of The Nigerian Scammers

These are the ones that appear in the press and are the ones that get arrested and sent to prison.

This article will talk mostly about Yahoo Boys, G-Boys, and Yahoo Yahoo, though it also applies to the CartelCartel A scamming cartel is any criminal organization with the intention of engaging in larger-scale financial fraud operations. They range from loosely managed agreements among various scammer gangs to formalized commercial enterprises. The term was applied when the largest scammer gangs organizations reached a size and scope of a major enterprise, including control of corrupt politicians and local officials. In truth, most scammer cartels do not exactly meet the definition of a cartel, but the term stuck and it is now popularly used to refer to any large criminal fraud organization. employees and agents as well. However, the Cartels are the ones most responsible for the phenomenal growth in scamsScams 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. over the last decade.

Most scammers (especially African Scammers) are of three groups:

  1. Yahoo Boys or Sakawa Boys (depending on which country). These are the low-end bottom-feeders. They work independently or in small gangsGangs A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested.. The gangs tend to be groups of up to 15 to 20 scammers. Most of them are in gangs, but there is a small number that works in isolation – these tend to be the ones kicked out of the gangs and cartels due to poor performance or other reasons. In other words, these are the cast offs.
  2. GangGang A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested. Scammers. These work in larger gangs – meaning in informal criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. organizations of up to 100 scammers. They work out of universities, call centers, or other spaces that they typically do not own. These are more like office workers, but the gang leaders are serious criminals and enforce their rules with violence. They tend to be flamboyant in their lifestyles, especially at the top, with lots of minions to support each gang.
  3. Corporate ScammersCorporate Scammers Corporate Scammers - These work for real corporations, most of which either appear to be something else, or who are in fact in other lines of business such as telemarketing or outsourcing. They tend to operate real outsourcing businesses and maintain scamming operations as a part of their business, using the legitimate side to funnel some of their proceeds. Unfortunately, these businesses make too much money and have to transport it to places such as Asia for banking. This has resulted in the expansion of Nigerian scamming throughout Asia.. These work for real corporations, most of which either appear to be something else, or who are in fact in other lines of business such as telemarketing or outsourcing. They tend to operate real outsourcing businesses and maintain scamming operations as a part of their business, using the legitimate side to funnel some of their proceeds. Unfortunately, these businesses make too much money and have to transport it to places such as Malaysia for banking. This has resulted in the expansion of Nigerian scamming throughout Asia.

The following will give you a better idea of how Yahoo Boy style scammers work but remember they only represent about 20-25% of the scammers in operation.

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Social media and dating websites are the main tools used for these activities.

Most of the yahoo boys in Nigeria are relatively young people; they are also sometimes called Omo Yahoo, Gee boys, G-boys or Yahoo Yahoo.

Most if not all of these criminals are educated, they are very skilled in the usage of computers and mobile phones to gain confidence of unsuspecting individuals with a view of defrauding them. Foreigners from rich countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Australia etc. are easy targets because of their nature of trusting people so easily.

Yahoo boys develop relationships with rich old single white women. These old women are very vulnerable, they just need companionship. Once the Yahoo boy has the confidence of old white women, he starts to demand money using false pretenses.

An example of the dating scamDating scam Dating scammers or love scammers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often quickly move to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person. This is a relationship scam. is that of Dr (Miss) Yvonne (not real name). Yvonne is a retired 67 year. worked as a medical doctor in Australia. She is divorced. She went on a dating site. A profile of a 45 year old black man who pretended to be a former Australia Investment banker now investing in Africa caught her attention. They started dating; the internet 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. acting like a big time investor in Africa. The lady went to Nigeria to meet the retired investment banker lover. The internet 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. pretended all through the visit, they travelled around Nigeria with flashy cars. The lady returned to Australia. The yahoo boy introduced a business to the Australian lady, the lady believed him hook, line and sinker, she sent over $500,000 in tranches (her life savings).

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Yahoo boys are scammers who engage in advance fee frauds especially frauds emanating from the internet. In Nigeria, internet fraudsters are called yahoo boys.

Most of the yahoo boys in Nigeria are relatively young people; they are also sometimes called omo yahoo, Gee boys, G-boys or yahoo yahoo. Most if not all of these criminals are educated, they are very skilled in the usage of computers and mobile phones to gain confidence of unsuspecting individuals with a view of defrauding them. Foreigners from rich countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Australia etc are easy targets because of their nature of trusting people so easily.

People from poor countries and even Nigerians are also targeted, though on a small scale. The unemployment level in Nigeria has led to an increase in rank of these yahoo boys. It is not uncommon to see young people without no known source of livelihood to drive flashy cars and live expensive lifestyle, thanks to ‘yahoo yahoo business’.

This article will show you how these yahoo boys dupe people and the strategies they use to make this scamming business successful.

Strategies Used By Yahoo Boys

Dating Scams / Romance Scams

This type of scams perpetrated by yahoo boys is mainly targeted at people from rich countries like the US, UK and Australia etc. The yahoo boy or G-boy will open a fake account on Facebook account with a picture of a young and beautiful white lady; he will start conversation will several white men on Facebook. When he identifies a rich one among his contacts, he will start building up a relationship. Once he has won the confidence of the white man, he will start demanding money from the white man with different excuses.

Another type of dating scam is for yahoo boys to develop relationships with rich old single white women. These old women are very vulnerable, they just need companionship. Once the yahoo boy has the confidence of old white women, he starts to demand money using false pretences.

Social media and dating websites are the main tools used for this nefarious activity.

An example of the dating scam is that of Dr (Miss) Yvonne (not real name). Yvonne is a retired 67 year old lady, she worked as a medical doctor in Australia in her youthful days. She is divorced. She went on a dating scam to search for relationship. A profile of a 45 year old black man who pretended to be a former Australia Investment banker now investing in Africa caught her attention. They started dating; the internet scammer acting like a big time investor in Africa started sending small gifts to the lady in Australia. They became so close. The Australian even travelled to Nigeria to meet his retired investment banker lover. The internet scam pretended all through the visit, they travelled around Nigeria with flashy cars.

The lady returned to Australia after 3 weeks holiday in Nigeria. The yahoo boy introduced a business to the Australian lady, the lady believed him hook, line and sinker, she sent over $500,000 in tranches (her life savings). The yahoo boy who pretended like a big time investor stopped communicating with her and changed all his contact details. The Australian lady almost committed suicide; she later knew that she has been scammed.

Yahoo boys are still making lots of money from this seemingly easy scamming trick. Most yahoo boys use the dating scam strategy to earn a living.

Buying hacked details from criminals

Yahoo boys also buy hacked personal details like credit card number, date of birth, home address, secure codes and other details from fellow scammers and hackers. They use these details to buy goods on ecommerce sites, they may even use the details to compromise the bank accounts of their victims and transfer huge sums of money out of the bank accounts.

The hacked details can be used to buy expensive things like iphones, jewelries and electronics. These goods will be shipped to a foreign address of a member of their gang and later shipped to the yahoo boy in Nigeria.

There are several hackers in Vietnam who sell hacked personal details to scammers worldwide.

Even in Nigeria, hacked bank details can be used by yahoo boys to transfer funds from your bank account. The hacked details can also be used to buy very expensive goods at the expense of their victims.

Lottery ScamLottery Scam These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it.

This is a type of scam that involves the setting up of fake lottery win notices. Yahoo boys often send emails, letters, SMS or even phone calls to unsuspecting individuals that they have won a huge sum of money in a lottery scheme. Some of these yahoo boys can design websites in order to make the fake lottery look legitimate.

Once, anyone replies them and accepts that they have won the lottery. The yahoo boys ask them to send some money to be used to process the lottery prize. The prize is often in cash, very huge amount that will entice the victim. Once the victims pay, they may further ask for another payment to process the lottery prize or they just stop communicating with the victim.

Mr. Ade is a Nigerian banker, he was told that he has won N10 million from a lottery someone played for him. The yahoo boys asked him to send N500,000 for them to help him fast track payment of the lottery prize. Mr. Ade paid the N500,000 and they stopped calling him again. He later knew he has been scammed.

Inheritance Scam

Yahoo boys use this strategy to target people living in developed countries especially the United Kingdom because the country colonized Nigeria some years back. A yahoo boy may go on the social media and get a rich individual living in the UK. He starts communicating with them and try to win their confidence. Once this is done, he will tell his would be victim that his great grandfather worked as a district officer in Colonial Nigeria in 1901 and that his late great grandfather left assets including real estate in Lagos worth millions of pound sterling.

The yahoo boy will promise his potential victim that he can help him to reclaim the assets and sell it for huge sum of money. He will demand for money for him to reclaim and sell the assets. The victim may now send money at frequent intervals until he is fed up, by then, the deed would have been done.

ATM Scam

Yahoo boys also clone ATM cards or debit/credit cards of bank account holders. With this cloned cards, they can withdraw or spend funds in the bank accounts of their victims. This type of 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. is common in Nigeria. Fraudulently deceptive emails are sent to people asking for their bank details. Once they provide these details, the funds in their account can be spent on internet transactions or transferred to the yahoo boys.

ProxiesProxies A VPN (also known as a proxy) is an app or connection method that keeps your internet connection private, whether you're connecting to unsafe public Wi-Fi or your network at home. Having a layer of security that blocks people from watching you browse helps keep you safe online, no matter where you connect from. Virtual private networks protect you by creating an encrypted "tunnel" that all of your device's data travels through on its way to the internet via a proxy server or service. Encryption turns words and data, like text files, into a secret code. If someone tries to read encrypted data without the password, they'll see random gibberish. (also VPNVPN A VPN (also known as a proxy) is an app or connection method that keeps your internet connection private, whether you're connecting to unsafe public Wi-Fi or your network at home. Having a layer of security that blocks people from watching you browse helps keep you safe online, no matter where you connect from. Virtual private networks protect you by creating an encrypted "tunnel" that all of your device's data travels through on its way to the internet via a proxy server or service. Encryption turns words and data, like text files, into a secret code. If someone tries to read encrypted data without the password, they'll see random gibberish.)

Proxies are methods you can use to change your computer’s IP addressGeolocation Geolocation is the utilization of a device IP address, along with other device signals, to determine geographical location. An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label such as 192.0.2.1 that is connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing. An IP Address can be used to locate a physical computer's location. to a foreign IP address. This strategy can be used to deceive people that you live in their country. A Nigerian based yahoo boy living in Nigeria can buy UK proxy to deceive his would be victim that he resides in the UK. Some of these yahoo boys also use foreign phone numbers. For example 02 SIM card (a UK carrier) works in Nigeria, a yahoo boy can use this kind of SIM card to defraud a lot of people.

Bugs on shopping carts/Malicious code

Some yahoo boys skilled in computer programming or hacking skills can put malicious codes or bugs on ecommerce websites in order to steal bank account details of customers. With these details, they can drain the bank accounts of their victims.

It is a known fact that yahoo boys make billions of naira daily in Nigeria. There are stories of scammers defrauding their victims of over $1 million in one swoop.

This article is meant to show how yahoo boys make their money. I do not in any way approve of their activities.

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