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As EFCCEFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud), scams, and money laundering. The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja, Nigeria. Intensifies Clampdown 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. Crawl Back In Their Holes
Per The Nigeria Press:
One of the largest cities in West Africa, Ibadan of late has become a safe haven for Yahoo Boys taking refuge in the suburbs of the city of brown roofs.
Internet fraudsters in Ibadan, Oyo State popularly regarded as ‘Yahoo Boys’ or ‘G-Boys’ have been going into hiding as the foremost anti-graft agency in Nigeria – Economic and Financial Crimes Commission continues its massive raid of their hide-outs.
The EFCC stemmed up its harvest of the fraudsters across Nigeria with series of arrests recorded in Ibadan, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Benin and other major cities in the country this year thereby unsettling the scammers living flamboyant lives.
One of the largest cities in West Africa – Ibadan, of late has become a safe haven for Yahoo Boys taking refuge in the suburbs of the city of brown roofs.
The story seems to be different this year as agents of the EFCC have been raiding the fraudsters at different locations with their suspected proceeds 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. seized from them before subsequent arraignment in court.
A panicky source told Tori News he has been keeping a low profile to avoid the prying eyes of the EFCC.
“I have parked my car at a safe place. I’m not using it until the EFCC reduces its tempo of arrests. I can’t even use the bank to obtain money from my clients. I have also being avoiding beer parlours because one doesn’t know who is who presently.” he said.
Tori News was also informed that some Yahoo Boys have been taking up menial jobs temporarily to hoodwink the EFCC operatives who they believe are operating undercover in Ibadan.
Another source named Gabriel (not real name) revealed how he has been unable to drive the fairly used multi millionaire Honda Crosstour he just purchased with his loot.
“I can’t drive my new car around town. The street is not safe for now. These guys (EFCC operatives) are ruthless. They will seize all your properties and still parade you. I can’t stand the disgrace of having my pictures on social media pages and blogs with the tag of a ‘Yahoo Boy’. In fact, I don’t leave my house unless the reason is important. That’s how we are surviving now” he concluded.
Another fraudsterFraudster 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., a young man in his late 20s who doubles as a music record label owner complained to a Tori News correspondent that the ‘fraud deals’ have been slow of late due to the activities of the EFCC officials. He alleged they seem to be working in concert with members of the controversial Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS or prostitutes popularly regarded as ‘Oloshos’ in intelligence gathering.
“These EFCC guys are not joking; the raids are done with so much accuracy. The house they raided around the Ologuneru area last week is very close to mine. I almost rented an apartment there but I changed my mind. Just last week, I was apparently running helter skelter with my friend because they were at strategic locations in town and we had to avoid them” he said.
Most of the Yahoo Boys this paper contacted believe the heat is nothing but a ‘momentary madness’ which the EFCC can’t sustain.
“We have seen this before now, it happened early last year in Lagos and many of my friends had to leave the Island area to avoid arrest and asset seizure. Today, the guys have returned to their homes and they are working freely.”one young man named Haruna said.
Haruna revealed that they expect the war on Yahoo Boys to wind down in two months time. He went on to explain that the officials of the anti-corruption agency are hard to ‘negotiate’ with.
“Its very difficult to bribe these guys. They will dig out everything you are hiding. Even if they will set you free, they will make sure they strip you naked financially” he added.
Rumours making the round in Ibadan revealed the EFCC arrested one popular and established Yahoo Boy named Leke and rendered him bankrupt.
5 exotic cars, over N100 million and his house in Lagos State were allegedly confiscated after investigation. The former ‘poster boy’ who purportedly slept with ladies at will is presently moving around town on commercial motorcycles as he is completely broke.
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