Yahoo oh oh, Yahoo oh oh, many Nigerians would remember that Jam by Olu maintain. Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria has become something of a global issue, Nigerians don’t settle for National.
It is the undoing of the Nigerian Image Worldwide. You would often see or hear these references in movies, Lines like, “Did a Nigerian Prince promise you a Fortune if you help him?”. In other words, Yahoo Yahoo.
The term Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria became relatively popular in the past few years. Make no mistake, though. It has been known by another name in the past, such as 419.
Basically, yahoo yahoo is a “scam”. Let me describe it for you…Someone posing as someone else for you to donate something valuable into his or her life after they have appealed to an emotional side of you(donate is not the word to use, you get it sha).
Due to various reasons, many Nigerians have decided to resort to a life of yahoo yahoo, scamming people to make a living or build a fortune, that depends on how far you can dream, or should I say scam.
In this modern Nigerian day, Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria is no more a question of integrity. It’s a survival mechanism, a means to an end, a saviour in times of dire need, and a friend in your downtime.
There is an astronomical rise in the number of Yahoo Yahoo practitioners in the country, and all the Government’s tactics to curb this practice have seemed futile. Those practising can make an argument that the government is the main cause of a scam-laden lifestyle.
Factors such as recession and economic breakdown have forced people into a life of crime and scams. Am I trying to portray them as the victim? No. But you can’t understand someone until you walk a mile I’m their shoes.
To know how saturated Nigeria has become, I can bet every person over the age of 18 knows one or two yahoo yahoo practitioners in Nigeria. That’s how bad it is.
The sad stories of the conquests spread like wildfire, putting the world on her feet to not fall prey to these predators. Well, “No matter how far deer runs, there will always be food for the Lion” – Moibi Damilare
Before we take this too far, let’s look at why this practice was coined Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria and not something more in tune.
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Who Coined Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria?
As a young boy, I always wondered why these practitioners were named after a web service provider, Yahoo Search. The little ones might not know this, but before Google and all sorts, we had Yahoo.
Yahoo was the primary web service provider then. Instead of Gmail, we have Yahoo Mail. There was no such thing as Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, snap chat, and so on.
I was ruminating on this question as I was about to write this article until a very wise friend of mine answered me. Thanks, Prince Ademola.
Yahoo Mail was the avenue that connected scammer to scammee in the early day of this scanning journey. The locals would connect to foreigners through this channel, and they establish a relationship with whatever persona the scammer chooses to use.
Unlike the present day, where you have your personalized phones and easy global access and connection, cyber cafes are the in-thing.
People would go into a stall with computers and buy “time” to access the internet. It could be 15-30 minutes and even 1 hour. Whatever you do with it once you buy your time is entirely up to you. Guess what?
Some people thought it right to Interact with foreigners and scam them of their fortune. Will I call it a waste of time? Definitely not! They get value for money.
That there is how they got tagged Yahoo Yahoo scammers. Now that you understand this, you can see that it is a more generic name and suits the act.
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The Reason For Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria
My mother used to tell me that there is no smoke without fire. This means there is always a cause to an effect or a reason for everything. Understandably, most of you might outrightly shun the practice of Yahoo Yahoo because it goes against your moral code and etiquette, or you see it as evil.
Well, climb down your high horse for a second. What if it was a necessary evil?
Hold on, don’t close this article. Hear me out. It all started during a major economic crisis around 1979 in Nigeria. Prices of food items and normal basic amenities were at a record high.
Living in Nigeria became a struggle, and the normal man found it hard to exist. There were governmental efforts to resurrect the nation to its former glory, but with the value of our Naira spiralling down, it’s obvious the government failed its people.
This began the game of survival. It did not birth yahoo yahoo at first. This was the inception of 419. There is not much difference between 419 and yahoo yahoo, maybe in their mode of operations sha.
These days it is faster and easier to connect. People who couldn’t get jobs decided to scam, and those who were also lazy felt this was an easy way out of looming death.
With 419, some locals were hit. Politicians, business owners, and other major people in society were relieved of their excess cash. One might see it as a Robin Hood kind of action.
Then, with every technological advancement we had, the easier it got to scam, and the more Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria gained ground. From Yahoo Mail to Google Mail and every other Social Media application out there, Yahoo Yahoo practitioners got greedy, and just like a vampire, they wanted more blood.
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Benefits of Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria
Reporting the scam to authorities can lead to frozen bank accounts, seized assets, and the loss of ill-gotten gains. Additionally, scammers may fall victim to retaliation from criminal organizations or individuals seeking revenge.
Erosion of Trust
Yahoo Yahoo activities in Nigeria contribute to a general erosion of trust in online platforms and communication channels. As the prevalence of scams increases, individuals become more sceptical and cautious when engaging with others online, making it harder for legitimate businesses and individuals to build trust and conduct legitimate transactions.
The widespread nature of Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria scams can have significant socioeconomic consequences. It undermines the reputation of countries, particularly those with prevalent scams, leading to a negative perception of their business environment. This can discourage foreign investment, hinder economic growth, and damage international relationships.
Strengthening of Law Enforcement
The rise of “Yahoo Yahoo” activities has prompted law enforcement agencies to dedicate more resources and efforts to combat cybercrime. Authorities are continually developing strategies, collaborating internationally, and investing in technological advancements to identify and prosecute individuals involved in online fraud.
This can lead to increased surveillance, stricter regulations, and more significant consequences for perpetrators.
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Types of Yahoo Yahoo Scams in Nigeria
Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria is not just a one-way process. There is always a new scanning avenue coming out. They call it “Update”. There are always updates coming out on the new ways to scam and loopholes to explore. Concerning this, there are two major types of Yahoo Yahoo Scams in Nigeria;
- Dating Scam
- Crypto Scam
For dating scams, you need a profile revamp. You get to be someone else online, and you immerse yourself into that personality, be it any gender. There are many of these fake profiles on many social media applications.
These people are like prey looking for lonely old men or women online to scam their money to scam. Other younger people can also be scammed online if they seem overly interested in establishing relationships online.
Once a relationship is established, the “client”(yes) is nurtured to believe it is a real relationship, and then they strike with a need you are required to solve. That places you in a tight spot because you care about the fake persona and will do anything to get to meet the person.
Once you give in to demands, you be been scammed. Some people just get scammed because they never learn their lesson.
Many grand AI tools have helped to ease the work of Yahoo Yahoo brethren. They can help change the voice over the phone or generate a fake face on video calls. Many other applications do this seamlessly. What’s stopping them?
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For Crypto, you only need to act as an admin or support in a crypto trading group. Once you are successfully in without getting spotted, you can message other users, target their recovery phrases, and gain instant access to their wallets.
Once you are in, you can clear the wallets of all there is. All information gotten is from public knowledge. Let it be known that I am not a Yahoo Yahoo practitioner. The wealth of my knowledge should only gain your appreciation and not your curiosity. There are many other updates that I did not list here for time’s sake. I urge you to pick the knowledge you pursue carefully.
Don’t hate the player. Hate the game. Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria is already a strong force to contend with. The wealth and riches it offers to give one are very tempting, and can only take extreme self-control to resist.
Everyone has a part to play in mitigating the practice in the country. I have done my part by writing this article. What can you do?