In recent times and with the technological innovation that brought about the internet, smartphones, and devices into Nigeria, youths have taken to the illicit trade otherwise known as internet scam popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo. Thus, cybercrime continues to gain popularity despite the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other law enforcement agencies.
The youth, who engage in the illegal trade, become rich overnight and this is most common among unemployed graduates and undergraduates.
After a seemingly endless search for white-collar jobs, they become fed up and cease seeking legal means of livelihood. Hence, they resort to swindling people through the internet. Labour does not seem to have dignity anymore. That there is a lack of employment opportunities does not warrant engaging in cyber-fraud.
The rich ones among them are seen as role models by others who fancy their lifestyles and want to emulate them.
Many youths after getting admission into various higher institutions of learning, often forget their main aim and are being carried away by the lifestyles of the scammers and join them without realizing what the future has in store for them.
It is not difficult to identify Yahoo Boys on campus. Their mode of dressing is a crucial factor in identifying them. They are often spiffy dressers, they live big on campus, live in the most expensive houses or even estate, and attend lectures at their convenient time; ride expense cars.
They often move in groups and flaunt their ill-gotten wealth. While some of their parents are aware and even support them, most parents don’t know how their wards are faring.
It is most unfortunate that many Nigerian youths think that the only way to be financially independent and successful is to swindle rich people, who are mostly foreigners. They believe they are ‘collecting their forefathers money from the whites’. Therefore, they drag the name of the country into the mud.