In Nigeria, Internet Fraudsters, commonly known as “Yahoo Yahoo Boys,” have become prevalent, exploiting unsuspecting victims through deceptive schemes. The proliferation of these fraudsters has surpassed the population of graduates, with individuals resorting to illicit means for financial gain. This trend not only undermines trust but also poses significant challenges to law enforcement agencies.

Top 10 Cities With The Most Internet Fraudsters – According to Research


1. Lagos: Serving as the epicenter of internet fraud, Lagos hosts a vast network of fraudsters, colloquially known as “Gee Boys,” who flaunt opulent lifestyles.

2. Benin City, Edo State: Benin has emerged as a hotspot for Yahoo boys, leveraging online dating platforms and superstitious beliefs to deceive their victims.

3. Port Harcourt, Rivers State: Internet scamming has become rampant in Port Harcourt, with a significant portion of the youth involved in fraudulent activities despite enforcement efforts.

4. Warri, Delta State: In Warri and its environs, internet scamming is widespread, with perpetrators even daring to impersonate government officials.

5. Owerri, Imo State: Owerri harbors a considerable number of Yahoo boys who frequent luxury hotels and flaunt extravagant lifestyles.

6. Enugu, Enugu State: With secluded estates providing cover, Enugu has seen a surge in internet fraud activities, attracting scrutiny from law enforcement.

7. Awka, Anambra State: Despite periodic crackdowns, internet fraud remains prevalent among undergraduate students in Awka, prompting increased surveillance efforts.

8. Kaduna, Kaduna State: Kaduna has witnessed a rise in internet fraud cases, with attempts to hijack identities, including that of high-profile individuals.

9. Abeokuta, Ogun State: Abeokuta experienced a notable cybercrime incident in 2014, underscoring vulnerabilities in banking security systems and the prevalence of fraudsters.

10. Abuja: Despite its reputation as a political hub, Abuja has not been immune to internet fraud, with some fraudsters leveraging familial or governmental connections to evade detection.


The proliferation of internet fraudsters, particularly among Nigeria’s youth, underscores the urgent need for comprehensive measures to combat cybercrime. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and regulatory bodies is imperative to curb the spread of fraudulent activities and safeguard the integrity of online transactions. Additionally, efforts to address underlying socio-economic factors driving individuals to engage in cybercrime are crucial for fostering a more secure digital environment in Nigeria.

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