\r\n10 Ways To Avoid Being Scammed By Yahoo Boys\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt is no longer news that \u2018scams are real\u2019 and \u2018scammers exist\u2019, they are humans like us and they are apparently in every corner of the world.\r\n\r\nDown the memory lane, the term \u201cyahoo\u201d was localized in Nigeria in the early 2000s as the name for \u2018internet fraud\u2019.\r\n\r\nWhile the internet has made it simple for us as humans to connect easily, the simplicity has brought in bigger challenges.\r\n\r\nThe internet offers us a wide range of benefits but sadly, internet fraudsters devise clever plans to defraud millions of people every day.\r\n\r\nOnline fraud and scams operate under many different disguises and go by many names such as yahoo-yahoo, cyber-crime, internet fraud, online crime, e-crime.\r\n\r\n\r\nHere are a few facts about online scammers:\r\n\r\n1. They are very patient strategically looking for a perfect time to strike.\r\n\r\n2. Older women are usually the \u2018chief target\u2019 for scammers.\r\n\r\n3. These scammers are usually too quick in trying to convince you about his or her identity backing it up with fake \u2018proof\u2019\r\n\r\n4. In Nigeria, scammers who are usually referred to as \u2018Yahoo boys\u2019, make use of voodoo or traditional powers called \u2018Yahoo Plus\u2019 or \u2018Yahoo Plus Plus\u2019.\r\n\r\n5. The most common type of \u2018Yahoo Plus\u2019 or \u2018Yahoo Plus Plus\u2019 is \u2018do as I say\u2019 which means you\u2019ll be manipulated to give in to their demands, and only come to your senses to realize the errors after you\u2019ve been defrauded.\r\n\r\n6. Everyone is potential target for scammers and they are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money.\r\n\r\n7. Examples of the scam used by internet fraudsters are; Job offer scams, lottery scams, beneficiary scams, online dating scams, charity fraud scams e.t.c.\r\n\u00a0\r\nSo to avoid being scammed by these fraudsters via the aforementioned means above, here are few tips to eliminate the risk:\r\n\r\n1. Spot\/detect imposter \u2013 Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust; a family member or a company you do business with. Don\u2019t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request.\r\n\r\n2. Be \u2018red alert\u2019 to the fact that scams exist \u2013 When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it\u2019s over the phone\/mail\/social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam.\r\n\r\n3. Know who you\u2019re dealing with \u2013 If you\u2019ve only ever met someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. If a message or email comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of character for them, contact your friend directly.\r\n\r\n4. Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or click on links \u2013 Be careful not to click on spammed links which could lead to compromising your personal details.\r\n\r\n5. Keep your personal details secure \u2013 It is necessary to advice that you keep your passwords and pin numbers secured. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media sites.\r\n\r\n6. Review your privacy settings on social media \u2013 If you use social networking sites, such as Facebook, be careful who you connect with and learn how to use your privacy and security settings to ensure you stay safe.\r\n\r\n7. Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you\u2019ve met online \u2013 Scammers use dating websites, social media, and many other sites to reach potential targets. They can quickly feel like a friend or even a romantic partner, but that is part of the tactics to get you to trust them.\r\n\r\n8. Don\u2019t be pressured to act immediately \u2013 Scammers typically try to make you think there\u2019s a limited time offer. They want to push you into action before you have time to think, it\u2019s never a good idea to make an important decision quickly.\r\n\r\n9. Fake social media profiles \u2013 Some scammers create fake profiles and send you a friend request or message. If you respond, they then send you offers to make quick money or invest, or ask for money to help them with trouble they are having. They could also gain access to your personal information and steal your identity.\r\n\r\n10. Text Message To Update Your Bank Verification Number \u2013 If you get a text message on your cell phone from your bank saying \u201cthere\u2019s been a problem with your bank verification number (BVN), and you need to call right away with some account information\u201d, the truth is your supposed \u201cbank\u201d is a scammer hoping you will reveal your account information.\r\n\r\nCulled from\u00a0TheNation.