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Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria 2022 and the Crimes they Committed

Filed in Articles by on April 18, 2022



– Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria –

Over the years, the rate of fraud keeps increasing in Nigeria. However, the Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria maybe because of unemployment, a bad economy, or greed. Let’s have a look!

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Internet fraud has become a business in Nigeria. This act is now a real trend amongst young people. Most recently, “yahoo yahoo” is now the coded name for financial fraud in Nigeria.

The law enforcement is clamping down on them as well. There have been several arrests and investigations on fraudulent activities. The consequences are always devastating. 

In this article, you shall learn about the top 10 most wanted fraudsters in Nigeria.

Cities with Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Below are the top cities where you can find most of these con men in Nigeria.

10th Position: Abuja

There are a good number of internet fraudsters in Abuja. This is a city known to be controlled by political money bags. And these fraudsters are Abuja big boys.

This is because they are relatives of some big politicians. However, in the proper sense, they use those as a cover for their illegal activities.

9th Position: Abeokuta

Abeokuta is the capital city of Ogun State. Also, this is a town with a growing number of youth interested in online scams.

These young men in 2014 hacked into an Ogun state-owned account. And they stole millions of Naira. Also, this could anyway be attributed to a poor security system with the bank in question.

8th Position: Kaduna

Kaduna is another town with a growing number of yahoo boys. Also, there have even been reports of attempts to steal the identity of the new Governor Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai.

7th Position: Awka

Awka is the capital city of Anambra State. The scammers here are majorly undergraduate students. And they appear to have been gradually deserting the town.

This is a security operative who had burst them many times in the past. Also, had continued to be on their trail.


6th Position: Enugu

Enugu is the capital city of Enugu State. Also, it is a place where yahoo boys are growing in their number.

This is as the city has quiet estates and accommodations. Where these young men hide away to carry out their illegal jobs without easily getting noticed.

5th Position: Owerri

Owerri is the capital of Imo State. You can find many Yahoo boys in Owerri. Also, they are well known in a major hotel in the city.

They ride flashy cars around the city with people usually hailing them.

4th Position: Warri

Warri is a major town in Delta State. Internet scam is so popular among the youths in Warri. At a point, they even impersonate their state governor without fear.

3rd Position: Port Harcourt

Rivers State capital city Port Harcourt. It is also a place where internet scam is fast becoming a hobby. You will hardly see a young boy who doesn’t know someone involved in this ugly activity.

Also, even with the increase in the number of people captured by the EFCC there, they appear not to be perturbed.

2nd Position: Benin City

Edo State, capital city Benin, is a known hotspot for the so-called Yahoo guys. Young boys of different age groups here engaged in online dating of foreigners, particularly widows.

Also, they use different pseudo names and pictures to deceive their prospective victims. They also believe in charm, helping them to hit their “maga” easily.

1st Position: Lagos

Lagos is the headquarters of Internet Fraudsters in Nigeria. Virtually every corner of Lagos, from Lekki to the mainland, has these con men.

Also, they are referred to as “Gee Boys” meaning guys with swags and know what’s up. Also, the biggest amongst them own houses and live very expensive lifestyles in Lagos.

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared many suspects were wanted for various crimes. Here are the most wanted top 10 fraudsters in Nigeria.

1. Raymond Igbalode Abbas (Hushpuppi)

Also known as Aja 4 or Aja Puppi, Hushpuppi is a Nigerian media personality. Also, he came into the limelight because of the luxurious lifestyle he puts on display on social media.

Aside from that, he clashed with several Nigerian celebrities. This is after accusing them of flaunting fake designers. Thanks to the many feuds, he became the centre of attraction and was recently arrested by Dubai police.

However, he is wanted in Nigeria by EFCC for financial crime.

2. Saminu Turaki

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

He was a former governor of Jigawa State. EFCC wants him in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy and stealing. Also for money laundering, and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N36 Billion.

3. Tompolo

The Ex-Delta Militant leaders wanted, in a case of conspiracy. Also, for illegal diversion of the sum of N45.9 billion.  This money belonged  to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.


4. Iliasu Olanrewaju Abdul-Rauf

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

This is the National Coordinator, Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities Multipurpose. It is a Cooperative Society at Abuja. They accused him of allegedly collecting the sum of N1.7Billion.

And this was under the guise of awarding contracts for the establishment of rehabilitation centres. This is across the 36 states of the federation.

5. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina

He is a former chairperson of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT). However, he is wanted for offences bordering on procurement fraud and getting by false pretence.

Also, Maina is allegedly complicit in the over N2 billion Pensions Biometric Scam. And this is in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

6. Kennedy Izuagbe

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

This is the Managing Director of Carlisle Properties and Investment Limited. However, he is wanted in a case of Conspiracy and Money Laundering to the tune of over N3.6 billion.

Also, in the investigation’s course, Izuagbe went underground. Thus, all efforts to reach him have proved abortive.

7. Abdullahi Usman Adamu alias Dan China

They alleged this person to have received a part payment of $500,000 USD. This was through his company; Guroje Mining Company. This was for the supply of 3000MT of Lead Ore to a Chinese Company, Shanghai International (HK) Limited.

However, three months later, Dan China has not supplied the goods and is present at large.

8. Olabode Jacob O Obayomi

This is the owner of Standard Chartered Securities Limited. And this firm is at 116-118, Lagos House, Central Area, Garki, Abuja.

However, Olabode is wanted in connection with a case of Criminal Conspiracy. Also, for Diversion of Public Funds and Breach of trust. This involved the unauthorised sale of over N251 million worth of stock. The stock belonged to the Ebonyi State Government.

9. Etim Ekpo Okima

Etim is the managing director/ chief executive officer of Etisko BDC. At  11, Abibu Oki Street, Lagos Island, Lagos.

The EFCC wants Etim regarding a case of stealing and issuance of dud cheque.

10. Osita Emmanuel Okereke

Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Osita is the DG National Taskforce to Combat Illegal Importation of Goods, Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapon (aka NATFORCE).

However, Osita is wanted by EFCC in a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Impersonation. Also, Osita, who was arrested with several incriminating items, including bulletproof vests, has jumped bail.


FAQs on Top 10 Fraudsters in Nigeria

Below are the frequently asked questions on top ten fraudsters in Nigeria

1. Who is the first 419 in Nigeria

Dore Numa is the First 419 In The History Of Nigeria

2. What is the code for Nigerian scamming?

The ‘419’ refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code which deals with fraud and makes this type of fraud illegal.

3. What is the meaning of 419 in English?

The number “419” refers to a section of the Nigerian Criminal Code. This deals with fraud where the charges and punishments that can apply to those who commit it.
They have employed the fraud with fax and regular mail. It is now common in online communications such as emails.

4. Who sold airports in Nigeria?

Emmanuel Nwude, The Nigerian Man That Sold An Airport That Didn’t Exist For $242 Million.

5. Who started 419?

Crentsil, Professor of Wonders.

6. Who is the most famous scammer?

Bernie Madoff is one of the best-known con artists out there

7. How can I recover money from a scammer in Nigeria?

If you don’t have their email address, you can walk into your bank or the scammer’s bank. Speak to the customer service in charge of fraud to file a complaint.

8. What happens if I get scammed?

If they have duped you, report it to the police and your state consumer protection office to see if they can help.

9. Can the bank refund my money if I was scammed?

Yes. If you use a bank transfer or Direct Debit to make your payment.

10. What if a scammer has my phone number?

Explain the matter to your service provider right away. Request that they place a temporary hold on your line. This is so that scammers cannot use it.

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CSN Team.



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