Yahoo boy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named after the Internet company Yahoo!, whose free e-mail accounts are sometimes used by scammers.

Noun[edit]

Yahoo boy (plural Yahoo boys)

  1. (Nigeria) A man who carries out 419 fraud.
    • 2009, Patience Idaraesit Akpan-Obong, Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria, OCLC 1045477703:
      The EFCC has a cyber crimes unit to monitor the activities of internet scam artists, also known as "Yahoo boys" (probably because they conduct their activities through their Yahoo e-mail accounts).