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#OpNoSCAM: Another Nigerian scammer exploiting Ukraine crisis for personal gain (Anna Bondar)

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In the ever-evolving landscape of online scams, one of the most notorious groups is the “Yahoo Boys” from Nigeria. These individuals employ various deceptive tactics to swindle unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned money. One recent incident brings to light a Yahoo Boy who, under the guise of charity, exploited the ongoing conflict in Ukraine for his own selfish gains.

The discovery
A recent Twitter notification caught the attention of Internetintelligence.eu, revealing a possible fake account or, in other words, a scammer. The account in question bore the handle @AnnaBondar61019 and claimed to be collecting funds for a cause in Ukraine. Numerous posts related to Ukraine were accompanied by messages thanking individuals for their support or donations, raising suspicions that warranted a closer investigation.

Internetintelligence.eu decided to track this account using their “honeypot” and, within a short time, received a message. Engaging in conversation, the person behind the account claimed to be actively involved on the frontlines in Bachmut, Ukraine, and asked if donations had been made. Seizing the opportunity, Internetintelligence.eu feigned interest, stating a willingness to donate €4,700 to a fund for the Ukrainian military. They explained that the money had been earned through a charitable endeavor and sent a link with a tracker. The intention was to capture the person’s details when they clicked on the link.

The deception revealed
It soon became evident that Anna Bondar was not a soldier at the frontlines in Bachmut but rather a young man in an internet cafe in Nigeria. This individual was, in fact, a “Yahoo Boy” exploiting the ongoing conflict, which has torn families apart and claimed many lives. The Twitter account was part of a sinister scheme to solicit funds under false pretenses.

The scam
The account solicited money for a rescue team in Ukraine allegedly supporting military personnel. They quickly provided a PayPal payment link, which was associated with the name Connie Guevara and the handle @HumanitarianRescTeam. This transaction was intended to deceive those who genuinely wished to contribute to a noble cause.

Taking action
Upon uncovering this scam, Internetintelligence.eu reported the incident to PayPal, seeking to put an end to this deceptive operation. They are currently awaiting a response from PayPal to ensure that others do not fall victim to the same ruse. In the meantime, it is crucial to share this story to raise awareness and prevent more individuals from becoming targets of online scams.

Scammer’s details
Internetintelligence.eu managed to gather critical information about the Nigerian Yahoo Boy behind this deceitful operation. The following details were uncovered:

  • IP Address: 129.205.113.161
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 10; Infinix X657B) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.99 Mobile Safari/537.36
  • Platform: Android 10

What is a “Yahoo Boy” ?
A “Yahoo Boy” is a term used to describe a person, typically a young man, who engages in various forms of online fraud and internet scams originating from Nigeria. The term “Yahoo Boy” has its roots in the early 2000s when individuals in Nigeria began using Yahoo email services to perpetrate various forms of cybercrime. These scams often involve attempts to defraud individuals or organizations, both within Nigeria and abroad, by means of deceit, impersonation, or fraudulent schemes.

Yahoo Boys have gained notoriety for their involvement in these scams, often using elaborate and convincing tactics to deceive their victims. Their activities have had a negative impact on Nigeria’s reputation and have led to various law enforcement efforts to combat cybercrime in the country. It’s important for individuals to be cautious and vigilant when engaging with unknown parties online to avoid falling victim to such scams.

Conclusion
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ever-present threat posed by online scammers, especially the notorious Yahoo Boys from Nigeria. Their ability to exploit sensitive situations, such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, highlights the need for vigilance when interacting with unfamiliar individuals or organizations on the internet. It is our collective responsibility to raise awareness and protect potential victims from falling prey to such malicious schemes.

In an era where online scams and fraud are becoming increasingly prevalent, the need for a central repository of information on scammers has never been more urgent. In response to this growing challenge, Internetintelligence.eu is proud to announce the forthcoming launch of a comprehensive Scammer Database, which will be accessible on our website starting next week.

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