Breaking The Yoke: Combating Internet Fraud’s Grip on Nigeria’s Youth and Economy, By Kasarachi Nkwocha
Written by Taiwo Adekola on July 28, 2023
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The menace of internet fraud in nigeria has continuously posed to be a significant bother in the county.
Over the years in Nigeria, internet fraud has been viewed to be one of the most favorable means to financial freedom by the youth. In a recent research, Nigeria tops the rank of countries with the highest case of internet fraudsters. This has not only crippled individuals but the country’s economy and image in so many ways such as stopping foreign investors, imposing visa bans, profiling, airport harassment and the list goes on
419, yahoo yahoo or yahoo+ as it is popularly called dates as far back to the 1970s, with the sending of postal letters, faxs mails requesting for assistance in transferring money from a frozen account in Nigeria to an account overseas. This atrocious trend has been unfortunately passed down from generations till this present time.
The deteriorating part of this festering sore is the baseless justification and support from culprits or admirers of the products of internet fraud. Word on the street say the claim they’re recovering the lost fortunes of their forefathers. Unfortunately, Gullible ones are tilting to the lame excuse of theft, gradually wallowing in this belief.
Day by day, the community of internet fraudsters are multiplying, eating deep into the future of our youths— the leaders of tomorrow. It is with utmost importance that strategies to prevent and cut the fast growing cancer is put in place with immediate effect.
In the wise words of Nelson Mandela,Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The government and the media play a very vital role in curbing internet fraud. It is the sole role of the government through the media to educate the masses especially the youths about the risks and consequences of internet fraud, constantly disseminate anti-fraud message and motivational messages.
The long term fracture between the government and the media must seize for a successful flow of positive and anti fraud messages.
Section 419 of the criminal code of Nigeria states that “any person who by any false pretence, and with intent to defraud, obtains from any other person anything capable of being stolen, or induces any other person to deliver to any person anything capable of being stolen, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years”.
According to report the street term “419” that replaces internet fraud gets the idea from the constitution of Nigeria.
Law enforcement agencies should ensure
that the country’s legal system has robust laws and regulations in place to adequately prosecute these social misfits effectively.
Another way to curb this menace is basically improving the economic state of the country. The basic needs of the citizens of the country should be met. Every citizen is eligible to standard education, profitable job and a working society. This would go a long way to curb the excesses of the youths especially the ones pertaining to fraudulent activities.
Parents also play a vital role in curbing internet fraud and ensuring the safety of their children. Technology is becoming a fast paced space fused into our day to day lives, it is very important for parents to take an active role in guiding their children’s online behavior and educating them about potential risks.
It is important to note and state that the fight against internet fraud is an ongoing effort that requires evolving and being up-to-date with new skills and technologies used by fraudsters. It is also worthy of note that drops of water makes a mighty ocean.
The fight against internet fraud needs consistency and cooperation. Government agencies need to constantly adopt a wide approach involving prevention, enforcement, and public cooperation, Nigeria can make significant strides in tackling internet fraud and protecting its citizens from falling victim to scams.