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Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Some have been caught by the law. He was charged for impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and attempting to obtain money by false pretences. These cases attest to the pervasive nature of internet fraud in Nigerian universities. My aim was to determine how this subculture is organised among students in tertiary institutions.

Internet fraud is organised along areas of specialisation to make a success of the deviant behaviour.

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Fraudsters study the security network of online transactions to "Army gays army dating frauds list" where to pitch their tents. They use different schemes. Sending fraudulent messages to online dating websites and social network sites were reported to be low-risk — but high-profit — areas of specialisation.

I started online fraud in my second semester of level [a session comprised of two academic semesters in Nigerian universities] as an impostor via online dating. Then I looked for the profile of people that live in developed countries.

But if it is in Nigeria, I look for people who live in places like Port Harcourt, Abuja [luxury suburbs]. I always posed to them as a big man who needed a wife.

Sometimes I posed to them on how my wife disappointed me and took away my property and children.

However, what I do mainly now is to transmit misleading information online for people to send their bank accounts [details]. They may stand at ATM galleries to feign assistance to vulnerable users — illiterates, the old and the physically challenged — and later swap cards to defraud them. The fraudsters carry out their attacks mostly on weekends and mostly outside the state where the account is domiciled. Banks are mostly non-functional on weekends.

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