Hushpuppi: We Will No Longer Help Fraudsters Become Celebrities – Instablog9ja

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says it would no longer elevate lifestyles of fraudsters on social media.

Hushpuppi: We Will No Longer Elevate Fraudsters To Celebrity Level - Instablog9ja
: We Will No Longer Elevate Fraudsters To Celebrity Level – Instablog9ja

The popular Instagram based platform has been renowned for publishing stories across the social media space in the country as well as those rumoured to be internet fraudsters.

Instablog9ja’s statement comes after a popular Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi, was reportedly arrested by a joint operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the International Police (INTERPOL) for fraud.

The arrest of the Dubai-based ‘Nigerian big boy’ spurred a twitter discourse on the glorification of fraudsters in Nigeria and Instablog9ja acknowledged that blogs have played a huge part in the menace.

Reacting to the surge of internet fraud in the country via its twitter handle, Instablog9ja wrote: “Bloggers played a role in elevating many fraudsters to celebrity level. Here at Instablog9ja, going forward, we’re making a commitment to ensuring we no longer be a part of that culture,”

“Yahoo is not a job. You’re a thief and, if you don’t stop, one day, they’d catch you too. Many yahoo boys don’t do it because there are no jobs or they couldn’t find something better to do.

“If you know how much work yahoo boys put into ‘prepping’ just one client and the amount of intelligence and time they invest into it, you’ll realize these guys have the skills to hold down a 9-5.

“But will they do it? Yahoo pays, so they won’t stop. The worst part of this yahoo thing is that our society now celebrates yahoo boys. They’re the ones the girls want to date. How did we get here?”

“You don’t know how much damage this yahoo thing causes until you hear hardworking Nigerians talk about pitching services to foreign clients who are willing to work with them,” it added.

“They mention that they’re Nigerians and boom, clients stop answering emails. Nigeria isn’t anywhere near the top 20 most internet fraud revenue receiving countries.

“But we are seen globally as the face of internet crime. We have a lot of rebranding work to do. You don’t know how much damage these yahoo boys have done till you travel out of this country.

“It’s is doubtful that there’s any international airport where you won’t automatically be mentally profiled as fraudster the moment you flash that green passport. It’s heartbreaking.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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