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Proverbs 4:10–19 and the growing spate of Internet fraud amongst Nigerian youths

Favour C. Uroko
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6776 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6776 | © 2021 Favour C. Uroko | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 April 2021 | Published: 03 November 2021

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Favour C. Uroko, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


This research article examines the increasing spate of youths who engage in fraudulent Internet activities in Nigeria in the light of Proverbs 4:10–19. Nigerian youths are fast becoming impatient with their quest for wealth. This had led many of them to engage in high-level fraudulent Internet activities. It has come to a point where Internet fraudsters opened schools to teach prospecting youths how to make money fast. The circle keeps expanding on a daily basis. Their victims include the rich, the poor and unsuspecting foreigners. The study findings revealed that the spate of Internet fraud has continued to increase because more youths are willing to engage in such activities and other cybercrimes to make fast wealth, so that they can feel pride among other youths and the society. Proverbs 4:10–19 provide a lucid response to this sad development.

Contribution: In the light of Proverbs 4:10–19, Nigerian youths are advised not to join evildoers because their path of wickedness ends in darkness and unhappiness.


Nigerian fraudsters; youths; Proverbs 4:10–19; yahoo-yahoo; wisdom


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