Charly Boy, the Nigerian singer, says he used to scam banks even before 419 (fraud) became popular.


During a recent interview with the Honest Bunch podcast, Charly Boy was asked about the worst thing he has ever done.

In response, the singer said, “I used to be a thief. I was scamming banks. Even before una begin to hear of 419, I don do small”.

When Nedu, the podcast host, inquired about the mechanics of his scams, Charly Boy declined to provide specifics.


The singer, however, said he carried out the fraudulent acts abroad — where he was without parental supervision.

He also described his past behaviour as “stupid and dumb”.

“Yes, of course. We do not want to get into the how. I just told you the worst thing I have done,” he added.


“It was not in Nigeria o, I could only do this thing because I was away from my parents’ paying eye. I had nobody to answer to and I wanted to get my own.

“Though that was not the right way and I don’t advocate that people should…I was just stupid and dumb.”

Charly Boy is best known for his alternative lifestyle, political views, and media productions, notably The Charly Boy Show.

He has served as president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).


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