"The Internet has made scams easier. Not because of technology, which could have inhibited them but by users' ignorance. Today many people surf the net without adequate protections, they click on links sent by people they don't know "by Francesco Marino. He chases scams all along, on the run or on the Web. Moreno Morello, envoy from Striscia (…)
"The Internet has made scams easier. Not because of technology, which could have inhibited them but by users' ignorance. Today many people surf the net without adequate protections, they click links sent by people they don't know "
by Francesco Marino
He chases scams all along, on the run or on the Web. Moreno Morello, a curious and analytical correspondent from Striscia la Notizia, studies the mechanisms of scams to unmask them and has discovered that the patterns used are often repeated online and on the street. Superficiality, ignorance, loneliness and greed are the elements on which all the scammers, the clever of the province as well as the international hackers are based.
For years Moreno Morello has been chasing after cheaters, but how did it all start?I had always been a very faithful spectator of Striscia la Notizia and, when 10 years ago I knew they were looking for envoys, I set myself. I knew every scoop, every character, every transmission smash, and it was a joy to be part of the team.
What was your first service?I dealt with a TV tarot, a story created on purpose to make news: so many are seen.
Why did you decide to deal mainly with scams?I am fascinated by the work behind it, from the study of the mechanisms put in place to create linganno in search of useful elements to break the toy to the crafty. Often it takes time and effort and sometimes even sweat: when the swindler starts running!
Who gets cheated the most: men, women, young or old?I never made a statistic, but if you make me think about it, the most unlikely scams I recorded against men: we are less analytical and pragmatic than women. The most annoying deceptions, on the other hand, I have seen them consumed against elderly people or mined by family or health problems.
Is there a recurring pattern in scams? On what do they rely: on the desire for profit, savings, vanity or solitude?A bit of everything, depending on the type of scam. Self-styled healers, sorcerers, magicians and haruspices often take advantage of various kinds of suffering: physical, economic, sentimental. The normal capacity for discernment in those situations diminishes and prudence opens generous passages to good faith. The so-called Nigerian scams (farelche inheritance and millionaire winnings that arrive via the internet) play instead on profitability and on the desire for easy earnings, which end up blinding dozens of users. The social networks have then opened up new fronts for the crafty ones able to exploit as well the lever of solitude. Affection, love and attention of all kinds become the hope or the mirage to be pursued, even at the cost of investing money in it. Hence the multiplication of fake profiles: young, beautiful, sweet and caring women, sent by destiny but unfortunate enough to require timely intervention to be saved from misfortunes of all sorts. Money flows therefore in favor of specific rechargeable cards or money transfer circuits, of which I would like to know in detail the mechanisms of operation, control and guarantee given that scammers around the world are using them.