ARTICLE 7 by Antonio Lubrano
A pen does the trick
Tricking those with white hair has become more refined. Or should I say, more evil.
Up to now, the elderly living alone were presented with false inspectors from Enel or the Post, false policemen or social assistants, false gas workmen or false Inps employees on the intercom or at their door. With some clever stunt distracting the attention of the appointed victim, with them robbing cash, normally kept in a dresser. Now the new gimmick is a pen with a trick.
A self-styled, gas technician arrives. He has to carry out repairs. He proceeds, a very quick operation, and then asks 15 Euro. But he doesn't want cash. He wants a cheque. He compiles it under the eyes of the proprietor, with a pen taken from his own pocket. After some time, having read the bank statement, our poor unfortunate discovers that this 15 Euro has become five hundred, seven hundred or even more.
Where's the trick? The false gas workman used an erasable pen.
Aem, the Milanese suppliers of this pen, launched the alarm. Because an old man realised the hoax in time and informed the bank and Aem. When a woman presented a cheque for 700 Euro to the cashiers, the scam was uncovered.
A villainous game. Those who carry it out are not in jail, but going around. Ready to carry out similar scams.