The culprit, a 36-year-old Roman, was unmasked by security cameras. He was charged for damages on the spot by showing the victims a broken tablet
August 21, 2023
EWe were used to the mirror scam and now we have seen its evolution: the scam with the scooter.
To come up with the ruse, a 36-year-old Roman, who simulated being run over on the pedestrian crossing on board his scooter and then asked for compensation for the “false damages”. As proof, he showed the unfortunates to see a broken tablet urging to pay the damage immediately. The man was unmasked by the cameras and by the military of the Arma and subsequently admitted his responsibilities. He was sued for attempted fraud, damage and simulated crime.
QThis Saturday the soldiers went on the man’s trail and once they arrived in the industrial area of Portoferraio they identified the man aboard an electric scooter matching the description of the alleged scammer.
As he tells LivornoTodaythe carabinieri have it stalked as he prowled suspiciously along the side of the road, often looking back and slowing abnormally as other vehicles passed him. The carabinieri thus waited for the right moment to stop him and, shortly before he boarded a scheduled bus, they subjected him to a check. Inside his backpack they found a tablet completely but above all cunningly damagedof which the man has not been able to justify the possession.
He asked for up to 400 euros in cash
Ithe 36-year-old Roman is a repeat offender and has behind him similar complaints for fraud, committed especially in Rome, with the so-called “mirror” technique – where damage caused by the rear view mirror of a car, a motorbike or any passing vehicle is faked – with the immediate request for compensation.
The man very often selected the victims of the scam, often foreigners or the elderly, and asked for large sums in cash.
Source: Livorno Today