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The favorite victims: men in their forties with university degrees

It will also be a story as old as the world but, even today, many fall into the trap of he cons within electricity and gas utilities.

From a survey carried out by the mUp Research and Norstat institutes, commissioned by, in the last year alone, well 3.1 million Italians have been cheated, reporting a total economic damage estimated at more than 505 million euros (for an average of 162 euros of damage per cheated).

The most common and successful scams are those concerning utilities of electricity and gas (7.1%). Followed by electronic cards (6.5%) and mobile telephony (5.2%).

On the other hand, the car / motorcycle insurance sector is much less attractive. Only 1.4% of Italians, in fact, fell into this type of trap. But what are the means most used by scammers?

In first place, with 44%, we find i fake call centers. Following, with 31%, door-to-door visits.

If what has been said so far is alarming, the fact that 54% of the cheated is even more remarkable does not report the fraud.
Of these, some cite the fact that the economic damage was low as a reason; still others who were sure would not recover the stolen goods. With great probability, however, many avoid going to the police out of shame, because maybe they are afraid of making a fool of themselves.

Although human and understandable, this attitude is very wrong. Also because, by now, the scammers are not only targeting the elderly who live alone, but also adults middle-aged and with a high level of educationIn fact, they use sophisticated systems capable of deceiving anyone even at the level of emotional persuasion. In practice, some examples are the phishing by email and messages via SMS o WhatsApp.

In confirmation of what has just been said, the favorite victims of scammers are men (8.9% compared to 5.3% of the female sample) with a degree.

The residents of the North East (9.6%) belonging to the age group between 35 and 44 years fall more often and easily in scams concerning electricity and gas utilities.

But how can you defend yourself from this kind of scams?

First of all, it is fundamental verify identity of the proposer of the contract and his actual belonging to the staff of the company he is the spokesperson for. Second, demand a written contract and never say your own codes.

And if the damage is done, there is 2 weeks to fix.

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