They then threaten to make the Skype videos public unless their targets cough up compensation to the tune of 500 euros (3).Interestingly, the victims do not appear to have anything in common.
The scammers have targeted men of all ages and from all walks of life.
The only thing that matters to them appears to be whether the victim has 500 euros to cover up a potentially embarrassing — or even illegal — sex scandal.
Even on the off chance that the women were under 14, Italian law allows ignorance of a partner's age as a limited legal defense, unless the victim is under 10.
A 13-year-old scammer could still win such a case, but not before a pitched legal battle; hardly worth a 500 euro payoff.
The women may be tied to a single male orchestrator elsewhere in Europe.