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.Comments from Professor Bridie Raban, at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, come as a Galaxy poll of 1200 Australian parents found that just 23 per cent of parents read to their child every day.The poll found that 40 per cent of parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers read every day to their child, but this dropped to 24 per cent by the early primary school years.
The Italian police have investigated 11 complaints and determined that four women are behind all of them.
Nine out of 10 parents encouraged their children to read.
One in 10 said they bribed their children to read with lollies and money but the most common incentive was giving children books as gifts (64 per cent).
Furthermore, trying to extort money is a serious legal offense, which puts the scammers clearly on the wrong side of the law.
The punishment for such cases ranges from 1000 euros (87) in fines to 10 years in prison.