They wanted to sell the boat, but instead were beaten and robbed

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They wanted to sell their boat, the fake buyers led them to an area of the angiport, beat them up and robbed them ofi 230 thousand euros
. It might look like a scene from a “poliziottesco” film signed by Enzo G. Castellari or Sergio Corbucci.

MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS
But no. It happened to an elderly French couple, arrived from Turkey to Genoa to finalize the sale of their boat (the two wanted to buy a smaller one). After months of negotiations, the couple and the fake buyers met Monday night at the Old Port in the Ligurian capital, where the French had moored the boat.

THE NAIVETÉ OF THE COUPLE
Taking into account the advanced age of the spouses, this might explain their naiveté: the false buyers had told the elderly people, “Our bank only allows us to make a transfer to you with small denomination bills, we have large denominations, could you change them for us?” So the elderly people, in good faith, showed up with a briefcase with 230,000 euros in small denominations (certainly no one has ever heard of banks making such demands of the usually no one walks around with 230,000 euros in the briefcase, except in spy-stories) and the two buyers led them to a parking lot on Via Gramsci in the Genoa angiport.

SHOVING AND RUNNING AWAY WITH THE LOOT
“The two strangers as soon as they were sure that the pensioners had the money,” reads Primocanale’s website, “shoved them, took possession of the briefcase and fled in an Audi. The next day the couple filed a complaint with the Carabinieri, who believe the story is credible.” And let no one come and say “they deserved it, they were clueless.” This is a story of unscrupulous thugs who took advantage of the good faith of two elderly people.

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