The twenty-first century was widely acclaimed as the era of technology and the development of the internet has been acclaimed as one of the most disruptive developments in human history. The increased dependence on the internet for practically anything has given people like Gerald Barja the much needed handle to cheat and con people.
The mindset of the common criminals like Gerald Barja
Often people take scammers for people out to make a fast buck. Far from it. There are genres of scammers that take to a life of deceit simply for the thrill of cheating the system. Instances like these have come up in the past and there are surely frauds in the future that would do it in the coming future as well.
There is the need for humans to feel important and in a number of instances the scams are a good way of making themselves known and well taken for the skills and ability that the scammers possess. It could be that a life of deceit was not what they chose but it was a role that was thrust on them unwittingly. Never the less, scammers do get a huge bit of attention once they are caught and brought to justice.
The returns from crime
It has often been noticed that a criminal mind is more adaptive and forward looking than the average person’s mind. Often it is acknowledged that it takes brains to be a crook. That the system that is always designed to pick out the wrong doers, needs special understanding and ability to be able to get beaten at it.
There are a lot of instances when the return from a crime does indeed help pay for the efforts. But usually it is not the novice crook that would attempt to get the high returns from the very start. There is a certain amount of learning the tricks of the trade so to speak before a person attempts the big fish. It could also be a buildup of confidence that is so necessary to carry out a good heist.
If analyzed with a cool head, it is often seen that the returns from a crime does indeed cover the risks involved in carrying the job out. In a good number of instances the ability of the person does point to the type of crime that is attempted in the first instance. Higher the returns, so too would be the time and effort expended in carrying out an attempt.
Does crime pay?
Well, it could be a good debating point that might never reach any definitive conclusion. With most criminals it is not just about the money to be made but also the satisfaction of having beat the system. If time spend behind bars are in return for the loot is considered, then it would seem some people value their time more highly than others. In the final analysis it is always a combination of a variety of factors that make a life of crime as attractive to some than others.