YEAR: 2019 | LENGTH: 1 part (47 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: The cyber criminals breaking hearts and stealing billions. “The criminals involved in this are definitely masters of manipulation. This is their job and they’re very good at it, and they’re very proud of being good at it.” Cyber scam expert.
Their voices are persuasive, their emails insistent and they have proven to be remarkably successful at conning countless people into handing over their money. “When you have an appreciation for how big and sophisticated it is, this machine that’s behind it that’s targeting them, that’s where it sorts of tends to awaken one.” Police officer.
Internet scamming began in the early days of email with appeals from Nigerian ‘princes’ asking for help to regain their missing money. From those amateurish beginnings, the scammers watched, learned and refined their techniques. What started out as a simple scam from West Africa has now morphed into a global enterprise, conning people on an industrial scale.
“West African cybercrime is the biggest threat that we see on the internet today. It eclipses all the other threats that we’ve seen that are financially motivated.” Cyber security investigator. On Monday Four Corners investigates how these scams operate, uncovering an online marketplace where fake identities and criminal skills are bought and sold. “They offer Facebook profiles for sale, they offer pictures of uniformed servicemen for sale, they offer the backstory and kind of how you get started.” Retired US army colonel.
Reporter Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop travelled to Ghana to meet the scammers and watch them at work. “The best targets are people who are divorced or widowed.” Scammer. At the heart of their business is the ‘romance scam’, where criminals, often posing as lovelorn US soldiers, convince their victims to send them money.
“Over the course of the last two years, I’ve reported over 3,000 accounts to Facebook of scammers using my pictures to steal money from women.” Retired US army colonel. For some, the romance scam is just the start of the nightmare, with victims used to launder money or conned into trafficking drugs, with devastating consequences.
“When they opened it and tested it and told me what it was, I was in complete shock, complete shock.” Drug mule. And there’s growing evidence that the scammers are not only targeting Australian victims, they’re also setting up operations right here. – source
YEAR: 2016 | LENGTH: 1 part (60 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: At the jungle animal hospital in Guatemala, the wards are full of exotic patients, many of them orphans rescued from the illegal pet trade. It is the job of a dedicated team of vets to nurse them back to health.
We follow the team in their busiest year yet as they patch up animals in need, select a troop of spider monkeys for release and prepare a flock of very precious scarlet macaws for freedom. – source
YEAR: 2019 | LENGTH: 1 part (56 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: The story of a brave young soccer team gripped the world. The extraordinary international effort to find and rescue 12 boys and their coach from a remote cave in northern Thailand was watched closely by millions. Four Corners documents this wonderful and tragic tale from the day the boys first disappeared until the joyous moment the last person left the cave. – source
YEAR: 2019 | LENGTH: 1 part (30 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: How many followers do you have? The rise of social media has brought with it a new kind of celebrity, the digital influencer. These megastars of Instagram and YouTube have upended the advertising industry by converting their virtual followers into real-world currency.
Big-name brands have flocked to online stars, paying them millions to endorse their products, but the market has been criticised as being a ‘Wild West’ of misleading and unregulated advertising, plugging everything from bogus diet drinks to online gambling to young audiences.
Panorama reporter Catrin Nye investigates whether companies are being up front and the impact this new form of advertising is having on consumers. – source
YEAR: 2019 | LENGTH: 1 season 8 parts (60 minutes each)
DESCRIPTION: Our Planet is a British nature documentary series made for Netflix. The series is narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who also created BBC documentary series Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Blue Planet, with collaboration with the conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The series addresses issues of conservation while featuring these disparate animals in their respective home regions, and has been noted for its greater focus on humans’ impact on the environment than traditional nature documentaries; centering around how climate change impacts all living creatures – source
YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (60 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: Could a machine replace your doctor? Dr Hannah Fry explores the incredible ways AI is revolutionising healthcare – and what this means for all of us. This film chronicles the inside story of the AI health revolution, as one company, Babylon Health, prepare for a man vs machine showdown. Can Babylon succeed in their quest to prove their AI can outperform human doctors at safe triage and accurate diagnosis? – source
YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (96 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: Behind the Curve is a 2018 documentary about flat Earth believers in the United States. Directed by Daniel J. Clark, the film was released in the United States on November 15, 2018, and for wide release on Netflix in February 2019.
The documentary offers an examination of the flat Earth idea from various perspectives, including prominent flat-Earthers Mark Sargent, Nathan Thompson, and Patricia Steere, as well as astrophysicists from Universities including UCLA and CalTech. It features clips from the 2017 International Flat Earth Conference, held in North Carolina, which attracted hundreds of attendees. – source
YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (60 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: ‘To send a spacecraft there is a little bit insane,’ says Scott Bolton when talking about Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. But that is exactly what he has done, because Scott is head of Juno, the Nasa mission designed to peer through Jupiter’s clouds and reveal the wonders within.
Professor Kaitlin Kratter shows us how extreme Jupiter is. She has come to a quarry to measure out each planet’s mass with rocks, starting with the smallest. Mercury is a single kilogram, and the Earth is 17. Jupiter is seven tonnes – that is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined. With extreme size comes extreme radiation. Juno is in the most extreme environment Nasa has visited. By projecting a 70-foot-wide, life-size Juno on a Houston rooftop, Scott shows us how its fragile electronics are encased in 200kg of titanium.
Professor Andrew Ingersoll, Juno’s space weatherman, reveals they have seen lightning inside Jupiter, perhaps a thousand times more powerful than Earth’s lightning. This might be evidence for huge quantities of water inside Jupiter. He also tells us that the Great Red Spot, a vast hurricane-like storm that could swallow the Earth whole, goes down as far as they can see. – source
YEAR: ??? | LENGTH: 1 part (43 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: She’s considered to be one of the best-preserved mummies in the world, a 500-year-old Inca girl known as “The Maiden.” Her incredible lifelike appearance is matched only by the mysteries surrounding her. Who was she? What was she doing at the peak of the world’s tallest active volcano, where her body was found? How exactly did she die? Take part in a virtual autopsy, as we use cutting edge equipment and techniques to unravel the details about her life, the cause of her unnatural death, and the dark secrets about her lost civilization. – source
YEAR: 2018 | LENGTH: 1 part (29 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: They keep us moving and they keep our hearts beating, but not all medical devices are properly tested before they are put inside us. Reporter Deborah Cohen investigates an industry where some patients are treated like human guinea pigs and then abandoned when things go wrong. – source
YEAR: 2017 | LENGTH: 1 part (42 minutes)
DESCRIPTION: Life without plastic is almost unimaginable. It’s become central to the way we live our lives – from everyday items like food packaging and water bottles, to sophisticated high end products. But how many of us know what happens to that plastic when we throw it away? “We quantified and estimated that 8 million metric tonnes of plastic entered the ocean (in one year).” Environmental Engineer
Scientists say vast amounts of our discarded plastic is ending up in the ocean. “There’s so much plastic going in and we have no idea where it is.” Oceanographer
Working out where that plastic ends up and what impact it has on our oceans has become a major concern for many marine scientists. “Submarine pilots know when they are at the bottom of the sea because they see the plastic.” Environmental Scientist
Four Corners brings you this thought provoking story from French filmmaker Vincent Perazio in which he examines the work of these scientists investigating our plastic waste. Some are undertaking research to see if plastic is making its way into the food chain, others are looking into the impact on marine life and the environment. – source