Ten Tips to Avoid Getting Conned: Part 1

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Unfortunately, most people don’t think about all the ways they could become a mark and get scammed out of their money or property. We can’t afford to go through life without keeping our guard up at all times. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but keep these things in
mind so that you start being a little more aware of what’s going on around you. You are the best person to take care of yourself.

1. Real Con Men Aren’t Going to Advertise: You might imagine a con man as looking like Bud Abbott or someone from GUYS AND DOLLS: a slick, fast-talking guy in a pinstripe suit, with a snap-brim fedora and a pencil mustache. Nothing could be further from the truth. A con man
might look like a successful professional person, he might look like a representative from a utilities company, or he might be so nondescript that you would have a hard time describing him later. Con man don’t want to do anything to attract unnecessary attention to themselves.

2. Con Men and Scammers Rarely Work Alone: If you have ever made change at a cash register, and somebody in line starts getting impatient and demands that things be moved along, consider this: the impatient customer might be a confederate of the guy you are making change for. His act is designed to put pressure on you to act quickly and end up short-changing yourself.

3. Stay Alert. Don’t be Distracted: In the scenario above, as you are trying to make change, the person you are making change for might make small talk, asking lots of questions, etc. If he’s a con man, that’s to keep your mind off the money you are counting so that, ultimately, you end up giving him too much. Even if he isn’t a con man and is just very talkative, keep your mind on counting out the correct change so you don’t make a mistake!!

4. Sex Sells: Some of the most effective scams are pulled on men by attractive young women. No, I’m not being sexist; it’s true! Ladies, it can work the same way with you being scammed by good-looking men. The point is to keep your wits about you; Don’t let an attractive person lure
you into a Honey Trap because you’re not using your brain!

To Be Continued . . .

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