8. Those Street Games You See? Just Stay Away: Sometimes you might see someone on the street running a three-card monte or a similar gambling game. Stay away from them; they are a sure way for you to lose your money. The people running these games are experts at sleight of hand, misdirection, and whatever else it takes to relieve you of your cash. And if you’re thinking “Yeah, but there was a beautiful young woman winning just before I started playing,” reread the second tip of this article. She’s in on it.
9. You’re not too Smart to Get Conned: Many times, I’ll see or hear comments from people who say they are too smart to fall for a con game, a scam, or a swindle. I’m sorry, but that attitude is extremely arrogant. I study this topic, and I know I could still become a mark under the right circumstances. If you take the attitude that you’re too smart or that it will never happen to you, you are leaving yourself wide open to a con or a scam.
10. If You Fall for a Con, Tell Someone: It certainly can be very embarrassing if you become the victim of a con or a scam. You may feel like keeping it to yourself. but that doesn’t help anybody. Tell people what happened; make a police report. If it happens to you it can easily happen to a family member, a friend, or a colleague. It’s by talking about it and spreading the word that we start to put the scammers out of business.
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