Getting conned could be as simple as a stranger knowing your name. Be careful. Thankfully after years of being involved in the scamming business, these ex-con artists are sharing their secrets so that you and I can avoid getting scammed!
1. Con Artists Are Masters Of Trust
You can learn a lot about trust from the people who violate it for a living. “A hood planning a bank holdup might case the treasury for rudimentary facts, but in the end, he depends on his gun. A con artist’s only weapon is his brain.
2. Con Artists Target The Vulnerable
If you’ve ever been scammed (and most of us have, in one way or another) it doesn’t mean you’re stupid—it only means you were vulnerable. That’s because scam artists play to emotions, not intelligence.
3. Con Artists Get You Talking—A Lot
The most successful cons hinge on desire—what can the con artist offer the victim that will make them abandon rational thought for the promise of fantasy? The best way to discover someone’s desires: Ask. “Victims don’t ask a lot of questions; they answer a lot of questions.”
4. Con Artists Say Your Name
“It is crazy how much more we will like someone if they remember our name,” Konnikova says. “And you can fake this: If I’ve looked up your picture and I can say, ‘Hey, [name], do you remember me?’ you are not going to say, ‘I don’t know who you are.’ You will fake it, and you might even convince yourself that you have met me in the past.”
5. Con Artists Mimic Your Posture
Numerous studies show that mirroring body language increases empathy. It makes salesmen more likely to close deals, and it allows con men to build subconscious bonds with their victims.
6. Con Artists Show Their “Flaws”
A good con man will put his victim at ease by telling stories that reveal his own anxieties, faults, and desires, thereby fabricating what feels like common ground.
7. Con Artists Let You Win—At First
The easiest way to build up a victim’s confidence is to give them a taste of reward. To that end, many scams begin by letting the victim win something—be it money, affection, social acceptance, etc.
These points came from a Reader’s Digest Article written by Brandon Specktor and if you’d like to see the full list, you can click here!
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