Have you been scam on the internet before? Do you have friends or family members that have been scam before? Do you want to know how to protect you and your love ones from being scam on the internet? Well before explaining how to avoid online scams, first you have to understand why do con artists scam people in the first place.
Do con artists scam people just because of greed?
Con artists scam because it gives them infinite pleasure to “put one over” on anyone who stands still long enough. The compulsion to scam is so strong that a con artist will produce a scam even if he/she gains no money out of it. Con artists even scam each other!
Number of reasons why con artists scam people
1. Adrenaline rush
They are compulsive, exactly like a compulsive gambler or compulsive liar. It is interesting to note that although the scammer is a sharp-witted liar, his gambling skills are such that he usually loses his ill-gotten gains within hours of the take.
Swindlers are irresistibly drawn to scam. It gives them an adrenaline rush when you are so enthralled with their made-up persona that you quite literally shove your money into their hands. The scam itself is an ego trip. While the swindler is stroking you with praises galore, you are actually praising his cleverness by believing everything he or she tells you. Oh joy in the morning!
2. The danger of the missing gene
There is no guilt associated with a scam, not even the slightest twinge. A con artist is quite simply missing that particular gene. The con artist has no inbred stops, no conscience. That’s what it means to be a sociopath. If anything, the con feels justified in taking your money, “You deserved to be taken. You asked for it.”
Why is this dangerous? Because it means that the con artist will pressure you to the end of your resources, regardless of the pain and grief it causes you. Neither children, nor the elderly, nor the fragile of health are immune from his attack. It does not matter to the con that he may be taking your last dime, nor does it matter to him that you may need the promised wealth to pay for a dire need. This criminal will take your money to the detriment of your health by selling fake cures and false hopes, even knowing that his scam may ultimately cause your death.
3. The serial criminal
Delving into the mind of a con artist is like peeling an onion. Financial con artists are highly intelligent and ambitious. Their warped personalities are as complex and demanding to individually profile as that of any successful serial criminal.
Like any serial criminal, each scammer’s modus operandi seldom changes. Once a scammer has found his niche, he works to perfect his system. The patter may change a little, but the basic scheme remains the same. In other words, there is a fixed, recognizable pattern that the swindler uses over and over again, from city to city and country to country.
4. Throwing everything into confusion
The con artist can be likened to a chess player as well. It’s not only the swindler’s personality that is complex; his scam is often a tangled weaving as well. So complex are some financial scams that law enforcement is occasionally at wit’s end to unravel all the threads. Over-worked local authorities may be reluctant to dig very far into a time-consuming scam while violent, bloody crimes are screaming to be solved. The swindler knows this and uses it to his advantage by crossing as many jurisdictions as possible, throwing everything into confusion for law enforcement.
5. Why fraud is referred to as a con “game”
So. Why do con artists scam? Because for them it is a hugely amusing and challenging game. They get to wake up in the morning and go out to play. It’s a game that hurts lots of people. When a child plays, he is learning the rules of social behavior and the consequences of all his actions. When a swindler plays, rules and consequences are mere whispers on the wind. All that matters to the con artist is that it’s fun – a marvelous joke, a trick that can be played over and over again. And you? Well you’re the brunt of that joke.
Profile of a con artist – What sets the con artist apart?
Scammers come from diverse backgrounds. They may come from a broken home or the most stable and well-adjusted of families. They may have been afforded an excellent education, or very little. Such backgrounds do not set them apart.
Nor are they set apart by their country of origin, sexual preferences, political bent, religious beliefs, or ingrained social values. Actually, pertaining to those last three, the con artist is a free spirit. His or her own personal welfare far outweighs standard social considerations.
What does set the scammer apart is the natural ability, often discovered at a very young age, to manipulate the people around them. Added to this is the fact that such manipulation leaves them without any feeling of guilt or remorse. On the contrary, it leaves them with an intense feeling of satisfaction – a particular glow that encourages them to continue manipulating to get whatever they want, regardless of the cost to the giver.
A formidable foe
Con artists, particularly those who specialize in big cons such as High-Yield Investment Programs, Debenture Trading, phony Investment Clubs, and Boiler Room Telemarketing, are above average in intelligence. They are self-educated and know how to be extremely sociable, although they are anti-social which means lacking any social conscience. Their charm and sincerity are empty of any real concern – masks # 5 and #6 respectively.
They have the innate ability to juggle several balls at once without missing a beat. They easily compartmentalize their different characters, victims, and on-going scams. Gifted with an exceptional memory, the swindler can access each current script with the speed of a computer; and if they cannot quite remember a fact (or lie), they can dance around the lapse so convincingly that you will seldom, if ever, notice.
I do not mean to portray the con artist as a Superman, only as an enemy to be respected for his prowess.
The Inside Man: an experienced con artist
The Inside Man may be referred to by the Middleman as a Trustee, Trader, Commitment Holder, Banker, or Funder. He is touted by the Middleman as one whom only the privileged few ever get to see or speak to. He is placed on a financial pedestal right up there with the most sophisticated and secretive of financiers.
Once you have “proven your worthiness” you are admitted to the inner circle.You become one of the privileged few. You get to meet The Inside Man. And you will be charmed right out of your boots by this character in the play because he knows exactly how to match your interests.
Now that you know the reasons why con artists scam people, I want tell you how can you protect you and your love ones from being scam!
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These are some questions that a con artist will tend to avoid!
- May I have your business license number?
- Do you belong to the Chamber of Commerce?
- May I call your local Chamber of Commerce?
- What is the name of your banker so I can verify your statements?
- May I have your broker’s license number?
- Would you mind going with me to speak with my bank officer?
- What state/country agencies are you registered with?
- What sort of references can you provide?
- Can you give me addresses where I can see samples of your work?
- Do you mind if I get a second opinion?
- May I call your embassy about that?
- Do you mind if I check with the local authorities?
- May I have your contractor’s license number?
- Do you mind if I call the AMA (American Medical Association)?
- Do you mind if I call the ABA (American Bar Association)?
- Do you mind if I call the Banking Commission?
- Will you show your Trustee papers to my lawyer?
- Do you mind if I verify that procedure with my banker and/or my attorney?
- Will you wait while I contact the account holder to verify the check?
You can ask any of these questions if you feel that something is not right.
How To File a Complaint With The FTC?
If you have been ripped off or scammed, you can complain to the Federal Trade Commission. To file a complaint, just go to http://www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.