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Busting the myths about fraud and fraud victims



The function of a scam is always to sway present action toward future hopes; it is action taken by a con artist to the benefit of himself and to the detriment of his target. - Frank Walker, CFE, Trial Strategist -


Scam victims do not look different or act different from any other member of society.  They do not come from any one particular level of society or profession. They are not limited by intelligence or education or financial experience. A scam victim can be anyone.


Fraudsters don't look or act different from any other member of society, nor do they come from any particular level of society.  A con artist will be whatever you need him or her to be.  They model their actions and patter to match you and your reactions, your likes and dislikes, your desires and needs. 


To a con artist, every person has a target on his or her chest and there is hardly a human being on this planet that has not been approached with one scam or another.


To be considered a potential victim by a con artist, all you have to be is needy. Your type of emotional or physical need is irrelevant; a good con artist will unearth that need and prey on it.  Con artists are fully aware that fraud is the farthest thought from the average person's mind, and they bank on it.


  1. If fraud was so easy to spot it wouldnít be a multi-billion dollar per year industry in the US and a multi-trillion dollar industry worldwide.  
  1. No one is immune to fraud; no one.  This is common knowledge in the fraud-fighting community, public and private.

  1. It's not that the offer is too good to be true; it's that the offer is too good to pass up.

  1. Fraud schemes are flexible, adaptable, and expandable: they are custom-tailored to fit the target.

  1. There are hundreds and hundreds of scams and scam combinations.  Just because a target has been burned in one scam doesn't mean he will recognize another that is completely different. 

  2. Scam victims can be so desperate and terrified about their losses that they can be victimized by the same scam a second time merely because the new fraudster, using the voice of authority, claims that unlike the previous scheme, his offer is not fraudulent and the victim will recoup his losses.

  1. 7 out of every 10 people you know have been scammed.

  1. There are only 3 kinds of people: those who have been scammed and donít know it; those who have been scammed and know it; and those who havenít been scammed - yet.

  1. The easiest person to swindle is the one who believes heís too smart to fall for a scam.


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