Fraud victim advocacy, fraud recoginition and prevention education, and law enforcement support

fraud recognition & prevention education, fraud victim advocacy, law enforcement support

Fraud recognition & prevention education, fraud victim advocacy, law enforcement support


Silence is fraud's best friend.  Word of mouth is fraud's worst enemy.  Pass the word!TM




Fraud Secrets:

A Backstage Tour

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Why con artists scam

Profile of a con artist

What con artists look for

How con artists set up their victims

What a con artist won't tell you

What a con artist will tell you

Have I been scammed?

12 excuses for not returning your money

How do I find my money?

Where did my money go?

If you lost your funds in an investment scam, speak to your accountant about a theft deduction.


The secret language of the con artist:

How to tell when you're being conned

"But he's too nice to be a con artist. Plus, he's my friend!"


The first recorded scam was perpetrated many, many years ago.

Not only was the first victim caught in the middle between the con artist and the final victim, but was blamed for everything from being gullible to getting everyone thrown out of Paradise. Her only defense was that the snake seemed so nice and was very persuasive ... Adam's only excuse is that he trusted Eve without asking any common sense questions.

Nothing much has changed. The snake is as charming as ever. The prize has been changed from apple to bucks, but the bottom line is still the same.

Con artists use your whole life as their canvas. They tap into your every desire, and paint in some you didn't even know you had.

They use a mishmash of truths, half-truths, and outright lies to persuade you that they have the upper hand, and that you must follow wherever they lead. They are the master, you are the slave. If you start balking, they use threats.

In the following pages, you will see for yourself exactly how this is done. You will be able to witness the actual language used by con artists to separate you from your money, your savings, your personal property, and maybe even your family.

You will be able to compare real world explanations to the complicated stew served up by these snakes.

Now pay attention here. This is important. I'd rather you spend some time going through these pages believing it can never happen to you, than to have you end up as the butt of some scam master's joke. Annie McGuire

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