Make Con Artists Sorry They Chose You for Their Con
Simply put, a Con Artist uses the power of persuasion to cheat or trick others into believing something that is not true. Many of them spend years honing in on this terrible skill. Scams rob us not only of our hard earned money, but also our self-esteem and peace of mind.
Con Artists will use fear tactics – fear of penalty fees, fear of public humiliation, and even fear of physical arrest – to make an honest person act quickly and follow their demands.
Con-artists may pretend to be a representative of a government agency or a legitimate business with all of the correct terminology and possibly even some of your personal information.
Regardless of the details, the majority of the time the end will be about money. Quickly send them money or you’ll be arrested. Quickly send them money to avoid additional penalty fees. Quickly send them money or your home will be foreclosed. Quickly send them money or your assets will be frozen. Do you see the trend?
Stay ahead of the Con Artists with these simple steps to protect yourself.
- Never give personal information out over the phone. This includes credit card numbers, phone numbers, social security number or bank account information.
- Don’t crack under the pressure. Con Artists can be aggressive. Take your time and ask plenty of questions, this will probably annoy them and give you a lot of satisfaction. Get a second opinion from a trusted friend or even law enforcement before taking any action.
- Don’t forsake your own personal power. You have a right to say “NO!” If someone on the other end of the phone makes you suspicious or fearful, assert yourself and get off of the phone. The longer you stay on the phone, the greater the chances are that the Con Artist will be able to get you to commit to something.
You can call the National Fraud Information Center at 800-876-7060, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. If you have internet access, you can visit Fraud Watch at www.fraud.org for the latest in fraud alerts. If you live in the City of Thibodaux and have a suspicion of a con, you can contact the Thibodaux Police Department and ask to speak to the Public Information Officer, Sgt. David Melancon, who will be more than happy to speak to you about your concerns.
Reporting frauds of any kind is vital. Exposure can prevent further frauds form taking place. If a con is discovered and people become aware of the scam, it may make it more difficult for the Con Artist to use it without being detected.