February 11, 2014 - ARE YOU VULNERABLE TO A SCAM?
The success of any scam depends on a willingness to believe in something that isn't true.
Scientific studies show that it doesn't matter how intelligent a person is. If someone is WILLING to BELIEVE in a certain condition, he or she CAN AND WILL become thevictim of a scam if the condition or situation they believe in is found to be untrue.
Leading experts in the field of psychology have concluded that WE ARE ALL
susceptible or vulnerable, no matter what our intelligence level is. That's because we're all human and we ALL have emotions. Given the fact that we are all emotional beings, there are 4 major factors that can make anyone of us vulnerable to a scam:
1. We become vulnerable if we have a tendency to follow the crowd. It's the
mentality that "it MUST BE GOOD if everyone else is doing it."
2. We become vulnerable if we're tired and then placed under pressure.
We then don't think clearly.
3. We become vulnerable when we want to completely trust that society
is all-good and so are all people.
4. Lastly, we become vulnerable when the scammers wear us down
emotionally, especially if they use scenarios pretending to involve our loved
family members whom we want to protect.
So, how can we reduce our susceptibility factor?
1. Refuse to be pressured. Give yourself time to think and make an
2. Practice "disengaging". Hang up that phone, or walk away.
3. Don't follow the crowd. You don't have to be like everybody else.
4. Practice awareness at ALL times.
Most importantly, let's make sure we do our work by researching all offers or conditions that present themselves to us. Talk to trusted family members or friends before making important financial decisions that could create risk or loss. File a report with your local law enforcement agency if a suspicious activity does occur.
From the desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Division
Nashua Police Department
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