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September 01, 2012 - THE ART OF THE CON ARTIST -- September 2012

  Many criminologists over the years have studied the science of a con and the con artist, and they have arrived at some remarkable discoveries. If we can understand the basic personality traits of a con artist and the tactics he or she uses, it will help us make safer choices in the avoidance of a scam.

  Criminologists believe that con artists are sociopathic individuals. By definition, a sociopath has no feelings or empathy about how they’re hurting their victims. They are self-absorbed and only care about the RUSH THEY GET after scoring major points in their pursuit and capture of cash. They don’t accept responsibility for their actions, and are flawless pathological liars. They have such heightened skills of manipulation that they can cause you to ignore your own common sense and instinct that something is wrong. For the most part, con artists have incredible patience and will work long hours to gain your trust. They are also good at reading people and knowing who he or she can take advantage of.

  So, what can we do when we get contacted by one of these individuals?

  First and foremost, don’t make any decisions right away. Instead, gather as much information as you can about the person who contacted you and what they want out of you.

  Then, get advice from family members and friends before you make any decisions on financial matters. Get information from public resources like the Better Business Bureau, CharityWatch, Guidestar, securities regulators in your state, or any other consumer protection agency such as the Federal Trade Commission, which is the premier Consumer Protection Agency in the country. Listen to your inner guidance if you feel something is wrong.

  Let’s use all resources and as many professional agencies as we can to help us make sound decisions for our own financial health and future.

From the desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Division
Nashua Police Department

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