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Fraud Secrets:

A Backstage Tour

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Why con artists scam:

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Profile of a con artist

What con artists look for:

How scammers chose their victims.


Why so few scammers go to jail

How con artists set up their victims:

The 10 steps con artists use to get your money.

What a con artist won't tell you: Questions you can ask a scammer that will make him run from you.

What a con artist will tell you

14 excuses a scammer will give you for not returning your money

Have I been scammed?

The line between a scam and poor business ethics can be hard to determine.

Where did my money go?

How do I find my money?




Why scammers are so seldom sent to jail

Con artists manipulate their victims to keep them from filing fraud reports

Shame, guilt, and fear  •  Why victims don't report fraud


Shame, guilt, and fear

Once a con artist has completed his scam, he will yank the rug out from under you.  Suddenly, without warning, you have to come to terms with the fact that you have been taken to the cleaners.  

The effect is devastating - it was planned to be

From the very start of a scam you are kept just slightly off balance so that you feel you must cling to the con artist for support.  During the entire manipulation, you are being emotionally positioned so that when the con artist disappears, you will feel as if you have pushed off a merry-go-round.  In effect, you were.

You are suddenly left without the rudder in whom you believed with all your heart.  To admit you were wrong can be emotionally shattering.  You are left reeling and alone with that voice inside your head yelling, "What have I done?!"

Dignity and self-esteem are gone, replaced with shame, guilt, embarrassment, and anger (usually self-directed).  You think I'm going overboard with this description?  Not really.  Not only have I been there, but I get letters from victims every day and that's exactly how they all feel.



Why victims don't report fraud

> Many don't know where to turn, so they don't file a report anywhere.  GO HERE to learn where to report the scammer who ripped you off.

> Many are so distraught that they contact every agency they can think of, which has no effect at all. 

> Many are extremely upset when they try to talk to law enforcement, are frustrated and disorganized so no clear story emerges, and they give up without having given the police anything to go on. GO HERE to learn how to present your story so the authorities will listen.

> Many have been threatened in one way or another by the scammer and are afraid of retribution from either the con artist himself or law enforcement.  GO HERE to learn the difference between real threats and empty extortion threats.

> And finally, the majority feel themselves to be damn fools and are not about to make it worse by going public - and relatives usually make things worse. Victims have a hard time understanding that they have been set up by a professional scammer (How con artists set up their victims. If you have already been on that part of the tour, go to the next section below).



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