Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

If you are offered an opportunity, especially one that seems too good to be true:

  • Be aware that once you start going along with a con artist, it’s very difficult to keep from being scammed
  • Beware of con artists (confidence games) (e.g., driveway repair, reps from utility company, water pressure problems, requests for change for a large denomination bill, requests to borrow an article, well dressed, fix roof for next to nothing using leftover materials from another job, patch leaky boiler?)
  • Be aware that most con artists:
    • Work in teams (usually in pairs)
    • Often use any excuse to get into your home
    • Try to intimidate you
    • Are able to gain your confidence
    • Try to fast talk you into agreeing
    • Talk you into a corner
    • Try to keep you from thinking
    • Can be very charming and very convincing
    • Seem like nice guys
    • Are talkative
    • Exploit loneliness, disabilities, charities, infirmities, your willingness to help, and/or your desire to get something for nothing
    • Know how to exploit your weaknesses
    • Can make even the craziest proposition sound plausible
    • Live off their wit and their looks
    • Are usually well-dressed
    • Are everywhere
    • Prey on elderly
  • Be very wary of anyone who:
    • Claims to be a bank examiner
    • Claims to have won a lottery
    • Asks you to withdraw money from your bank account
  • Be very wary whenever something unusual happens, e.g., something which distracts you

If you believe you are the target of a scam:

  • Contact the police they may be able to confirm that you’re being targeted by a scam and you may be helping to prevent others from losing money to criminals


Thanks for reading!