There are many types of fraud, with new ones invented regularly. Remaining cautious and aware is your best defense. It’s helpful to know that fraudsters use three powerful and effective things to get you to cooperate:
The hope of a benefit: “You’ve won a prize!” “This is a guaranteed investment!” “I love you!”
Fear: “You owe taxes.” “You will be arrested.” “Your loved one is in trouble.”
Your natural willingness to help: “Help us catch these crooked bank employees.” “Be our secret shopper.”
These are designed to manipulate your emotions, prevent you from thinking rationally, and make you take actions you normally would not.
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