Liz Weston: Will you be a scam artist’s next target?
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Liz Weston: Will you be a scam artist’s next target?

You’re confidence that you won’t may be one of the big things working against you. FILE – This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) FILE – This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) Believing that fraud can’t happen to us — because we’re too smart, logical or informed — may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention programs. “Scammers call it getting the victim under the ether,” she says. Various studies have tried to identify characteristics that make people more susceptible to fraud. But that can create a “blame the victim” mentality and give the rest of us a false sense of security, she says. “I’d say the majority of people are unwittingly deceived through no other reason than the criminals are good at what they do,” Stokes says. Scam artists go where the money is Research is mixed on whether older people are more likely to […]

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