Unlike a straightforward robbery, being scammed requires you to willingly part with money or your valuables.
This is according to Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.
He says one of the dangers of becoming a victim of scams is being over-confident in believing that you know what you're doing.
Con artist use a combination of persuasion and flattery to gain your trust before trapping you into the deal, Lea says.
In order to be defrauded, you have to do something. It doesn't just happen to you.— Stephen Lea, Professor of Psychology
Fraudsters play on our better emotions and the things we would like to be.— Stephen Lea, Professor of Psychology
Flattery is one of the techniques, particularly flattery of your expertise.— Stephen Lea, Professor of Psychology
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