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Signs of dating a con man

I was a millionaire twice over and half again before I was twenty-one.I stole every nickel of it and blew the bulk of the bundle on fine threads, gourmet foods, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, fine wheels and other sensual goodies.In the past I’d found my best sources of information on airlines were airlines themselves, so I started calling the various carriers and pumping their people for information…

I’m not even sure a great many bankers possessed the knowledge I had of checks.

This is the same set of methods that FBI hostage negotiators use tobuild rapport. They exude confidence, gain your confidence and then exploit that trust.

Former head of international hostage negotiation for the FBI, Chris Voss, recommends just that: “I couldn’t say what you must have to be a good roper, but I can tell you some of the traits you better not have. If you gander around you will always find some mark you can trim. Now some of this is plain thrill-seeking fearlessness on their part. Frank Abagnale took the helm of a 747 — and he didn’t know how to fly a plane.

So what four ethical tips can we take away from a study of the scams and cons of grifters?

You think of con men as smooth talkers but just as the psychological research recommends, they bond with others by listening.


  1. Aug 2, 2008. Andersen was an advertising executive looking for a life partner and thinking that, at 40, she didn't have a lot of time left to look. Perhaps that's why she married Montgomery -- whom she met online -- after just a few months of dating. Looking back, she says there were warning signs. According to Anderson.

  2. Oct 20, 2014. Beth Kipps, who has experimented with several dating sites, says the men who have attempted to con her almost always have a reason why they shouldn't continue to. Linguistic anomalies Bad grammar, strange word choices and linguistic gymnastics are other signs of a foreign scammer, experts say.

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