Scammers can be so charismatic and persuasive that they easily get over most people.
This year, there have been several shows on Netflix about charismatic scammers cheating huge sums of money out of their victims with mere persuasive words. Inventing Anna revolves around the subject in the form of a series of fiction based on real events, following the story of an ambitious young woman who hides in the role of a rich German heiress and earns money from wealthy Americans. Respectively, The Tinder Cheater shows in documentary form how a charismatic man can harness the benevolence of women hungry for love to live the lives of millionaires. Looking at these, it’s easy to say that we would never fall for similar scams, yet they fall victim to a lot of such scammers. But what psychological background of this phenomenon? Could you say no to a charismatic stranger who offers you exactly what you desire?
The scammers are among us
Fraudsters not only manipulate others abroad to get their money, there are quite a few of them in Hungary as well. For example, Kristóf Deák ‘s Granddaughter draws attention to fraudsters targeting the elderly, who exploit the fear of their grandchildren to overtake retired grandparents. The online space also offers many scams: for example, it is worth avoiding websites or e-mails communicating with broken Hungarians, websites with .net or .org in Hungarian, unknown online marketplaces, and websites without a site, where you can only pay by pre-payment. It’s better to be on the lookout and surf the web more carefully, as one in six people has fallen into some form of internet fraud at least once.
Games of trust, promising opportunities with great profits
Scammers bring their victims into games of trust, persuading them to give large sums of money to fraudsters. They often offer the unsuspecting other a promising opportunity with great profits that is hard to say no to, especially if they have been dazzled by the sparkle of the predator’s charisma. From a few hundred dollars to a few million dollars, the amount they are able to extort from others in this way. Worst of all, victims often feel that they can only blame themselves for giving away a sizeable amount of their own free will.
Not only do gullible people fall for scammers, but even the most rational people can come across that particular hook. Scammers take advantage of the trust of others and that they tend to believe that what they desire can happen in reality. A quick way to make money, for example, is one such bait that, if swallowed up by a fraudster who is basically charismatic and handled with words anyway, most people tend to bite into a risky opportunity that offers a high rate of return.
Who will become a rogue and what will happen to him?
Successful rogue artists are similar in one thing: their persuasiveness is extremely powerful. They are usually members of the Dark Triad: narcissists, psychopaths, and Machiavellians augment their group. So it’s no wonder they cheat on others ’money without remorse or guilt. Each new successful scam gives them a boost of self-confidence and they become even more confident.
Because fraudsters often change their identities as part of their game, law enforcement can have a hard time falling behind. They may also not be prosecuted by the police in some countries if the crime is to confiscate property or money. and it is not a corporate white-collar crime, as these are crimes with a lower status compared to violent crimes and terrorist crimes.
Unfortunately, this means that everyone has to be on their own if they don’t want to fall victim to a rogue when they make an unknown irrefutable offer.