Con Artist’s Playbook: The Psychology Behind Identity Theft, Fraud, and Scams

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Traverse City – Senior citizens lose billions very year to fraud, identity theft and various scams. We all know when something sounds too good to be true or not logical. Yet, some of us still fall for scams or fail to protect personal data. So, how does it happen? The answer is straight out of The Con Artist’s Playbook, a resource available through the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. Con artists appeal to your emotions of greed, fear and need, pressuring you so you stop thinking rationally.

Join Marianne E. Samper, a retired lawyer and a volunteer for AARP, on Thursday, August 23, 6 p.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, as she presents an interactive workshop to learn tips for protection from con artists. Con artists often prey upon your uncertainties — intimidating or threatening you for money. Or, they may befriend you and, before you know it, you’re sharing personal information about your finances, because you feel connected to them.

Samper received a law degree (With Distinction) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, practiced law for 28 years in East Lansing before going into public service for the State of Michigan – her final position as a Clemency Administrator – retiring in 2011.

The Con Artist’s Playbook was developed based on hundreds of undercover fraud tapes and hours of interviews with victims and con artists. It focuses on the common strategies scammers use and gives you the tools to defend yourself against their swindles.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, email dmikowski@grandtraverse.org or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080

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