Friday, May 28, 2010
Assessing a fraudster takes more than 4 seconds
"We make assessments about people within the first three or four seconds of seeing them," says Joe Navarro, nonverbal behavior expert and author of Louder Than Words. "If there's no information that counters that initial assessment, we're automatically more trusting." (walletpop.com May 2, 2010)
In other words, we're more prone to fall victim to a scam if the first several seconds of an encounter with someone seem normal.
Particularly when you are dealing with your financial affairs, make sure you keep your guard up beyond those first initial seconds and be alert of triggers that may spell danger throughout your conversation. And don't dismiss someone who's well-dressed or good looking as being trustworthy, as financial predators will often use these tactics to establish rapport.
If in doubt about the intent of a person or organization, always withhold your personal and account information and certainly do not provide any upfront money until you're able to establish their legitimacy.