The Demeanor of a Scammer

Important rules for everyone who doesn’t want to get scammed

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Look carefully. Don’t fall for it. Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash

Rule 1: A scammer will always offer you something juicy

Everyone knows the real Satoshi has a significant number of bitcoins, the first thing a real scammer will do is to appeal to your greed. Everybody has desires. Everybody loves good things. Desires are great but they can be shaped into greed. A scammer wants to put you in a position where you’ll lower your guard. When what you desire is placed in front of you, exactly the way you like it, all for nothing (that appears) significant; beware!

Rule 2: Scammers are desperate

I got a mail from someone claiming to be Satoshi. He told an interesting story. Out of pity for his efforts, I gave him the reply that I really don’t care who the real Satoshi is. He replied that with another long story. Then, I had to spam. Scammers are very desperate, keep them waiting and they will crack.

Rule 3: The first thing scammed from you before anything else is trust

One guy actually claimed to be Satoshi. Sent all kinds of attachments to prove he is actually the real Satoshi. Of course, I was wise enough not to open the attachments as they could be something else. Did so much to earn trust, but didn’t get any. What gave him away? He was ready to push me to a corner willing or unwillingly where I have to admit he is Satoshi. Well crafted arguments to start with. I just spammed it instantly.

Rule 4: Scammers will ask for a favor

The definition of favor here is something you can do but not supposed to do. What they are asking can be simple, but the way they want it is actually the problem. Smart scammers ask for a very small favor first and then gradually increase it until they ask for something that will cause a trainwreck.

Rule 5: Scammers lie

There is a phrase I have come to like so much in recent times. It says, ‘don’t trust, verify’. You have to verify who is talking to you. Ask a question to verify the scammer. It doesn’t have to be a hard, technical question. In fact, it doesn’t have to be a direct question. Better still, as an indirect, friendly question and watch whether an answer will be given or avoided. While there are lots of drive and movement for privacy, a stranger asking for a favor has to reveal some details about himself. When those details get shared, verify to know who you are dealing with.

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