Con Artists

Topics: Confidence trick, The Weakest Link, Fraud Pages: 7 (1440 words) Published: November 29, 2013
SCAMS AND CON ARTISTS

UNIT TIME: 15 Min(s)

INTRODUCTION

ATTENTION:  Introduction

MOTIVATION:  Scam Prevention

REVIEW:  N/A

OVERVIEW:  
(1) Source: Mind Control, The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare
Dr. Haha Jung, 2006

(2) What Is a Scam/What Is a Con Artist

(a) Why Do People Fall For the Lie?

(b) Popular Scams

(3) Protection from Scams and Con Artists

(a) Personal Protection

(b) Family and Friends (Weakest Link Concept)

(c) Recovery

TRANSITION:  Into Objective
PERSONALIZATION

ATTENTION:  Good morning everyone. Think about how many of you have ever fallen or almost fallen for a scam? I’m. *IMMEDATELY MOTIVATION* MOTIVATION:  This information will assist you in becoming a hard target against being scammed in the future and help protect your friends and loved ones.

REVIEW:  As we have all had a chance to introduce ourselves and get to know a little about each other, I’ll move forward into the main topics I will be discussing today.

OVERVIEW:  First, I’ll talk about the objective and what will be required to pass the test. I’ll site my source for this discourse. Then, I’ll than move to what a scam is and what con artist are. We will speak on why people fall for scams and believe con artists. Next, we will move on into popular scams that exist today. We will continue into how to protect yourself and those you care about. Topics within that category will be personal protection, protection of family and friends and, lastly, how to recover from being scammed.

TRANSITION:  Let’s transition into the matter by going over our objective.

Objective: With reference from any source, correctly identify three of four steps to prevent yourself from falling victim to a scam with no more than one instructor assist.

TRAINING METHOD(s):  Lecture/Discussion

AUDIOVISUAL AID(s): Video (The Scam)
Handout (How to Avoid Being Scammed)

(1) Mind Control, The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare
Dr. Haha Jung, 2006
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/scam

(2) What Is a Scam/What Is a Con Artist

(a) Why Do People Fall For the Lie?

(b) Popular Scams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iymBRSUfz9U )

(3) Protection from Scams and Con Artists

(a) Personal Protection

(b) Family and Friends (Weakest Link Concept)

(c) Recovery

(4) DEMONSTRATION: None

APPLICATION:  Allow students time to Review references, notes and provide time to prepare lesson

EVALUATION:  With reference from any source, administer paper test to correctly identify three of the four steps to prevent yourself from falling victim to a scam with no more than one instructor assist.

PERSONALIZATION

Objective: With reference from any source, correctly identify three of four steps to prevent yourself from falling victim to a scam with no more than one instructor assist.

*Move out from behind the podium*

Most of my research has been aided by the works of Dr. Haha Jung. He explores many topics from finances to political power, but the work I will be pulling from today is his book Mind Control, The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare. This work not delves into the mind of con artists, but also explores the deeper turmoil of our society as a whole with the common “Dog Eat Dog” mentality and necessary greed factor of a capitalistic society. It is a great piece of literature and I would highly suggest it for anyone who is interested in learning more about the topic.

So, what is a scam or a con man? Can someone give me an example? *CALL ON SOMEONE FOR EXAMPLE*

Excellent! Now, the Wikipedia definition of a scam is: “An attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence. A confidence artist is an individual operating alone or in concert with others who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté, or...
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