Chapter 17. And you thought you’d heard it all

Affinity fraud

We tend to trust people who are just like us. That is a truism. With a knowledge of psychology that would make Sigmund Freud envious, conmen use that trust to their advantage. Scammers know that once they have a potential victim’s heart and trust, their wallets soon follow.

We are experiencing an epidemic of fraud that targets particular nationalities, ethnic groups, racial groups, fraternal organizations, and religious groups. Religion-related scams are particularly common. A scam artist may join a particular church, synagogue, or mosque and gain the trust and confidence of the congregants or even the religious leader of the congregation by making a significant contribution to the religious ...

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