All of us are too smart to be taken in by a con man but each year thousands of victims fall prey to the criminals.
Most con men provide their victims with "clues" that the offer is too good to be true.
Phrases such as "money guaranteed" or "limited time offer" along with a hard sell from someone could indicate you are the target of a con man.
Con artists use human weakness to their advantage and rely on a victim's greed, goodness or their hopes and fears.
Cons are usually fast because the criminal does not want to put in long hours and almost always involve face-to-face contact. Con men seldom look like criminals.