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Con Artists

Those who engage in crime are always searching for a soft or easy target. The easiest method to foil their attempts is to practice good, common sense crime prevention habits.

Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious persons or activity on campus to security as soon as possible.

Con artists are individuals who prey upon a person's natural inclinations to be helpful or to take advantage of a "windfall". Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Con artists are usually talkative and intelligent and tend to blend into the environment in which they operate.
  • Don’t be fooled into believing that you can judge an individual’s honesty or intentions by way he or she is dressed, and never assume that con artists are either always male or female.
  • The variations of con artistry themes are creative and abundant.
  • As a rule of thumb, you should not engage in conversation with strangers.
  • Approaches can vary, but more often than not they will either claim to have discovered a substantial amount of money and want to share it with you; be a bank examiner (or other similar position) who needs your assistance in apprehending a dishonest employee; or be in a predicament requiring use of your bank computer-access card.
  • If you are approached, decline discussion and immediately report the incident to security.