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Toward the end of Con Artistry by Edwin Piers, Instafo, the author states: “A con artist is only as great as its victim”. How very true, and one might add that the less informed the victim, the greater the con artist’s chances of success. That’s why, regardless of your status in life, in our rapidly changing worlds, both real and cyber-space, where con artists are finding more and better ways to relieve you of your hard-earned money, homes and valuables, you owe it to yourself and your family to pick up this 80-page book, Con Artistry. It’s super easy to read, uncluttered, written in layman’s language and friendly. Give it an hour of your time and you might save yourself years of suffering.
After presenting some rather fascinating historical con artists, like Viktor Lustig who managed to sell the Eiffel Tower twice and even proposed a “Ten Commandments for Con Men”, Piers tells readers how to recognize con artists. These criminals will play on your intelligence and understanding, cleverly gain your trust and confidence, convince you of their sincerity, require your secrecy and discourage your questions. But it is that last item readers must do most i.e. ask questions! The thing to realize with these con artists is that they are excellent at reading personalities. It takes them little time to determine your weaknesses and greatest fears. Those fears could be based on religion, health, finances or even your reputation. Con artists will nail what concerns you most quickly, then move in for the kill, usually to relieve you of your money.
Think that it’s only via the internet or email that you might get scammed? In Con Artistry, the author will alert you to potential con artists lurking behind online dating sites and your city’s streets, ones you might never connect with being cons. Piers will help you recognize those. Above all, though it’s been said time and again, the adage still applies: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t!” And this quote from author and businessman, Ziad K. Abdelnour, that Edwin Piers shares in Con Artistry is a good one to bear in mind at all times: “Be careful who you trust: the devil was once an angel.”