How to Tell if You are a "Sucker"
This, dear good-hearted people, is a confidence man
Gullibility and confidence images
Time to get real
with ourselves and face-up to my stunning question, "Are you a sucker?"
A more-delicate word of use is "gullible," rather than "sucker," may be applicable here.
Webster's Dictionary defines a person who is "gullible," is one who believes anyone and anything told to them. I know some people like this. Do you?
This is in no way implying that "gullible," people are bad people. Nor are they of criminal-intent. To me, they are just your everyday, average men and women who mind their own business never hurting anyone and many times, the "victim," of some slickster's confidence game and end up losing money, land, even their homes.
Simply because they believed what the con man or woman was telling them. And yes, this "confidence" business of games, lies, and false promises is more than a shame. More severe than a sin. Even the Bible speaks in Proverbs of a certain portion of mankind being as "subtle as a serpent," (Genesis), as they wind their way into the confidence of these good-hearted people who have thought that the last con that was pulled on them was the last time it would happen.
Example of a "confidence" game: a well-spoken, well-dressed man (or charming woman) comes to a town where he or she has never been. They came for one reason: Personal gain. They seek-out and find one or two gullible people who have a few assets in the bank and enjoying their self-respect. The "confidence" man (or woman) gets to be friends with the good-natured simpleton and wins his confidence. See the connection? Then he "sets the hook," by selling the simple-minded man a certain amount of stock in a company that already exists such as AT&T and explains that in a month or two, the simpleton will actually "double," maybe "triple," their investment which was pretty-much all of their life savings, but to seal the deal, the "confidence" man (or woman) tells the investor that if this stock doesn't give big dividends, the "confidence" man (or woman) will return the simpleton's cash in-person. Of course the "confidence" man (or woman) is a born-liar and takes the poor man's money and "high-steps" it into another state and changes his name leaving the poor "sucker" (sorry, but there isn't any other way to say it) penniless and on the mercy of the world.
A sad story to say the least. In 2014, authorities do not use the term, "confidence" man (or woman) anymore. They use the word: "Scam," and for good reason. "Scammers" are everywhere in the world--pulling one scam after the other taking innocent people "to the cleaners," and doing this without any sign of a conscience or moral compass.
This is both a confidence man and politician
Before we look
at the ways you can tell if you are a "sucker," let's take a quick look at
How you can spot a "confidence" man or woman:
- Well-spoken and highly-intelligent on a host of subjects
- Well-dressed to make a good impression
- Always friendly to the lower class of people--a sure way to win their trust.
- Always has an answer to the "gullible" person's questions.
- Buys the "gullible" person a good lunch or just buys them a gift to show his appreciation to the poor sap for being his (or her) friend.
Now let's see if you are a "sucker"
- Do you seldom wonder why all telemarketers who phone you want your personal information--bank account numbers, social security number and such?
- Do you quickly buy into any new fad investment opportunity that you see on television or is shown to you by a good friend?
- Do the local authorities refer to you as, "Easy Taken"?
- You get angry when family members call you a "sucker," for to you, you are simply "trusting" someone who is down on their luck. Then a sharp uncle says, "all of the people you give money are down on their luck."
- You even give money to this sharp uncle when no one is around. His gimmick: He needs a few thousand dollars to admit himself to a rehab clinic for alcoholism.
- Your bank calls you continually for having "insufficient funds," but you tell them that a new insurance company sold you a $50,000-dollar life insurance policy and had your payment on "Automatic Payment," at the bank. Then the loan officer, your own sister, tells you that she investigated this "insurance company," and they are not even a business, but a shady used car company in Newark, New Jersey who are now $5,000.00 richer.
- Once you gave a complete stranger, you found out later to be a convict who had been released, a blank check to buy his family some much-needed groceries. But you never saw the cancelled check anymore.
- You live on and in hope that the next "investment" will be "the one" that puts you on "easy street."
- A slick-talking confidence woman once sold you a street in a nearby town called "Easy Street," and she said, "You not only live on Easy Street, but own Easy Street." You also gave her a fifty-dollar tip for giving you such a real estate deal.
- Your blood relatives are always praying for you in hope that you will "wise up," but their prayers are answered when you proudly-announce that you have given a new religious radio ministry your house that you worked to pay off early. Your dad, so disappointed in you being a "sucker," turns to drinking and is never sober again.
If you did not relate to any of these 10 signs that you are a "sucker," then you are a fine person and someone whom I am very proud to call "friend."
And to show you my appreciation, I have a warehouse just brimming with hundreds of swordfish that are mounted and ready for you to sell at a huge profit.
I am only asking $4,000.00 for these beauties, but for you, I am only asking $3,500.00.
Is it a deal?
The most-famous "confidence" men ever
(From left) Robert Shaw, "Doyle Lonigan"; Robert Redford, "Johnny Hooker," and Paul Newman, "Henry Gondorff," in the 1973 blockbuster film, "The Sting." "Hooker," and "Gondorff," are setting-up "Lonigan," a wealthy and crooked banker who is responsible for having their good friend, "Luther Coleman," (James Earl Jones), an old-time grifter killed for conning one of "Lonigan's" men out of a huge amount of money.