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How to Tell if You are a "Sucker"

Updated on April 27, 2014

This, dear good-hearted people, is a confidence man


Gullibility and confidence images

A confidence woman.
A confidence woman. | Source
A piece of French artwork that is supposedly the definition of "gullible."
A piece of French artwork that is supposedly the definition of "gullible." | Source
Chester Arthur, known for his "gullible" personality.
Chester Arthur, known for his "gullible" personality. | Source

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"

  1. Do you seldom wonder why all telemarketers who phone you want your personal information--bank account numbers, social security number and such?
  2. Do you quickly buy into any new fad investment opportunity that you see on television or is shown to you by a good friend?
  3. Do the local authorities refer to you as, "Easy Taken"?
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. You live on and in hope that the next "investment" will be "the one" that puts you on "easy street."
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, DDE,

      You are right. You are not the sucker. And continue to be the wiser girl. I would be very sad to know that any of you feel for those "pie in the sky" sales gimmicks.

      Thank you, dear friend, for the comment and visit.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sweet habee,

      Thank you, good friend, for the compliment on my writing. Hey, you have a great writing style. So do all of my followers. Thanks for supporting me in this campaign to "weed-out" the good people from the con-artists.

      You visit me anytime, habee.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, kjpiercetrc,

      I would guess that the in-person scam is the easiest (for me) to see how this con is getting the advantage of me because when it comes to seeing through the millions of bits of information sent to me on a webpage, I get weary of reading and many times, buy whatever and never see my money again. I mean I used to do this.

      Thank you for the comment and visit.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, mgt28,

      You pose a very interesting idea about the con artist swinging between two extremes. You are so right. I also wonder if they, the con artists, were once the victims instead of the "Marks"?

      And who taught these con-artists their gimmicks? Watch the Flim Flam Man with George C. Scott. It is about such a deal.

      Thanks for your input.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank God that you are NOT a sucker. You must be a wise girl with a keen sense of perception.

      Most suckers I have found are good-hearted people who are afraid NOT to believe the con-artists who give them a sob story.

      Sad is all I can say.

      Thanks for your sweet comment.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypsy,

      Thank you for the input and I am like you, leery, of strangers. (See comment I gave to Beth).

      This day and time, scammers or con-artists are out to rob us of our bucks if we let them.

      By saying no, no thanks, or I will call the police are three ways to guarantee that we will not ever be a sucker.

      Love, Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Beth,

      I know that none of you or any of my followers are suckers, but me? Sadly when I was a teenager, I was lured into a few dead-end jobs and deals that caused me to resent a few people, but now that I am much older, I am like Catgypsy, I am leery of most strangers who start out with, "Have I got a deal for you," or "You are in luck today" these are sure tip-off's you are about to be a sucker.

      Thanks for your comment, Beth. Come back anytime.

    • bethperry profile image

      Beth Perry 

      4 years ago from Tennesee

      Funny and very useful Hub! And I am glad to say that in taking your test I found out I am definitely NOT a sucker.

    • catgypsy profile image


      4 years ago from the South

      I'm the opposite...I'm leery of everyone, especially these days! But it is sad that there are some people, especially the elderly, that still fall for these scams.

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      4 years ago

      I'm glad to know I'm not a sucker. One way to avoid all of that is to live by the motto "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true".

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      4 years ago

      In the interest of full disclosure , I am a sucker. I pains to be one and I fully know how it feels especially at a time when the con artist is a blood relative who for the most part is always in need. The alternative is never to trust anyone. And suckers swing between the two extremes like a pendulum.

    • kjpiercetrc profile image

      KJ Pierce 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I wonder which is more prevalent: in-person scams or online scams. It's difficult, sometimes, to ferret out what information is truthful online, especially political information when the mud-slinging starts, and news orgs seem more interested in a catchy headline and a salacious article than they are the facts. :-)

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      Holle Abee 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Good info here, and I had to laugh at some of your lines. I like the way you write!

      I'm a sucker for people in need, and I'm a BIG sucker when it comes to animals. lol

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hmm I know of those people but I am the fine person, A sucker is surely the one as you described thank you for this hub.


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