Some people just attract money! For most of us though, money is just a very incidental, by-product of other things in our lives. There are certain characteristics that people with money display that make them seem so self-important that they attract all kinds of things – including people who try to take advantage of them! Here’s how to recognize if someone you know may be trying to manipulate you or is already trying to scam you:
They say, “I’ve got it!” – When someone says they have what you need, even if you don’t really have anything in particular to offer. This can be a clue that they are trying to convince you to part with something you may actually have no use for. Don’t give in too easily to this. Instead, think back to the last time you said that you have something really special. You may have been pressured into giving it away at that point.
They offer “deal killer” deals – When someone offers you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure that it’s not too good to be true before you pull the trigger. The person may be offering you a deal in order to get you to throw out an advance fee or sign over the ownership of something valuable.
They tell you they will help you – If a stranger tells you that they can help you achieve something and tells you that you need them to do it for you, beware. Chances are, it’s another trick. People are usually good at convincing their friends or colleagues that they are needed, when really they’re there only to line their own pockets. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. Trust your instincts and if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
They are always willing to help you out – If someone comes along claiming to have the solution to your money woes, it’s best to tread carefully. These people may just be out to get your money. They could also be up to no good. Many con artists exist, and unfortunately, many more slip through the cracks. If someone comes along who is genuinely trying to help you, then it’s best to follow the advice above and ignore the person.
They give you a deadline – Anyone who isn’t on the straight and narrow with you is most likely trying to scam you for money. In order to avoid this, it’s important to meet in person deadlines for your projects, goals, etc. Also, be careful when giving out financial information. This advice will always come up for people who are truly trying to help, so don’t be afraid to use it!