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Safeguards against doorstep deceit

Several ways to identify a traveling con artist

5:20 PM, Jun. 26, 2013
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You might not realize that you need to know how to identify door-to-door scams until you understand how easy it can be to fall for one. Con artists use special techniques that they've developed by huge amounts of trial and error. They even use well-known psychological effects to get you to act the way they want you to act.

People get taken for a ride every day. Some merely lose the amount of money they wasted on the scam, but others end up dealing with much more serious consequences, such as stolen identities.

Even if you're convinced that a door-to-door sales scam could never happen to you, it's not a ...

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