How you look at the world could drive you to believing a scam more easily.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Scam victims come from all walks of life, education levels and backgrounds. So why do some people fall for a scam while others do not?
A new study from the Better Business Bureau and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA is shedding light on what they call the “scam mentality”.
“Certain people are more vulnerable to certain types of scams,” said Gary Mottola, Research Director, FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Mottola and other researchers interviewed people contacted by con artists. They found those who lost money were less likely to question authority.
“You don’t want to mess with the IRS, that was my viewpoint at that point,” said Jackie. “They said on the phone, we have a miscalculation on your tax file, you owe us some money.”
Jackie says that’s what a caller claiming to be an IRS agent told her. But it was actually a con artist who demanded $500.
The study also showed scam victims may believe people who ask…