A Brief Guide to Psychopaths, Scam Artists & Con Men

What do psychopaths, scam artists, and con men all have in common?

They’ve all been featured on this blog!

In fact, I’ve written individual posts about each of these types of individuals and how to know when you’re dealing with one.

Trouble is, these three articles were published over the course of three years (the first post was in June 2008), so they’re quite spread out in the archives of this site.

With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to do a “round up” of these three posts so they’re all in one place, easy to find and easy to reference.

Read all three of these posts and you’ll be able to quickly and easily spot scam artists and con men at work, while the average guy will never see what’s coming.

How to Spot a Con Man

“Con man” is short for “confidence man”… a guy who will go to extreme lengths to gain your confidence so that you’ll be easier to scam.

First he gains your trust; then he takes your money.

7 Traits Scam Artists Have in Common

A scam happens when you’re promised a certain product, service, or outcome that is never delivered. In other words, a scam is a fraudulent way of conducting business.

A scam artist is a person who specializes in scams to defraud people of money. (A scam artist often uses confidence tricks to perpetuate his scams. See “con man” above.)

How to Spot a Psychopath

While con men and scam artists are defined by their actions, psychopaths are defined by their personalities. There are 20 different “markers” that determine whether a person is a psychopath or not.

Surprisingly, there is much evidence that a disproportionate number of psychopaths rise to and hold positions of power — proof that psychopathy manifests in many different ways.

Have I overlooked any traits, behaviors, or information that would help people spot psychopaths, scam artists, and con men? Leave a comment below and let me know…

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like WordStream.com, SmallBizClub.com, and MarketingForSuccess.com.