There was a news article the other day about a pensioner who'd been in the military all his life and had inherited £100,000 which he invested in property. It turned out it was worthless and there was an audio recording where the person who sold it to him was on the phone demanding he sell all his possessions to get even more out of him through some legal loop hole. This poor guy got through his whole life and was about to retire comfortably when someone just fucks him over. It always makes me really angry that people can be like that. I always wonder how their mind works and what happened in their life to make them do these things, unless they're just psychopathic and they don't feel sympathy anyway. The only time I’ve ever been conned was from ordering porn through a website which turned out to be fake. I only lost about £80 which is nothing compared to people like this and it taught me to be a little bit more wary. Focus: Have you or anyone you know ever been conned out of a large sum of money? I've read some advice on how to avoid people like that: * know when people are trying to charm you and don't let it take your guard down * making you feel bad for not trusting them Alt Focus: Maybe some of the members here have professional experience with people like this - do you have any advice on how to spot them/avoid being conned? Ever found someone out who was trying to con you?