23
Aug
08

Taking off the touch

Taking off the touch refers to the point of action during the con when the mark’s money is taken. Studies of  behavioral assumptions displayed by con artists have long kept researchers busy developing new cognitive shorthands for gullibility.

The article here highlights Clark Rockefeller’s con brio methods of deception.

Trust games don’t really explain how this congenital gullibility works. To do that, researchers need to observe the actual social world – a place where there is often too little time and too little information coming from too many different places to form a reasoned judgment.

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