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Ross Reynolds
08/19/2005 at 1:00 p.m.

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Weve all heard that. So we think were invulnerable to scams. But its people like us that scam artists love because they know how to get us. In this hour of The Conversation: the pigeon drop, the Spanish prisoner, three card monte, and other timeless scams that never fail to fool. We talk to scam experts about the latest forms of scams. We ask, is there such a thing as a new scam? Or are all scams variations on a few basic themes? And we arm you with advice on guarding against scams. Have you ever been scammed? Have you ever scammed someone?

Lt. Dennis Marlock works in the US Marshall's office. He cofounded and currently chairs the board of Professionals Against Confidence Crime, a nonprofit organization of law enforcement officials who work on protecting people against con artists. He spent 31 years as a detective with the Milwaukee Police Department. He is also the author of How to Become a Professional Con Artist.

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