16-09 Segment 1: The Confidence Game: Why no one is immune

 

Synopsis: Films like The Sting, Oceans’ 11, and American Hustle show con artists as charismatic heroes out to help the little guy get his due. Well, our guest says that they are charismatic, but they’re hardly heroes. She’ll explain the personalities of the con man and woman, tell us some of the techniques they use to trick their victims, and warn us that anyone – including the con artists themselves – is vulnerable to their scams.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Maria Konnikova, psychologist, author of The Confidence Game: Why we fall for it…every time.

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