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The Con Chemical

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ever been a victim of a con? Don't feel bad. Research shows that the same brain chemical that makes us vulnerable to being scammed is also behind trust and family bonds. Dr. Paul Zak, Professor of Economics and the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University, explains.

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concerned

Beware of NPR's industry ties.
Read NYTimes article:
Popular Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/22/health/22radio.html?hp

Nov. 21 2008 01:15 PM
MERICA

LIVED RICHLY

Nov. 21 2008 11:58 AM
EL from QUEENS

He bought gold on the street from an admitted thief? Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is

Nov. 21 2008 11:58 AM
robert

Is there a difference between falling for an elaborate con and falling for a clever advertising campaign?

Nov. 21 2008 11:51 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Trust no one.

Nov. 21 2008 11:50 AM
Steven Syrek from New York

If you want to become immune to scams, just go backpacking around the world--it's a scam a minute, particularly in South Asia and the Middle East. I hate to make that stereotype since there are plenty of people who don't want to scam you, but as a foreigner, you really stand out, and in places like Egypt, India, and Turkey, locals and salesmen often take advantage of the guilt and gullibility of travelers to sell them expensive carpets, fake tours, gems (most famously), and whatever else they intuit you want. Eventually, sadly, you just stop trusting everyone!

Nov. 21 2008 11:47 AM
L.McLean( from Brooklyn

Yes, i was a victim of a scam for $3700 related to a apartment rental posted on Craig's List.

Nov. 21 2008 11:46 AM

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