Get it in writing!

Fall 2005 CSANews Issue 56  |  Posted date : May 23, 2007.Back to list

A recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Washington found that persons in their mid 60's and older were easily swayed and were more susceptible to the powers of suggestion, making them more vulnerable to memory related scams. The study group was found to be 10 times more likely to "falsely remember" than their younger counter parts.

This "false memory" resulted in an increased acceptance of statements, such as "I told you it would cost more than originally quoted and you agreed to pay!" or "You forgot to pay me!"

Furthermore, it has also been determined that unscrupulous scam artists buy and sell lists of "vulnerable" people from each other, which exemplifies that they are focused on cheating out a selected sub-group of pre-qualified targets.

Get your estimates in writing, keep accurate records of payments, always ask for references and inquire with the Better Business Bureau.

Source: The American Psychological Association