British researchers have identified several traits that make a person more likely to be sucked in by a scam, the Daily Telegraph reports. The country's fraud watchdog warns that while nobody is immune to being conned, the following traits make around a fifth of the population most vulnerable:
- An inability to control certain emotions, including excitement and greed.
- Overconfidence: Scam victims tended to be those who had more expertise in the fields, such as investment, where they were suckered.
- Secretiveness: The study found that those who declined to speak to family and friends about their involvement in possibly dubious deals were the most likely to be taken in.