Top Traits That Mean You're a Sucker

Researchers find a fifth of people are most likely to be fooled by fraudsters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
British researchers say around a fifth of the population is most vulnerable to being scammed.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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.