• Con artists are usually talkative and intelligent and tend to blend into the environment in which they operate. 
  • Don’t be fooled into believing that you can judge an individual’s honesty or intentions by the way he or she is dressed, and never assume that con artists are either always male or female. 
  • The variations of con artistry themes are creative and abundant. 
  • As a rule of thumb, you should not engage in conversation with strangers. 
  • Approaches can vary, but more often than not they will claim to have discovered a substantial amount of money and want to share it with you; be a bank examiner (or other similar position) who needs your assistance in apprehending a dishonest employee; or be in a predicament requiring use of your bank computer-access card. 
  • If you are approached, decline discussion and immediately report the incident to Campus Safety and Security. 
  • Remember, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”