Do not trust those charis­matic charm­ers

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTER & OPINION -

✒ HOW to spot a so­ciopath...

In the past few months, I have watched friends and rel­a­tives be­come vic­tims of scams, usu­ally on the in­ter­net. Scam­mers are usu­ally so­ciopaths. They are charm­ing and per­sua­sive and have an air of author­ity.

They ap­pear to be in­tel­li­gent, sin­cere and knowl­edgable about many sub­jects.

They ex­ude a feel­ing of warmth that ap­pears gen­uine.

They are con­cerned about your wel­fare.

They are good com­pany. Fun to be around and they have charisma.

They want to get the job done - their en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious. They make ex­trav­a­gant prom­ises. How­ever, all they re­ally want is power and wealth for them­selves.

Even the most in­tel­li­gent and welle­d­u­cated per­son can be fooled by a so­ciopath.

They are masters of de­cep­tion and they are se­rial liars.

They are reck­less and ruth­less, they need ex­cite­ment and have no con­science.

They leave be­hind a trail of bro­ken re­la­tion­ships and have ru­ined lives.

They de­spise the weak and dis­abled, and the poor.

They dam­age and de­stroy busi­nesses they work for, and they do not care. Some of them are politi­cians. Be warned... J Ward

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