con artists

Experts weigh in on what makes us interested in fraudsters like Billy McFarland and Elizabeth Holmes.
The goal was to separate people from their money.
Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.
n the past year, Americans have lost over $18 billion to fraud, identity theft and various scams. But how? We all know when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, why do people continue to fall for scams or fail to protect their personal data?
This story can be spun in dozens of ways. But one thing clearly emerges for me: Humans are vulnerable; we create our reality indirectly, using words and images, building on dreams. By our nature, our language permits the twinned characteristics of fiction and deception.
I understand why Lance Armstrong felt he needed to dope. I don't understand why he needed to lie (and tweet) with such conviction that I believed in him. I understand why Manti Te'o needed to build a great "brand." I don't understand why he needed a fake social media girlfriend to do it.
Barack Obama may have major star endorsements such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Ben Affleck -- but Mitt Romney has just landed a major endorsement that dwarfs those!2012-10-31-ScreenShot20121031at3.02.08PM.png