When I look at the successful grifters in America ripping people off I wonder what the common denominator is that makes people easy fund-raising targets.
Is it blind faith?
Is it naivety?
Is it fear?
Is it stupidity?
Is it because some people live in an alternate reality?
What would you call Trump supporters who send him money whenever he asks for it?
The Department of Justice is investigating Trump's PAC for lying to donors about where their money was going... to a defense fund that didn't even exist! Instead, their hard-earned money was put into a slush account for the greatest grifter in American history.
Trump knows no bounds as demonstrated when he stole top secret files, including one file with nuclear information on another country.
What would you call religious followers who enrich evangelical mega pastors offering tickets to Heaven via donations so they can get an extra jet to travel around in?
You may recall that Osteen was once the center of a scandal where $600,000 dollars that had disappeared from the churches coffers was accidently discovered at Osteen's Houston Church by a plumber fixing a toilet wall.
The plumber told the church leadership about his find. Osteen was questioned by the police about the suspicious concealment of the money, as well as its disappearance in 2014.
In 2014, Houston's Crime Stoppers offered a $25,000 reward for help in locating the money. They still haven't caught the mystery thief. Osteen is still busy grifting.
Despite being investigated for fraud and worse crimes, grifters like Trump or Joel Osteen manage to thrive.
Both are famous con men in their own lanes. Secular and religious. Both abuse power for person gratification. Both continue to lie to their loyal followers despite proof that they're being ripped off.
The above are just two examples - albeit dramatic ones - of how successful grifters are in America today. With the help of the internet, it's become a golden age for grifters.
After looking at as many reasons as I could come up with to explain why people allow themselves to become victims... I still don't understand all of the dynamics involved. Does anyone out there?
As it stands, the greatest friend of con artists is lack of knowledge.