What Does it Mean to be Easy Prey for a Scam?

Kariuki Maina
By Kariuki Maina 7 Min Read

No matter how smart you believe yourself to be. The truth is that anyone may fall prey to a scam given the correct conditions. Even worse, if that occurs, you can lose a significant amount of money before you realize what has occurred.

What does it mean to be easy prey? Let’s start with definitions. 

  1. Prey: a person or animal that falls victim to another.
  2. Easy prey: someone who is easy (or easier) to deceive or be taken advantage of.

You’re a scam target every day.

Prey, as you can see above, is another name for victim. Being a target of a scam, however, does not imply that you are or will be a victim. You should first be aware of the following:

  1. Everyone might be the victim of a scam. In the coming month, it’s probable that a fraudster will make contact with you in some form on multiple occasions. You are now a target.
  2. If you do certain things, you make yourself a greater target. You are a target for romance scams if you utilize online dating services. Get-rich-quick programs are aimed at those who want to make a lot of money quickly (these are the top online scams).
  3. A scam involves you directly. Scams are different from automobile break-ins. It entails direct communication between the con artist and their intended victims.

On Tellchimp.in, we published an article that details the steps necessary to pull off a successful fraud. Targets who end up as victims made specific decisions. Recognize that being a target (prey) does not automatically make you a victim.

Who becomes “Easy Prey for a scam?”

Easy prey is a phrase that we have all heard, and it has a straightforward explanation. A person who was more likely to become a victim for any reason was considered to be easy prey.

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A victim is not being given a bad name or stigma by being described as an easy target. Furthermore, it doesn’t suggest that somebody was stupid, illiterate, lacking in common sense, or just should have known better.

That’s because it’s not always the victim’s fault to be easy prey. The transition from a target to a victim might be the result of chance, circumstance, or even just a lack of awareness.

Here are real-life examples of easy prey.

Here are a few examples to illustrate how I may explain that part of it.

  • the lamb that is ravenous. A hungry lamb that wanders out from the herd runs the greatest danger of being attacked by wolves in the area because it stands out as the most defenseless.
  • the freshman in high school. High school freshmen are prime prey for bullies and larger (bad) pupils. Even if it’s getting better, the bigger, older pupils still bully the shy or underweight youngsters.
  • well-known “wannabes.” Hundreds of men, women, and children visit Hollywood each year with the hopes of becoming renowned and movie stars. They are preyed upon by really evil individuals who wish to seduce them into a hopeless existence.
  • homeless teens. Children who are homeless and runaways are the main targets of drug traffickers and pimps.
  • lonesome online dater. People who are desperate for love or attention are conned by phony girlfriends or boyfriends who use their feelings.

Could you be easy prey for a scam and not know it?

How can one become a simple target for fraudsters both offline and online? Here are a few instances of potential prey that might be simple targets. As you read this, be aware that, given the perfect set of circumstances, you or someone you know might easily become easy prey:

  • A first-time seller on Craigslist: Someone who has never used Craigslist or eBay before puts something up for sale may fall victim to a scam because they are unaware of some of the most common online buying and selling scams.
  • a Social Security senior. An isolated senior receives notification via email or phone that they have won a special sweepstakes for $1 million. There is, of course, a catch. They are informed that they must first pay the “required” taxes and fees in advance. Sadly, the prizes never materialize.
  • Somebody who’s jobless and needs pay. Anyone would be excited about an online job that pays well for easy work. Swindlers are aware of this and exploit desperate individuals.
  • A happy, carefree individual traveling abroad. Friendly con artists are eager to prey on newcomers to a city, its popular tourist attractions, and its currency and steal from them.

How to avoid being easy prey for a scam.

Your strongest defenses against scam efforts are knowledge and attentiveness. Here are a few ideas that you may implement right away to fortify your defenses.

  1. Learn anti-scam skills now.
  2. Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter. Who knows, the next newsletter will have informative article on avoiding being Easy Prey!

The more you know, the safer you are.

We are all targets, but if we know what to look for and what to do, we may prevent being a victim. The good news is that you can do this by keeping your eyes peeled, activating your scam radar, and forming wise, scam-aware behaviors.

Be careful. Be sage. And always keep in mind that if anything seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

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Porter
27 days ago

Thank you for your advice and knowledge you have on this topic.. I have a problem with making impulsive decisions only to think back on it and later and shake my head in disbelief but by that time it’s already too late… I wouldn’t call myself a pushover. I would say that I’m just trying to be a better person but kindness is taking for weakness. There’s been many times I just wish I was smarter or saw the signs and listened to my gut and not the scammers power of deception… Anyways , look forward to learning more on how to keep myself and the people I love the most safe.

Livi
Livi
27 days ago

Beware of people on the app WordWars in chat. I was contacted by a person claiming to be an orthopaedic surgeon working Damascus Syria.. originally from Texas. Claimed his wife died in a car accident 5 years ago and has a 12 yr old daughter at boarding school in USA. After 48 hours he told me “I love you!” After 4 days he asked me to arrange an ITunes card for him for $200 for research. Not likely buddy!!

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