How to spot a 

and not become a victim

Common traits of scam artists

TWO characteristics ALL SCAM ARTISTS have in common

Most SCAM ARTISTS are extremely good at two things: 
1. Promoting themselves-They often take ownership of accomplishments of other people that they have come into contact with, worked with, or know from other people. It is not uncommon for them to plagerize authors whom they look up to or wish they had their talent. They use photos from others and apply them to their own sites or take ownership of these photos to boost their portfolio claiming their design, creation or idea. 

2. Getting otherwise intelligent, stable people to buy into their latest scam. Their outgoing personalities, bravado and confidence disarm most people who would otherwise see right through the game.