Ever wonder what makes a con a con or how you can spot one? Well, here a few traits I've noticed and researched to find they are typical among most, if not all, con artists.
There's another award for which con artists in the exotic animal industry are duping animal owners and it's not money. It's your animals . . .
1. Sense of entitlement. 2. Lack of empathy for others. 3. "I rescued this animal from 'awful' conditions" 4. Involvement of authorities in covert fashion. 5. Giving one set of details to one person; then a different set of details, often in direct contrast to the other set of details, to another person. 6. Change in affirmative defenses. 7. Makes a distinct effort in looking like he's following the rules. 8. Tend to have the worst compliance histories in the industry. 9. Cannot stand alone. Must have "minions" or "gullibles" do his fighting for him while he "directs" the activity. Very condescending. 10. Acts like he's above the law and makes own rules to impose on others. 11. Acts like he's the "leader" and everyone else is beneath him. 12. Threats 13. Manipulation of information. 14. Bald-faced lies. 15. Repeats the same statements/accusations used on him for use on another person. In other words, sometimes by delving into a person's past, you can find out where he or she is getting accusations from. Many times, it is something he has been accused of and for good reason. 16. Outgoing, popularity, charming. 17. Interprets all laws and rules to be in his favor. 18. Uses rumor and gossip as truth. 19. Easier to manipulate the "court of public opinion" than a real judge. 20. Over-confidence. 21. Must be in control of conversations and relationships with others. 22. Psychopathy/Sociopathy 23. Can see person's behavior as something learned in culture during their childhood development. 24. Untrustworthy. 25. Loves mind games and playing around while wasting resources, including your time. 26. Immaturity. 27. Self-centered. Selfish. 28. Waffling 29. He's the only one with rights. 30. He can do no wrong.