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Developing a Smoke Screen: Tactics That Disguise Criminal Advances

  • James F. KennyEmail author
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Abstract

Once aggressors and fraudsters have gained access to their targets, they are now ready to advance. As they prepare for assault, they can conceal their intentions by utilizing tactics that distract or divert their targets’ attention. These strategies help shift attention away from what is happening to some random issues, preventing the targets from setting up their defenses. While these aggressors would prefer to be trusted, they will settle for reducing their targets’ suspicion and increasing their level of confusion. Tactics that criminals use to disguise dangerous advances and confuse their targets may include offering numerous details, stereotyping, blaming, laying guilt, playing the role of a victim, shaming, or claiming to help others.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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