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Whether it was manipulating my three older sisters or convincing the neighbor lady that I needed one more ice-cream bar from the Mister Softee truck, I always knew what to say. In 1995, I got a chance to apply these gifts of persuasion in the workplace.
I went to work for a Florida company that sold prepaid-calling-card vending machines. But it seemed like a lot of customers were calling back to complain. Believe it or not, for a long time I thought every business was like this. This was lesson number one: Assume a false personality or social mask that makes it easier to pull off the deception.
At least 100 employees were in the building at the time of the raid, including secretaries and other clerical staff.
A lot of them didn't even know that the business was a fraud.
But they can't separate out those needs when they make financial decisions. As a master closer, I made it my first objective to get the victim "under the ether." Ether is that fuzzy state when your emotions are stirred up and you're so agitated that you won't know which way is up and which is down.As I walked over to retrieve my letter, my cellphone went off.The theme from The Godfather (my new ringtone) filled the room. The next thing I knew, a postal inspector took me into a side room and told me, "Your day just got shitty, and it is going to get shittier." That was the end of my last scam. I did 37 months, and it probably should have been longer.The first day we ran that ad, it generated more than 10,000 phone calls.
I saw this tactic used again and again in my scam career — getting celebrities to legitimize the operation. The place housed numerous other scam boiler rooms I had worked in, but you would never have known that from the outside. We'd been running TV ads claiming that investors could make thousands of dollars from computer kiosks placed in high-traffic areas like airports and shopping malls.