What Do Con Artists Know?

When it comes to investment and financial fraud, we're all at risk. But that doesn't mean you can't learn to spot and avoid a scam—and even have fun doing it.

Americans lose up to
$50 billion per year to fraud,
according to the Financial
Fraud Research Center.

Americans lose up to $50 billion per year to fraud, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And about 80 percent of consumers over the age of 40 said they'd been solicited for a potentially fraudulent scheme at some point. These are big problems, but research suggests that learning to spot the tactics used by fraudsters can help investors defend against them, and avoid becoming fraud victims.

That's where Con 'Em If You Can comes in. It's a new interactive game developed by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and D2D Fund that offers an innovative and downright entertaining way you can learn about these tactics.

Con 'Em If You Can takes you into the fictional town of Shady Acres to play alongside Connor, a con artist and mentor. The game will teach you firsthand about the types of persuasion tactics used to perpetuate financial fraud as you make your way through town, accumulating wealth and strength by using these tactics as fraud tools on a range of targets. But watch out—the Fraud Fighting Agency's lead agent, Fiona, is hot on your trail.

The game challenges players to think critically about persuasion tactics and how cons use them. Check out the game at ConEmIfYouCan.org. Good luck!