A number of people have made a decent living
ripping off (usually elderly) investors, promising they will get rich
on free energy.The following tips can help any charismatic salesman get
lots of money and, you guessed it, notoriety ----
Be very careful to have any investors forfeit their right to legal action
any way possible. - this can be a last minute statement to sign, often
you can hide silencing terms in a nondisclosure agreement.
Start with outrageous enough claims to filter the more skeptical people
out as early as possible. But, be careful about making too many bogus
scientific claims, or you may find self-righteous skeptics trying to debunk
you - if this happens, tell your followers they (or any critics) are part
of the conspiracy - maybe nitpick at fine points of their arguments, but
don't ever respond to their main thrust.
Claim you are not in it for the money, just to save humanity. Say you
have already been offered huge sums, but want to sell it to the little
guy (i.e. the gullible guy). Try to market it to older mid-western Christian
farmers - they've always bought in in the past. Build excitement for something
· Focus investors attention away from evaluating claims on technical
grounds. The following distractions are recommended:
1. get them involved in political issues. Convince them you have some
large secretive benefactor.
2. focus their attention on an elaborate multi-generational international
conspiracy which has kept everyone pitching free energy to fail. Make
your audience outraged against the conspiracy, yet empowered that they
can finally overcome it by giving you money.
3. talk about your valiant battles with the patent office or some government
bureaucracy (that always warms people up)
4. get into religion quick (religious people are already taught to have
faith) -appear to have God on your side
5. get people to focus on your theory rather than measurable evidence.
6. claim it already has been proven so you need not offer any proof Tell
them you are done proving it and need big money to start mass production.
7. Write an autobiography (self-published, of course) where you can "control"
the facts. When someone questions your shady past simply say, "Buy
my book and learn the truth about what REALLY happened." Naive people
won't question the "facts" because, after all, it's in a book.
If your book is long enough, you may mesmerize them.
· You must focus on the big conspiracy. It's very important
to make people believe in the big conspiracy - because that's your excuse
for past failures, present lack of evidence, the critics, and future delays.
Locking horns with bureaucrats or the scientific community can distract
from your lack of evidence and get you great free press. Make people believe
exciting claims of bad guys wanting to steal or bury your ideas. - then
claim you will destroy your prototypes and records rather than let them
fall into the hands of the bad guys.
· Be bold, sell books, consider taking out full page ad or
get on the radio. People will feel that something this out in the open
can not possibly be a fly by night Con. The mo
st successful cons are ones
lasting for a few years not the quick cons.
· Watch your target market, Go after people predisposed to
believing in conspiracy theories such as the militias, JFK conspiracy,
and UFO cover-up groups.
· If you are forced to demonstrate some device, consider
the following important tips: bore the skeptics right out of the room
with long discourses on elementary science; claim you have some adjustments
to make, yet; say it worked yesterday; run your machine for just a few
seconds and move on to some other important point. - or do the Newman
trick of openly hooking up input power and just promising it's less than
what comes out.
· A good final lesson, if the heat from impatient investors
and public scrutiny gets too much, do what Keely did - just walk away
from it all (just claim it doesn't work because the remaining people don't
understand it) , and just start some new investment scheme for some other
· operate from a state which is soft on fraud and organized
· Get people to pay around 20 - 100$ for "information
kits" or video tapes. Once they've paid that much, it's easier
to get them to start paying more money.
· Discourage investors from contacting each other and cover
up evidence of earlier bitter investors.
· Get followers to sell your stuff to their friends, family
and churches - try multilevel schemes - promise they will get rich by
commissions on getting others to invest (who cares if this destroys their
· Be open to having newer investors buy out older more impatient
investors. Always promise a disgruntled investor that someone
else will soon buy him out.
· Don't be afraid of lawsuits, if OJ got off so can you -
they can be one more excuse for delays. Most attorney generals will just
bluff with a cease and desist order and then move on to someone else.
· Don't be afraid of investors defecting, most of them will
feel too stupid to go public with their story - even if some do start
successful attacks on you, just say they are agents of the big conspiracy.
· Jealously guard your list of investors, a good sucker list
is worth its weight in gold and can even be sold to other con men.
· Don't be afraid of the press, they don't usually evaluate
outlandish claims, and even if they do - your audience won't likely listen.
· Be open to 'red-lining' your investors (i.e.: tell them
if they don't come up with just a little more money, they will lose it
· Be ready to move to another state with corrupt or weak
DA's - if you are done 'harvesting' your
initial area. (i.e.: New Jersey is known as an east coast haven for the
mob, prostitution and home repair scams) Most states don’t
bother to track people down across state lines.
· If you are really bold, you could give commissions for
investors to find more investors. Better to also make others responsible
for building the machines - it buys you time and gives you another person
Explain complex subjects simply, (leaving out lots of details) so that
the mark feels as though he understands the subject well enough to make
How to deal with skeptics and detractors:
There are a number of approaches to deal with self righteous people who
like to point out your flaws of reason, lists of previous victims, etc.
out on the internet:
• Label your detractors as CIA agents, or stupid or part of the
• say they are unqualified unless they are experts in your crazy
• try to restrict your message to newsletters and limited forums
where the skeptical voice can be filtered out.
• in a public forum deaden the audiences interest with tons of distracting
• try to delete their pages from the search engines, or bury their
objections in enough distractions to make
people avoid the debate
• trying threatening your detractors with lawsuits - it will make
some of them shut up
• give up and only try to market to people too old or stupid to
get on the internet. - or try selling to the Amish or more stupid ethnic
--- hope no one gets too offended by this conjecture - most of it is inspired
by a neat book, "Con Men and their methods". By the way, I've
gotten taken a few times myself (maybe that's why I'm fascinated by the
subject) ======== this page will be live updated at http://www.phact.org/e/con_man.htm
The Woo-Woo Credo - how to be a general kook
pages exposing Joe Newman and Dennis Lee who some people suspect
of leading a nationwide scam. Also, Amin, Mills (who may be legit?)
Tilley, Perendev, Bearden Lutec Tewari. get on an email list for
updates about Dennis Tom Bearden’s
MEG device A rational review of meg claims inconsistancies
in his theory Greer’s offer Bill Muller and questioning
Bearden’s mental health free energy scams
· NATIONAL FRAUD INFORMATION CENTER and state attorney
generals offices and investment fraud -the SEC's number is 202-942-8090
· scambusters gives information mostly on fraud over the
internet. great list of scams FAIR's media contact list
Newspaper Links by State E&P Media Links - Search
· Consumer Sentinel: Complaints - direct form to allow people
to submit complaints
http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/ - a great resource of scams
- their report on Dennis's operation
Prosecuting Attorneys, District Attorneys, Attorneys General &
US Attorneys on the Web
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
Directory of Investigative Journalists - a good resource to get
the media to expose a con man