But there are times when we are unwilling participants in deception.
And that can have dramatic costs for us.
Last year saw 997 billion dollars in corporate fraud alone in the United States.
That's an eyelash under a trillion dollars. That's seven percent of revenues. Deception can cost billions.
Think Enron, Madoff, the mortgage crisis.
Or in the case of double agents and traitors, like Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames, lies can betray our country,
they can compromise our security, they can undermine democracy, they can cause the deaths of those that defend us.
Deception is actually serious business.
This con man, Henry Oberlander, he was such an effective con man, British authorities say he could have undermined the entire banking system of the Western world.
And you can't find this guy on Google; you can't find him anywhere.
He was interviewed once, and he said the following.
He said, "Look, I've got one rule." And this was Henry's rule, he said, "Look, everyone is willing to give you something.
They're ready to give you something for whatever it is they're hungry for."
And that's the crux of it. If you don't want to be deceived, you have to know, what is it that you're hungry for?