You are not the only person who knows how to create an illusion. Therefore, never assume people who say they’re legitimate are, in fact, legitimate.

Vet everyone — people and organizations — with no exceptions:¬†check references, previous employers, degrees, diplomas, family, friends, previous friends, enemies, coworkers, ex-spouses, estranged children, credit records, criminal records, neighbors, assets, curbside trash, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more.¬†Hold in low esteem any information provided by the party being vetted.