INFO SECURITY: Social Engineering 101, or how to get ANYTHING you want...

It's easy to scare people into giving you their information. It's even easier to get people to help you because they want to try and keep you from getting into trouble. When you put someone at ease, or when you put someone into a situation they think they're going to be in trouble for, you make them more susceptible to giving something up. Social engineering works on these factors. Social Engineers exist because there is no patch for human stupidity.