Outsmarting the Scam Artists: How to Protect Yourself From the Most Clever Cons
John Wiley & Sons, 30 ian. 2012 - 208 pagini
A practical guide to avoiding the most common scams, from a fraud-fighting expert
U.S. consumers lose billions of dollars each year to scam artists—and the next victim could be you. While anyone can be targeted, many victims are older. In AARP's Outsmarting the Scam Artists, renowned fraud-fighter Doug Shadel offers practical advice for consumers who want to protect their money as well as the financial assets of their parents and families.
Despite the rise of scams, many people are embarrassed to admit they've been victimized. The author helps break the cycle of shame by including accounts from the people who've been scammed as well as tips from a surprising source: convicted con artists who reveal how they've defrauded people like you.
Scammers are everywhere. But with Outsmarting the Scam Artists in hand, you can protect yourself and your money.
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Scam Artists How to Protect Yourself From the Most Clever Cons Doug Shadel
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... a college professor at the University of California with a PhD in organic
chemistry who lost $800,000 to a series of movie scam investments operating out
of Hollywood, California. The list goes on. Research conducted by AARP and the
For example, a 2011 study by the AARP Foundation found that the average fraud
victim was 69 years old. Other studies of known victims have found the average
victim age to range between 55 and 65 years old.2 We discuss this new profiling
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Jeremy Shipman—Shipman worked in multiple fraudulent boiler rooms over the
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The Con Artists Central Strategy
The Stages of Fraud
The OilandGas Scam
The Religious Ponzi Scam
The Gold Coin Scam
The Movie Scam
An Interview with
Who Are the Victims?
Become a Fraud Fighter
Fraud Prevention That Works
Appendix A The FraudVulnerability Quiz
The Lottery Scam