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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This book is dedicated to the hundreds of public servants and volunteers who
have devoted their lives to fighting fraud in all its forms. Acknowledgments
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Acknowledgments Preface Part I The Scam Artists' Playbook Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Inside the Con
Artist's Mind Ether: The Con Artist's Central Strategy 3 The Stages of Fraud Part II
Chapter 9 Exploiting Hope: The Lottery Scam Chapter 10 Exploiting Credit: An
Interview with an Identity Thief Part III How to Fight Fraud Chapter 11 Who Are the
Victims? Chapter 12 Become a Fraud Fighter Chapter 13 Fraud Prevention That
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Another important prevention tool, outlined in Chapter 3, is understanding the
stages that con men take their victims through in a typical scam. This is simply
another way for investors to be able to see a bad guy coming from a distance.
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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