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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... Alan Buie; Elliot Burg; Bruce Carlson; Kathi Brown; Laura Carstensen; Pat
Cashman; Rachelle Cummins; Martha Deevy; Shari Delaney; Jimmy Edwards;
Rob Ence; Jason Erskine; John Gannon; Lois Greisman; Chuck Harwood; Bill
Jimmy Edwards—Edwards worked in more than 30 fraudulent boiler rooms
mostly in south Florida between 1996 until his arrest in 2004. He was convicted
of fraud and served 37 months in prison. Specialty: Business opportunity scams.
Our expert con artists tell us that swindlers are selling smartphone
distributorships today the same way they sold pay phones in the 1990s. All
American was one of the many firms that con artists like Jimmy Edwards worked
for during the 1990s ...
November 1999 while Edwards was working there. The call was handled by one
of his good friends and colleagues, Joe Vertega. Vertega: Good afternoon, this is
Joe. Can I help you? Swanson: My name is John Swanson and I saw your ad in ...
From 1996 until 2004, Jimmy Edwards worked in them all: more than 30 different
fraudulent boiler rooms in Miami. It was the heyday of business-opportunity fraud,
Edward's personal specialty, but he would work in any room that paid well.
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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