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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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 the paper about pay phones and I was calling to ...
investigator setting up the company to gather evidence against them for
suspected business-opportunity fraud. Joe Vertega is one of All American's best
salespeople. Let's keep listening. Vertega: Pay phones are a very simple
business, you ...
So while Mr. Vertega might have sounded authoritative in proclaiming All
American to be the largest private pay phone distributor in the continental United
States, the reality was quite different. Consider Edwards' rundown of the All
Vertega, as it turns out, was the most interesting character of them all. Joe was a
nice guy but for sure a crack head. You gotta understand something. This is a guy
who is about 240 to 245 pounds, 6 foot 3. As soon as he got a hit of crack in him ...
So evidently there was more to Mr. Vertega than his deep knowledge of the pay
phone distributor business. Let's hear some more of his presentation: Vertega:
Now John, you'll be guaranteed to earn no less than $300 per phone. Per month.
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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