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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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.
Jeremy Shipman—Shipman worked in multiple fraudulent boiler rooms over the
years before being convicted in 2009. He is currently serving a 33-month
sentence in federal prison. Specialty: Gold coins/investment scams. Freddy Smith
You name the scam, there was a room that operated that scam. 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 ...
It turns out that boiler room owners regularly sent managers in to N.A. meetings to
recruit addicts to work at their rooms. Why? Who better to get on the phone than
an addict? Nobody. Who's a better talker than an addict? Nobody. Who has ...
Edwards says that not everyone in the boiler rooms he worked in had such
severe drug addiction going on, but almost all of them had some kind of addiction
. “I would say 80 to 90 percent of the people I worked with in these boiler rooms
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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