The Con

The Con

How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself

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Baker & Taylor
"No one thinks it can happen to them, but Americans are 40 times more likely to be defrauded than to have their cars stolen or their homes burgled. Con artists ruin people financially and emotionally, leaving in their wake a trail of destruction, broken hearts, and deflated dreams. The first step to combating fraud is to understand it. What do scams look like? Why are they effective? The next step is to take action. How can we protect ourselves and our families? The Con: How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself informs and engages with accessible stories of ordinary people from all walks of life thrown into unexpected and disorienting circumstances. The book goes behind the scenes of real-world cons to examine the logistics and psychology that enable scams to succeed. The goal is to help people understand and recognize deception, and in the same way that they avoid other potentially dangerous situations, take a detour. Once readers gain a clear idea of what scams look and sound like and learned simple strategies to reduce personal risk, protecting themselves will be just as instinctive as putting on a seat belt"--Provided by publisher.

Rowman and Littllefield
Steering clear of cons requires a heightened awareness and healthy skepticism, along with an appreciation for just how widespread scams are.The Con: How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself is an insightful, revealing look at scams, why they work, and how to avoid them. Through the use of personal narratives, the book teaches people to assess and reject advances, encounters, and approaches that do not meet sufficient standards of credibility.

& Taylor

Shares illustrative stories to demonstrate the pervasiveness of scams in America, counseling readers on how to recognize fraudulent schemes, understand the psychology that enables their successes and take action to reduce one's vulnerabilities and avoid other potentially dangerous situations.

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781442207318
Branch Call Number: 362.88 Munton 2011
Characteristics: vii, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McLeod, Jelita 1971-


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Apr 21, 2017

Really enjoyed. Interesting and well written!

Jan 04, 2016

Well written, engaging book. While I was already aware of most of the items covered in the book, I would highly recommend to more senior people who may not be as aware of all of the scams that modern technology can bring to their proverbial doorstep quite easily. This is also a great book for teens. I believe that most people in this world mean well, but making young adults aware of the existence of those who don't, and their tactics, can be useful.

Oct 26, 2015

Great read, very intriguing stories, and a lot of information to watch out for people trying to rip you off. Main thing when anyone or anything (emails etc) tries to get money or information out of you always side to the side of caution. Some cons will even invest months to try to con you, so always get everything in writing, always do your own investigation first of their situation. Again great book!


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