Cons and Frauds

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Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 113 pages
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From offers 'too good to be true' to presenting false information, confidence schemes are employed worldwide for illicit financial gain. Some criminals, known as confidence men (or women), con artists, or grifters, rely on a gift for gab or lies and deception to steal money or commit other crimes. When on top of his or her game, the con artist can manipulate or trick a victim into willfully handing money over, usually in anticipation of a bogus financial return. Cons and Frauds looks at the history of these moneymaking scams, how individuals and police can fight them, and what signs to look for to avoid being the next dupe on a con artist's list.Chapters include, Anatomy of a Con, How to Avoid Common Scams, ID Theft, E-Cons: Scamming on the Grifter Superhighway, and Educating the Public.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Acknowledgments
13
Introduction
15
Using the Marks GreedTypes of Cons
19
Anatomy of a Con
29
3 The Impersonator
35
Common Scams
43
ID Theft
57
Public Education and Protection Against Cons
79
Media Investigations 60 Minutes
87
Chronology
95
Endnotes
97
Glossary
102
Bibliography
103
Further Resources
105
About the Author
111

EConsScamming on the Grifter Superhighway
63
World Without Shame
73
About the Consulting Editor
112
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Michael Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and artist. His work has been published in the "New York Times", the "Atlantic", "Rolling Stone", and the "Nation".

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