Scam-proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family from Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
Get inside information from those in the know on how to protect your money, your rights, and your health—with the most complete, practical, and easy-to-follow collection of consumer wisdom ever assembled.

In this essential action guide by dogged consumer reporter Sid Kirchheimer, more than 100 leading experts reveal smart and specific tips, techniques, and tactics that anyone can use to avoid being victimized—financially, physically, or emotionally. Car salesmen disclose secret strategies to save you thousands of dollars on your next vehicle purchase. Repairmen divulge the tricks of their trades … and disclose the advice you'll need to get superior service at an honest price. Con men and crooks offer defensive directives to deprive thieves of your money, your possessions, and your identity.

Kirchheimer gets the experts to cough up everyday counsel as well. Doctors share simple steps you can take today to guard against medical errors and lower your health-care costs. Attorneys tell how to protect yourself in a courtroom and in daily life. Industry insiders and consumer advocates detail when, where, and how to get the most for your time and money: They expose all sorts of stealthy solutions for saving when you buy a home or apply for a mortgage, telephone service, or a credit card. They even tell you how to save big on travel arrangements, and how to secure a college scholarship for less-than-Dean's List students!

Scam-Proof Your Life is the latest work by award-winning consumer crusader Sid Kirchheimer, who writes the popular “Scam Alert” column in The AARP Bulletin—the nation's most widely circulated newspaper. Kirchheimer is the author of The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II (2 million copies sold), Never Pay Retail, and other critically acclaimed books devoted to empowering ordinary people to protect their money, time, health, and security.
 

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Contents

CARS DONT GET TAKEN FOR A RIDE
15
Preparation That Pays
19
At the Dealership
26
Buying Used
30
Car Repairs
39
Prevent Fight Traffic Tickets
47
HOMES DEFEND YOUR DREAM
53
Mortgages
54
Tests Procedures
204
Medications
208
Nursing Homes AssistedLiving Residences
216
EVERYDAY PROTECTION HALT HUMDRUM HEALTH HAZARDS
227
Medication Smarts
228
Fighting Germs at Home in Public
232
Food Safety
236
IDENTITY THEFT ARMORPLATE YOUR NAME REPUTATION
243

Closing Costs
65
Strategies for Buying Selling
69
Home Repairs Renovations
73
CREDIT CARDS SAVE PAPER ON YOUR PLASTIC
85
Tricks of the CreditCard Trade
86
Avoid Common Cardholder Mistakes
96
Rewards That Dont
100
TELEPHONE SERVICE BE A TALKING TIGHWAD
105
PostDeregulation Surprises
107
LongDistance Savings
111
Common Phone Scams
119
COLLEGE GET SCHOOLED ON SCHOLARSHIP TOOLS
127
Start Early for Payoff Later
128
UniversityFunded Scholarships
135
Private Scholarship Money
141
Essays That Excel
142
TRAVEL GO MORE PLACES FOR LESS
149
Airlines
151
Hotels
163
Rental Cars
167
Cruises
171
MEDICAL ERRORS AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES
177
Prevent Procedure Errors
181
Avert Medication Mishaps
185
Get More from Doctors
189
HEALTHCARE RIPOFFS SHIELD YOUR MONEY YOUR LIFE
199
Hospital Expenses
200
Simple Steps to Take Now
247
Stop junk Mail Telemarketers
254
Shore Up Online Security
259
Youve Been VictimizedNow What?
267
ON THE JOB YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK
273
Avoiding a Layoff
274
Get More When You Say Goodbye
280
Fighting an Unlawful Dismissal
287
Starting Over
294
THE DIRTY DOZEN A ROUNDUP OF COMMON SCAMS
299
ATM Skimming
300
Charity Cheats
301
DoortoDoor Deception
303
Employment Scams
304
Financial Account Updates Alerts
307
Foreign Lotteries
309
Gift Grift
311
Government Cons
313
Kid Candy Magazine Sales
317
The Nigerian Letter
319
Pyramid Schemes
320
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
322
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
323
PANEL OF EXPERTS
324
INDEX
328
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Scam-Proof Your Life is the latest work by award-winning consumer crusader Sid Kirchheimer, who writes the popular "Scam Alert” column in The AARP Bulletin--the nation’s most widely circulated newspaper. Kirchheimer is the author of The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II (2 million copies sold), Never Pay Retail, and other critically acclaimed books devoted to empowering ordinary people to protect their money, time, health, and security.

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