The Complete Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams, and Cons

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Penguin, Dec 3, 2002 - Law - 267 pages
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-- The main target for scams are those 50 years of age or older.

-- This book will expose all the latest scams, frauds, and cons -- and can be updated yearly, if necessary, to expose all the latest schemes.

Fraud -- credit card fraud, telemarketing scares, Internet scares, identity theft and hundreds of other items that are geared to separate you from your money -- is a multi-billion dollar business, both in the U.S. and worldwide. From a simple three-card monte game on a street corner to sophisticated banking and Wall Street swindles, cons, frauds and scams are destined to strike one in ten Americans this year. Check kiting, ATM scares, bankruptcy fraud, real estate scams, Nigerian money offers, and even slave reparation scams -- there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of ways to get suckered by telemarketers or just plain fast-talking swindlers. Scary stuff, right? This book identifies the myriad of scams, cons, and frauds perpetrated every minute of every day in this country, and gives cutting-edge, up-to-date advice on how you can protect yourself from unscrupulous cons of every conceivable stripe. There will also be an entertaining section on con artists through history, from the infamous grifters of the Great Depression to the masterminds of the recent Enron collapse -- perhaps one of the greatest scams in America's history.

 

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Contents

The Anatomy of a Con
1
What Is a Con?
3
The Confidence Man and His Mark
13
Classic American Cons
25
Pigeons Pills and Predators Scams Against Individuals
39
Identity Theft and Credit Fraud
41
DotCon Internet and EMail Scams
51
1800SUCKER Phone Phraud
65
Lawyers Guns and Money Tax and Insurance Scams
155
This Land Is My Land Home and Real Estate Scams
171
The Con Man Hall of Shame
181
Claims to Fame Inventors and Inheritors
183
Thats the Spirit Supernatural Scammers
193
The Crooks in the Gray Flannel Suits
203
The Late and the Great
213
Reversal of Fortune Stinging Con Men
223

If Looks Could Kill Vanity Scams
73
Take It and Leave It Family and Inheritance Swindles
83
Step Right Up Gambling and Carnival Cons
95
Kites Claims and Cons Business and Institutional Frauds
107
Impostor Cons
109
Workin It Business Bunco
121
Sign on the Dotted Line Banking Fraud
133
Investment Swindles and Business Manipulations
143
The Law Strikes Back
225
Where to Go If Youve Been Scammed
233
Con Man Glossary
241
Further Readings
245
Swierczynskis SpottheScam Quiz
249
Index
255
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