The Con

The Con
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How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself
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Artikel-Nr:
9781442207332
Veröffentl:
2011
Seiten:
190
Autor:
James Munton
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

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.
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 have gained 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.

Chapter 1: Scams 101: Admitting there's a Problem
Chapter 2: Know the Enemy: Elements of a Con
Chapter 3: The Weakest Link: Why Scams Work
Chapter 4: Mayhem in the Mail: Avoiding Postal Pitfalls
Chapter 5: Up Close and Personal: Danger on Your Doorstep
Chapter 6: Dialing for Dollars: Fending Off Phone Fraud
Chapter 7: Fortifying the Firewall: Evading Electronic Scams
Chapter 8: Out and About: Sidestepping Street Swindles
Chapter 9: Don't Mix Business With Pleasure: Affinity Fraud & Investment Scams
Chapter 10: It Ain't Me: Identity Theft
Chapter 11: Recovering from Identity Theft
Appendix A: Cheat Sheet: Takeaway Tips
Appendix B: Resources

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