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The Con - How Scams Work Why You're Vulnerable and How to Protect Yourself - cover

The Con - How Scams Work Why You're Vulnerable and How to Protect Yourself

James Munton, Jelita McLeod

Publisher: Stackpole Books

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“[A] fascinating, informative, and highly entertaining primer on the various ways the uninitiated may find themselves ripped off by a con artist.” —Publishers Weekly   No one thinks it can happen to them, but Americans are forty 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.  “This compelling work goes a long way toward putting distance between scammers and their prey.” —Foreword Reviews  “Completely fascinating and insightful.” —Booklist  
Available since: 06/14/2023.
Print length: 225 pages.

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