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Praise for Outsmarting the Scam Artists
"Outsmarting the Scam Artists takes the playbooks from a dozen colorful villains and turns them into an entertaining and easy-to-read tutorial on how to protect yourself from fraud. A terrific, readable book!" Jane Bryant Quinn, financial writer and author of the bestsellerMaking the Most of Your Money Now
"Are you into The Grifters and Spenser? Do you cherish Raymond Chandler? This is a nonfiction treatment on 'the con' industry that deserves a place in the mystery bookstore; beyond that, it's a primer on how not to get conned yourself."Paco Underhill, author of the bestseller Why We Buy
"Time after time when I was attorney general, I saw heartbreaking stories of people being scammed out of savings by sophisticated con men. In today's digital age, it's smart for both older Americans and their families to verse themselves in the topic with a book like this."Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington
"For over a decade, researchers have been trying to understand how con men get consumers to hand over their hard-earned money. This remarkable book combines findings from behavioral science with the con men's own stories to bring us provocative new insights that can greatly reduce the chance of being victimized. It is a must-read for everyone interested in protecting themselves or joining the fight against financial exploitation." Laura Carstensen, PhD, Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity
"Outsmarting the Scam Artists does something remarkable, providing a simultaneously insightful, informative, and engaging account from the front lines of deceptive persuasion. For their protection, I want everyone in my family to read this book."Robert B. Cialdini, author of the bestseller Influence: Science and Practice
"Outsmarting the Scam Artists offers a fascinating look at how fraud schemes work from the perspective of the cons who perpetrate them. These veteran fraudsters offer up secrets about who they target, what tactics they employ, and how you can inoculate yourself from harm. Anyone whom cares about his or her own financial security will benefit from reading this book."Gerri Walsh, President, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Investor Education Foundation
There are definitely priceless lessons to be learned in this book.
The book makes the point that anyone can be taken under the right circumstances and that many very smart and highly educated people have fallen victim to cons.
They really appreciated the book, and once they were finished, I read it and really enjoyed it.
A good primer in scam artists, their strategies and ways to groom unsuspecting victims into their schemes. An easy read by a good source of information. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancya
This book was very helpful in learning how to avoid fraud and identity theft. I learned a lot and feel much safer now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Fan
I really enjoyed it. I didn't find it repetitive as other reviewers have mentioned. I found the structuring of the scams very interesting and opened my eyes to possible meanings of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by dgd
Helpful information. Encourage everyone to read this - especially senior citizens. Through this book we learn how scam artists think.Published 9 months ago by Ruth Sherman
Was not exactly what I expected. This book has boring examples of scams, not current and not relevant to current day issues.Published 10 months ago by reggiemb22
It was in insight into areas of selling that are not always so obvious. A good read on such activities.Published 12 months ago by Ian Moore