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There's a Sucker Born Every Minute: A Revelation of Audacious Frauds, Scams, and Cons -- How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them (Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning) Hardcover – Large Print, May 6, 2011

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  • Series: Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Rep edition (May 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410436535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410436535
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,950,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Robinson, described by Britain’s Sunday Telegraph as, "one of the world's leading experts on international financial crime,” is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including The Laundrymen, The Merger and The Sink.

Robinson has written scores of newspaper and magazine articles on financial crime and given many keynote speeches and media interviews on money laundering, fraud and organized crime. He has appeared on NBC (including The Today Show and Nightly News), MSNBC, CNN (including Larry King), Fox News, BBC, ITN, Channel 4 News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Sky News, where he is has been a contributor on American issues, fraud, and international crime for the past 20 years. He has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including Barron’s (which earned him an Overseas Press Club Award), Playboy (two cover stories on crime), the International Herald Tribune, plus the Times, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday in London, where he lived for 25 years. In addition to books and articles, he has written television dramas and documentaries.

He lives in New York.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jeffrey Robinson

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Jeffrey Robinson (born 1945) is a native New Yorker who lived in Europe from 1970-2007. The international bestselling author of 26 books, Robinson is a recognized expert on organized crime, fraud and money laundering, and has been labeled, by the British Bankers' Association, "the world's most important financial crime journalist."

Born in Long Beach, Robinson is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia (1967). While still at school, he wrote for television and radio, including a popular weekly children's show and was on the writing staff of The Mike Douglas Show, a nationally televised daily talk show. He continued working in the media during his four year stint as an officer in the United States Air Force. Charged with running a press and public relations office for five generals at the height of the Vietnam War, he hosted a weekly talk show, scripted and directed several film projects, wrote short stories for national magazines and moonlighted as a disc jockey on local radio.

When his military obligation was completed at the end of 1970, he took up residence in a small village in the south of France. Using that as his base, he vagabonded around the world, writing articles and short stories for leading North American and British periodicals. His magazine credits include Playboy, McCalls, Barron's, Gourmet, True, Ambassador, Mademoiselle, Reader's Digest and TV Guide; his newspaper credits include The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor and The International Herald Tribune (for which he was a major contributor of features during the 1970s). In Britain his feature journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and the Mail on Sunday, among others.

He moved to the UK in 1982, with more than 600 published stories and articles to his credit, to concentrate on writing books. In 2007, he returned to New York and now divides his time between the US and the UK.

Robinson is internationally known for his 1995 investigative tour de force, The Laundrymen, in which he reveals how hundreds of billions of dirty dollars, derived mainly from the drug trade, is reinvested throughout the world by otherwise legitimate businessmen, lawyers, accountants and bankers. Considered the definitive book on the subject, and now used in universities and law schools as a text, Business Week described it as "[a]n indictment of governments and banks".

A headline-maker in 14 countries around the world, Robinson scripted and hosted several television documentaries on the back of The Laundrymen, including one for the BBC, and another for Arte in France and Germany. Both have been shown in the United States.

In 1998, he published a sequel to The Laundrymen, titled The Merger - How Organized Crime is Taking Over The World. Robinson describes the shocking and disturbing lengths that transnational organized criminals go in order to build multi-national corporations and become the most powerful special interest group on the planet.

Five years later he published yet another book in this series: The Sink, exposing crime, terrorism and dirty money in the offshore world.

Between 1986-1994, he published three major best-selling biographies: Yamani - The Inside Story, described by the Wall Street Journal as the best book ever written about the oil industry; Rainier & Grace (now titled Grace of Monaco), the only legitimate biography ever written about, and with the cooperation of, Monaco's sovereign family; and Bardot - Two Lives, also unique in that it was written with the cooperation of French icon, Brigitte Bardot.

His other non-fiction titles include: The Risk Takers (his first UK best seller) which highlighted the high-fliers of City finance, recounting their tales of money, ego and power; The Minus Millionaires, the off-beat sequel to The Risk Takers, in which he told stories about 'risk takers' who had lost fortunes; The End of the American Century, for which Robinson gained access to secret archives in the former Soviet Union to reveal the hidden agendas of the Cold War; The Hotel, stories gathered over five months as a fly on the wall in what is, arguably, the best hotel in the world; The Manipulators - A Conspiracy to Make Us Buy, exposing the marketing world's "hidden persuaders" 40 years after Vance Packard; and Prescription Games, an insider's view of the global pharmaceutical industry, where science and marketing are deliberately kept apart and where, all too often, profit dictates who lives and who dies.

In 2005, he wrote his first "as told to" with an old college friend, Joseph Petro. It is Petro's autobiography, Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service. Two years later he ghost-wrote Ronnie Wood's autobiography, documenting Wood's years as a member of the most famous band in the world, The Rolling Stones. And two years after that, he published his third "as told to," written with the last of the great British tycoons, billionaire Gerald Ronson. It is titled, "Leading From The Front."

His latest non-fiction book, documenting the unlikely demise of the most violent cocaine cartel in Colombia, is called "The Takedown."

Jeffrey Robinson has also written six much-praised novels: Pietrov and Other Games ("A fast-paced, yet marvelously complex story" - Nelson DeMille); The Ginger Jar ("A gripping spy thriller" - Richard Condon); The Margin of the Bulls ("Disgracefully entertaining" - Daily Mail); The Monk's Disciples ("A warmly funny, richly human novel crammed with great characters and wonderful digressions. It's like going out to dinner with your most entertaining friend and ending up talking till dawn because the company's so good" - Val McDermid); and, currently under film option, A True and Perfect Knight ("An audaciously plotted comedy of errors with a far-from-heroic protagonist, and a comic thriller of considerable skill. The dialogue, too, is a pleasure, with wisecracks to equal Elmore Leonard at his most mordant" - Barry Forshaw). His latest novel is "Trump Tower": "A world of luxury, glamour, sex, lust and power. But at Trump Tower, nothing is quite what it seems to be."

A frequent guest on TV and radio on both sides of the Atlantic - appearances over the past few years include NBC News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, ITN, Channel 4 News, CBC, CNBC, Sky News, BBC World, NBC's The Today Show, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg.

He continues to write for radio and television and is a popular after-dinner speaker in Europe and North America. In 1990, he won the coveted Benedictine Award, "After-Dinner Speaker of the Year".


* The Takedown (2011)
* There's A Sucker Born Every Minute (2010)
* The Sink - Crime, Terror And Dirty Money In The Offshore World (2003)
* Prescription Games - Money, Ego And Power Inside The Global Pharmaceutical Industry (2001)
* The Merger - The Conglomeration Of International Organized Crime (1998)
* The Manipulators - A Conspiracy To Make Us Buy (1997)
* The Hotel - Upstairs, Downstairs In A Secret World (1996)
* The Laundrymen (1995)
* Bardot - Two Lives (1994)
* The End of the American Century (1992)
* The Risk Takers - Five Years On (1991)
* Rainier & Grace (1988) (Now called Grace of Monaco (2014))
* Yamani - The Inside Story (1987)
* Minus Millionaires (1986)
* The Risk Takers - Portraits Of Money, Ego And Power (1985)
* Teamwork - Comedy Teams in the Movies (1983)
* Bette Davis - A Filmography (1982)

As Told To:
* Gerald Ronson: Leading From The Front - My Story (2009)
* Ronnie Wood: Ronnie - The Autobiography" (Life As A Rolling
Stone) (2007)
* Joseph Petro: Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside
the Secret Service (2005)


* Trump Tower (2012)
* A True and Perfect Knight (1999)
* The Monk's Disciples (1997)
* The Margin of the Bulls (1995)
* The Ginger Jar (1986)
* Pietrov and Other Games (1985)

Screenplays, teleplays and radio plays

* The Wake (2008)
* I Je t'Aime You (2008)
* Other Arrangements (2007)
* The Confession (2007)
* Notice of Claim (2005)
* Bardot (2005)
* Sister Banjo (2002)
* Tightrope (2002)
* Rossum's Cyber Café (2000)
* Les Blanchisseurs (1998)
* The Laundrymen (1997)

eBooks - Available in Kindle and Nook Formats:

* Grace of Monaco - (Revised version of Rainier & Grace - 30 Years After The
Death Of Princess Grace)
* Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent: Following the Money
* Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent: The Swiss Wash Whiter
* Bardot - Two Lives
* A True and Perfect Knight
* Margin of the Bulls
* The Monk's Disciples
* The Laundrymen
* The Merger
* The Sink
* The Manipulators
* The Takedown
* Yamani - The Inside Story
* Standing Next to History, with Joseph Petro

Journalism and short stories

More than 700 of Robinson's published articles and short stories have appeared in major periodicals. Newspaper journalism, specifically for the period 1970-1983 includes 250 feature articles, notably for The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Examiner.

Jeffrey Robinson on You Tube

Jeffrey Robinson's official website:

Twitter: @writingfactory

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
If this book's author had been half as clever in choosing his book's title as the scammers about whom he was writing are in defrauding the public, he would likely have sold millions of copies. He should have! For this book is more than worth its price and, for any given reader, may someday be worth it's weight in gold. That day will come when a reader has his or her identity stolen and desperately needs to know what in the world to do.

But the book goes far and beyond simply the dreaded identity theft. It also provides valuable insights into all manner of Internet, mail, and telephone scams and frauds: including, among others, fraudulent charities; area code scams (809, 284, & 876); check fraud; expired credit card scams; card not present scams; debt elimination and reverse mortgage scams; phishing; pharming; cheap medications from Canada; telemarketing scams; Medicare fraud; overpayment scams; and IRS related scams. And, in addition to identifying the scams, the author also explains how the "fraudsters" set them up; what the "lies" are that suck the victims in; what the scams actually are (in all their variations); what "key words" help identify them as a scams; and how you, the victim de jure, can protect yourself.

The insights and advice offered in this book are so valuable and specific that it should be read by every man and woman in the United States (US). For although many of these scams originate and are executed from outside the US, the US is generally the target of choice. It almost goes without saying that under certain unfortunate circumstances, this may very well be the most valuable book you could have at hand. I'd buy it, read it, and keep it handy if I were you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john f. on July 21, 2010
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Another insightful and entertaining financial crime book by Jeffrey Robinson. It should be part of everyone's financial crime library. I provided it as a handout to 35 graduate students in my Anti-Money Laundering class. The book served as a means of providing insight into the various scams, as well as, a tool to instruct the class on how to protect themselves and their families against these frauds. I am eagerly awaiting Mr. Robinson's next financial crime book. John F. Forbes

The Merger: The International Conglomerate of Organized Crime
The Laundrymen - Inside Money Laundering, The World's Third Largest Business
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mysterybuff on April 21, 2012
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Just a compendium of the same-old, same-old, useful only to the most naive, and using far too many words to fill the pages. The updated contacts may be useful, though.
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If you've ever been "taken for a ride,got gyped,scammed,or taken ;and who hasn't, this is an excellent book for you.If you have avoided these scam artists so far,you must have a pretty good head on your shoulders.However,that's no reason to let your guard down;because the world is filled with unsavory characters who are working their butts of trying to "hook" you.If you think these scammers are something from the past like Medicine Men in travelling sideshows,or flamboyant used car salesmen or characters like W.C Fields,and that the Government has thousands on staff to entrap them;you are in for a big surprise.All you have to do is recall Madoff and how he took Billions from "sophisicated investors",right under the noses of regulatory bodies and so called experts.
The only difference between the old days and today is that there are much more complicated methods and systems available to scam you.Without doubt,the Internet has offered scammers opportunities they would not even have dreamed of in the past.Also,while government regulations and employees have expanded unimaginably ,you are more liable to get gyped today than ever before.
This book covers the many kinds of scams that exist and gives all kinds of suggestions on how to protect yourself;but the best protection you can have is to beware of anyone you deal with and as a starter assume those who approach you in any way where money is involved;is to assume they are dishonest;especially if they are unknown to you.
As a starter,never deal with anyone who comes a knocking at your door.Never deal with anyone on a phone trying to sell you something;and above all never deal with anyone who contacts you by e-mail---and that includes banks,financial institutions,travel agencies,real estate salesmen,or government organizations,etc.
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A book that provide awareness of the unethical practices of fraudsters. It is frightening to read of the techniques used by these unscrupulous people with real life examples to take advantage of human weaknesses like greed and fear. However, examples are mostly American. Examples from other countries will be useful. The author spends much time on the background of the quote which is the title of the book. This could be shorter as readers could not be bothered whether the quote is attributed to Hannum or Barnum. as long as they understand what the quote means. The suggestions on how to prevent ourselves from being smuggled by these tricksters are useful guidelines. A psychological explanation on why people are so gullible will be useful to deepen our learning. Although it is not meant to be an academic book, some basis of psychology will be of added value. It is indeed an eye opener for the readers. I fully agree in this internet and high-tech world that no one is shielded from scams. Indeed, there is a sucker born every minute.
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