Outsmarting the Scam Artists

Outsmarting the Scam Artists

How to Protect Yourself from the Most Clever Cons

By Doug Shadel

John Wiley & Sons, Paperback, 9781118173640, 191pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2012


A practical guide to avoiding the most common scams, from a fraud-fighting expert

U.S. consumers lose billions of dollars each year to scam artists--and the next victim could be you. While anyone can be targeted, many victims are older. In AARP's "Outsmarting the Scam Artists," renowned fraud-fighter Doug Shadel offers practical advice for consumers who want to protect their money as well as the financial assets of their parents and families.

Despite the rise of scams, many people are embarrassed to admit they've been victimized. The author helps break the cycle of shame by including accounts from the people who've been scammed as well as tips from a surprising source: convicted con artists who reveal how they've defrauded people like you. Get practical tips to combat all kinds of scams, from simple lottery tickets to non-existent oil and gas deals and religious ponzi schemes Learn how to protect yourself by securing your mailbox and fraud-proofing your trash Get inside the head of sophisticated scam artists to discover how you can become the type of individual they avoid

Scammers are everywhere. But with "Outsmarting the Scam Artists" in hand, you can protect yourself and your money.

About the Author
Pam and Guy Harper's families have been residents of Three Tree Point for generations, and the couple has an intimate knowledge of the history, culture, and lifestyles of the people who have lived there. Doug Shadel is also a resident of Three Tree Point and an author of five previous books on a variety of topics. Numerous residents of the point generously contributed to this book by donating pictures from their personal collections.