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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 ...more
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Published August 22nd 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published August 16th 2011)
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Mike
Jun 05, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Con
How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself
(Rowman and Littlefield)

by James Munton and Jelita McLeod

Reader Appeal: Adults
Genre: True Crime
PopFam Rating: A+

Funny thing happened on the way to writing this book review. It seems my adult son called his grandmother from Canada, and their conversation went something like this:

First, my son says he's in Canada, where he's traveled
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Marca
Mar 14, 2015 Marca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently saw an excellent presentation at a conference by Mr. Munton and acquired the book shortly after. All I can say is that everyone should read this book. In general, it is stuff we should all know by now, but the cons are so insidious that I realized I might have fallen prey to some of them and I am a major skeptic. It was easy for even a skeptic to see how the panicked mother of a soldier son who was supposedly injured overseas in combat was easily conned. Then there was the lonely midd ...more
Carol
Nov 30, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: I think AARP
Shelves: non-fiction
I really liked this book and yet it’s hard to like a book that explains the many ways a scammer can try to part you from your money. Perhaps it’s not the best book to read during the holiday season as it left me feeling a bit depressed. As the title states, it does have great advice to protect yourself from outright thieves and does point out how vulnerable even the smartest of us are.

Consider this quote “Scam, sham, grift, bunco, flimflam, swindle, fiddle, hustle. The English language has no s
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Scott
Nov 09, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depressing content - it's disgusting what some criminals will do to steal money from the average citizen - but useful information. Recommended especially for high school / college students and retirees, although every reader will likely learn something worthwhile.
David
Mar 27, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
(I received this book as a goodreads give-away.) This is a very well-written, entertaining book with lots of information about scams. The book offers a well-organized, comprehensive account of every conceivable scam that is in frequent use today. Some of the scams are simple and quick, while others are long and drawn out over many months. The book explains why scams are successful. Con-men (and women) prey on the vulnerability and gullibility of normal, everyday people. Ordinary people are so gu ...more
Kelly Knapp
Oct 31, 2011 Kelly Knapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High School students and everyone over the age of 16
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads program
This is one of those books that no one really likes, because of the depressing subject, but everyone should read. In fact, this should be required reading in High School.

James Munton and Jelita mCleod have placed before us a variety of scams and how to avoid them in easy everyday language. They are not concerned with the old bait and switch scam (or at least not only with the bait and switch scam) but with describing the newer high tech types of scams.

One of the most common concerns today is id
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Gerald Kinro
Apr 18, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is all about being taken and how to protect yourself. This book covers the world of fraud and scams. In this age of ID theft, credit cards and internet, this book is most appropriate, for we are all potential victims if not already scammed. It also covers "traditional" scams such as pyramid schemes, disaster chasers, psychics and door knockers. It is written in a simple, entertaining style where the authors use case-studies to present their material. Should one find him/herself the vict ...more
Dana
Oct 28, 2011 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book provides exactly the information it says it does. It provides examples of people who were the victims of cons and practical advice for both preventing victimization and recovering from it. That said, it also encourages paranoia (although they say it is caution, not paranoia) and a general mistrust of people, not just strangers but also people you know, which I do not like. While their advice provides a good guideline, I think sometimes it goes too far. Overall, this book provides good ...more
Margaret Sankey
So far this week, my email has yielded two Nigerian scams, a fake student stranded in Europe needing money, a "bill" from a fictional internet service provider and ads from a Mexican pharmacy that will ship me Vicodin after a phone consultation. Munton and McLeod, both consumer reporters (and Munton is a magician) lay out how the world's oldest scams have been seamlessly adapted to the world of the internet, from pigeon drops and door to door magazine sales to itinerant scamming handymen and cre ...more
Stefanie
Dec 04, 2011 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is solid, with helpful information and plenty of anecdotes (the best way to understand how these schemes can actually work, get a sense of how insidious they can be, and fully realize how much damage they can do). It's also, for lack of a better word, basic. These are old-school cons that savvy consumers (one hopes) already have on the radar. That does not negate the importance of knowing this information, or the convenience of having the contact information of various agencies that ca ...more
David Ward
Nov 08, 2012 David Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, crime
The Con: How Scams Work, Why You're Vulnerable, and How to Protect Yourself by James Munton (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2011) (364.163) is a useful summary of the various types of scams into which the unwary may stumble in the internet age. My rating: 5/10, finished 11/8/12.
Carl Johnson
A field guide to classic cons. Probably very useful for anyone interested in becoming a con artist.
Sally
Apr 22, 2012 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
If to be forewarned is forearmed, a valuable primer on not being taken advantage of by the many deliberate cons out there today.
JDK1962
Ok, but nothing really new or surprising, and the writing is nothing more than serviceable. It's a depressing read.
Phoenix Carvelli
Review copy won on Goodreads.com on 3-22-12.
John
Aug 29, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably intended for those without an anti-fraud background. It does contain good general knowledge and has good examples of basic cons and fraud.
Caroline
Helpful stuff, kinda like self defense for your well-being (and bank accounts).
Patty
Nov 05, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Patty by: won on goodreads
I won this book from Goodreads. Book was very interesting and enlighting.
Kadry
Everyone should read this book. Excellent info on how smart, savvy people fall victim to scams and put themselves at risk for fraud and identity theft.
Abraham Ray
Oct 28, 2011 Abraham Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law
it's usefull!
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James Munton is an author, speaker and professional magician. He presents educational assemblies at hundreds of schools and speaks at national conventions and association events.

A native of London, England, James began performing magic professionally in 1993. Since moving to the United States in 1997, James has used his entertaining, wholesome, family-oriented brand of magic to provide entertain

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