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The Con by James Munton
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Apr 01, 12

bookshelves: self-help, nonfiction
Read from March 27 to 31, 2012

(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 gullible because they cannot imagine how a friendly, well-spoken person can possibly be an immoral sociopathic dirt-bag.

Ordinary people are also gullible because they have a strong, innate need to believe in the honesty of others. Many scams have a second phase called "reloading". The victim has an urge to "get his money back", and does not yet suspect the full extent of his gullibility and victimization. So the con-man goes back to the victim, and cons his victim out of yet more money.

The book offers lots of excellent advice for avoiding many scams. People need to be careful, skeptical, and always on the lookout for some deal that seems too good to be true. Don't respond to unsolicited e-mails. Don't give out your social security number or other personal information. If you suspect fraud, call the police. The book outlines many additional ways to protect yourself, and lists additional resources for more information.
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