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The Book of Scams

How to spot fraudsters and avoid becoming their next victim

By Rodney Hobson

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About the Author

Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia and is currently Editor of Ipreo, an international financial services group.

Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of ... Read more on Rodney Hobson

Contents Listing

About the author
Preface
Introduction

Section A. Traditional scams
1. The Ingredients Of A Scam
2. The Kick 'Em When They're Down Scam
3. The Letter From Lagos Scam
4. The Goebbels Scam
5. Pyramid Frauds
6. The Advance Fee Scam
7. The Lottery Scam
8. In Your Face Scams
9. Insurance Scams

Section B. Investment Scams
10. The Risks Of Investing
11. Rumour Scams
12. Tip For Tap Scams
13. Pensions Scams
14. Art Scams
15. The Auction Ring Scam

Section C. Modern Scams
16. How Technology Is Used
17. The Phishing Scam
18. The Vishing Scam
19. Card Machine Scams
20. Online Banking Scams
21. Computer Scams
22. The Identity Theft Scam
23. Company Scams

Top Tips
Appendix
About the author
Preface
Introduction

Section A. Traditional scams
1. The Ingredients Of A Scam
2. The Kick 'Em When They're Down Scam
3. The Letter From Lagos Scam
4. The Goebbels Scam
5. Pyramid Frauds
6. The Advance Fee Scam
7. The Lottery Scam
8. In Your Face Scams
9. Insurance Scams

Section B. Investment Scams
10. The Risks Of Investing
11. Rumour Scams
12. Tip For Tap Sca ...

Jacket Text

These days fraudsters operate on a massive scale that was previously unimaginable. Thousands of people from all walks of life are relieved of billions of pounds each year. No-one knows the full scale of fraud because embarrassed victims often fail to report it.

Despite all the press coverage, people keep falling for old tricks that often re-emerge in new guises. Scammers are ingenious, utterly ruthless and without conscience.

Rodney Hobson, author of the best-selling beginners guide to stock market investing Shares Made Simple, has produced the first definitive guide to scams, categorising the different types, listing tell-tale signs and advising how to spot a fraudster and avoid becoming the next victim. This makes the basic principles behind each type of scam more recognisable and it shows how scams have evolved and re-emerged over time.

Danger lurks for those unwary souls who part only too readily with their hard-earned cash and this book will help you be alert to the risks. It is also meant to entertain, as we learn to grudgingly admire as well as despise the ingenious crooks who lurk in the shadows.

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Media Coverage

Choice Magazine

Best-selling financial author Rodney Hobson has advice for older people to protect themselves from scammers

OUR MODERN communications have produced a golden age for scammers. Never before has it ...

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IG Trading / New.Markets TV

VIDEO: Financial fraud is unfortunately on the increase. Don?t be greedy, don?t look for huge gains, invest for the long-term and do due dilligence, says Rodney Hobson, author of Book of Scams.

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The Guardian

Scamming money out of people is a lucrative business for fraudsters but there are many ways to prevent yourself becoming a victim

Fancy a job where you bombard thousands of people in a matter of ...

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MoneyWeek

Review by Matthew Partridge

Almost all of us have been approached by a scammer at some point in our lives - if you're an active investor, you probably fend off regular calls from such people. But as ...

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