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 reject advances, encounters, and approaches that do not meet sufficient standards of credibility.
James Munton is an expert in deception and misdirection. A successful magician, James provides entertainment, marketing and training for corporations and organizations. He has performed for Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Cheney and three times at the White House. He is an in-demand speaker on the subjects of identity theft and data breaches. He has appeared on Fox 5 News and ABC Morning News (Washington, D.C.) and in a National Geographic Television documentary special. He has been featured in articles in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is a past president of the National Capital chapters of both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. Jelita McLeod is an award-winning writer who has worked in marketing, advocacy and public relations for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, International Educator, The College Board Review and Vital Speeches of the Day. Her commentary has aired on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered. Currently a freelance writer, she has served as a full-time speechwriter and as director of external relations at the Fulbright Association. She previously worked at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown University, and overseas in England and Japan.
Chapter 1: Scams 101: Admitting there's a Problem Chapter 2: Know the Enemy: Elements of a Con Chapter 3: The Weakest Link: Why Scams Work Chapter 4: Mayhem in the Mail: Avoiding Postal Pitfalls Chapter 5: Up Close and Personal: Danger on Your Doorstep Chapter 6: Dialing for Dollars: Fending Off Phone Fraud Chapter 7: Fortifying the Firewall: Evading Electronic Scams Chapter 8: Out and About: Sidestepping Street Swindles Chapter 9: Don't Mix Business With Pleasure: Affinity Fraud & Investment Scams Chapter 10: It Ain't Me: Identity Theft Chapter 11: Recovering from Identity Theft Appendix A: Cheat Sheet: Takeaway Tips Appendix B: Resources