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Scam!: A Survivor's Guide to Cons and Rip-offs Paperback – 12 Oct 2004

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (12 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844032345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844032341
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven Telfer was born in Australia, made his first overseas trip at the age of 10 and grew up in Brazil. Since then he has circumnavigated the globe four times and visited over 50 different countries. During his extensive travels he has been the victim of hundreds of cons, making him an expert on how to beat the fraudsters at their own game. He currently lives in London with his wife.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 22 Dec. 2004
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When a tiny pink book popped out of my huge Amazon order, I thought "Hello..is this a scam book"?. You know, like the late 70's classic "Everything men know about women" that contained 70 blank pages. I actually opened it up and was disappointed to see big print on the pages...but it is one of those little gems.
What lies within is a great little wake up call to some of us that get complacent about some things. It does not fill you with all the information that you would require to be safe from every scam artist out there, but it refreshes your 'scam-alert' impulses and makes you smile at some of the japes.
A little taster is one scam in which you see an advert in the local rag claiming "52 cigarette lighters for £5". It looks a good enough deal at 10p each and you send your money off. What you get back in return, is a box of 52 safety matches. Does what it says on the tin, but you are £4.80 out of pocket.
A great stocking filler present or something to amuse for a small time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anglepoise user on 23 Jun. 2008
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I bought this for £1 from one of the Amazon marketplace sellers. A good read that should make a few people aware of the sort of con tricks that go on.
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By Elizabeth Harrison on 30 Nov. 2012
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I bought this to give to my grandson on his 18th birthday, so that now he's an adult, he can be aware of some of the pitfalls. I thought it was so good that I bought more copies to give to the rest of the family as stocking fillers. We have kept one for ourselves too. It's a colourful little book, and the younger members of the family will find it an easy read. Well packed and despatched promptly.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms Amber Dance on 19 Nov. 2004
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I read this book two weeks ago and have done quite a bit of travel since. Just reading this book increases your awareness to so many potential scams out there...
It could almost be a 'how to save money book'!! There are so many books on how to save money and very few on what to be aware of that could potentially save your cash simply by not falling victim to low life criminals - not to mention the hassle/stress that comes with losing cash, credit cards and passports when travelling.
A close friend is about to go on six month trip of a life time, and I have put together a survival kit for her - of course SCAM will be right at the top.
Highly recommended
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enigmatic on 6 April 2009
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Quite simply the most stunning novel I've ever read. A romance unlike any other. Every page was the same colour, and I think the same font. Brilliant. Something I will no doubt read to my grandchildren, my dog, and my wife, once I secure myself one.

Also, the author's photograph is suh-WEET!

by: F.M.
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