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Product details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330446010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330446013
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating and illuminating story'
-- Irvine Welsh

'A scintillating read - with a very large don't try this at home
warning thrown in for good measure.' -- Maxim

'An eye-popping account of the brief but spectacularly profitable
career of young Elliot Castro. It's a fascinating story.' -- Mail on Sunday

'Well written, revealing and above all human, Other People's Money
is a cut above your average crime saga.' -- Switched On

'a concise, self-critical memoir, which deftly conveys the
desperation of his plight without a shred of self pity.' -- Daily Express

'exhilarating Brit variation on Catch Me If You Can, which never
misses an opportunity to up the sweaty-palmed suspense.'
-- Arena --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A white-knuckle ride through the spectacularly profitable criminal career of the young Elliot Castro.

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Format: Hardcover
WOW!

Neil Forsyth's fast-paced writing style brings Elliot Castro's amazing story to life. From the word go, I was pretty much sucked in to this page-turner. This is not just a book about crime. There are some hilarious moments as well as some deeply emotional and personal moments where I couldn't help but feel for Elliot. It's a truly outstanding piece of writing with a story that will definitely interest anyone who holds a credit card or wants to know how credit card fraud works.

It's a thriller, a comedy and a drama all in one. Buy it!
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Saw this pegged as the british reply to "wolf of wall street" or "catch me if you can", it is neither! We hear many times about how repentant the chap is about his time and how he didn't see it as stealing. but we hear very little about the fun he must have had (and lets face it thats what we want to hear about!)

I wouldn't recommend this book
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I read an extract a few years ago in a Saturday supplement and was fascinated as to how he made it possible and sustained a "living". I am in no way condoning what he did as he lived off other people's money simply because he was wanted a certain lifestyle. I like the way the book doesn't just tell Elliot Castro's story but also the author's thoughts on his subject
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the fscinating story of a highly intelligent boy who, for whatever reasons, didn't thrive at school (and was actually expelled from several schools) and ended up without any formal qualifications. Instead, he grew into a young adult using his considerable brainpower to extract vast sums of money from credit card organizations. The book explains some of the techniques involved, though hopefully not in enough detail to encourage others to follow the criminal's example. Indeed, even as we read about his high living in luxury hotels in London, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dublin, Sydney, the Bahamas, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other places, we are regularly reminded that the criminal was constantly on the run. Even so, he spent spells in prison in Canada as well as Britain, usually for a length of time that seems lenient in retrospect.

When the criminal tried to stabilize his life in Belfast, chosen because it is part of the UK but with its own distinctive police force, he learned that he couldn't do so for any length of time because people started wondering how he really came by his wealth. People can spot the difference between those who are genuinely wealthy and those who are not, even without any evidence. The stories that the criminal told just didn't add up. When he was continually on the move, people didn't see him for long enough to worry about such matters. So it was that a long spell in Belfast combined with regular visits to certain other places, especially Edinburgh and his parents' adopted home of Glasgow, made it increasingly difficult for the criminal to operate effectively in the places he liked.
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An interesting tale about the young Scottish fraudster tho i thought it was one which could have been told better. As he's an out and out liar I thought there were definetly parts of this story where he was telling porkies or at the very least 'embellishing the truth ' . Not all your readers are dim-witted hotel receptionists Mr Castro. However in saying that it was amazing that his youthful brazenness did get him so far. If a movie or documentary does ever get made then with a good director it could be good to watch.
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Although on occasion you find the trips the guy goes on interesting he is basically a scumbag and a petty thief. Not particularly intelligent (despite his claims) and not particularly likeable either (in the way to sometimes root for the bad guy I was happy to see him caught).
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Elliot Castro, you and I have very similar backgrounds and CV!

Your book is truly fantastic and deserves to be where it is on the Amazon hit list. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and your tales of woe and the high life you enjoyed on other people's money was exactly my modus operandi for years.

I get the impression we suffer from the syndrom of having to buy our friends. In bars. And expensive hotels. Your honesty at telling your stories is truly remarkable. Your ability to coerce money out the credit card companies was awesome!

Congratulations on your book. You may like to read 'High Stakes - How I blew 14 Million Pounds' I wrote that in prison!

Good luck for the future

Nigel Goldman
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The true story of a likeable character who painlessly obtained money from individuals and companies to fund his luxurious life style; until; his conscience over-ruled him. He then chose to help the law fight crime.
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