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Fraud! : how to protect yourself from schemes, scams, and swindles
Bertrand, Marsha.
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Publication Information:
New York : American Management Ass., 2000.
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xiii, 265 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Author Notes

Marsha Bertrand is a writer specializing in investment, finance, and business topics. She has written more than 300 articles for a wide variety of publications and is the author of The Consumer Guide to the Stock Market and A Woman's Guide to Savvy Investing. She has worked as Director of Shareholder Relations at Allnet Communication Services, and as Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations at a well-know investment firm, where she managed a portfolio of limited partnerships and publicly traded funds. She lives with her husband in Orlando, Florida.


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Booklist Review

The Internet has opened the door to all sorts of new possibilities for fraud and deception, but, as Bertrand's catalog of schemes, scams, and swindles shows, plenty of people are still being taken in old-fashioned ways, too. Bertrand has contributed to numerous financial, business, and women's publications and is the author of A Woman's Guide to Savvy Investing (1997). She explains what fraud is, shows how prevalent it is, and tells who perpetrates it. She identifies the characteristics of fraud's frequent targets, and she exposes the most common types of fraud, including theft of identity, shady investments, pyramid schemes, and advance fee scams. Bertrand also covers the tools of the swindler's trade: the telephone and the Internet. She advises how to avoid being duped and suggests where one can go for help. Finally, Bertrand recommends that one work with a financial planner or a stockbroker and tells how to find trustworthy ones. Throughout, she includes interviews with fraud victims, con artists, and government regulators to vividly reinforce her examples. --David Rouse

Library Journal Review

Bertrand (A Woman's Guide to Savvy Investing) reiterates the timelessness of that old saw for consumers: "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." While the most recognizable of scams, such as roof and driveway coating, have been well publicized, those employed in criminal fraud rival their legitimate counterparts in the ways that they reinvent their business. Bertrand's contribution is in explicating the more contemporary frauds: dishonest stockbrokers, advance fee payments, telemarketing scams, and identity theft. While the consumer may be in some way responsible when fraud occurs, in identity fraud he or she is literally robbed blind. The value of the Bertrand book is in presenting means and sources for protecting and extricating oneself from many kinds of fraud. Recommended for general and business collections.√ĄSteven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part I It Always Happens to the Other Guyp. 1
1 The Business of Fraudp. 3
2 You'll Find a Friend in Me: Meet the Con Artistsp. 8
Part II Targeted Victimsp. 17
3 Ripping Off Our National Treasurers: Elder Fraudp. 19
4 You and Me--We're Alike: Affinity Fraudp. 30
Part III The Old and the Newp. 37
5 The Old Standbys: Ponzis and Pyramidsp. 39
6 High Tech--High Costp. 48
Part IV Scams on Wall Streetp. 59
7 Tricks of the Trade: The Unscrupulous Stockbrokerp. 61
8 Micro-Cap Stocks Don't Generate Micro Lossesp. 71
9 As If It's Not Risky Enough, the Con Artists Had to Jump In: Commodity Fraudp. 81
Part V Business Fraudp. 95
10 Sign Here and I'll Set You Up in Business: Franchise and Business Opportunity Fraudp. 97
11 When Employees Take Home More Than Their Paychecksp. 110
Part VI Other Types of Fraudp. 123
12 There Are Two of You Now: Identity Theftp. 125
13 For a Fee, We'll Defraud You: Advance Fee Fraudp. 138
14 Miscellaneous Frauds at Home and Around the Worldp. 148
Part VII The Tools of Fraudp. 159
15 The Call That Can Cost You Your Nest Egg: Telemarketing Fraudp. 161
16 On-Line and Ripped Off: Internet Fraudp. 173
Part VIII How to Protect Yourselfp. 187
17 How to Spot a Fraudulent Investmentp. 189
18 Fighting Back: Where to Turn When You've Been Defraudedp. 201
Part IX Whom Can You Trust?p. 209
19 Finding and Working With a Trustworthy Stockbrokerp. 211
20 Finding and Working With a Trustworthy Financial Plannerp. 222
21 Looking to the Futurep. 234
Glossaryp. 243
Appendix Agencies and Organizationsp. 253
Indexp. 261