Fraud! : how to protect yourself from schemes, scams, and swindles / Marsha Bertrand.
Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 September 1999
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. ((Reviewed September 15, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
LJ Reviews 1999 September #1
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.ASteven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.