Scam-proof your life : 377 smart ways to protect you & your family from ripoffs, bogus deals & other consumer headaches / by Sid Kirchheimer.
LJ Reviews 2006 May #2
Consumer reporter Kirchheimer, who writes the "Scam Alert" column for the AARP [American Association of Retired Persons] Bulletin , here aims to help consumers avoid swindles, ripoffs, and the costly mistakes of service providers. In three main sections that coach readers on protecting money, health, and rights, Kirchheimer combines common sense with insider tips. He details the 12 most prevalent scams, including pyramid schemes, advance-fee loans, and foreign lotteries, and advises on everything from choosing a mortgage to avoiding pickpockets, fighting germs, battling an unfair job termination, and contesting a traffic ticket. The text is enhanced with graphics that highlight tips, resources, special warnings, and definitions. The author consulted numerous experts on his many topics, including people from both sides of the fence, e.g., he offers advice from car salesmen and repairmen on how to pay less and from consumer and healthcare advocates on getting the most for your money. He supports this information with both direct quotes and a "Panel of Experts" section that provides background, publications, and web links. Because the text covers more than just scams, it is broader in scope than Duane Swierczynski's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams and Cons and is recommended for most public libraries.-- Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY[Page 108]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.