Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Great Tips from ‘There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute’ By Jeffrey Robinson

I’ve always been fascinated by the huge underground industry of scam artists in the internet. These criminals bilk millions of dollars away from their unsuspecting victims every year. It’s interesting to see the cat-and-mouse chase between the artists and the authorities. By the looks of it, the scam artists are always two steps ahead of their pursuers.

With that said, the authorities really can’t do anything significant to protect you from there online criminals. Only you can truly protect yourself. Needless to say, you need to be aware of the tactics that these criminals use.

I just finished reading Jeffrey Robinson’s amazing book called There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute. It’s a book packed with information about the online scam industry. It teaches you how to spot frauds and how to stop them.

My favourite part of the book is the last chapter where Robinson provides thirty-nine very practical tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. Anyone who spends time on the internet should read these tips. My favourite tips from the list are listed below. I highly recommend that you purchase the book and read it in its entirety.

1) Keep in mind that fraud is a two-way street crime, which means that before a con man can do any harm, you have to open the door. To get you to let him in, a fraudster will employ every trick he can think of and all the chicanery he can muster. Therefore, never allow yourself to be rushed into a decision. Always take the time to step away, to get some perspective, and to think about what’s happening. Just a few extra minutes can be enough to protect you from a great deal of harm.

2) Keep an eye for anomalies. Look for variations from predictable behaviour. Look for things that seem out of place. Listen for things that don’t sound right. If you see it or hear it, ask yourself, why?

3) Do not pay money to receive money. Wiring a stranger a fee on the premise of receiving a big prize, to obtain a service, to reduce or consolidate debt, or to remedy a bad credit rating is utter foolishness. The most common scams right now involve asking consumers to wire money in order to get a larger amount in return. It won’t work.

4) If you are going to provide someone with your card number, either by phone or online, be absolutely certain that they are reliable. Consider the fact that anyone obtaining your credit card number, the card expiration date, and three-digit ID that appears on the back can then use that card to buy something online or over the phone. Card not present fraud is rampant. So be very careful to whom you hand that key to your credit card.

5) Never open an attachment or download anything that comes in an email from someone you don’t know, or don’t totally trust. Violating this rule is the surest way to become a victim of identity theft.

6) Never forget that what you do online stays online.

And here’s the table of contents for the book. It should give you a pretty good idea as to what to expect from its pages.
1. A Two-Way Street Crime
2. Footprints in the Sand: Knowing What to Look For
3. Greed and Benevolence
4. Gullibility and Fear
5. Identity Theft
6. Smaller Than a 2-Cent Phone Call: Cyberfraud
7. Genies in Bottles: Knowing Who to Trust
8. Maybe This Time: Advance Fee Fraud
9. The Nigerian Yahoo-Yahoo Boys
10. Snake Oil
11. Defrauding Seniors
12. Business Fraud
13. The Scams: What They Are and How to Stop Them
14. The 39 Steps: What You Need to Do to Protect Yourself from Fraud

The description from the book jacket:
In this jaw-dropping expose of fraud in America today – who’s doing it, how it’s done, and how you can protect yourself – the world of fraud is laid bare: from personal finance and investment schemes to Internet scams and identity theft, to pyramid cons and the infamous Nigerian advance fee frauds.

Jeffrey Robinson gets inside the heads of the most notorious scam artists to uncover the psychological weapons they use to entice victims. With uncanny clarity and insight, he shows how to spot a scam and how to limit your exposure to fraudsters.

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute levels the playing field, arming consumers with the knowledge they need to combat even the most insidious con men.

About the author:
Jeffrey Robinson, journalist and author of more than twenty-five books, is an internationally recognized expert on organized crime, fraud, and money laundering. Named the “the world’s most important financial crime journalist” by the British Bankers’ Association, he was based in London, England, for more than twenty-five years and now lives in New York.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MMA Superstar Ronda Rousey To Release A Memoir In 2015. The Book Will Be Called "My Fight/Your Fight".

2015 is going to be a very busy year for mixed martial arts superstar Ronda Rousey, the reigning Women's Bantamweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She will be defending her title on February 28 against another undefeated fighter in Cat Zingano.

Rousey is also in the cast of the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious film series which will roll into theaters on April 3 in the United States. Rousey plays a character named Kara in the movie. She stars alongside Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, and Jason Statham.

The fighter is also starring in the upcoming comedy-drama Entourage which will be released on June 5. The film is connected to the television series of the same name that aired on HBO.

And last but not the least, Rousey has a book scheduled to hit bookshelves sometime in May. The memoir which will carry the title My Fight/Your Fight and it's written by Rousey and her sister Maria Burns Ortiz, a writer and sports journalist who contributes to ESPN and Fox News Latino.
Ronda Rousey on The Expendables 3.
At a very young age of 27, Rousey has accomplished a lot of things. In 2008, she competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing and brought home a bronze medal in women's judo. In 2011, Rousey made her professional debut in mixed martial arts. The rest is history. She is currently undefeated in 10 fights. She won 8 of these via submissions and the rest via knockouts.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Year of the Jungle: Picture Book by Suzanne Collins

Year of the Jungle is an autobiographical picture book by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Inc. announced in December, 2012 that the author has completed the book and that it's scheduled to be released on September 10, 2013. 

The book contains 40 pages with illustrations and art by James Proimos, a friend of Collin's. It's based on Collins' interactions with her father during the time he served as a career air force officer in Vietnam. It tells of a young girl named Suzy and her fears when her father leaves home to go to war. The picture book is intended for children aged four and above. 

James Proimos, the one who illustrated Year of the Jungle is an accomplished illustrator and author. Among his most well-known works are Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace, 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn, Raisin and Grape, The Best Bike Ride Ever, and Knuckle and Potty Destroy Happy World.
That said, with a gifted writer in Suzanne Collins and a talented illustrator in James Praimos, Year of the Jungle should be nothing short of excellent.Other Works by Suzanne Collins 

Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins
The Underland Chronicles - This is a series of five fantasy novels. The first one was published in 2003 and the fifth one was published in 2007. The titles in this series are as follows in the right order: Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and last but not the least, Gregor and the Code of Claw. The main characters in the series are Gregor, Luxa, Ares, Ripred, and Howard. The books chronicles the adventures of a boy named Gregor in Underland, a mysterious land located under the city of New York.

The Hunger Games Trilogy - These are the books that really placed Suzanne Collins in the literature map. The popularity of these books soared even further when the first book was adapted into a major Hollywood film that starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland. The other two books in the series will also be adopted into films with the second one coming out in 2013. 

Collins' other works include Fire Proof: Shelby Woo #11, When Charlie McButton Gained Power and When Charlie McButton Lost Power.