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Around the World in 80 Scams: An Essential Travel Guide [Paperback]

Peter John

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Book Description

April 20 2011

People come in two kinds: travellers and those who are missing out. From Cambodia to The Caymans and Arizona to Zimbabwe - travelling has never been easier or more popular. From two week jaunts to gap year meanderings, and for people on all budgets, glorious opportunities exist in all corners of the world.

Unfortunately, travelling also presents openings for the less principled people out there. Every year, thousands of people fall victim to various scams, crimes and confidence tricks while they travel. Most people escape having simply lost a little money, but many lose much more, and some encounter real personal danger. Of course, despite the hazards people should not stop travelling - people just need to get smart.

This essential book is a practical, focused, and detailed guide to eighty of the most common scams and crimes travellers might encounter. It is packed with real-world examples drawn from resources across the globe and the author's own travels. Being aware of scammers' tricks is the best way of avoiding them altogether. Forewarned is forearmed.

This book is for anybody who travels and wants to avoid being scammed. From new travellers to more experienced voyagers; even lifelong travellers will discover new information in this book that will help protect them from trouble.

- Learn scammer 'tricks of the trade', and how to avoid them.

- Understand how common scams are, and where they are most likely to be found.

- Develop vigilance for high risk people, activities and environments.

- Packed with real life advice, insights, and examples.

Chapter 1: Hotels and other accommodation scams

Chapter 2: Transport scams

Chapter 3: Cash, ATM and credit card scams

Chapter 4: Travel agent and travel club scams

Chapter 5: Shopping scams

Chapter 6: Eating, drinking and gambling scams

Chapter 7: Government scams

Chapter 8: E-mail and Internet scams

Chapter 9: Begging and street hustling scams

Chapter 10: Extortion, blackmail and fraud scams

Epilogue: How I try to avoid being scammed

Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited (April 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955911451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955911453
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,172,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A few bucks could save you big bucks April 6 2013
By Klipspringer - Published on
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"80 Scams" is a quick and useful read for any traveler, covering the seemingly endless number of ways con artists have conceived to separate tourists from their money. Not only does the author outline the scams in detail, but he gives some pretty useful tips on how to counter them (or avoid them all together). Occasionally it gets a little tedious, as many of the ripoffs are variations on a single theme, but even so, it doesn't hurt to be aware of the many ways you can be relieved of your cash, or in the worst cases, of your life.

One has to marvel at the remarkably inventive scenarios scam artists have devised to steal your money, fully detailed in the book. I suspect that if these crooks devoted as much effort and creativity to a respectable line of work, they would be extremely successful in life. But, that is another story.

The author has done extensive traveling and encountered many of the scams up close and personally, so his authority on the topic is not to be doubted. One of the ripoffs he mentioned applies directly to a destination I will be visiting in a few months, so this alone made the book well worth the purchase price. It is human nature to drop one's guard when traveling, and to give people the benefit of the doubt when in a foreign land. The scammers know this, and take full advantage of it.

Buy the book, read a few examples every time you travel anywhere, and it will be an invaluable reminder to be alert, be smart, don't get taken for a sucker, and don't let a ripoff ruin your trip.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening March 25 2013
By Bourbon Rebellion - Published on
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Peter John's Around the World in 80 Scams: an Essential Travel Guide was highly informative and provides its readers with simplistic breakdowns concerning how these con jobs and denizens operate. I particularly liked the way the book rates the frequency and locations of most of the scams mentioned.

For example, the "Clip Joint" scam is very common in New Orleans' French Quarter, although this city is not mentioned in particular. Many of us have fallen victim to some of these scams, or likely know of someone who has, and this book accurately labels and identifies such scams and their methods of operation.

On behalf of all tourists and global travelers, I want to thank Peter John for writing this insider information to forewarn us of the potential scams and dangers many of us are unaware even exist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you travel - anywhere! Oct. 26 2012
By annie - Published on
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A comprehensive list of all the ills that can plague the traveler, even some for the "armchair traveler". Having traveled extensively in developing countries I can assure you it's all too true.

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