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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited (April 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955911451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955911453
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Public Policy at University College London.

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HASH(0x9c8e8810) 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.
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HASH(0x9c8e8a5c) 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.
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HASH(0x9c8e8a20) out of 5 stars Don't travel abroad without reading this booklet first ! Dec 3 2014
By kevin - Published on
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This is an absolute MUST READ for anyone anticipating travel abroad. Many of these scams have been going on since I traveled in Europe in the late 60's. I was quite surprised that so many are still going on. This booklet also showed me MANY new scams that I had never heard of. For the small price this publication costs, I consider it an extreme bargain for the information it offers.
HASH(0x9c8e8d14) out of 5 stars Must read if you travel - anywhere! Oct. 26 2012
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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.