Around the World in 80 Scams: An Essential Travel Guide Paperback – Apr 20 2011
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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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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.
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.