Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family from Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches

Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family from Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches

by Sid Kirchheimer
     
 

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Get inside information from those in the know on how to protect your money, your rights, and your health—with the most complete, practical, and easy-to-follow collection of consumer wisdom ever assembled.

In this essential action guide by dogged consumer reporter Sid Kirchheimer, more than 100 leading experts reveal smart and specific tips, techniques, and

Overview

Get inside information from those in the know on how to protect your money, your rights, and your health—with the most complete, practical, and easy-to-follow collection of consumer wisdom ever assembled.

In this essential action guide by dogged consumer reporter Sid Kirchheimer, more than 100 leading experts reveal smart and specific tips, techniques, and tactics that anyone can use to avoid being victimized—financially, physically, or emotionally. Car salesmen disclose secret strategies to save you thousands of dollars on your next vehicle purchase. Repairmen divulge the tricks of their trades … and disclose the advice you'll need to get superior service at an honest price. Con men and crooks offer defensive directives to deprive thieves of your money, your possessions, and your identity.

Kirchheimer gets the experts to cough up everyday counsel as well. Doctors share simple steps you can take today to guard against medical errors and lower your health-care costs. Attorneys tell how to protect yourself in a courtroom and in daily life. Industry insiders and consumer advocates detail when, where, and how to get the most for your time and money: They expose all sorts of stealthy solutions for saving when you buy a home or apply for a mortgage, telephone service, or a credit card. They even tell you how to save big on travel arrangements, and how to secure a college scholarship for less-than-Dean's List students!

Scam-Proof Your Life is the latest work by award-winning consumer crusader Sid Kirchheimer, who writes the popular "Scam Alert" column in The AARP Bulletin—the nation's most widely circulated newspaper. Kirchheimer is the author of The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II (2 million copies sold), Never Pay Retail, and other critically acclaimed books devoted to empowering ordinary people to protect their money, time, health, and security.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The "Scam-Alert" columnist from the AARP newsletter, Kirchheimer has authored or edited 12-plus Ralph Nader-like salvos aimed at taking out consumer-directed fraud. Kirchheimer interviewed "nearly 100 reformed scammers" for this compendium of recent bilking schemes and corner-cuttings. His advice covers most major mid-life expenses, from buying a new car to buying a home to paying for college to booking a cruise. Chapters on credit cards and identity-theft go into greater depth than most coverage these issues usually get in similar books. Three chapters on healthcare go into detail on everything from drug pricing to malpractice. A final "Roundup of Common Scams" (including the infamous "Nigerian Letter" and cyber "phishing" scams) will leave readers well-informed, and perhaps slightly paranoid. Most helpful is the careful, practical way in which Kirchheimer walks readers through such tasks as reading a phone bill, where to go to find eldercare, or to whom they can complain about shady financial dealings. Copyright � 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402745058
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Series:
AARP Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Scam-Proof Your Life is the latest work by award-winning consumer crusader Sid Kirchheimer, who writes the popular “Scam Alert” column in The AARP Bulletin—the nation’s most widely circulated newspaper. Kirchheimer is the author of The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II (2 million copies sold), Never Pay Retail, and other critically acclaimed books devoted to empowering ordinary people to protect their money, time, health, and security.

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