In this era of daily online hoaxes, it's easy to be caught off-guard. Fakers arms kids with information, introducing them to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential cons and scams in human history. Profiles of con artists will get readers thinking about motivation and consequence, and practical tips will help protect them from falsehoods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is--except in the case of this book!
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|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
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There’s no way to know when the first scam took place. I like to imagine that one of our prehistoric ancestors convinced another to trade his collection of shells for a “really great cave” just over the next hill. (Spoiler alert: there was no cave over the next hill.)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: A Tale as Old as Time vii
Chapter 1 Conjurers and Con Artists: Short Cons 1
Chapter 2 Just Trust Me: Long Cons 13
Chapter 3 Step Right Up! Carnivals and the Prince of Humbug 31
Chapter 4 Mysterious Minds: Spoon Benders and Psychics 45
Chapter 5 Who Are You? Impostors 59
Chapter 6 I Want to Believe: Science Hoaxes 73
Chapter 7 Snake Oil: Deception in Medicine 89
Chapter 8 Gideon's Trumpet: Deception in War 105
Chapter 9 Believe Nothing: Mass-Media Hoaxes 121
Conclusion: News You Can Use 139
Further Reading 146
Quotation Sources 152
Photo Credits 157