Deceptive misinformation comes at us for many reasons. A key one is to steal our assets. We are free to communicate and stay connected in many ways. This great benefit, however, is now abused by criminal elements to take and defraud, bringing shame on trusting souls. The wreckage wrought by cyber criminality is not only financial but highly emotional. Lives are lost to depression and suicide. Don't let this happen to you or your family. Scam Proof Your Assets: Guarding Against Widespread Deception gives you the tools and context for protecting yourself. Unlike other sources, Scam Proof Your Assets teaches you the patterns to look for, including greed and fear, 'expert' positioning and charm as manipulation. With knowledge comes self-defense. Scam Proof Your Assets also keenly analyzes the marks that criminals target, which include the well educated and normally skeptical. If you think you'd never be a target, think again. Everyone needs the strategies set forth in this book. Now and into the future you must keep your guard up against the relentless predators' assault. Get your guard up with Scam Proof Your Assets.
Raising money for real estate investments is both an art and a science. Ken McElroy's success in multi-family real estate development and investing is built upon knowledge and experience in understanding finance, the power of an infinite returns model and appreciation of how how to create value for all stakeholders in a project--from the investors to the management team... to the tenants. Ken's clear and no-nonsense approach to writing and decades of hands-on experience in raising millions from investors and negotiating billion-dollar finance packages with some of the country's largest lenders and capital firms gives readers unique insights into both strategy and process.
A practical guide to avoiding the most common scams, from a fraud-fighting expert U.S. consumers lose billions of dollars each year to scam artists—and the next victim could be you. While anyone can be targeted, many victims are older. In AARP's Outsmarting the Scam Artists, renowned fraud-fighter Doug Shadel offers practical advice for consumers who want to protect their money as well as the financial assets of their parents and families. Despite the rise of scams, many people are embarrassed to admit they've been victimized. The author helps break the cycle of shame by including accounts from the people who've been scammed as well as tips from a surprising source: convicted con artists who reveal how they've defrauded people like you. Get practical tips to combat all kinds of scams, from simple lottery tickets to non-existent oil and gas deals and religious ponzi schemes Learn how to protect yourself by securing your mailbox and fraud-proofing your trash Get inside the head of sophisticated scam artists to discover how you can become the type of individual they avoid Scammers are everywhere. But with Outsmarting the Scam Artists in hand, you can protect yourself and your money.
A timely guide to uncovering financial fraud 2008 and 2009 will be remembered for bear markets, a global credit crunch, and some of the largest investment scams ever. But these scams are nothing new, they've been repeated throughout history, and there will certainly be more to come. But the good news is fraudsters often follow the same basic playbook. Learn the playbook, and know how to ask the right questions, and financial fraud can be easy to detect and simple to avoid. In How to Smell a Rat, trusted financial expert Ken Fisher provides you with an inside's view on how to spot financial disasters before you become a part of them. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource takes an engaging look at recent and historic examples of fraudsters, how they operated, and how they can be easily avoided. Fisher also shows you the quick, identifiable features of financial frauds and arms you with the questions to ask when assessing a money manager. Prepares you to identify and avoid financials cams that could instantly destroy your wealth Contains examples that highlight how financial frauds are committed Provides questions everyone should ask before entering any investment endeavor With How to Smell a Rat as your guide, you'll learn how to protect your interests and assets from unnecessary losses.
Making sound investments is tough enough without having to worry about unscrupulous financial advisers and outright frauds. But recently strengthened laws aren’t enough to stop the “professionals” intent on profiting from—or just plain stealing—your money. As an Enforcement Branch Chief at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Pat Huddleston witnessed countless people lose their life savings to reckless stockbrokers and fraudulent schemes. Now an SEC-recommended Receiver and CEO of a securities and investment fraud investigation agency, Huddleston has intimate knowledge of how scam artists and bad brokers operate. In The Vigilant Investor, he explains WHY we fall for investment scams, HOW con artists play on our emotions, and WHAT we can do to protect ourselves from predators. With its unique look into the science of financial decision making, the book blows up the popular myths and simplistic “do’s and don’ts” of investing while sharing techniques anyone can use to perform due diligence even better than the “experts.” With gripping stories of actual cases, Huddleston sheds light on the dark corners of the investment industry and teaches investors and professionals alike how to spot fraud and guard themselves against financial catastrophe.
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Thieves and scammers are on the prowl for easy targets who have significant exposed assets—and if you're a senior citizen who saved for retirement, you may be the perfect mark. Fran Tarkenton, the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who became a succesful entrepreneur, has partnered with certified public accountant and financial executive Rick Gossett to present this practical, up-to-date guide to scam-proofing your savings during your golden years. Safe & Secure will give you ten specific actions steps that will turn you from an “easy” target into a “hard” target. A well-prepared senior who understands the potential for financial abuse and has taken the precautions recommended in this book is more than likely to remain safe and secure through a long and comfortable retirement. “As our country gracefully ages, we need to make sure to do all we can to protect the elderly—from their health, to their mind, to their finances. Once again, a man we all trust and respect has stepped forward and answered the call. With his simple and effective ways of explaining important concepts, legend Fran Tarkenton is doing his part to keep the elderly safe, drawing on his successful career both on and off the football field.” —SANJAY GUPTA, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent “From helping us all recognize that we’re potential targets to providing easily comprehensible and implementable solutions, Fran Tarkenton and Rick Gossett have provided an extremely invaluable and indispensable resource. Elder nancial abuse will remain a major concern as our population ages. The tools presented here can help everyone be prepared and less likely to be a victim.” —THOMAS E. PRICE, MD, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and former member of US House of Representatives
Featuring easy-to-follow explanations and a wealth of real-life examples, AARPs guide to retirement planning helps readers take advantage of every available tool to make their retirement years the best of their lives.
Identity-theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 900,000 new victims each year. Protect your assets and personal information online with this comprehensive guide. Hack Proofing Your Identity will provide readers with hands-on instruction for how to secure their personal information on multiple devices. It will include simple measures as well as advanced techniques gleaned from experts in the field who have years of experience with identity theft and fraud. This book will also provide readers with instruction for identifying cyber-crime and the different ways they can report it if it occurs. Hot Topic. Hack Proofing Your Identity will provide readers with both simple and advanced steps they can take to protect themselves from cyber-crime. Expert Advice. This book will present security measures gathered from experts in both the federal government and the private sector to help secure your personal information and assets online. Unique Coverage. Hack Proofing Your Identity will be the only book to include security measure for multiple devices like laptops, PDAs and mobile phones to allow users to protect themselves while taking advantage of the newest ways to access the Internet.
A guide to avoiding some of the most common hazards associated with computer use and ways to enhance computer security covers such topics as email privacy, controlling children's Internet usage, and firewall configurations.
Congratulations! You have worked hard for many years and own a booming business; or perhaps you are a successful doctor, attorney, CPA, or another high-income earner. Making that money was difficult; now, you have to create a strategy to keep it. Unfortunately, you are on the radar with pending lawsuits from other businesses, employees, business partners, past marriages, relatives, the government, or anyone else who thinks they can reach your assets. With a little knowledge and access to the Internet, anyone can discover a lot of information about you, including: your home, cars, boats, real estate, bank, and investment accounts -- essentially everything you own. On average, 80,000 lawsuits were filed in 2006 each day. Fortunately, you can act now to protect yourself and family later. In this easy-to-read and comprehensive book, you will learn the simple steps you need to do to protect yourself before there is a problem. The book provides a number of worksheets to help you decide the best plan of action for your financial position and personal needs. You will learn the ins and outs of protecting yourself and your family through legal methods, such as corporations, family limited partnerships and trusts, family saving trusts, offshore trusts corporations, and limited liability companies (LLCs). You will learn how to reposition your assets into legal entities that you control, creating bullet-proof security. You will learn about irrevocable living trusts, creating and maintaining LLCs, equity-stripping techniques, privacy plans, durable power of attorney, bankruptcy legislation, and estate planning for high-income in-dividuals, as well as living, testamentary, and pour-over wills. The trick is to own nothing directly but control everything legally.