Insider’s Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams

Today I have an insider’s guide to cons, hoaxes, and scams.  There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t get a call from the IRS telling me that I am delinquent or from Microsoft that they are shutting down my account.  My kids and I interact on the internet with people we have never met.  Russians have infiltrated our social media and I have no doubt that I have read comments and articles generated by troll farms or bots.  That is why books like this are so important.  The more we and our kids know, the more we can protect ourselves against the lies and cons that are seeking to separate us from our cash and our good sense.

Hey, don’t take my word for it.  John Oliver just did a great piece on psychics were he outlines their methods and the harm they inflict.  And psychics are just the tip of the iceberg.

Title: Fakers: An Insiders Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and ScamsInsider's guide to cons, hoaxes, and scams

Author: H.P. Wood

Target: Grades 6 and up

What this book is about:

The mantra of this book is that if it sounds too good to be true … it probably is.  The author traces the origin of common cons and you would be surprised how many cons of the past keep getting revamped to influence us today.  The book is filled with stories that expose how hoaxes and scams are perpetrated from snake oil salesmen and imposters to mass media hoaxes and the long/short con.  The more these methods are exposed, the less likely readers are to become a victim.  Unless of course, they enjoy the entertainment value of some of these scams because they can be used for good when all parties are fully aware that a show is going on!

Why I love this book:

  • The more you know, the better off you are.  We are living in an age where misinformation is rampant and access to ideas is almost unlimited.  We need to educate our kids to become smart consumers of ideas and individuals.  This book is a great first step in doing just that.
  • I was amazed at the variety of examples.  From the animal kingdom to the art of war, deception can be life-saving.  It can also be a tool to separate someone from their cash and good sense.  The idea that luck has come your way is a powerful thing and even smart people can be at the “right place at the wrong time.”
  • Kids will enjoy the plethora of stories.  There are lots of cons for them to sink their teeth into.

Who this book is for:

This is a great book for kids who like nonfiction.  Kids who liked Eyes and Spies or Extreme Battlefields will also enjoy this one.  A good book to use when talking with your kids about consuming mass media information.

Final thoughts:

Cons, hoaxes, and scams are nothing new, but the methods over which they can be perpetrated are now so far-reaching, we as parents are remiss if we don’t teach our kids about how to identify them.

To purchase this book:

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