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by Fay Faron

Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit) download ebook
ISBN:
0898798272
ISBN13:
978-0898798272
Author:
Fay Faron
Publisher:
Writers Digest Books (August 1, 1998)
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Pages:
232 pages
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1155 kb
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1293 kb
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Rating:
4.3

The Howdunit series is a wonderful resource for writers. Rip-off is really a humourous book. I never realized just how sly these people are. Before reading this book, I definatley could have been scammed.

The Howdunit series is a wonderful resource for writers. Unfortunately Fay Faron's book does not really belong in the series. This is not to say it's a bad book. If you are interested in con games and want to protect yourself, it is as good as most of the other books on the market that cover this topic.

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Howdunit Series Fay Faron. Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries. This is a great book! It gives details of all types of deceptive crimes. Many of them really get you thinking, "Now how'd they do that?" Now let me tell you, this book is not ONLY for the writer.

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Series: Howdunit Series. From street level shell games to high stakes real estate swindles, professional PI Fay Faron profiles the con artists, the cons and the victims. Designed for authors who need the facts for realistic narrative, here is the lowdown on scams.

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From street level shell games to high stakes real estate swindles, professional PI Fay Faron profiles the con artists, the cons and the victims.

From street level shell games to high stakes real estate swindles, professional PI Fay Faron profiles the con artists, the cons and the victims. Designed for authors who need the facts for realistic narrative, here is the lowdown on scams.'
Reviews:
  • Buzatus
The Howdunit series is a wonderful resource for writers. These books can save hours of legwork and research. Unfortunately Fay Faron's book does not really belong in the series. This is not to say it's a bad book. If you are interested in con games and want to protect yourself, it is as good as most of the other books on the market that cover this topic. As a research tool, however, it falls woefully short. Most of the cons are given only the most rudimentary descriptions, and some (such as the notorious shell game, which is still prevalent on the streets of major cities) are not mentioned at all.
The book does well with some modern con artists, such as the Travelers, but is completely devoid of historical information. Certainly in a book for writers, some mention must be made of the great con artists of this century; people such as The Yellow Kid, Limehouse Chappie, Buck Boatwright, and Charley Gondorff. Remember, not everyone sets their fiction in the present day.
The author plays it close to the vest when it comes to her sources. Certainly a book such as this should have an extensive bibliography, but this one only lists a few books. There are some notable omissions from the list, the worst case being the absence of The Big Con by David W. Maurer. Written in 1940, Maurer's book is still the best resource for information of how con games are played, and the book I would recommend it over Rip-Off to any aspiring writer interested in writing about con games.
  • Adrielmeena
Looks interesting.
  • Precious
I don't rob steal or kill but i write about it and i love this Howdunit guide to ripoffs
As i myself have never done something so elaborate I wanted to write about it and the Howdunit series layman's terms helps me to understand the grift very well.
highly recommend for all writers as an essential resource guide
  • Haal
As anyone who watches TV and movies knows, writers frequently don't get it right. books of this series are valuable tools to writers to whom accuracy is important. I highly recommend it.
  • Captain America
The book met my expectations. Rip-Off is is a useful tool when writing and gives the reader the right information.
  • Ienekan
I liked the book.
  • Mr.Savik
This book is an interesting look at various scams and schemes to make people part with their money. Ms. Faron's writing style is engaging and really makes the book a fun read. On the downside, the book is badly dated (having been written in the 1990s) but no doubt many of the scams are still running. Psychic healers, roofing swindles, and 1-800 cons no doubt still exist, but in different ways.
This is a great book! It gives details of all types of deceptive crimes. Many of them really get you thinking, "Now how'd they do that?" Now let me tell you, this book is not ONLY for the writer. If you deal with the public (at all, and that is nearly all of us) this book is for you! It'll get you thinking back to this book each time you bump into someone, make change, or even stand in the elevator with a croud!
Rip-Off covers such crimes as: glamour scams, impostors, counterfeits, buisiness frauds, street cons, carney cons, gypsies, gambling scams, and so much more. The book describes each rip-off and gives an example to demonstrate it in action. It even goes into detail about hand signals given by the 'look-out'. There is so much information in Rip-Off: a writer's guide to deceptive crimes, you'll just have to check it out yourself.
Rip-off is really a humourous book. I never realized just how sly these people are. Before reading this book, I definatley could have been scammed. Rip-off rates in 3rd place for my favorites in the Howdunit series.