Fraud Awareness Week 14-21 November

It’s International Fraud Awareness Week. Learn how to protect your hard-earned money and personal information.  At the end of the list, we’ve also included some books that are to be taken as purely fiction. 

Identity theft and fraud : evaluating and managing risk / Archer, Norman P.
“Personal data is increasingly being exchanged and stored by electronic means, making businesses, organizations and individuals more vulnerable than ever to identity theft and fraud. This book provides a practical and accessible guide to identity theft and fraud using a risk management approach. It outlines various strategies that can be easily implemented to help prevent identity theft and fraud. It addresses technical issues in a clear and uncomplicated way to help decision-makers at all levels understand the steps their businesses and organizations can take to mitigate identity theft and fraud risks. And it highlights the risks individuals face in this digital age.” (Catalogue)

Hype : how scammers, grifters and con artists are taking over the internet, and why we’re following / Bluestone, Gabrielle
“We live in an age where scams are the new normal. A charismatic entrepreneur sells thousands of tickets to a festival that never happened. Respected investors pour millions into a start-up centered around fake blood tests. Reviewers and celebrities flock to London’s top-rated restaurant that’s little more than a backyard shed. Hype pulls back the curtain on the manipulation game behind the never-ending scam season—and how we as consumers can stop getting played.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Swiped : how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves / Levin, Adam
“Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go. One such company is a nameless firm located in Russia, which has a trove of over a billion internet passwords. Another set up a website full of live streams of hacked web cameras, showing everything from people’s offices and lobbies to the feeds from baby monitors.  By telling memorable stories and extracting the relevant lessons, the author offers a strategy for dealing with these risks. You may not be able to prevent identity theft, but you certainly shouldn’t wait until it happens to take action. Levin’s approach is defined by the three M’s: minimizing risk, monitoring your identity, and managing the damage.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Identity theft handbook : detection, prevention and security / Biegelman, Martin T.
“Not a week goes by when identity theft isn t mentioned in the media or that a Congressional outcry isn t heard about this unrelenting crime. The first authoritative book on identity theft, Identity Theft Handbook is written by a career professional who has spent over 25 years investigating and preventing identity theft in both the public and private sectors. Its rich real-world content includes interviews with government and private sector thought leaders. As well, the costs of identity theft, future trends, and prevention guidance is discussed. For investigators, auditors, and managers.” (Catalogue)

Fraud : an American history from Barnum to Madoff / Balleisen, Edward J
“In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America-and the evolving efforts to combat it-from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.” (Catalogue)



Spam nation : the inside story of organized cybercrime–from global epidemic to your front door / Krebs, Brian
“Explores “the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies–and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks–he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere”–” (Catalogue)

The con men : a history of financial fraud and the lessons you can learn / Gough, Leo
“Financial fraud, whether large or small is a persistent feature of the financial markets. If you scratch the surface of the investment world you’ll find a continuous stream of major financial scandals which are almost unbelievable in the sheer scale of their subterfuge.    The Con Men shines a spotlight on some of these gargantuan frauds from the last 25 years. It questions how these men did it, why they did it, how there were able to get away with it, proposes strategies and tactics so that the reader can avoid being swindled.” (Catalogue)

Stealing your life : the ultimate identity theft prevention plan / Abagnale, Frank W.
“The charismatic forger immortalized in the film Catch Me If You Can exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant… Brimming with anecdotes of creative criminality that are as entertaining as they are enlightening, Stealing Your Life is the practical way to shield yourself from one of today’s most nefarious and common crimes.” (Catalogue)

The truth machine : the blockchain and the future of everything / Casey, Michael J.
“Many of the `legacy systems’ once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task; big banks have grown more entrenched, privacy exists only until the next hack, and credit card fraud has become a fact of life. However, there is a way past all this-a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionise our economy: the blockchain.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Dot.con : the art of scamming a scammer / Veitch, James
“Dot Con is the story of what happened when James Veitch decided to play the scammers at their own game, providing a hilarious showcase of the conversations he orchestrates with online imposters. Naturally, James replies with an offer of help, ready to wire money by Western Union (it’s always Western Union) safely and securely, but not before the recipient has given something in return. Whether it s his long-lost love recounting tales of their favourite moment together, or the business man providing a quote for James’ new book, it s amazing to see how easy it can be to scam the scam artists.” (Catalogue)

Law for Lunch – Online schemers, scams and shams – How to protect yourself?

Law for Lunch

The next Law for Lunch talk offers information on online scams and frauds, including handy tips for feeling secure when using the internet and stay safe online.
It is presented by Neil Melhuish from Netsafe.

NetSafe is a leading educational advocate for cybersafety. They encourage a safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among children and young people.

Come along to hear about ways to avoid scams and frauds, make your computer secure and how to report internet issues. Ask your questions and understand Internet trickery.
This seminar will take place this Wednesday, August 5 from 12:30 noon to 1:30pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there. Refreshments will be served.

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