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NCJ Number: 147868 Find in a Library
Author(s): L E Smith; B A Walstad
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 128
Sponsoring Agency: Street-Smart Communications
Littleton, CO 80123
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9621685-0-5
Sale Source: Street-Smart Communications
7275 South Depew Street
Littleton, CO 80123
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book provides general background information on con games, swindles and other forms of cheating. The swindles described are based on documented cases from newspaper articles, magazines, books, interviews, police files and first-hand investigative work.
Abstract: Subtitled "The Street-Smart Cop's Handbook of Cons and Swindles", this book can be used as a guide to investigating con game-type crimes. The authors describe the elderly as prime targets of swindles, cons and consumer fraud, and list reasons why they are the preferred targets. There are descriptions of various types of cons, including: pickpockets; UFOs, Big Foot and other hoaxes; fortune tellers, faith-healers, gypsy cons and scams, carny operators; cults and crimes in the world of Satanism. There is also a description of a 1-hour community relations presentation intended to educate the public. Resources, glossary, selected reading
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly; Fraud; Street crimes
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