Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams While Traveling

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9781566251983: Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams While Traveling
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"This book is simply amazing in providing what many books on the subject do not and cannot, because most writers do not have the depth and breadth of personal knowledge required. Bambi Vincent & Bob Arno have done an extraordinary amount of research, covering many countries over many years. The wealth of details gives the reader what are possibly the best weapons against the many cons covered in this extensive advisory - education and awareness."--George H. Sutherland, Amazon.com

"Bob and Bambi masterfully lay out the world of professional cons, rip-off artists, and the pejorative and prolific street thief. In incident after incident they show the mind of you, the unsuspecting victim and more importantly, the mind of the thief. Read "Travel Advisory" and you will soon understand the techniques of thieves, their M.O. and why you, looking like a tourist, acting like a tourist, are like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming Peterbuilt."--Allan M. Gathercoal, Amazon.com

Don't become a victim! Next time you a plan a trip, arm yourself with the most comprehensive travel safety guide on the market. Renowned travel experts Bambi Vincent and Bob Arno give you the inside look at today's con games, credit card scams, distraction schemes, and identity thefts plaguing unaware travelers everywhere. Know what a thief looks like? This book has 60 photos of them, from grandfathers, to children, to men who look like your brother. Chapters focus on researching your trip, traveling there, hotel risks, opportunist thieves, strategist thieves, con artists, and identity thieves. Each ends with a bullet-list of hot tips and myth-busting advice.

In the places people love to visit most, the authors find, follow, film, and interview the thieves who target travelers. Why do the criminals spill their guts? What do they say? And how can we avoid their trickery? Based on ten years of trekking through paradise with hidden cameras, this book explores the risks, exposes the methods and motivations of the perpetrators, and teaches travelers how to avoid becoming a victim. 

"Each chapter of this book, standing alone, would be worth the price of the book. The photographs, alone, would be worth the price of the book. Where else could you find so many photographs of pickpockets and street scam artists in action? Do not let the word "Travel" in the title fool you. This is a must-read for anyone who goes out in crowds, even in their own home town. Pickpockets work at sporting events, concerts, shopping centers or anywhere they can blend in anonymously with the crowd. Help put pickpockets, hotel thieves and street scam artists out of business. Buy this book."--Carolyn Randall, Amazon.com

"The bad guys are very, very good. This book shows how to make sure that they practice their arts on some other poor sucker, and not you."--D. D. LeDu "Wanderer", Amazon.com

"This book is a must-read for anyone travelling further than their front door....Moreover, it's also highly entertaining, and in places, very funny indeed."--The Vampire Parrot, Amazon.com

"So, do yourself a favor before you travel: get a copy of Travel Advisory. When you consider the cost and stress and inconvenience of a stolen bag, it could easily be the best few bucks you spend."--terrycohones, Amazon.com

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Unsuspecting travelers face an obstacle course of scams, cons, and rip-offs. In the places people love to visit most, con games, credit card scams, distract heists, and identity theft have become real dangers.
Stalking the stalkers, Bambi Vincent and Bob Arno traipse the planet's top traveling destinations disguised as ordinary tourists. The authors recognize street thieves and con artists by their telltale behavior, shadow them with hidden cameras, and record their crimes on film.
Through years of investigation, Bambi and Bob have gathered true stories of victims, thieves, and incidents. In Travel Advisory! they share these amazing experiences to help readers avoid becoming victims themselves. They guide travelers through all stages of travel, from research and planning to transportation and accommodations.
With humor and sensitivity, Bambi and Bob reveal the latest scams an ordinary citizen is likely to encounter in popular travel destinations around the world, and techniques to avoid becoming a victim. Their insiders' perspective reveals the techniques of the most underhanded scoundrels, and turns travel concerns into travel confidence.

From the Back Cover:

"Bob Arno is the word's foremost expert on the techniques of first-rank 'wires' [pickpockets]." --TIME magazine
"Fast-paced, fact-filled must-read for the international traveler to avoid spending hours with the local police and U.S. consular officials abroad." --F.A. "Tex" Harris, American Foreign Service Association
"The information in this book reduces the traveler's risk of being scammed to practically nil. As important an item to pack as your toothbrush." --Jim D'Amico, vice president of entertainment and land programs, SilverSea Cruises
"This well-researched overview of travel scams is a 'must-read' for both travelers and law enforcement and security professionals involved in tourist safety and security issues. Bob and Bambi's firsthand account takes you inside the minds of those crooks who prey on tourists." --Dave Wiggins, president, So. California Tourism Safety & Security Association
"That was my grandfather's watch!... A fascination demonstration." --David Letterman, The Late Show with David Letterman

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