Book Review: Scammunition

Book Review: Scammunition by Colleen J. Pallamary

Disclaimer:  I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway for the purpose of writing this review.  No other compensation was requested or received.

Scammunition

Colleen Pallamary has been working as a volunteer to protect senior citizens and others from scams and swindles for over a decade in Florida.  This book is designed to inform people about the most common tricks she has encountered and how to combat them.  It’s arranged in short chapters covering such topics as phony contractors, fraudulent travel agencies (and employment scams promising to make you a travel agent) and malware.

To be honest, most of this is pretty basic material that would seem like common sense–but scammers still catch people with these tricks every day.  It’s certainly worth reading through just to refresh your memory.  About a third of the book is a listing of Better Business Bureau offices and government agency contact information for the United States and its territories, which will be especially helpful if you are dealing with a multi-state scam operation.  Although this book was published in 2012, these sorts of addresses tend not to change so the vast majority of them should still be good.

However, the chapters on cybercrime have already become a little dated–check the latest government warnings for new angles con artists have found.

This book was self-published, and it’s very obvious with the heavy use of public domain clip art, pithy mottoes and reproduction of government forms.  I did not spot any obvious typos, which is a huge plus at this end of the market.  Those with e-readers may want to go with the cheaper electronic version as there’s no real loss of quality.

Recommended for seniors, soon-to-be seniors, and close relatives of seniors, but usable by any adult who wants to be careful with their money and credit.

Open Thread: Happy New Year!

2014 ends, and 2015 begins, so let’s see what this year’s top ten lists look like. (You like top ten lists, right?)

Top Ten Posts of 2014

The Forgotten Man

Comic Book Review: The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition
Comic Strip Review: Spacetrawler Book 1 The Human Seat
Manga Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (USA)
Book Review: Insurrections of the Mind
Book Review: Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments
Manga Review: Vagabond Volume 1
Anime Review: Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
Anime for Speculative Fiction Fans
Book Review: Good Advice from Bad People
Manga Review: Vinland Saga Book One

Top Ten Posts Ever

magi

Comic Book Review: The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition
Anime Review: Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
Manga Review: Vagabond Volume 1
Manga Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (USA)
Comic Strip Review: Spacetrawler Book 1 The Human Seat
Book Review: Insurrections of the Mind
Book Review: Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments
Book Review: Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right
Anime for Speculative Fiction Fans
Book Review: Good Advice from Bad People

Top Ten Comic Book Reviews

The Great Disaster

The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition
Showcase Presents: The Great Disaster Featuring the Atomic Knights
47 Ronin
Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash
Jack Kirby’s The Demon
Showcase Presents: Showcase Volume 1
Showcase Presents: The House of Secrets Volume One
El Deafo
Constantine Volume 1: The Spark and the Flame
The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Top Ten Manga Reviews

Shonen Jump 2014

Weekly Shonen Jump (USA)
Vagabond Volume 1
Vinland Saga Book One
Vinland Saga Book Three
Shonen Jump Weekly (USA) 2014
Naruto
Rin-ne
Vinland Saga Book Two
Magi #1
Ayako

Top Ten Book Reviews

Insurrections of the Mind

Insurrections of the Mind
Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments
Good Advice from Bad People
Thanks for the Feedback
The 47 Ronin
White Fang
Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right
They Talked To a Stranger
An Accidental Abduction
Hell-Bent

Top Ten Anime Reviews

Jojo's Bizarre Adventures
Dio and Jonathan

Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
Magi – The Kingdom of Magic
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood/Battle Tendency
Urusei Yatsura
Kill la Kill
Matchless Raijin-Oh
Shiki
Samurai Flamenco
Mushibugyo
Elfen Lied

Top Ten Countries That Visited

America

United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Brazil
Australia
France
Germany
India
Japan
Italy

So, which book or other media really excited you in 2014, and what are you looking forward to in 2015?

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