Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams
Bambi Vincent & Bob Arno
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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.
"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.
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.
"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"
"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.
"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."
I read the hard copy of this book and have been thinking about reading it again just because I enjoyed the stories so much and wanted to avoid becoming a victim when I travel. As the authors stalk thieves in the street, they tell you what gives these people away and what to look for. They intersperse entertaining stories with travel and security tips and information so the book is never boring although there is a lot of information in it. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a definite must read for any teenager or college student about to travel abroad for the first time.
A gripping account of two thief hunters, the criminals and their prey
Who would think that a how-to book could be a page turner? It was great to learn easy and practical ways to avoid becoming a victim of street crimes and scams. It was fascinating to read about all the tricks - elaborate or simple - that criminals use to pickpocket, to steal credit card numbers or ATM codes and more. I was glued to the book when it came to reading the criminals' own words about how and why they do what they do. But it was equally fascinating to consider how the authors, a married couple, travel the world with a sharp eye for spotting criminals, the electronic know-how to set themselves up with hidden video cameras, and the wit and courage to engage thieves in conversation and walk away with their stories and techniques.
Travel Advisory! is a well-written book of tips, tricks and gripping real-life stories from people like you and me...and not.
As a single mother who travels extensively with teenage children, this book was a must-read for me and my kids. While I believe we do know how to travel safely, the book opened our eyes to the more sophisticated and often subtle techniques thieves are using today. This book never makes one feel afraid to travel. In fact, it promotes travel as one of the greatest opportunities in life. This book is easy to read, full of interesting anecdotes, and I came away feeling like I really did learn how to avoid being the easy target, how to better protect my identity and how to travel with even more confidence. I encourage everyone to give it a read and it also makes a great gift.