About 145 Scam Hacks E-book

Can you really become a “professional consumer” after reading our simple, straightforward e-book? The HighYa team reviews thousands of other products and services, so we decided to give us a taste of our own medicine.

Originally published in November 2015, 145 Scam Hacks: Essential Tips for Avoiding Popular Scams promises to outline unique, actionable methods you can use to identify scams and avoid becoming a victim.

All you’ll need to do is enter your email address—which also signs you up for HighYa’s weekly e-newsletter—and you’ll be able to immediately download your copy.

Across 70 pages and 19 different scam categories, 145 Scam Hacks book promises to walk you through everything from online shopping trickery to social media scams, all aimed at helping you become a “professional shopper.” After all, as the authors state in the e-book, they believe that “best way to fight back is by arming yourself with as much information as possible.”

Will you really get all the information you need to avoid scams from HighYa’s 145 Scam Hacks e-book? Is it worth giving up your email address? Can it really help you become a professional consumer? We’ll help you learn more and answer these important questions in this review.

To begin, let’s take a closer look at the kind of information you can expect to find.

What Kinds of Tips Will You Find In 145 Scam Hacks?

Designed to be brief but immensely useful, HighYa’s 145 Scam Hacks covers 19 different categories of scams and provides anywhere between 2-17 tips per category. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn in each section:

1. Anti-Aging – Sales techniques and business practices to be wary of. Are celebrity endorsements meaningful? Which claims to watch out for, and how to verify their accuracy.

2. As Seen on TV & Infomercial Products – How to verify the quality of customer service before placing your order. Basic concepts that you should understand to maximize your satisfaction. More business practices you should watch out for.

3. Scholarships & Financial Aid – Don’t hand over money to obtain any scholarship, and be very careful who you share your personal information with.

4. Distance Education – Check a school’s reputation (especially among employers) before enrolling, and understand you’ll probably pay a lot for the convenience, compared to the same program at traditional colleges.

5. School Fundraising – How to deflect high-pressure sales tactics and which questions to ask.

6. Employment – Which options could be legit and what to do before giving out your personal information.

7. Online Identify Theft – The software you need to stay safe, how to handle your email, and the top red flags indicating you could be dealing with a scammer.

8. Real-World Identity Theft – How crooks get ahold of your personal information and resources you can use for help.

9. Online Dating – Recognizing how emotion can affect your decision-making, how to identify potential scams, and what to do if things are moving too fast.

10. Facebook & Social Media – One of the top Facebook scams you’re likely to encounter, how your computer can download a virus from social media, and how to avoid these scams in the first place.

11. Auto Insurance – What you should do if you’re involved in an accident to avoid being scammed, red flags you should be wary of.

12. Homeowner’s Insurance – The homeowner’s insurance scam you’re most likely to encounter, methods you can use to minimize your chances of being scammed.

13. Medical/Health Care Insurance – What things you should do to avoid falling victim to a medical or health care insurance scam.

14. Nutritional Supplements – How to critically examine clinical evidence, key traits to look for when purchasing a supplement.

15. Online Shopping – How to verify if your connection is secure, what you should do if you receive an unknown email, and what to think about free trials and autoship programs.

16. Online Investment “Opportunities” – Can you expect high returns? What to do if you’re approached about an “opportunity.”

17. Fake Websites – How to identify a potentially fake website and which red flags to watch out for.

18. Summer – Popular summer scams and how to identify/avoid them.

19. Tax Season – Inflated refunds, information sharing, and what to do with your personal documents.

Finally, 145 Scam Hacks wraps up by discussing what you should do next if you’ve been scammed.

Who Wrote 145 Scam Hacks? What Are Their Qualifications?

In order to become an expert on a consumer-related topic, it can take thousands of hours of experience researching every imaginable aspect, while making sure you have a well-rounded understanding of all the different nuances. Is this what the HighYa team boasts?

Dmitry Ozik and Vlad Rappaport are both co-founders of HighYa, and Derek Lakin is Senior Editor. According to their bios, Dmitry focuses on consumer issues and smart financial and health choices, while Vlad is passionate about entrepreneurship, content strategy, SEO, and digital marketing. Derek has 10 years of experience as a copywriter and looks to provide the important details consumers need to shop smarter, whether he’s writing about supplements or new scams.

Regarding HighYa itself, the company/website has been in existence since 2013, is based out of Bellevue, WA, and (at least part of their work) is focused on collecting genuine customer reviews. To this extent, as of writing, the HighYa team has garnered over 26,000 individual reviews gleaned from 2,000+ editorial reviews, published 330+ in-depth guides and articles, and hosts 2 million+ monthly readers.

Taken together, the HighYa team is able to identify patterns and better understand various scams across many different industries, including Finance, Health, Beauty, Technology, Travel, and many more.

Are There Other Free E-Books Like 145 Scam Hacks?

Are the other e-books that cover the exact same material, from the exact same perspective, as 145 Scam Hacks? Not that we could find. Could you get much of the same information for free, directly on HighYa.com? Probably so, but it would take you a lot longer—with a ton more reading involved—instead of quickly skimming through 145 Scam Hacks.

Ultimately, it’s difficult to beat free, especially when the HighYa team clearly has years of experience investigating scams and reviewing a variety of popular products. They also promise to never share your email, so you won’t have to worry about being bombarded with spam, just for going the extra mile and trying to stay scam-free.

Let’s carry this thought over into the next section as we take a closer look at the information contained in HighYa’s newsletter.

Is HighYa’s Newsletter Helpful?

Outside of gaining immediate access to the 145 Scam Hacks e-book, what will you get for handing over your email address? According to HighYa, their newsletter is emailed out to subscribers every Saturday morning, and focuses on spotlighting different articles, reviews, tips, and guides.

The company claims you can unsubscribe at any time and you’ll still get to keep your copy of 145 Scam Hacks.

Just because you’ll only have to enter your email address to get a copy, does this mean you should download 145 Scam Hacks?

Should You Download HighYa’s 145 Scam Hacks E-Book?

We already talked about the authors’ qualifications, but we should also mention that the HighYa team seems genuinely interested in helping others shop smarter and avoid scams (it’s their motto, after all).

Is 145 Scam Hacks the end-all, be-all reference for avoiding common consumer scams? Probably not. But then again, HighYa doesn’t claim that’s what you’ll get. Instead, we think the e-book is ideal for anyone who wants to get a quick bird’s eye view of popular consumer scams and tactics used by the people and companies who perpetrate them. In other words, it’s simply intended to help you become more aware.

As such, it might be ideal to read the book in a single sitting and then referenced as needed—which is why the e-book is split into easily accessible sections.

In short, HighYa’s 145 Scam Hacks e-book is intended to be used as a field guide to help you navigate the murky waters of online shopping. And from this perspective, we think they deliver.

Did you download 145 Scam Hacks? If so, tell us what you thought by writing your review below!

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7 Customer Reviews for 145 Scam Hacks E-book

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  • Scams you can dodge, thanks to this book!

    • Loose Angles, CA,
    • Nov 3, 2016

    Succinct, concise, here are 145 of the most popular, the latest and the most sneaky scams out there.

    There'll be some you are aware of, but there's many you probably haven't heard of, and some you'd fall for for-sure!

    Well worth downloading and reading, and well worth filing away for future reviews.

    Many thanks!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Excellent

    • New Jersey,
    • Nov 2, 2016

    Your ebook is excellent and well prepped. Love it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Nice Summary Collection

    • Largo, Florida,
    • Oct 20, 2016

    I have read through the different headings but, I am aware of practically every one of the scam hints and, I personally learned nothing new.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Awesome

    Very informative. Saved my butt, I was getting ready to get into something that I did not want to end up in.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Good Book

    There were some scams in the e-book that were pretty obvious, but overall the book was very helpful.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great book

    A lot of scam hacks to be aware of and never get scammed again.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 145 Scam Hacks

    This is an easy read and I breezed through it only reading the parts that concern me. I would recommend that others read this. I thought I knew a lot about the hazards of Internet and financial scams but I read this and realized I wasn't as informed as I thought.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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