Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories, and Secrets from the Trillion-Dollar Fraud Industry


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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Kelly Richmond Pope is the Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Forensic Accounting at DePaul University in Chicago. Pope's research on executive misconduct culminated in directing and producing the award-winning documentary, All the Queen's Horses, which explores the largest municipal fraud in US history. In 2020 the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and CPA Practice Advisor named Pope as one of the twenty-five Most Powerful Women in Accounting.

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"With Fool Me Once, Ms. Pope reveals the vulnerabilities that we all share and offers advice on how to guard against those who would prey on us." -- The Wall Street Journal

Named one of "40 Nonfiction Books to Watch Out for in 2023" by The Next Big Idea Club

Advance Praise for Fool Me Once:

"Fool Me Once is a lively, relatable, and pragmatic approach to the subject of 'everyday fraud'--the quotidian scams that don't always make headlines but that do always take their toll in human misery, economic disruption, and social mistrust. Intimate stories of victims, perpetrators, and whistleblowers deepen the impact of Kelly Richmond Pope's research, giving us uncommon insights into these all-too-common crimes." -- Diana B. Henriques, author, New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies

"Fool Me Once is insightful, educational, and highly entertaining. Based on hundreds of hours of direct personal contact with fraudsters, Kelly Richmond Pope offers a riveting take on the human side of fraud. A must-read!" -- Bethany McLean, coauthor, New York Times bestseller All the Devils Are Here

"As someone who has been a certified fraud examiner for most of my career, I have long been fascinated with the psychology of human behavior. I have lived through the WorldCom fraud and have witnessed the devastating impact that fraud can have on the lives of so many people. Fool Me Once is required reading for anyone who wants to better understand perpetrators, victims, and whistleblowers and how to better prevent, detect, and investigate fraud." -- Cynthia Cooper, international speaker; author, Extraordinary Circumstances

"Accessible, humorous, and engaging, Fool Me Once includes fascinating stories from the perspective of one of the nation's foremost fraud research experts. I recommend this book for corporate and academic discussion or for anyone interested in understanding and preventing fraud. I do not recommend it for potential fraudsters!" -- Paula A. Price, former Chief Financial Officer, Macy's; senior lecturer, Harvard Business School

"Fool Me Once sets the bar high for how to protect yourself from scammers. It is an essential read." -- Joe Navarro, former FBI Special Agent; author, Dangerous Personalities

"Kelly Richmond Pope's Fool Me Once is a gripping examination of the growing world of fraud and white-collar crime. Based on a decade of research and interviews with perpetrators, whistleblowers, and victims, the book delves deeply into the motivations behind corruption in all its forms. Pope's expert insights as a forensic accountant, combined with her narrative skills, make the book a must-read for anyone looking to better understand the forces driving this spiraling problem." -- Bradley Hope, coauthor, New York Times bestseller, Billion Dollar Whale