Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., JD, in association with American Leadership Books, has released her latest book, The Big Con, which describes her experience as a victim of a criminal syndicate that targets book writers.

The new book aims to raise public awareness about potential scams in the movie industry. It also provides guidance on how writers can avoid these fraudulent offers for book-to-movie adaptations.

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Written by a victim of such a con, the book details Dr. Scott’s personal experience with a pretend filming company representative. She explains the elaborate scheme the conmen created and gives tips on how to spot warning signs.

Dr. Scott’s book reveals that the conmen’s modus operandi was to approach authors with an offer to pitch their film-worthy book to top film company executives. As a result, the unsuspecting writer would repeatedly pay toward scripts, loglines/synopsis, and show bibles to pitch their material to these supposed film executives.

She describes her investigation into the matter which resulted in exposing the scam. This is followed by interviews with ten other victims about their individual experiences and writing projects. Finally, Dr. Scott gives advice on recognizing and avoiding cons, as well as what can be done should writers fall prey to this type of fraud and how to possibly retrieve any lost money.

The Big Con was followed by another book entitled “I Was Scammed” which discusses other common types of scams, including social media, email, and, real estate scams as well as customer, fraud, merchant, and personal identity scams.
Dr. Scott’s two books will be turned into documentaries and feature interviews with seven scam victims, as well as experts and law enforcement officials.

The Big Con also inspired the creation of a Facebook support group where victims of fraud can interact with each other and share tips on how to spot common cons.

A spokesperson said, “To this end, the book features the stories of the victims and their books, which genuinely have big-screen potential when presented to real producers and agents. The book also features a guide for recognizing scams of all types to avoid being victimized.”

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