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Fighting Financial Fraud: How to Shield Yourself from Swindles
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Spring 2003.
A special FDIC report to help consumers defend against an array of scams involving checks, credit cards, ATMs, the Internet and other bank products and services.

Financial Abuse Specialist Team Video (F.A.S.T.)
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), August 2002.
This 30-minute video from the Office for Victims of Crime highlights financial crime against the elderly and features the work of Santa Clara County's Department of Aging and Adult Services, which created a Financial Abuse Specialist Team (F.A.S.T.) that has been nationally recognized for its work fighting elder financial abuse. The video educates viewers on all aspects of elder financial fraud and serves as a template for agencies interested in creating a F.A.S.T. team in their own communities. (NCJ 198153)

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2004.
This Problem Oriented Policing guide describes the problem of financial crimes committed against the elderly and their risk factors. It identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local problem, and reviews responses to the problem and describes the conditions under which they are most effective.


The following documents are only available through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) library. To obtain them, go to the NCJRS library and enter the document’s NCJ number into the search page.

Introducing a Framework for Defining Financial Abuse of the Elderly
Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), 1996
This article, originally published in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, offers a framework for identifying financial abuse of the elderly. That includes the characteristics of the older person that suggest vulnerability to abuse; the nature of the relationship between the suspected wrongdoer and the older person; the outcomes and interests served by the relationship; and the type of influence used by the suspected wrongdoer. (NCJ 167053)

Older People and Consumer Fraud 
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), June 2001. 
This paper reports on data from a large Australian survey of older persons' criminal victimization, with attention to older peoples' risk of being victimized by consumer fraud. The focus on fraud in this paper pertains to consumer victimization that may occur when someone is selling something or delivering services. It includes such areas as commercial transactions (telemarketing, Internet sales, door-to-door sales, and mail orders); home repairs and home construction; buying and servicing vehicles; and financial transactions. (NCJ 190955)

Telemarketing Fraud and Older Americans: An AARP Survey
AARP, 1996
This 1995 survey, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and based on interviews with 745 telemarketing fraud victims who were 50 years of age and older, found that older victims were more frequently victimized by telemarketing fraud than younger people. (NCJ 164400)

Victimization of Persons by Fraud
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), January 1995
This article presents the results of a survey of the victimization of persons by personal fraud, defined as the deliberate intent to deceive with promises of goods, services, or other financial benefits that in fact do not exist or were never intended to be provided. The article contains data based on a national telephone survey involving a representative probability sample of 1,246 respondents aged 18 and older.

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