Frauds Against the Elderly

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McFarland, Apr 6, 2004 - Social Science - 248 pages
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Fraud committed against the elderly has reached epidemic proportions, and the problem will only worsen as a large segment of the American population approaches retirement age. This book explores the disturbing rise in these offenses--crimes aimed at a vulnerable segment of society that is often unable to overcome the consequences--with an eye towards helping seniors protect themselves. This handbook first defines fraud, then discusses why the elderly are targeted, the growing scope of the problem, and why these crimes often go unreported or unsolved. The second section clearly explains 28 of the most common types of fraud--including home improvement scams, health frauds, identity theft and magazine sales--in a manner that allows readers to recognize and avoid the predatory actions of others (whether strangers, friends, or even family members). The third section provides a list of resources and actions to take and for those who believe themselves to be the victim of fraud. The book also contains a list of related acronyms, an index and a bibliography.
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
Scope of Fraud Against Senior Citizens
7
Frauds Scams and Schemes
20
Bank Examiner
23
Business Opportunities
28
Charity Fundraising
37
Credit Cards
41
Credit Repair
49
Loss Recovery
128
Magazine Sales
132
Nigerian Letter
139
Online Auctions
145
Pigeon Drop
149
Predatory Lending
154
Prizes Contests Lotteries Sweepstakes and Inheritance
162
Pyramids and Multilevel Marketing
173

Dance Studios
53
Direct Mail
57
Do Not Call Registries
59
DoortoDoor Sales
62
Funerals
67
Health
76
Home Improvement
91
Identity Theft
101
Investments
112
Living Trusts
122
Taxes
183
Telephone Billing
187
Vacation and Travel
192
Viaticals
200
WorkatHome
206
Where to Get Help
225
Resources for Specific Types of Fraud
229
Sources
232
Index
240
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Page 6 - A misrepresentation or concealment with reference to some factual material to a transaction that is made with knowledge of its falsity or in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity and with the intent to deceive another, and that is reasonably relied on by the other who is injured thereby.

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Charles C. Sharpe, a retired clinical nurse specialist and nursing educator, is the author of several books on medical issues, geriatric topics and the internet. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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