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Fraud & financial abuse of older persons

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 132

Russell G. Smith

ISBN 0 642 24127 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 1999

Abstract

Consideration is given to the threats that face older persons in terms of their vulnerability to acts of fraud and financial abuse. The development of new technologies for purchasing goods and services creates potential for fraud, as do traditional areas in health care, accommodation services and investment services. Smith lists prevention and control strategies that include legislation, law enforcement, education and information, and enhanced reporting.

References

Media release: Fraud against the elderly