Efforts to Reduce Consumer Fraud Victimization Among the Elderly: The Effect of Information Access on Program Awareness and Contact

Daniel P. Mears, Michael Reisig, Samuel Scaggs, Kristy Reisig

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Abstract

Concern about the risk of consumer fraud victimization among the elderly has led to programs that disseminate fraud prevention information and provide services. However, little is known about how seniors access such information or learn about or contact these programs. Drawing on scholarship on fraud, media consumption, and the fear of crime, this study contributes to efforts to understand and reduce consumer fraud victimization. Analyses of data from adults age 60 and above demonstrate that certain segments of the elderly population access a greater variety of information sources to learn about fraud prevention. In turn, such access is associated with greater fraud prevention program awareness and contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1259
Number of pages25
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • consumer fraud
  • crime prevention
  • elderly victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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