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

NCJ Number
Crime and Delinquency Dated: 2014
Date Published
October 2014
1 page

Drawing on scholarship on fraud, media consumption, and the fear of crime, this study contributes to efforts to understand and reduce consumer fraud victimization among elderly persons.


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. The current study's 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. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: October 1, 2014