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Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation

Application of Routine Activity Theory

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About the Course:

Elder financial exploitation, committed by individuals in positions of trust, and elder fraud, committed by predatory strangers, are two forms of financial victimization that target vulnerable older adults. This study analyzes differences between fraud and financial exploitation victims and tests routine activity theory as a contextual model for victimization. Routine activity theory predicts that criminal opportunities arise when a motivated offender and suitable target meet in the absence of capable guardians. Fraud most often occurred when a vulnerable elder was solicited by a financial predator in the absence of capable guardians. Prevention efforts should focus on reducing social isolation to enhance protection with adult protective services.
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Publication Date:

2016

Course Material Author

Marguerite DeLiema, PhD

Dr. Deliema is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work focuses on identifying the extent and cost of financial fraud in the US, as well as the factors related to financial victimization and she has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Recommended For:

Clinicians, social workers, discharge planners, case managers, APS/EPS agencies, researchers. This course is appropriate for all knowledge levels.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowlege the scope of financial abuse and fraud as an issues in the elder population.

  2. Identify risk factors for financial abuse and fraud.

  3. Apply the social context of financial abuse to current knowledge of perpetrator and victim theory.

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Course Number 102396
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