Understanding the Risks of Financial Scams as Part of Elder Abuse Prevention.

Fenge, L-A and Lee, S., 2018. Understanding the Risks of Financial Scams as Part of Elder Abuse Prevention. British Journal of Social Work, 48 (4), 906 - 923.

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DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy037

Abstract

Financial scams have been described as the crime of the twenty-first century, representing a global challenge for agencies involved in the protection of older people at risk of financial abuse. Financial abuse is the second most common form of adult abuse, but traditionally research has focused on abuse that occurs within relationships of trust within families. Less is known about financial scams perpetrated by individuals or organisations unknown to the individual, and which specifically target older people. In part, this is because financial scams are often underreported, as victims can be reluctant to disclose their experience, posing challenges to those who have a safeguarding role. This paper discusses factors emerging from the literature that act as triggers for scam involvement. These include loneliness, emotional vulnerability linked to life events, cognitive impairment and mental capacity. The findings of a small exploratory qualitative study with older people and their carers (n = 12) who have experienced financial scams will be discussed in relation to the literature. These provide unique insights into the experience of being scammed and the impact on individual health and well-being. Key themes will be discussed in relation to social work practice and integrated working across health and social care.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0045-3102
Additional Information:The authors are grateful for funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing for a project concerning the development of learning tools for community healthcare professionals. Conflict of interest statement. None declared.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adult protection ; elder abuse ; victims
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:31171
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:29 Aug 2018 15:27
Last Modified:29 Aug 2018 15:27

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