The health impact of scams

Jan Bailey, Paul Kingston, Louise Taylor, Charlotte Eost-Telling

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This presentation will offer new and alternate insights into ‘scams’ and the health effects of fraud on older people. It reports data captured from a Mass Observation Project “Directive” focusing on scams and their impact on individuals. Eighty “Observers’” aged 50 and over responded to the “Directive”. Responses indicate that falling victim to a scam may have negative impacts on individuals’ mental wellbeing, self-esteem and relationships with others. Data analysis also identified that fear of victimisation can also affect individuals, resulting in worry, anxiety and maladaptive coping strategies. Offering a sociology of health perspective, we will focus is on these health impacts of scams and the legitimisation of the issue as a socio-political problem. We will also highlight additional important areas for consideration, such as the absence of a common understanding of the concept and nomenclature of ‘scam’, and the ‘vagaries of scams’ by presenting a typology of scams.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSupplement_1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2019
EventGerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Strength in Age—Harnessing the Power of Networks - Austin Convention Center, Austin, United States
Duration: 13 Nov 201917 Nov 2019


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