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New findings millions of pounds stolen, defrauded or conned from older people by their own sons and daughters each year

New findings millions of pounds stolen, defrauded or conned from older people by their own sons... Viewpoint New findings: millions of pounds stolen, defrauded or conned from older people by their own sons and daughters each year Action on Elder Abuse Middle aged sons and daughters are the people most likely to rob older people of their cash, valuables and even their homes, a new report can reveal. The findings, which have been launched by national charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA), is a study of all the calls to the charity’s helpline during 2006 relating to financial abuse of older people in their own homes. The audit shows that a staggering 53% of theft, fraud and deception that takes place in a domiciliary setting is committed by the victim’s own sons or daughters – who are usually middle aged. Of the 471 incidents analysed over the 12-month period, a minimum of two million pounds cash was reported as stolen or coerced from older people, with an additional 18 houses also being sold or taken without consent. A further 13 houses were given away without the full awareness of the owner, or after significant pressure – including blackmail. Gary FitzGerald, AEA Chief Executive said, ‘This is a horrendous state of affairs. It may seem inconceivable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Adult Protection Emerald Publishing

New findings millions of pounds stolen, defrauded or conned from older people by their own sons and daughters each year

The Journal of Adult Protection , Volume 9 (1): 2 – Mar 1, 2007

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1466-8203
DOI
10.1108/14668203200700006
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Viewpoint New findings: millions of pounds stolen, defrauded or conned from older people by their own sons and daughters each year Action on Elder Abuse Middle aged sons and daughters are the people most likely to rob older people of their cash, valuables and even their homes, a new report can reveal. The findings, which have been launched by national charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA), is a study of all the calls to the charity’s helpline during 2006 relating to financial abuse of older people in their own homes. The audit shows that a staggering 53% of theft, fraud and deception that takes place in a domiciliary setting is committed by the victim’s own sons or daughters – who are usually middle aged. Of the 471 incidents analysed over the 12-month period, a minimum of two million pounds cash was reported as stolen or coerced from older people, with an additional 18 houses also being sold or taken without consent. A further 13 houses were given away without the full awareness of the owner, or after significant pressure – including blackmail. Gary FitzGerald, AEA Chief Executive said, ‘This is a horrendous state of affairs. It may seem inconceivable

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The Journal of Adult ProtectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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