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NCJ Number: NCJ 197061     Find in a Library
Title: Origins, Pursuits and Careers of Telemarketing Predators'
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Neal Shover ; Glenn S. Coffey
Corporate Author: University of Tennessee
Dept of Sociology
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This report addresses telemarketing fraud and the lives, careers, and perspectives of telemarketing fraud offenders.
Abstract: Addressing the issue of telemarketing fraud, this report details the lives, careers, and perspectives of telemarketing fraud offenders. After arguing that technological changes have led to expanded opportunities for white collar crime in the United States, the authors focusing on telemarketing fraud describe the data presented in this report as semi-structured interviews with 47 telemarketing fraud offenders convicted of Federal crimes. Research findings indicate that most telemarketing fraud offenses are conducted by the coordinated efforts of two or more individuals. The offenders themselves come from overwhelmingly “traditional” families and demonstrate low levels of prior criminality. Initially attracted to the profession of telemarketing for its good pay, flexible hours, and lack of dress codes, telemarketing offenders employ a range of mitigating explanations and excuses for their offenses, often denying engaging in criminal decision making. Furthermore, most criminal telemarketers imagine that they may be able to continue their criminal behaviors indefinitely. Arguing that crime control programs are necessary to reduce telemarketing crime, the authors conclude that telemarketing crimes are well suited to the individualistic, market society found in the United States. References
Main Term(s): Consumer fraud ; Telemarketing fraud
Index Term(s): White collar crime ; Fraud ; White collar offenders ; White collar crime causes
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2000-IJ-CX-0028
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University of Tennessee
Dept of Sociology
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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