Organized Crime Gangs Earn Big Bucks in Shift to Fraud

Smelling huge profits in targeting older Americans, organized gangs —the underworld syndicates that once focused on drug trafficking, gambling and other high-profile crimes —are increasingly entering the consumer fraud business, according to interviews with several law enforcement officials.

These syndicates, often based overseas, are using impersonation, intimidation and, in rarer cases, violence to steal from older people, according to the officials. Their elaborate structures and finely honed scams have made these criminal rings highly successful and difficult to catch. (Read More)

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