Understanding and Preventing Financial Fraud Against Older Citizens in Chinese Society: Results of a Focus Group Study

Chi Mei Jessica Li, Mengyan Yu, Gabriel T.W. Wong, Raymond M.H. Ngan

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This study examines the public discourse on financial fraud against older citizens in Chinese society using six focus groups with 45 stakeholders comprising social workers, police officers, caregivers, nurses, community representatives, and insurance and banking personnel. This study uses qualitative data to describe the patterns and social features that facilitate this specific type of crime in Hong Kong. The narratives of the community stakeholders reveal several specific social features of Hong Kong that contribute to financial fraud against older persons, such as traditional Chinese values and ideologies, increasing cross-border activities, the Internet and technological advancements, and unfavourable economic situations. The results of this study support the assumptions of the routine activity approach and have a number of theoretical and practical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1509-1531
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese society
  • financial fraud
  • older citizens
  • routine activity approach
  • stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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