White Collar Crime Social Interaction & Conflict Theory

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Question 1: How do consumer fraud, false advertising, and price fixing exemplify the definition of white collar crime? What is white collar crime? White collar crime is defined as illegal or unethical acts that violate creditable responsibility of public trust committed by an individual or organization, usually during the course of legitimate occupational activity, and by persons of high or respectable social status for personal or organizational gain. The term is widely used by criminologist and sociologists alike, incorporating a mass of non-violent behaviors related to economic fraud. In some instances, many acts innovated by perpetrators are not only criminal, but rather unethical. Although there is deviant or criminal intent involved, some offenses are not deemed illegal, although it may be dysfunctional or unethical. These offenders have no remorse for its victims, and in some scenarios can be very cold hearted. Primarily, the term "white collar crime" was designated to classify crimes committed by socially-elite, offenders of the law such as Government officials, or white collared workers, but it is now referred upon to a broad-range of non-violent offenders that revolve around unfairness and deviance. In today’s business oriented society, white collar crime is rapidly increasing, making it harder each day to differentiate between a criminal and a business-man walking down the street due to their appearances going hand in hand, making it harder to crack down on. Most cases within the white collar crime jurisdiction, can be variated into different types of offenses and a wide range of people that are victimized for each crime committed as well as the effects it may have on the society as a whole, such as wasted tax dollars spent to recover any losses to its victims as well as reconstruct the economy if necessary and un-do any wrongful doings. The branch of government responsible for policing these acts of societal betrayal is mainly commissioned by the Department of Justice, with the exception of special task force’s and branches of government designated to specialize in the departments of which the crimes and unethical behaviors are being implemented. The most common types of offenses known to exemplify the term "white collar crime" is mainly classified by authorities as consumer fraud, false advertising, and price fixing. Consumer fraud involves the use of deceit, lies, and or misrepresentations to lure customers into purchasing a good or service. Many casualties are greatly emphasized on the elderly; if not already victim’s primary emphasis will be focused on the baby boomers, or people born during 1946-1964. Baby boomers are known to be the largest segment of our population, estimated around 78 million people. It is no secret that the growing population of senior citizens will continue to rise, thus creating more potential for harm to the innocent and victimization of the elderly. (http://www.fbi.gov/page2/april08/senior_fraud.html) Place for advancement exists in the consumer fraud area with the wide range of tech savvy baby boomers that have considerable computer skills. Through this, fraudsters are modifying their conniving techniques, with not just old fashioned mass mailings, and telemarketing, but online scams as well. Such scams include identity theft, e-mail spamming, and "phishing", otherwise described as the act of luring internet users to fake websites by using authentic logos or fake affiliations to organizations in effort to steal passwords, and financial or personal information. Many elderly people are attractive targets for con artists due to the fact that they’re less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know where to go or are simply embarrassed to talk about their conniving mis-hap. In some cases, if they are lucky enough to report the crime, it can sometimes be hard for them to remember or describe exact details. Lastly, many of the goods and services being used as bait are of their...
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