Interest in accumulating money from a young age

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interest in accumulating money from a young age Recruitment o Most of them got in the business by answering advertisements, or were recruited by friends o For most of them criminal telemarketing was a “salvation” and allowed them to make something of themselves o Individuals are first recruited as sales agents, working on commission; as they gain experience some defect and start their own firm Almost all of them had previous criminal records, for petty offences and were persistent users of alcohol and drugs Attractions & Lifestyles Making money without engaging in hard labor and working long hours under someone else without needing an extensive education background. Criminal telemarketing allowed them to “own their own business” and to be seen as someone who “made it” in the eyes of society Psychologically speaking, the feeling of closing a deal served as a euphoric rush to certain individuals craved feeling of achievement/power over others In terms of lifestyle choices it differed by age, however excessive consumption was a common trait shared by all ages o For young criminals it was drugs, alcohol girls; gambling was common o Older criminals with families, money is centered around family and showing others signs of their success playing golf in expensive golf clubs Common trait in terms of money shared by all criminals (street/telemarketing ) ”the way money is acquired is a powerful indicator of how it is defined and spent” Legitamization & Defence Most reject labels of criminals or what they are doing is a crime Some say they are guilty of only expand their business to quickly; not being able to oversee their day to day operations Most of them say their greediness blinded them Some shifted the blame on drugs and alcohol Some went as far as blaming the victim for giving in to “fraud” and said they deserved it Most interestingly is that some cited to following a capitalist business subculture, and that their actions are no different than say Nike who make shoes for 3 dollars and sell them for 120
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FEB 13- Shover et al Crime on the Line: telemarketing and the changing nature of professional crime (By: Briand Jean-Christophe) An essay written on the topic of telemarketing and the changing nature of professional crime. E.A.Ross (1907):Was one of the first sociologists to call attention to the fact that crime “changes its quality as society develops.” Ross focused specifically on growing social and economic interdependence and the variety of ways this permits both exploitation of trust and the commission of crime at a distance from victims. Changes in society that brought these new criminal opportunities -important change: shift in the state’s public welfare functions (expansion). By 1992, 51,7 per cent of American families received some form of federal payments, ranging from social security, Medicare, and military retirement benefits to agricultural subsidies (Samuelson 1995: 158)
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  • Winter '12
  • Candace
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Archer Daniels Midland, telemarketing fraud, criminal telemarketing

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