affinity fraud – tailoring a fraud to target members of a particular group

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affinity fraud:

1. A fraud in which the perpetrator tailors the fraud to target members of a particular group united by common traits or interests that produce inherent trust.  *  The perpetrator often is or pretends to be a member of the group.  Investment scams such as Ponzi or pyramid schemes are common forms of affinity fraud.  When a religious group is targeted, it is usually called religious-affinity fraud. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6



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