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The New York Times: Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist

May 20, 2007

In one of a series of articles by The New York Times’ Charles Duhigg, Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist, this piece details how thieves operated from small offices in Toronto and hangar-size rooms in India. Every night, working from lists of names and phone numbers, they called World War II veterans, retired schoolteachers and thousands of other elderly Americans and posed as government and insurance workers updating their files. The series—Blind Eye to Fraud—examines how businesses and investors seek to profit from the soaring number of older Americans, in ways helpful and harmful. This is the story of Richard Guthrie, a 92-year-old Army veteran.