Accession Number : ADA185676

Title :   Protecting the Elderly: Federal Agencies' Role Concerning Questionable Marketing Practices.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

PDF Url : ADA185676

Report Date : 26 Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The United States Postal Service and the Federal Trade Commission share the major role in investigating and acting against violators of laws established to protect the general public from fraudulent and deceptive business practices through the use of the mails. The Postal Service specifically reviews fraudulent schemes directed against the elderly. Other federal agencies play a role in protecting the public against various types of fraud and misrepresentation relating to specific items, for example, the Food and Drug Administration (food, drugs, medical, devices, or cosmetics), the Securities and Exchange Commission (commodities). The Department of Justice is also involved, but its role is generally one of bringing civil or criminal action to cases referred to it by the Postal Service, Federal Trade Commission, or other federal agencies.

Descriptors :   *MARKETING, *CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, *FEDERAL LAW, CIVIL AFFAIRS, COMMERCE, CRIMINOLOGY, DECEPTION, DRUGS, FOOD, POSTAL SERVICE, TOILET ARTICLES, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, PROTECTION, SECURITY

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE