White-Collar Crime


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White-Collar Crime

Defining white-collar and economic crime can be difficult at first. In many cases, such as frauds, money is not stolen by force; it is given willingly as a result of deception. Let us start our course by considering where the line exists between "buyers beware" and "fraud."

After completing this week’s assigned readings, read each scenario given below and answer the following questions:

  • A telephone marketer promises a solar-powered clothes dryer for $500 and then sends the buyer only a clothesline and clothes pins.
    • What is the buyer's responsibility in a situation like this?
    • Would this be a crime in your state? Why?
    • What is the boundary between caveat emptor and aggressive advertising?
  • There are several instances of companies knowingly selling defective or unsafe products. Clearly, a car company that knowingly sells cars with defective air bags is committing a crime. But what if the product in question is legal, such as cigarettes or fatty fast food? Analyze the following situations and explain where responsibility should lie in each case:
    • A store selling cigarettes to a customer with emphysema.
    • A casino allowing a person with a gambling addiction to gamble.
    • A fast-food restaurant selling cheeseburgers to an obese customer.
    • A bar serving alcohol to a habitual drunkard.
  • Which of the above situations should be illegal? Justify your answers using research and reasoning

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School: UIUC




White Collar Crime


A telephone marketer case

What is the buyer's responsibility in a situation like this?
Buyers in a different environment are required to ensure that they have better information
regarding the market as well as how they can get quality for their money. In this case, the buyers
have a very limited responsibility, as they are required to honestly and truthfully rely on the
information that is provided by the seller, as they do not have the chance to vie the products before
purchase, which limits the ability to validate the products. In such situation, the buyers are left
with a limited option regarding the validity of the products that they are purchasing. In this case,
therefore the seller will be responsible for any damages or change in the quality of the products
that are being sold as a result of this fraud.
Would this be a cri...

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