Interesting that this was such a problem in the State of Utah, that they created a first-of-its kind searchable database of people convicted of a range of financial crimes in the previous 10 years. Just enter the person’s name, and if he or she is in the registry, you will find the nature of the offense, and when and where it occurred. *You will even get a picture of the offender.
Affinity frauds target members of identifiable groups, such as the elderly, or religious or ethnic communities. The fraudsters involved in affinity scams often are – or pretend to be – members of the group. They may enlist respected leaders from the group to spread the word about the scheme, convincing them it is legitimate and worthwhile. Many times, those leaders become unwitting victims of the fraud they helped to promote.