The Neuroscience Behind Financial Scams

Source: United States Department of Justice

Published: 2020


Join us for the webinar, The Neuroscience behind Financial Scams. Older Americans lose billions annually to financial scams and experience of range of harms resulting from their victimization. At times our response is incredulous and at times sympathetic. What is nearly universal is a lack of understanding of why older adults fall victim to these scams. Using brain science and psychological principles, Erik Lande, a neuropsychologist, will guide attendees through an explanation of the mechanisms that facilitate vulnerability to financial scams. Debbie Deem, a former FBI victim specialist who worked frequently with scam victims, will discuss the challenges victims and law enforcement experience, as well as strategies and resources that can assist victims and their families.


  • Erik Lande, Insight Neuropsychology, and Consultant, Ventura Adult Protective Services
  • Debbie Deem, Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) Coordinator Ventura County, and retired FBI victim specialist

Link: The Neuroscience Behind Financial Scams

Topics: Financial Abuse, Overview/General, Screening/Assessment

Access: Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning

Audience: Community, Finance

Level: Basic, Intermediate