Fraud (or defrauding or scamming) is a crime in which someone tricks somebody else to get unfair or unlawful gain. Frauds are almost always about money, either directly or indirectly.
A fraudster or a fraud is the person who commits the fraud. Fraudulent is the adjective, as in He tried to pass a fraudulent cheque. To defraud someone is to commit a fraud against them.
- fraud by false representation,
- fraud by failing to disclose information, and
- fraud by abuse of position.
Lesser cases are heard in a Magistrates' Court; more serious offences are tried in the High Court (jury proceedings).
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