fraud

A fraud is a something that deceives or tricks another person, usually to get their money. Frauds are dishonest.

A fraud is something that sounds too good to be true — because it isn't. If you're promised millions of dollars by anyone on the Internet, that's got to be a fraud. Anyone trying to sell you a bridge is committing fraud. Identity theft is a type of fraud. Democrats and Republicans frequently accuse the other party of fraud when it comes to counting votes. You can also tell a person who is fake or an impostor is a fraud.

Definitions of fraud
  1. noun
    intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
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    barratry
    (maritime law) a fraudulent breach of duty by the master of a ship that injures the owner of the ship or its cargo; includes every breach of trust such as stealing or sinking or deserting the ship or embezzling the cargo
    identity theft
    the co-option of another person's personal information (e.g., name, Social Security number, credit card number, passport) without that person's knowledge and the fraudulent use of such knowledge
    mail fraud
    use of the mails to defraud someone
    election fraud
    misrepresentation or alteration of the true results of an election
    constructive fraud, legal fraud
    comprises all acts or omissions or concealments involving breach of equitable or legal duty or trust or confidence
    collateral fraud, extrinsic fraud
    fraud that prevents a party from knowing their rights or from having a fair opportunity of presenting them at trial
    fraud in fact, positive fraud
    actual deceit; concealing something or making a false representation with an evil intent to cause injury to another
    fraud in the factum
    fraud that arises from a disparity between the instrument intended to be executed and the instrument actually executed; e.g., leading someone to sign the wrong contract
    fraud in the inducement
    fraud which intentionally causes a person to execute and instrument or make an agreement or render a judgment; e.g., misleading someone about the true facts
    intrinsic fraud
    fraud (as by use of forged documents or false claims or perjury) that misleads a court or jury and induces a finding for the one perpetrating the fraud
    cheat, rig, swindle
    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
    cozenage, scam
    a fraudulent business scheme
    fraud in law
    fraud that is presumed from the circumstances although the one who commits it need not have had any evil intent
    bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting
    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    pyramiding
    a fraudulent business practice involving some form of pyramid scheme e.g., the chain of distribution is artificially expanded by an excessive number of distributors selling to other distributors at progressively higher wholesale prices until retail prices are unnecessarily inflated
    holdout
    the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
    swiz
    British slang for a swindle
    shell game, thimblerig
    a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under
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    crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
  2. noun
    something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
    synonyms: dupery, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
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    goldbrick
    anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless
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    chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
    the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
  3. noun
    a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    synonyms: fake, faker, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
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    name dropper
    someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
    ringer
    a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
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    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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