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

n intentional deception resulting in injury to another person

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(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
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
the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
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

n something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

dupery, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
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)

n a person who makes deceitful pretenses

fake, faker, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
name dropper
someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
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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