Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

There are many words used to describe fraud: scam, con, swindle, extortion, sham, double-cross, hoax, cheat, ploy, ruse, hoodwink, confidence trick.

These are just a few words you might hear in relation to fraud. Fraud can be committed against individuals or businesses.

Find out more about the most 'popular' types of fraud:

For more information about the wide ranging types of fraud, visit the Action Fraud website by clicking here.

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