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Fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately deceiving another in order to damage them -- usually, to obtain property or services from him unjustly. [1]. Fraud can be committed through many methods, including mail, wire, phone, and the Internet.

Forms of criminal fraud include:

Fraud is also a type of civil law violation known as a tort. A tort is a wrong for which the injured party may bring a suit in court for damages in the form of monetary compensation. A civil fraud typically involves the act of making a false representation of a fact susceptible of actual knowledge which is relied upon by another to his or her detriment.

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