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  • By: Ruslan Zholdoshbaev
  • In: Encyclopedia of Social Deviance
  • Edited by: Craig J. Forsyth & Heith Copes
  • Subject:Psychopathology, Crime & Deviance (general)

Colloquially, people use many words to mean “fraud,” including scam, double-cross, hoax, cheat, and swindle. Fraud is most commonly defined as any act of deceiving a person by promising goods, services, or future financial benefits that do not exist or are never going to be provided. ...

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