Fraud is a deceptive and dishonest act or behavior carried out with the intent to gain an unfair or unlawful advantage or to harm others. It involves deliberately misrepresenting, concealing, or manipulating information to deceive individuals, organizations, or the public for personal gain or to cause financial, reputational, or legal damage.

What You Need To Know

Fraud can occur in various forms, such as financial fraud (e.g., embezzlement, Ponzi schemes), identity theft, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, securities fraud, and internet scams. Perpetrators of fraud often exploit vulnerabilities in systems, abuse trust, or use coercion.

Detecting and preventing fraud is essential for maintaining trust in financial systems, businesses, and everyday transactions. Many organizations have anti-fraud measures, such as internal controls, fraud risk assessments, and fraud detection technologies, to safeguard against fraudulent activities.

Engaging in fraud is illegal and can lead to severe consequences, including fines, legal penalties, imprisonment, and damage to one's reputation and future opportunities. To protect oneself from fraud, individuals and organizations should remain vigilant, verify information from reliable sources, and report suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.