There are many words used to describe fraud. Scam, con, swindle, extortion, sham, double-cross, hoax, cheat, ploy, ruse, hoodwink, confidence trick.
Fraud is a crime in which some kind of deception is used for personal gain. As technology advances, fraudsters have become increasingly sophisticated and many types of fraud exist. Fraud can be committed against individuals or businesses.
You can find information on different types of fraud and advice on how you can avoid becoming a victim in our fraud advice section.
If you reside in Scotland please report any incidents of Fraud to Police Scotland via 101.
Alternatively, if you reside elsewhere in UK; Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, they provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.
Action fraud A-Z of fraud details further information about different types of fraud.
Outwith UK report to your local Police Service.
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