Definition of FRAUD

an instance of the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value <thousands of people lost money when the investment scheme turned out to be a fraud>
Synonyms bunco (or bunko), con, fiddle [chiefly British], flimflam, gyp, hustle, scam, shell game, sting, swindle
one who makes false claims of identity or expertise <the blind panhandler was just a fraud trying to con holiday shoppers out of their money>

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