Fraud is a type of criminal activity defined as "abuse of position or false representation, or prejudicing someone's right for personal gain."
Put simply, fraud is an act of deception for personal gain or to cause a loss to another party.
The general criminal offence of fraud can include:
- deception whereby someone knowingly makes a false representation, or
- they fail to disclose information, or
- they abuse a position.
National fraud reporting
Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. It provides a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you have been scammed, ripped off or conned, get in touch with Action Fraud.
Corruption is influencing or rewarding decision takers for personal gain.
It can take many forms and may be carried out by a wide range of people such as Waverley's customers, contractors, staff and councillors.