Fraud is the crime of tricking, lying or deceiving another person, usually for financial gain. Victims of fraud may have lost money, goods, services or property.
- How does fraud affect victims?
Anyone can be a victim of fraud, as criminals constantly look for new ways to trick people.
Every victim is different and will react differently to a crime. Some victims may not even realise that a crime has been committed. Some common feelings that victims of fraud may experience is: Feeling helpless, that there is no use reporting the crime
- Feeling embarrassed about being tricked
- Feeling angry that someone trusted was lying
- Feeling worried about finances or struggling to pay bills
Some victims may feel embarrassed they they have been tricked or deceived
- What support is available?
The type of support available will depend on the type of fraud committed, which could be difficult to identify.