The Structure of a Fraud

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Revision 2.3

By Dave Robonsoner

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Frauds have always existed, they are everywhere, you may be already a victim of one without even having a friking clue. For milenia, the techniques of fraud have evolved from the most esoteric to the most scientific and technological. This guide will help you identify the core nature of the fraudsters and the key elements of a fraud. So you don't get deceived.

What is a fraud

Deceit, trickery: intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right. A fraud requires lies and trickery, requires falsification of records, or evidences.

Foundations of a fraud: Trust building and Deception

Frauds are based in deception. Fraudsters will create trust, and will use any sort of trickery to deceive you after.

Techniques used by fraudsters to commit fraud

Frauds are hard to detect because the fraudsters are typically highly trusted individuals or organizations that are perceived as honest and pristine

Frauds are based in deception. Fraudsters will create trust, and will use any sort of trickery to deceive.

At the core of a fraud, is the fraudsters artistry: A collection of techniques based in emotional manipulation and deception.

Deception or falsehood is an act or statement that misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand as well as distraction, camouflage or concealment.

Key common sensical questions

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you are probably a low-hanging-fruit for fraudsters and easy target for fraud perpetrators.

If I find a fraud, do I become a conspiracy theorist?

Many people call everything that does not align with the establishment a "conspiracy theory" This is just a weaponized term and jargon to neglect all inquiries into the truth behind events and organizations.

Types of fraud of special interest