Inside the mind of a fraudster
Akhbar Satar | 12 Jul 2019 00:30
Fraud is a more serious crime than most people realise. It can be defined as the use of deception with the intention of “obtaining an advantage” or “avoiding an obligation” or as “causing loss to another party.”
The term encompasses a wide variety of corrupt, deceptive, dishonest or unethical behaviours. As the definition underlines, the most important element of fraud is “intention” and proving intent in either the civil or criminal context is inherently difficult.
However in Malaysia there is no such crime called fraud. Malaysia’s Penal Code does not define the word “fraud” but only provides for the following “fraudulent” offences which require “dishonesty” as an essential element in cheating, criminal breach of trust, forgery, criminal misappropriation and theft.
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