In criminal law, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud.
A hoax also involves deception, but without the intention of gain or of damaging or depriving the victim.
The government’s 2006 Fraud Review concluded that fraud is a significantly under-reported crime, and while various agencies and organisations were attempting to tackle the issue, greater co-operation was needed to achieve a real impact in the public sector. The scale of the problem pointed to the need for a small but high-powered body to bring together the numerous counter-fraud initiatives that existed. Baker writes that the new offences are inchoate and therefore: “The new fraud offences are almost unlimited as to the dishonest conduct they…

Crime Fighting Video Advertising Fraud

If you run a digital business today, you are also inadvertently in the crime fighting business. Video ad fraud is a real and ongoing issue in the ad tech community. YuMe CEO Jayant Kadambi offers four points that digital video ad companies should all be driving home to combat the issue.

Banned Malware Company Hijacks YouTube With Shady Ads

A notorious malware company has been caught hijacking video and display ads on YouTube via plugin software that offered to download video content straight to a user's PC. It was no small scheme either, with an estimated 15% of ad slots sold to video advertisers affected at one point.