What is Fraud?
Fraud is the act of deceiving a person or organization in order to gain a personal benefit. It usually relates to financial deception – that is, to somebody who makes a profit through dishonesty. Cheating at a casino game in order to win money is a form of fraud. Cheaters or fraudsters might act alone, or have accomplices. Some even use casino staff in their scam, or casino employees may carry out the fraud themselves. Fraud is a criminal offence in most jurisdictions.
In law, ‘fraud’ is usually defined as knowingly deceiving a person or company in order to benefit financially. In the casino, this usually means to cheat in some way, either to gain an advantage or to engage in stealing. Fraud is almost always viewed as a criminal offence and could lead to imprisonment in serious cases.
Fraud might be committed by a player, or by a casino employee. Sometimes fraudsters will work with a corrupt casino employee to scam the casino or the other players. ‘Professional’ cheats often work in teams to defraud casinos through elaborate scams, such as cleverly distracting the dealer and then switching the deck for a rigged one.
Counterfeiting is also a form of fraud. Players who try to pass off fake cash and chips as authentic in order to profit from gambling are engaging in a form of fraud. Using someone else’s identity in order to play in a casino is also a fraudulent act, as is providing false personal information or identification. Some players may even engage in fraud via the casino by gambling business profits or personal wealth to avoid certain taxes, or as a method of money laundering.
Casinos go to great lengths to try and combat fraud. They use security staff, CCTV, listening devices and vigilant floor staff to try and catch out any player – or dealer – who might be engaging in dishonest activities. Some fraudsters have become very sophisticated, working in teams and using state of the art technology to bypass fraud detection techniques.