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A false representation, by words or conduct, of a matter of fact (including the existence of an intention) or law that is made deliberately or recklessly to another person. Deception itself is not a crime, but until January 2007 there were six imprisonable crimes involving deception:(1) Obtaining property.(2) Obtaining an overdraft, an insurance policy, an annuity contract, or the opportunity to earn money (or more money) in a job or to win money by betting. These two offences are punishable by up to ten years' imprisonment.(3) Obtaining any services (e.g. of a driver or typist or the hiring of a car).(4) Securing the remission of all or part of an existing liability to make payment (whether one's own or another's) with intent to make permanent default in whole or in part.(5) Causing someone to wait for or forego a debt owing to him.(6) Obtaining an exemption from or abatement of liability to pay for something (e.g. obtaining free or cheap travel by falsely pretending to be a senior citizen).These offences were repealed by the Fraud Act 2006 as from 15 January 2007; however, as the Act has no retrospective effect, the old law applies to offences committed before this date. It is not an offence to deceive someone in any other circumstances, provided there is no element of forgery or false accounting. See also fraud.

(1) Obtaining property.

(2) Obtaining an overdraft, an insurance policy, an annuity contract, or the opportunity to earn money (or more money) in a job or to win money by betting. These two offences are punishable by up to ten years' imprisonment.

(3) Obtaining any services (e.g. of a driver or typist or the hiring of a car).

(4) Securing the remission of all or part of an existing liability to make payment (whether one's own or another's) with intent to make permanent default in whole or in part.

(5) Causing someone to wait for or forego a debt owing to him.

(6) Obtaining an exemption from or abatement of liability to pay for something (e.g. obtaining free or cheap travel by falsely pretending to be a senior citizen).

Subjects: Law.


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