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Fraud, deception, and thieves 

Fraud, deception, and thieves
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Fraud, deception, and thieves
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David V. James

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0259
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date: 25 August 2019

Dishonesty and deception are mundane and ubiquitous elements of human behaviour. Various forms are also categorized as criminal offences in the codes or statutes of all organized societies. In criminological terms, fraud, deception, and theft are forms of stealing, in other words dishonestly depriving others of goods or services. However, deception and fraudulent misrepresentation play a much wider role in human behaviour and interactions. This chapter will first consider briefly the broader picture, before considering in detail psychiatric aspects of stealing.

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