Fraud is a deception for the purpose of an unfair or unlawful gain. It is both a civil wrong (so that a fraud victim may sue a fraud perpetrator to recover monetary compensation) and a criminal wrong (whereby a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted by governmental authorities). Forgery is the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects or documents with the intent to deceive. Copies are not considered forgeries, although they may later become forgeries through willful misrepresentations.
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