Re: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

Subject: Re: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.
From: "Jerry Kindall" <j -dot- kindall -at- tecplot -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 14:25:03 -0800

Thus spake Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>:

> "Frauds" is a tricky term because it describes both the act and the
person who commits it.

And in fact calling a person "a fraud" has usually implies that
someone's public life is based on a deception -- not that they are
criminals. For example, the guys in Milli Vanilli were frauds because
they did not actually perform the songs they won awards for. I don't
believe that's actually a crime.

I would not call a 419 scammer "a fraud," though. People are hoaxers,
scammers, inside traders, Ponzi schemers, etc. I suppose "fraudster" is
a useful enough umbrella term for actual criminals. With half a million
uses already recorded on Google, though, I think the branding ship has
sailed.

--
Jerry Kindall, SDK Technical Writer
Tecplot, Inc. | Enjoy the View
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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