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Loan Fraud

Definition - What does Loan Fraud mean?

Loan fraud is when a borrower intentionally deceives a lender by providing false information, or by omitting important information during the loan application process. Such fraud is illegal and can be accompanied by criminal punishment. If a lender discovers that a person has committed loan fraud, he or she can demand full repayment immediately.

Justipedia explains Loan Fraud

Lenders rely on accurate information to determine whom they would like to qualify for approval for loans. So, if a person lies on his or her loan application, it can expose the bank to risk that it would not normally have taken on. For example, if a person lies and says he or she has a higher income than he or she actually has, the bank may approve the loan request. However, if the person had told the truth, then the application may have been denied. So, essentially, the bank would have been deceived in this situation, which is illegal. Even slight exaggerations can qualify as loan fraud.

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