Confidence Game Law and Legal Definition

Confidence game is an attempt to defraud a person or a group by gaining their confidence. The method is usually adopted to obtain money or property of another person. This act of abusing the confidence of a person is a crime in the U.S. The main elements of confidence game are:

1. intentional false representation to a victim as to some present facts;

2. knowledge that the representation is false;

3. intention that a victim should rely on the representation; and

4. representations being made to obtain a victim’s confidence and thereafter his/her money and property.

The following is an example of a case law on confidence game :

Obtaining money by means of confidence game involves an act of cheating or swindling and, therefore, is a crime involving moral turpitude. [Rukavina v. Immigration & Naturalization Service, 303 F.2d 645 (7th Cir. 1962)].