Credit Card Fraud Law and Legal Definition

Credit card fraud is the fraud committed by the use of another person’s credit card. In credit card frauds the fraud is committed by making purchase using another person’s credit card. Credit card frauds can take different forms. Some common credit card frauds are:

1. counterfeiting credit cards;

2. using lost or stolen cards;and

3. fraudulently acquiring credit through the mail.

In credit card fraud there is an unauthorized taking of another’s credit.

Following is an example of a state statute (Indiana) defining credit card fraud:

Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 35-43-5-4 defines credit card fraud as: “A person who:

(1) with intent to defraud, obtains property by:

(A) using a credit card, knowing that the credit card was unlawfully obtained or retained;

(B) using a credit card, knowing that the credit card is forged, revoked, or expired;

(C) using, without consent, a credit card that was issued to another person;

(D) representing, without the consent of the credit card holder, that the person is the authorized holder of the credit card; or

(E) representing that the person is the authorized holder of a credit card when the card has not in fact been issued;

(2) being authorized by an issuer to furnish property upon presentation of a credit card, fails to furnish the property and, with intent to defraud the issuer or the credit card holder, represents in writing to the issuer that the person has furnished the property;

(3) being authorized by an issuer to furnish property upon presentation of a credit card, furnishes, with intent to defraud the issuer or the credit card holder, property upon presentation of a credit card, knowing that the credit card was unlawfully obtained or retained or that the credit card is forged, revoked, or expired;

(4) not being the issuer, knowingly or intentionally sells a credit card;

(5) not being the issuer, receives a credit card, knowing that the credit card was unlawfully obtained or retained or that the credit card is forged, revoked, or expired;

(6) with intent to defraud, receives a credit card as security for debt;

(7) receives property, knowing that the property was obtained in violation of subdivision (1) of this section;

(8) with intent to defraud the person's creditor or purchaser, conceals, encumbers, or transfers property;

(9) with intent to defraud, damages property; or

(10) knowingly or intentionally:

(A) sells;

(B) rents;

(C) transports; or

(D) possesses;

a recording for commercial gain or personal financial gain that does not conspicuously display the true name and address of the manufacturer of the recording;

commits fraud, a Class D felony.