The Fraud Act 2006 becomes law 15 January 2007, replacing the existing complicated array of overlapping deception offences under Theft Acts 1968, 1978, and 1996.
In their place the Act establishes a new general offence of fraud, which can be committed in three ways ? by false representation, by failing to disclose information and by abuse of position.
It also establishes a number of specific offences to assist in the fight against fraud ? these include an offence of possessing articles for use in fraud and an offence of making or supplying articles for use in fraud.