FRAUD – What Constitutes Fraud in California? What does a Cause of Action for Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation in California Mean?

FRAUD – What Constitutes Fraud in California? What does a Cause of Action for Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation in California Mean?

December 26, 2019

A common question we get is “[w]hat is Fraud in California” and “[w]hat constitutes Fraud in California”.  Fraud occurs in a wide range of settings, such as business transactions, contract inducement, property purchases and other similar   transactions.  A cause of action for fraud arises when a party misrepresents material facts, makes false promises, or otherwise deceives another party with the intention of depriving them of their money, property, and/or rights.

Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation: A cause of action of Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation arises when:

A defrauding party makes a misrepresentation intentionally convincing a fraud victim to rely on false assertions of fact, which the other party reasonably relies on and sustains damages therefrom.  A defrauding party making a false statement of fact knowing the statement is not true and with the intention to defraud another party with the false statement is not permitted. If a fraud victim reasonably relies on a false statement, which was a substantial factor in causing harm to them. The fraud victim does have a cause of action for Fraud by Intentional Misrepresentation for the actual and proximate damages suffered as a result of the intentional misrepresentation.

California Civil Code 1709: encapsulates legal liability for Intentional Fraud and Deceit as follows: “One who willfully deceives another with intent to induce him to alter his position to his injury or risk, is liable for any damage which he thereby suffers

A link to our article discussing INTENTIONAL FRAUD AND DECEIT is embedded herein:

Causes of Action for Fraud in California: For other articles discussing the various causes of action for Fraud in California, links are included below:

For Fraud Verdicts in California: Our articles discussing Fraud verdicts in California are included below:

Fraud Damages: Our articles discussing Fraud damages in California are included below:

Recovery from the Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund of California: For articles discussing damages:


If you have fallen victim to fraud or have questions about legal liability as it relates to constructive fraud, negligent misrepresentation, concealment fraud, fraudulently concealment, Intentional Fraud and Deceit, Promissory Fraud, False Promise, Conversion or breach of fiduciary we encourage you to contact our offices at 619-432-5145 for a free consultation with one of our civil fraud attorneys and fraud lawyers.


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