Crimes Act 1958 - SECT 81
Obtaining property by deception
81. Obtaining property by deception
(1) A person who by any deception dishonestly obtains property belonging to
another, with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it, is
guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years
(2) For purposes of this section a person is to be treated as obtaining
property if he obtains ownership, possession or control of it, and obtain
includes obtaining for another or enabling another to obtain or to retain.
(3) Subsections (12) and (13) of section 73 shall apply for purposes of this
section, with the necessary adaptation of the reference to appropriating, as
it applies for purposes of section 72.
(4) For the purposes of this section, deception-
(a) means any deception (whether deliberate or reckless) by words or
conduct as to fact or as to law, including a deception as to the
present intentions of the person using the deception or any other
(b) includes an act or thing done or omitted to be done with the intention
(i) a computer system; or
(ii) a machine that is designed to operate by means of payment or
to make a response that the person doing or omitting to do the act or thing is
not authorised to cause the computer system or machine to make.