scam


1scam

noun \ˈskam\

: a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people

Full Definition of SCAM

:  a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation <an insurance scam>

Examples of SCAM

  1. She was the victim of an insurance scam.
  2. a sophisticated credit card scam

Origin of SCAM

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1963

2scam

transitive verb

: to deceive and take money from (someone)

: to get (something, such as money) by deceiving someone

scammedscam·ming

Full Definition of SCAM

2
:  to obtain (as money) by a scam
scam·mer noun

Examples of SCAM

  1. The company scammed hundreds of people out of their life savings.
  2. I could tell they were scamming you and charging too much.
  3. They scammed a lot of money from unwary customers.

First Known Use of SCAM

1963

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