a scheme in which the victim is cheated out of his money after first gaining his trust <a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist>
<a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist> an instance of the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value <identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time> Related Words cross
; Ponzi scheme
, pyramid scheme
, three-card monte
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