fraud·​ster | \ ˈfrȯd-stər How to pronounce fraudster (audio) \

Definition of fraudster

chiefly British
: a person who engages in fraud : cheat

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Examples of fraudster in a Sentence

an ingenious phishing operation that got him named the year's most inventive online fraudster

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New-account fraud skyrocketed 70 percent in 2017, Javelin found, as fraudsters used stolen information to open new mobile phone accounts, online payment accounts, and e-commerce accounts. NBC News, "Smarter criminals are finding new ways to commit cyber fraud.," 21 Feb. 2018 First, the fraudsters scraped content from legitimate sites to create copies. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Scammers Target Ad Industry’s Initiative to Thwart Fraud," 7 Feb. 2019 The fraudster had combined his name and address with her son Jon’s SSN to create a false identity, to get restaurant jobs in Austin. NBC News, "More than 1 million children were victims of ID theft last year," 21 June 2018 The fraudsters had the victim’s Social Security number and driver’s license information. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Hackers stole federal workers’ information four years ago. Now we know what criminals did with it.," 19 June 2018 Frequently fraudsters impersonate members of the military or professionals whose work takes them abroad. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "Outsmart the Scammers: How You Can Avoid Fraud," 6 Jan. 2019 Social Security benefits can’t be outlived, reduced by stock market downturns or stolen by fraudsters, Maestas notes. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How women who retire with their husbands often lose out," 17 Sep. 2018 He was detained and held for two months in jail, and was derided on television as a fraudster. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "In Russia, the Corporate Raiders Are Often Cops," 7 Aug. 2018 Last year was the best year ever for fraudsters, with more victims and more money stolen. NBC News, "Smarter criminals are finding new ways to commit cyber fraud.," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fraudster

1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fraudster

chiefly British : a person who commits fraud

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