fraudster

noun

fraud·​ster ˈfrȯd-stər How to pronounce fraudster (audio)
chiefly British
: a person who engages in fraud : cheat

Examples of fraudster in a Sentence

an ingenious phishing operation that got him named the year's most inventive online fraudster
Recent Examples on the Web The disgraced fraudster was once worth as much as $26.5 billion, ranked the 25th richest person in America, until his crypto trading firm went belly up in 2022, crashing his fortune to basically nothing. Devin Sean Martin, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Without a password barrier, fraudsters were able to impersonate company representatives in calls and messages to gain access to customer accounts, according to interviews and online reports. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 11 Mar. 2024 When gathering various pieces of a person’s identity, fraudsters may also turn to marketplaces on the dark web, where much personal identifying information — often stolen through security breaches — is for sale. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 In yet another case, the fraudster pretended to be calling from a credit bureau to verify the victim’s Social Security number. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Cryptocurrency and other investment scams are now the riskiest type of cons in the U.S., with crypto fraudsters frequently cheating their victims out of thousands of dollars, the Better Business Bureau said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 6 Mar. 2024 By utilizing these algorithms, the tech system can continuously adapt to new threats, ensuring that organizations are always one step ahead of fraudsters. Ivan Guzenko, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Earlier this month, a finance worker at a company was duped into paying out $25 million to fraudsters. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 Feb. 2024 To dupe organizations, fraudsters primarily used text messages (50%), fake websites (48%), social media (37%), hacking (31%), business email compromise scams (31%), and deepfakes (11%). Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraudster was in 1877

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“Fraudster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fraudster. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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