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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an ingenious phishing operation that got him named the year's most inventive online fraudster
Recent Examples on the Web And now the Federal Trade Commission is warning that those fraudsters have designed scams around state contact-tracing initiatives. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams," 25 May 2020 The research suggests that a lack of disclosures can attract fraudsters. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "It’s too late for the US to get rid of Chinese stocks," 21 May 2020 Booms help fraudsters paper over cracks in their accounts, from fictitious investment returns to exaggerated sales. The Economist, "Who’s lost their trunks? The economic crisis will expose a decade’s worth of swindling and aggressive accounting," 18 Apr. 2020 Federal agents arrested 14 fraudsters operating within the US as part of a prolific network of scammers and named 66 others in a 252-count federal grand jury indictment. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "How the basic Nigerian email scam evolved into sophisticated malware attacks on corporates," 9 Apr. 2020 Mental health professionals say data breaches and other cyber crimes are increasingly taking a heavy psychological toll on the millions of Americans whose personal information is plundered by fraudsters. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Anxiety, depression and PTSD: The hidden epidemic of data breaches and cyber crimes," 21 Feb. 2020 The problem: That’s where fraudsters try to sneak in their brand-name counterfeits. Washington Post, "Smart holiday shopping: Avoiding fake reviews and tricky ads," 16 Dec. 2019 Most fraudsters don’t expect every scam to be a success, said Eric Beste, a former federal prosecutor who handled multiple fraud cases during his 22-year DOJ career. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "A thief stole two airplanes with a signature and a couple of stamps," 2 May 2020 Noise disturbance and porch pirate complaints are up, and fraudsters have sought to take advantage of coronavirus fears online and off. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "The pandemic isn't changing crime like you'd expect," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fraudster

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Fraudster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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chiefly British : a person who commits fraud

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