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scam

noun \ ˈskam \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018
: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation
  • an insurance scam

Examples of scam in a Sentence

  1. She was the victim of an insurance scam.

  2. a sophisticated credit card scam

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Origin and Etymology of scam

origin unknown

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scam

verb
scammed; scamming
2 : to obtain (something, such as money) by a scam

scammer

noun

Examples of scam in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of scam

1963

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SCAM Defined for English Language Learners

scam

  • : a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people


scam

  • : to deceive and take money from (someone)

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



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