… the law firm had got the lucrative job of defending the corporate head of a savings and loan that had scammed another thousand or so people out of their savings …—Joseph Wambaugh
: to obtain (something, such as money) by a scam
A Boston hedge fund manager who scammed millions of dollars from friends, family and other investors in what authorities say was a Ponzi scheme has been sent to prison for more than 14 years.—The Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette
She was the victim of an insurance scam.
a sophisticated credit card scamVerb
The company scammed hundreds of people out of their life savings.
I could tell they were scamming you and charging too much.
They scammed a lot of money from unwary customers.
Recent Examples on the Web
How to spot a scam Look out for these other tell-tale signs that an email or call that appears to be coming from Amazon or another legitimate business is the work of a scam artist trying to dupe you.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 With more than 300,000 entries added in the past two months alone, scam victims would likely struggle to identify similar scams without dedicating significant time to scan the database.—Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 To report a scam, file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission.—Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Consequently, people make better investment decisions, are less prone to bias and are more likely to detect scams.—Cindi May, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 And YouTube star Jimmy Donaldson, who goes by Mr Beast, also shared with his millions of followers that a deepfake advertisement using his likeness was a scam.—Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 2 Nov. 2023 Naysayers called it a PR scam to garner goodwill or bolster the market for Live Nation’s own venues.—Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 1 Nov. 2023 At every turn, the scams at FTX and Alameda led back to making Bankman-Fried more important.—Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Other types of cyber incidents include data breaches, email phishing scams, website and social media defacement, and invasions of online classes or virtual meetings.—Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023
The act—a sprawling piece of legislation that covers a spectrum of issues, from how technology platforms should protect children from abuse to scam advertising and terrorist content—became law in October.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 The test comes after Musk has encouraged users to sign up for X Premium as a way of reducing spam and scam activity on the platform, suggesting that requiring credit card payments helps verify a user’s identity and creates a higher barrier to entry for inauthentic accounts.—Clare Duffy, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 Some of these calls may be legitimate, but many of them are spam calls or robocalls that are trying to sell you something or scam you.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 12 Oct. 2023 Seth finds success there but also realizes that his firm is a chop shop that essentially scams investors.—Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2023 When someone clicks the links in the poison PDFs, they can be pushed through multiple websites, which ultimately direct them to scam landing pages, says Edwards, who presented the findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.—Matt Burgess, WIRED, 14 Aug. 2023 Officials confirmed the cartel now operates call centers that scam money from Americans and Canadians through fake offers to buy their timeshares.—Mark Stevenson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2023 There are many unscrupulous actors leveraging a variety of methods to scam and steal from others, and some companies collect data with the full intention of selling it for a profit.—Expert Panel®, Forbes, 3 May 2023 But others — the true impostors — can cause much more harm, DMing unsuspecting fans to scam users out of money, solicit nude photos or otherwise exploit a celebrity’s star status.—J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2023 See More
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