scam

noun
\ˈskam \

Definition of scam 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation an insurance scam

scam

verb
scammed; scamming

Definition of scam (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : to obtain (something, such as money) by a scam

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Other Words from scam

Verb

scammer noun

Synonyms for scam

Synonyms: Noun

bunco (or bunko), con, flimflam, fraud, gyp, hustle, sting, swindle

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Examples of scam in a Sentence

Noun

She was the victim of an insurance scam. a sophisticated credit card scam

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since the scam is originating in Asia, Germantown Police do not have jurisdiction to investigate. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Facebook fraud threatens to release a Germantown man's risqué video," 25 June 2018 Davis, a 25-year-old concierge at 11 Howard in Soho, befriended Delvey towards the end of her scam and was profiled in The Cut's piece on the con artist. refinery29.com, "Did Anna Delvey, NYC's Notorious Scammer, Just Upload A Photo From Rikers?," 12 June 2018 Each one of these women is skilled at her respective scam, but all are often overlooked or second on a shortlist in large part because of their gender. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ocean’s 8 isn’t a great movie, but it’s a perfect summer movie.," 6 June 2018 Whatever small fortune Gignac amassed through his scam appears to have vanished. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Miami con man posing as Saudi sultan pleads guilty to swindling millions worldwide," 29 May 2018 The technology might be new and shiny, but the scam was as old as time. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Bad Blood Review: The Biggest Scam in Silicon Valley," 21 May 2018 Prosecutors allege the scam was a bonanza for the brothers, who pocketed at least $3.5 million but spent less than 1 percent toward political contributions. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Before allegedly setting up scam PACs, William Tierney was active in Arizona GOP politics," 19 May 2018 The scam was active since at least March with seven malicious extensions known so far, researchers with security firm Radware reported Thursday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malicious Chrome extensions infect 100,000-plus users, again," 10 May 2018 The scam here, according to the FTC and Missouri’s federal complaint, is that the contest mailings mislead players into believing they’ve already won or are about to win, when few actually do. Mark Davis, kansascity, "The sweepstakes no one ever won: Feds finally target $100 million KC-based schemes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Business Email Compromise scams proliferate because more business is being done online, officials said. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Feds arrest 23 in S. Florida business email scheme," 14 June 2018 Dow narrowly lost his re-election bid to council last fall, so he's been trying to scam his way back onto the public dole. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "CLE Chatter: Complaining costs Bay Village new library (for now); TJ Dow proves he's still deplorable; and other tidbits from our town," 27 Apr. 2018 In response, Panera Information Security Director Mike Gustavison accused Houlihan of trying to scam the company, according to screenshots of emails published by Houlihan in his blog post yesterday. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Panera accused security researcher of “scam” when he reported a major flaw," 3 Apr. 2018 These callers are often trying to scam us in some way. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "We got about a billion robocalls in Ohio last year. Yes, a billion.," 21 Mar. 2018 Or a pyramid scheme is like some entity that is intending to scam people by showing false returns that are based on new money coming in. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Chain CEO Adam Ludwin answers cryptocurrency questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 Mar. 2018 General Complaint, Forest Drive: A man reported on Feb. 10 that someone tried to scam him and his Facebook friends by posing as him on Face Book Messenger. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Residents report credit card and Facebook identity theft: Chagrin Falls police blotter," 15 Feb. 2018 Assist person, Mayfield Road: At 10:25 a.m. Dec. 30, police received a report from Pet Taxi and Grooming Spa, 5351 Mayfield Road, that someone fraudulently used the business's address to scam a woman online. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man who used declined credit card brought back to restaurant to pay: Lyndhurst police blotter," 2 Jan. 2018 Often, these pros scam more than one person at a time. Max B. Baker, star-telegram, "They seemed like nice men. Then they stole her money and her confidence," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of scam

Noun

1963, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scam

Noun

origin unknown

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scam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people

scam

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scam (Entry 2 of 2)

: to deceive and take money from (someone)

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

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