scam·​mer ˈska-mər How to pronounce scammer (audio)
plural scammers
: one who perpetrates a scam : a person who commits or participates in a fraudulent scheme or operation
insurance/credit card scammers
The company will not call you to ask for your Social Security or account number, but nefarious scammers might. Ellen Marks
Now that most people are alert to suspicious e-mails and phony phone calls, text messages are the new frontier for scammers out to con you. Consumer Reports

Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scammer was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Scammer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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