swindled; swindling ˈswin(d)-liŋ
: to obtain money or property by fraud or deceit
: to take money or property from by fraud or deceit
Verb hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds Noun a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time
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VerbBragg said the defendants swindled NYSIF out of more than $2 million. —Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 2 May 2023 Earlier this year, Forbes detailed 25 scams driven by Elon Musk impersonators, which have seen people targeted via social media and swindled out of a plethora of assets. —Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2023 This narrative had a certain glib cleverness, but, given that Murdaugh had already been exposed as a manipulator accustomed to swindling vulnerable people, glib cleverness was not a helpful note to strike. —James Lasdun, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2023 O’Loughlin also became convinced that Eaton Vance was swindling him. —Longreads, 6 Apr. 2023 Egerton holds it all together as a man who is cheated, swindled, threatened and outmaneuvered. —Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2023 Attorneys and housing advocates say Benter was swindled, while admitting that no laws were likely broken. —Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2023 The new trailer teases the Roy kids’ final battle against Logan (Brian Cox), the family patriarch, who swindling his kids out of stopping the Waystar Royco deal with GoJo in the Season 3 finale. —Katie Reul, Variety, 2 Mar. 2023 The voice cast is stellar: Ewan McGregor is the talking cricket (don’t call him Jiminy), Tilda Swinton is the blue fairy, Ron Perlman is the master of the marionette theater, Cate Blanchett as a kindly bird, Christoph Waltz playing both of the animal con men who swindle our young hero. —David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022
NounNitu, of Seattle, Wash., and Irimia, listed as homeless on the jail docket, have each been charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree fraud/swindle. —Warren Kulo | Wkulo@al.com, al, 25 Apr. 2023 Tamara Dadyan, who fled to a resort in Montenegro to dodge a sentence of more than 10 years in prison for a pandemic relief swindle, is extradited to the U.S. Support our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. —Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 Nearly all the guests at Donwell (including Darcy and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet) have had dealings with the unpleasant Wickham; some have fallen prey to his latest swindle, an investment scheme which drained their savings to his sole profit. —Tom Nolan, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Adorable puppy picture swindle. —Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Wellness is a swindle. —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2020 While on his assignment Kincaid also discovers a land swindle involving the former Carraway Hospital property in North Birmingham. —Heather Gann | Hgann@al.com, al, 28 Feb. 2023 Anna Delvey did this momentous swindle, and although she’s been custodially punished, she’s never seemed truly sorry. —Raven Smith, Vogue, 15 Oct. 2022 Was the band a needed blast of power-chord candor, or, to borrow the title of the eventual Julien Temple mockumentary about them, a great rock ’n’ roll swindle? —James Poniewozik, New York Times, 30 May 2022 See More
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