un·​sus·​pect·​ing | \ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ \

Definition of unsuspecting 

: unaware of any danger or threat : not suspecting unsuspecting victims

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unsuspectingly adverb

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This scam uses many of the same ploys used on unsuspecting English speakers, say in the scam where the caller pretends to be from the IRS and is demanding payments on back taxes that don’t really exist. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Here's why you're getting more Chinese language robocalls," 3 July 2018 Don’t trust public Wi-Fi Crooks use public Wi-Fi to spy on unsuspecting users who join the network. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 insider tricks to keep hackers and scammers from stealing from you," 22 June 2018 For some, the prospect of any cameras at all seems like a strategy designed to make money off unsuspecting drivers. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Push to Expand Speed Cameras Mired in Albany Politics," 28 May 2018 According to the Washington Post, sending bombs in the mail was the method of choice for Ted Kaczynski, tagged the Unabomber, whose parcel’s exploded in the faces of unsuspecting recipients over a period of 17 years until his arrest in 1996. Perry Chiaramonte | Fox News, Fox News, "Is the Austin Bomber showing shades of the Unabomber?," 20 Mar. 2018 But a parcel exploding in the face of an unsuspecting recipient was a regular, terrifying occurrence during the 17 years between the Unabomber’s first package at the University of Chicago and the moment authorities announced his arrest. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Austin bombings and the explosive echoes of the Unabomber," 14 Mar. 2018 While Liza finds love with Josh, a tattoo artist closer to her daughter's age than hers, and an even trickier connection with her unsuspecting boss, Charles, her work always comes first. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 An unsuspecting Drac is immediately smitten by the ship’s captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), the great-granddaughter of Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan). Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 Most of the time, these robocalls are after people's money, hoping to lure in unsuspecting consumers with an urgent message that sounds legitimate. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Comcast or Capital One calling? It may be a robocall scam. Here are the top 10," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsuspecting

1595, in the meaning defined above

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un·​sus·​pect·​ing | \ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ\

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: without suspicion

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