- The definition of a scam is slang for a fake scheme to steal money or goods.
An example of a scam is a company that takes a person's work and never pays him.
- To scam is defined as to cheat people out of money.
An example of scam is to sell a product, take the money and then never deliver the product.
Origin of scamprobably ; from obsolete scamp, to roam, in cant sense, “to rob on the highway, steal by deceit”: see scamp
transitive verbscammed scammed, scam·ming, scams
Origin of scamOrigin unknown.
- Fraudulent deal.
- That marketing scheme looks like a scam to me.
(third-person singular simple present scams, present participle scamming, simple past and past participle scammed)
US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp (“swindler, cheater")
The word "scam" became common use among the US "drug culture" in early 1980 after Operation ABSCAM, an FBI sting operation directed at public officials, became public.
scam - Computer Definition
(2) (SCAM) (SCSI Configured AutoMatically) A subset of Plug and Play that allowed SCSI IDs to be changed by software rather than by flipping switches or changing jumpers. Both the SCSI host adapter and peripheral must support SCAM. See SCSI.