Scam meaning

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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.

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A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
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To defraud; swindle.
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A swindle or fraud; esp. a confidence game.
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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.

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To defraud; swindle.
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To cheat or swindle, as in a confidence game.
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(1) A hustle, racket or swindle. See phishing, ransomware and malware.
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A scheme for making money by deceptive, dishonest, or fraudulent means, i.e., a swindle or fraud. See also pharming, phishing, pretexting, and social engineering.
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A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
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That marketing scheme looks like a scam to me.

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To defraud or embezzle.

They tried to scam her out of her savings.

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Origin of scam

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp (“swindler, cheater")

    From Wiktionary