- a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
- to cheat or defraud with a scam.
Origin of scam
Examples from the Web for scam
Earning ownership had come to feel like a scam—even when it came to the things that we felt made life worth living.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
The Wounded Warrior Project is certainly not a scam, nor an ill-meaning charity.Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire
September 26, 2014
Clients who are wary of online transactions are liable to see escorts with print ads as less likely to cheat or scam them.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
“There are plenty of companies that are more than happy to spam and scam customers with bare-minimum products,” McEwen says.Silicon Valley’s Soft Sex Ban
May 29, 2014
Then I heard “Stairway to Heaven” on the radio, and his scam was exposed.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
- a stratagem for gain; a swindle
- (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
Word Origin and History for scam
1963, noun and verb, U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)).