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scam

[skam]
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noun
  1. a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
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verb (used with object), scammed, scam·ming.
  1. to cheat or defraud with a scam.
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Origin of scam

1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
Related formsscam·mer, noun
Can be confusedscam scan
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British Dictionary definitions for scammer

scammer

scamster

noun
  1. slang a person who perpetrates a scam; swindler
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scam

noun
  1. a stratagem for gain; a swindle
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verb scams, scamming or scammed
  1. (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
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Word Origin and History for scammer

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.)).

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