scam

[ skam ]
/ skæm /

noun

a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.

verb (used with object), scammed, scam·ming.

to cheat or defraud with a scam.

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Origin of scam

1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM scam

scam·mer, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for scamming

scam
/ (skæm) slang /

noun

a stratagem for gain; a swindle

verb scams, scamming or scammed

(tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
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