- a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
- to cheat or defraud with a scam.
Origin of scam
1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin
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- a stratagem for gain; a swindle
- (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
Word Origin and History for scamming
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper