scam

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US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp ‎(swindler, cheater)

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.

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scam ‎(plural scams)

  1. Fraudulent deal.
    That marketing scheme looks like a scam to me.

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scam ‎(third-person singular simple present scams, present participle scamming, simple past and past participle scammed)

  1. To defraud or embezzle.
    They tried to scam her out of her savings.

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