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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.
scam (plural scams)
- A fraudulent deal.
- That marketing scheme looks like a scam to me.
- Something that is promoted using scams.
- That car was a scam.
to defraud or embezzle
- ACMs, ACSM, CAMs, CASM, CSMA, M. A. Sc., M.A.Sc., MACs, MASc, MCAs, Macs, SMAC, cams, macs, masc, masc.
- Matasović, R. (2009). Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, p.339. Brill: Boston.