Scam (noun & verb)
1. (noun) A fraudulent commercial scheme, a confidence trick, a swindle.
2. (verb, transitive) To swindle.
[First known use 1963, as US slang. Origin uncertain; possibly from British slang scamp, a swindler.]
"These chain letters are just a scam to get money out of people."
"There are many ruthless characters trying to scam vulnerable folk with promises of a quick profit."
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