Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.
The lawsuit alleged that Danone used these claims to bilk consumers out of more than $100 million.
"He told me Andrew had tried to bilk $50 million out of Mrs. Mellon," said Toben.
1650s, from or along with the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term; as a verb, "to spoil (someone's) score." Origin obscure, it was believed in 17c. to be "a word signifying nothing;" perhaps it s a thinned form of balk "to hinder." Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bilked; bilking.