a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
verb (used with object), scammed, scamming.
to cheat or defraud with a scam.

1960–65; orig. carnival argot; of obscure origin

scammer, noun

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scam (skæm)
1.  a stratagem for gain; a swindle
vb , scams, scamming, scammed
2.  (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick

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Word Origin & History

1963, n. and v., U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)).
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Example sentences
If you pay the recovery fee, you've been double-scammed.
You've scammed support behind the climate change and global warming agenda,
  only to have fall apart.
If you receive a check, that's a good sign you're being scammed.
Read from people who have been scammed and cease to believe their lies.
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