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 (skăm) Informal
A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
tr.v. scammed, scam·ming, scams
To defraud; swindle.

[Origin unknown.]

scam′mer n.


(ˈskæmə) or


slang a person who perpetrates a scam; swindler
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scammer - a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy - a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
clip artist - a swindler who fleeces the victim
con artist, con man, confidence man - a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
welcher, welsher - someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager
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A scammer buys a lot of a penny stock and then hypes it, perhaps online or via email.
Jason Turchin of Weston recently contacted the News after his firm was approached by a scammer seeking representation.
Once the unregistered number is dialled and received by the scammer, $30 will be withdrawn from the caller's account, according to the Arrayah report.
These scams typically involve a genuine user of a dating website being contacted by a potential admirer who is a scammer in disguise.
Meanwhile, here is how the correspondence went between the scammer and me.
It was generated by a scammer who had learned that Acme was a vendor to the business being scammed.
The 57-year-old scammer called the victim and asked him for his bank account information.
You can't solve his "problem" if you don't know where to send the "replacement"--and you need this information so you can help catch the scammer, if that's who you are dealing with.
If these transactions go through, the scammer then makes other purchases, before the theft becomes known and the cardholder can cancel.
Shiver Metimbers explains: "A scam-baiter will actively communicate with a scammer, pretending to be a real victim, with the sole objective of trying to waste as much of the scammer' s time and resources as possible.
The scammer might indicate you've inherited money from an uncle you didn't know you had, but to collect it you need to pay legal fees first.
Trojans can then redirect links to legitimate financial institutions to fraudulent Web sites allowing the scammer to harvest the user's credentials.