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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.
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(ˈskæmə) or


slang a person who perpetrates a scam; swindler
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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Traditional 'slam on' accidents Where the scammer's vehicle in front intentionally slams on the brakes so that the driver behind cannot avoid a rear end shunt.
She said she was calling to have her seat on an upcoming flight changed, but the scammer, pretending to be from the airline's customer service, tried to con her into paying $400 in prepaid gift cards.
'The common typical scam involves a scammer who claims to have some influence over visa processes or visa service that the US Embassy provides,' Gendin said.
In other cases, the scammer will persuade the victim to download a computer program that gives the scammer access to the victim's data.
When a person contacts the scammer on the provided phone number, he/she sends a list of available alcohol along with prices.
Out of fear, they call back or dial one, and the next step is that the scammer takes over their computer.
'If a victim gets a phone call believed from a scammer who asks for his identity card number, immediately report to the police because we are afraid that the identity card number given to the scammer will be used irresponsibly in his (scammer's) interests,' he said.
Mr Vernon was ordered not to tell anyone what he was doing and to stay on the phone at all times by the scammer who posed as a "UK tax official".
Or, just when the victim thinks they have met the perfect partner the scammer asks them for money.
Patty Jo Angelini, spokeswoman for the Emerald People's Utility District, said one customers lost $1,200 after complying with a scammer's instructions and buying a prepaid credit card.