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Use the word "scam" when a company or a person cheats or fools someone for money.

  • The diet pills that Yolanda purchased turned out to be a scam.
  • Don’t waste your money on lottery tickets. The lottery is a scam.
  • It’s nothing but a scam.
  • Dirk McMaster was involved in several scams and eventually went to jail for mail fraud.
  • That guy is a scam artist.
  • If someone promises you easy money or wants you to be involved in a get-rich-quick proposal, it’s most likely a scam.
  • A scam alert went out to people who received an email requesting social security numbers.
  • The FBI was in on the scam and arrested everyone who was involved. (in on the scam = to know that something is false or illegal)


He tried to scam her out of her inheritance.

The word "scam" can be used as a verb:

simple past past participle
  • The owner of the store scammed his customers by selling them merchandise of very poor quality.
  • The president scammed the people who voted for him, so he was not reelected.
  • People who are not careful on the internet can easily be scammed.
  • Be aware that there are people who will try to scam you.
  • I got scammed!

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May 20, 2018



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