scam Definition

a dishonest scheme, especially one designed to cheat people out of their money.

Using scam: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scam" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The email was a scam to get her personal information.

  • Example

    He lost all his savings in a phone scam.

  • Example

    The company was accused of running a pyramid scam.

  • Example

    The website promised free products but it turned out to be a scam.

scam Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with scam

  • to carry out a dishonest scheme or fraud


    He was arrested for pulling a scam on unsuspecting customers.

  • to be tricked or deceived by a dishonest scheme


    She fell for a scam and lost all her money.

  • to organize or operate a dishonest scheme or fraud


    The company was shut down for running a scam.


Summary: scam in Brief

The term 'scam' [skæm] refers to a dishonest scheme designed to cheat people out of their money. It can take many forms, such as email or phone scams, pyramid schemes, or false advertising. Phrases like 'pull a scam' and 'fall for a scam' describe the actions of those involved, while 'run a scam' refers to the organizers. 'Scam' is often used informally as a synonym for 'rip-off' or 'con.'

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