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Synonyms for scam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scam, cozenage(verb)

    a fraudulent business scheme


  2. victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, gip, hornswoggle, short-change, con(verb)

    deprive of by deceit

    "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"

    rook, cabbage, fiddle, hook, nobble, victimize, gip, shirk, goldbrick, swindle, con, memorise, snatch, diddle, lift, gyp, kidnap, abstract, toy, abduct, pilfer, filch, purloin, snarf, short-change, defraud, hornswoggle, play, victimise, sneak, bunco, pinch, swipe, short, memorize, learn, mulct, shrink from


  1. scam(noun)

    con game

  2. scam(verb)

    To defraud or embezzle.

    They tried to scam her out of her savings.

    con game

  3. scam(verb)


Editors Contribution

  1. rort

    a 'rort' is defined as an unscrupulous or dishonest practice. this seems to also fit the definition of 'scam'.

    Submitted by rinat on August 7, 2019  

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    fraud, con, rip-off, deception, swindle, swindling, bluff, sting, hustle, racket, porno, hoax, sham, deceit, porn

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. SCAM

    SciSpeak Scientific College of Arts & Medicine Sports medicine Selection Classification of Age Maturity

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  1. Kendall Almerico:

    This really is not a question of legal precedent, but more one of how far can people push the boundaries of asking for voluntary donations without really having a cohesive plan as to where the money will go, this is an ‘ all-or-nothing ’ campaign, so if he does not raise $ 1.6 billion, everyone gets refunded. But imagine if he received $ 10 million in donations, and did a ‘ flexible funding ’ campaign where he actually gets the money, even if he did not reach the goal ? What would happen then ? That is the real problem, is if some scam artist tried to take advantage of a situation like this.

  2. Wang Zhenyu:

    It's not just a commercial scam, but an action that violates people's rights.

  3. Donald Trump:

    What's going on is a disgrace, and it's an embarrassment to our nation, it's a big scam.

  4. Jonathan Spalter:

    Today the Senate delivered a loud and clear message to the criminals who scam and spoof consumers : More blocking, more fines and more criminal enforcement is coming.

  5. Tong Kamgyiu:

    It’s a new form of marriage scam, i feel disappointed and cannot believe it’s even happening in modern Hong Kong.

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