WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- an illegal scheme to make money;
swindle:One of his scams was to pose as a police officer.
v. [~ + object]
- to cheat by means of a scam;
swindle or defraud:to scam the tourists into buying fake jewelry.
- a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, esp. for making a quick profit;
- to cheat or defraud with a scam.
- 1960–65; origin, originally carnival argot; of obscure origin, originally