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scamnoun [C]

uk   /skæm/ us   /skæm/ informal
an illegal plan for making money, especially one that involves tricking people: an insurance scam
(Definition of scam from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scamnoun [C]

us   /skæm/ infml
a dishonest or illegal plan or activity, esp. one for making money: She was involved in an insurance scam, collecting on false accident claims.
(Definition of scam from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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scamnoun [C]

uk   /skæm/ us   informal
an illegal way of making money, usually by tricking people: The police are warning of a repeated phone scam that targets tax payers. an internet scam
(Definition of scam from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scam”
in Spanish chanchullo, Timo…
in Vietnamese lừa đảo…
in Malaysian komplot…
in Thai เล่ห์อุบาย…
in Chinese (Simplified) 欺诈,诈财骗局…
in Turkish şike…
in Russian мошенничество…
in Indonesian skam, penipuan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 欺詐,詐騙…
in Polish przekręt…
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