since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Slang

scam

This page is about the slang term scam

Meaning

a scheme to get money dishonestly

For example

  • Poor old Rosie lost thousands of dollars in some sort of investment scam.

  • If you get an email that says you've won some money, don't reply to it. It's just a scam.

Quick Quiz

If someone has fallen for a scam, they have

a. come down with an illness

b. been the victim of a practical joke

c. been cheated out of some money

Slang of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey