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scam on (one)

1. To attempt to swindle, hustle, or cheat one. There is a whole organization of people who try to scam on people over the phone and through email. I'm not scamming on you—I'm offering to sell you something for a fair price.
2. slang To attempt to seduce or romance one; to hit on one. Dinah said she had seen my boyfriend scamming on some girl outside a club the other night, but I didn't want to believe it. All Dave wants to do is go get hammered and spend the entire night scamming on girls. It gets so boring after a while.
See also: on, scam

What's the scam?

 and What's the deal?
Sl. What is going on around here? (Often implies that something seems to be wrong.) There's a big rumpus down the hall. What's the scam? I gave you a twenty, and you give me five back? What's the deal? Where's my other five?


1. n. a swindle; a hustle. I lost a fortune in that railroad scam.
2. tv. to swindle someone; to deceive someone. They were scammed by a sweet-talking southern lady who took all their money.
3. in. to seek out and pick up young women, said of males. (Collegiate.) Bob was out scamming last night and ran into Clare.
4. in. to copulate. All you ever want to do is scam.
5. in. to fool around and waste time. Quit scamming and get busy.

What’s the scam?

and What’s the deal?
interrog. What is going on around here?; Explain what is happening or what you are doing. What’s the scam? What’s happening, dude? I gave you a twenty, and you give me five back? What’s the deal? Where’s my other five?
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BNZ staff will also be operating Scam Savvy Schools in malls and local communities to guide people through the types of scams that typically target New Zealanders, and show them what to look for and what to do if they are scammed.
Feeling scammed is something Bill Portis knows all too well.
It also revealed that 39 per cent of respondents who had been scammed in the last 12 months did not report it to the authorities.
We must protect students from being scammed and defrauded, said Shaheen.
The poll found 7% of those scammed lost more than pounds 4,000.
It also revealed 39% of respondents who had been scammed in the last 12 months did not bother to report it to the authorities.
Trying to figure out whether you're being scammed? Sometimes it takes a good ear.
The brochure provides simple guidance on how to spot a scam, how to stay safe, and what to do if you think you have been scammed, including a six-step infographic.
A survey by Age Concern has found that 83%of people in Yorkshire and Humberside think there is a greater risk of older people being scammed, with 71% worried that relatives or friends could become victims.
Many people feel they could never be scammed, yet millions of people become victims.
Recent research from NatWest showed the most common age to be scammed in Yorkshire is 26-30, with 11% of all scams in the region perpetrated against this age group.
The taskforce encourages consumers to learn how to identify a scam and avoid being scammed.
'And if you think youve been scammed, contact your financial institution immediately'.
The ACCC strongly urges anyone who receives such a letter stop sending money or if they are in doubt about whether they are being scammed to contact us and discuss their situation on a confidential basis.