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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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Feeling scammed is something Bill Portis knows all too well.
Older people, who are scammed - either by dodgy doorstep traders, scam mail, telephone or internet scams, lose an average of PS1,200 each.
We reported on a pensioner who lost pounds 40,000 to various lottery scams, and we are aware of another resident who has lost nearly pounds 30,000 on a fraud believing they had won something on the Spanish lottery before realising they had been scammed.
Generally, several factors go into a successful con: (1) you're roped in by someone you know or a resource you trust, (2) there is a sense of urgency, so you have little time to investigate the opportunity, (3) the opportunity is so new or innovative that there is no information on it to be researched, (4) it sounds exciting, (5) the investment is a cash cow that is only available to a select few (so you're made to feel special as a participant), and (6) once scammed, you're too embarrassed to tell others or report it to the authorities.
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.
The poll found 7% of those scammed lost more than pounds 4,000.
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.