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What's the scam?

What's going on? What are you trying to pull? Said when one is suspicious of someone else. A: "Why would you be afraid of talking to the police if you haven't done anything wrong? What's the scam, Mr. Thompson?" B: "Nothing, I swear! Police officers just make me nervous, that's all."

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?

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?