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scam
noun
1. (colloquial) (fraudulent scheme) 
a. la estafa (F) 
The thieves created a fundraising scam, convincing strangers to donate to what they believed was a charity.Los ladrones crearon una estafa de recaudación de fondos, convenciendo a extraños para que donaran pensando que era una organización benéfica.
b. el chanchullo (M) 
Had I realized that he was involved in a scam, I never would have given him my money.Si me hubiera dado cuenta de que estaba involucrado en un chanchullo, nunca le habría dado mi dinero.
c. el pufo (M) (Spain) 
He was fired from the company when it was discovered that he was leading an insurance scam.Fue despedido del negocio cuando se descubrió que estaba dirigiendo un pufo de seguros.
d. el timo (M) 
Luckily, their scam was poorly planned and we discovered it quickly.Por suerte, su timo estaba mal planeado y lo descubrimos rápidamente.
transitive verb
2. (to defraud) 
a. estafar 
It is important to learn the language to ensure that the natives do not try to scam you.Es importante aprender el idioma para asegurarte de que los nativos no tratan de estafarte.
b. timar 
Although counting cards is not illegal, casinos consider it a way for people to scam them.Aunque contar naipes no es ilegal, los casinos lo consideran una manera que tiene la gente de timarlos.
scam
Noun
1. (colloquial) 
a. el chanchullo (M) 
b. el pufo (M) (Spain) 
scam [skæm]
noun
estafa (f); timo (m)
They believed they were participating in an insurance scam, not a murder
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