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swindle

v. to cheat through trick, device, false statements or other fraudulent methods with the intent to acquire money or property from another to which the swindler is not entitled. Swindling is a crime as one form of theft. (See: fraud, theft)

See: bait, betray, bilk, bunko, cheat, circumvent, deceive, deception, defalcate, defraud, delude, dupe, embezzle, embezzlement, fake, false pretense, hoax, hoodwink, illude, imposture, larceny, lure, misappropriation, mislead, mulct, peculate, purloin
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It was a swindle, and not at all like the conduct of a great man
He as good as told him that he'd come out under false pretences, that the whole affair was a swindle and that the road could not be made.
The fact is, the old lady believed Rebecca to be the meekest creature in the world, so admirably, on the occasions when her father brought her to Chiswick, used Rebecca to perform the part of the ingenue; and only a year before the arrangement by which Rebecca had been admitted into her house, and when Rebecca was sixteen years old, Miss Pinkerton majestically, and with a little speech, made her a present of a doll--which was, by the way, the confiscated property of Miss Swindle, discovered surreptitiously nursing it in school- hours.
Another prominent feature is the love of 'smart' dealing: which gilds over many a swindle and gross breach of trust; many a defalcation, public and private; and enables many a knave to hold his head up with the best, who well deserves a halter; though it has not been without its retributive operation, for this smartness has done more in a few years to impair the public credit, and to cripple the public resources, than dull honesty, however rash, could have effected in a century.
Older people need more protection from criminals who ruthlessly steal from them through a variety of scams and swindles.
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Richard Swindles, 30, from Birken-head, suffered a ruptured liver, spleen and stomach when he fell from the war memorial near Grange Old Road, West Kirby, an inquest heard.
From Nigerian schemes and money laundering to phishing, id theft and investment frauds, Scams & Swindles covers method, purpose, and how to avoid becoming a victim.