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swindle

a fraudulent scheme or transaction
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It was even filthier and more crowded than the county jail; all the smaller fry out of the latter had been sifted into it--the petty thieves and swindlers, the brawlers and vagrants.
He said Dummy said he belonged away off somers and used to be well off, but got busted by swindlers which he had trusted, and was poor now, and hadn't any way to make a living.
When I realized what lives some of my poets had led, how they were drunkards, and swindlers, and unchaste, and untrue, I lamented over them with a sense of personal disgrace in them, and to this day I have no patience with that code of the world which relaxes itself in behalf of the brilliant and gifted offender; rather he should suffer more blame.
just as he had heard it in the telephone receiver, sounded in his ears the words, "On my honor as a gentleman." They were sneak-thieves and swindlers, that was what they were, and they had given him the double-cross.
'Perhaps you would like to call us swindlers, sir,' said Dodson.
"It's five-and-twenty pound, Mum," echoed that basest of swindlers, Pumblechook, rising to shake hands with her; "and it's no more than your merits (as I said when my opinion was asked), and I wish you joy of the money!"
The happy pair of swindlers, with the comfortable tie between them that each had swindled the other, sat moodily observant of the tablecloth.
Perfect swindlers--and what base swindlers at that!
I am speaking, as before, of injustice on a large scale in which the advantage of the unjust is more apparent; and my meaning will be most clearly seen if we turn to that highest form of injustice in which the criminal is the happiest of men, and the sufferers or those who refuse to do injustice are the most miserable--that is to say tyranny, which by fraud and force takes away the property of others, not little by little but wholesale; comprehending in one, things sacred as well as profane, private and public; for which acts of wrong, if he were detected perpetrating any one of them singly, he would be punished and incur great disgrace-- they who do such wrong in particular cases are called robbers of temples, and man-stealers and burglars and swindlers and thieves.
The swindler disappeared after receiving a huge downpayment.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Thursday a swindler who has been using his name on social media to trick people has been arrested in Cebu City.
The young boy, Ahmad, was handed over to the police by a shopkeeper allegedly an accomplice of a swindler who had taken away two mobile phone sets from the shopkeeper promising to return with money in half an hour and leaving the boy there as security.