A flimflam is a type of scam or con. If you're smart and savvy enough to recognize a flimflam, you won't get cheated out of your money.

When someone plans a complicated scheme for tricking people out of their property or money, it's a flimflam. Many flimflams are some version of a con, or "confidence game," in which the con artist first gains the trust (or "confidence") of the victim, and then swindles money from him. You can also use flimflam as a verb: "He tried to flimflam me out of my entire bank account."

Definitions of flimflam
  1. noun
    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    synonyms: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, gyp, hustle, sting
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    sting operation
    a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
    type of:
    cheat, rig, swindle
    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
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