The worst thing about the word scam is that it gives an affectionate tinge to a nasty thing.
In India, where I'm told that people have to be particularly expert in surviving scams, there is a lovely term for a collection of scams, the rather bewitching scamayana.
Scambaiting is pretending to fall for a scam in order to waste the scammer's time, and perhaps to help bring him to justice. I like the sound of that.
Scam by itself is sneering, though.
And it's the wrong people who are being sneered at, I'm afraid.
Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: scam. The Oxford English Dictionary says that scam is an obscure form of the word shame, but it's certainly not an obscure word nowadays, and I wonder if the source of our current word scam is entirely different.
I note that the ancient River Scamander was noted for its exceptionally devious course.