The Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus defines the word scam as "an illegal plan for making money, especially one that involves tricking people." 

The 1904 English Dialect Dictionary refers to it as an allusion to "impurities in rocks and minerals." It is often used likewise in reference to stain or patchy marks.

In our daily social intercourse, we have all been systemically victimized by duplicitous elements who personify the insidiousness described above.

Thus the scammed develops an aversion to any liking of what fashioned the fall for folly.

This is both advantageous and dangerous.

It is beneficial in that it safeguards from further naive involvements.
It is detrimental in that it impulsively dismisses a true opportunity.

We have seen seasons of political scam, religious scam, financial scam, relational scam, to name a few. The Psalmist is unreserved in provocatively decrying that our world runs on blotched soil. The middle name of our fallen locus is scum. No wonder, scam comes handy as its nickname.

Whether we are settled in North Cotabato or North America, the compass tilts towards chicanery. We fool each other by defaulted orientation.

There is only one way towards the egress.

When we are given eyes to see our own smear and name our illicit propensities, then we are enabled to appropriate God's mercy and infuse the grace that allows us to live distinctly.

Suddenly, whatever we do is done without dirt and for God's glory.
Artist: Eugenia Alcaide /  Insidious  / Main Gallery: Artinformal

Artist: Eugenia Alcaide / Insidious / Main Gallery: Artinformal