I am not sure if there's a word for it, but I am almost positive that I heard a word for it. It might be a noun or it might be a verb, but there was definitely a word for it.

For example, let's take the following example:

The ___ sold me some insurance product that didn't suit my need at all, which led me to financial ruin.

The only word I can think of are telemarketer and scammer, but those two words are too general.

  • ...which led me to financial ruin. Apr 27, 2019 at 23:31

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If it's an actual sales person selling you a real product, then "telemarketer" is the correct word for this context. If it's a fraudulent transaction, then "scammer" is the correct word.

You may be thinking of words for various types of scammers, such as: cheater, chiseler, con man or confidence man, cozener, defrauder, dodger, fakir, finagler, fraudster, hoaxer, hustler, scamster, shark, sharper, sharpie (or sharpy), skinner, swindler, tricker, trickster and probably a number of others.

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    Those telecozeners really are a nuisance. Apr 27, 2019 at 23:32
  • @MichaelHarvey not to mention the telesharks. Don't go near the handset.
    – Andrew
    Apr 28, 2019 at 0:44

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