I have made up an example below.

(1) John and I went to an antique show yesterday. We noticed that one seller and one buyer were shamming a transaction to make others think his vases were very rare and valuable.

Is it correct to say "shamming a transaction"? Thank you for your time and help.

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Hi, Ansonman,

"sham" does not work as a verb. You could say that they were (1) feigning a transaction, or (2) bargaining over a transaction. While (1) implies that they were just pretending so the transaction was a fake, (2) means that they were actually discussing the price, presumably to make others believe that the pieces were expensive.

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