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I need one word with the meaning of "take advantage of somebody for personal benefit", is there any one?

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The best word would be exploit.

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Bamboozle might be used to mean this.

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"Bamboozle" is much more closely associated with the act of confusing someone. This might be part of the process of taking advantage of them, but it's not central to the meaning. –  FumbleFingers Aug 21 '11 at 18:09

Another possibility: to deceive ?

to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.

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Victimize might work well in this context.

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