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The answer is not that simple. If the alleged scammer was NOT AWARE that he is scamming people, then the question would NOT apply. However, this then becomes a problem when such an ignorant scammer is then informed that s/he is actually scamming people. However, that's a completely different problem.
For the purpose of this article, let's assume that the scammer knows perfectly well that they perpetuating a scam.
First, let us define what is a sociopath, and what is a psychopath.
A sociopath is commonly defined as someone who has "a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."
The clinical term is "anti-social personality disorder", or ASPD , or just APD. There are five subtypes, but the one we are focusing on today is "covetous antisocial". A person who has the covetous APD believes that the world owns him what he's due, and because he feels that way, he will do ANYTHING, including cheat / lie into getting what's due him.
A psychopath, on the other hand, is described as someone who lacks empathy, and thus, have no regard for the pain he is inflicting on others. Psychopaths are often described as heartless killers, and frequently appear in horror movies. However, psychopathy can appear in far subtler forms.
While the two are different, they are very similar, which leads to frequent confusion between the two. Basically, sociopath is a term used to describe frequently the "social cause" of the disorder, while "psychopath" is a term used to describe the "internal / psychological cause" of the disorder. However, this difference may be wrong.