25 Of The Most Scummy Jobs In The World

Posted by , Updated on June 21, 2024

Without a doubt, jobs can turn shady if handled wrong. Some roles are **more prone** to abuse than others, and some are just plain bad no matter how you look at them. This list highlights **25 of the world’s most dishonest professions**.

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Telemarketers who focus on the elderly

phoneSource: ncoa.org

Or even better, scam artists who focus on the elderly


Physicians who use their credentials to sell “supplements” on TV

supplementsSource: fda.gov, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Especially fat busting supplements that do actual harm


Psychic mediums who cash in on people’s sorrow

psychicSource: nytimes

Tricking people into believing that you’re talking to their dead grandma? Not cool…


Scientology recruiters

scientologySource: rationalwiki.org

So now that we’ve convinced you that you can only live a fulfilling life by completing our classes…cash or credit?


Televangelists preaching the “prosperity gospel”

successSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

For those of you that don’t know, this is basically the theology that if you have enough faith, God will make you rich.


Patent trolls

patentSource: wikipedia

They buy patents and make money off suing people.



paparazziSource: wikipedia

It’s basically legal stalking


Professional panhandlers

panhandlingSource: washingtonpost

We’re not talking about legit homeless people. We’re talking about people with jobs that pretend to be homeless.


Human trafficker

traffickingSource: wikipedia

Whether it’s to get someone across a border or to sell someone into slavery, scum is scum


Multi-level marketer

scamSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

So you make money by signing up other people to make money by signing other people up? Sounds legit. Now just tell them that they’re their “own boss.”


People who start for-profit colleges

trump universitySource: wikipedia

And get vulnerable people to take out massive loans for worthless degrees. And then become president. Wait a second…


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Slum lord

slum lordSource: wikipedia

These guys basically try to maximize profits by charging extortionate amounts for rent and never fixing anything when it breaks.


Medical debt collector

moneySource: wikipedia, Image: www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Fortunately, this job doesn’t exist in most places


Some politicians


Not all…but definitely some


Personal injury lawyers

personal injury lawSource: quora, Image: pixabay (public domain)

While not all lawyers are bad, these guys are at least part of the reason why healthcare in the US is so expensive.


Nigerian princes

nigerian princeSource: wikipedia

There are probably some okay ones, but for the most part their reputation has been ruined by the internet.


Some lobbyists

capitolSource: wikipedia, Image: en.wikipedia.org (public domain)

As with politicians and lawyers, this doesn’t apply to all of them. Just some.


Timeshare salespeople

timeshareSource: wikipedia

Just believe us when we tell you to steer clear.


Loan sharks

moneySource: wikipedia

Yes, we know. It’s a necessary evil. But it’s still an evil right?


For profit prison owners

jailSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

It’s almost worse than the for-profit colleges.


Salespeople who get grandma to max out all her credit cards

credit cardsSource: wikipedia, Image: www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Just because you don’t have any money doesn’t mean you can’t max out all your cards! This is a great business opportunity!


Some advertising/marketing jobs

marketingSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

As usual…not all, just some. We’re talking specifically about the ones that play on people’s insecurities or use white lies to influence behavior.


Some tow truck drivers

tow truckSource: wikipedia

Let’s just put it like this, there has been a lot of legislation passed in recent years to prevent tow trucks from abusing the system.


Funeral home directors who take advantage of grieving people

funeralSource: fbi.gov

By trying to upsell them on caskets