We all fall for it. Whether it’s the occasional Nigerian Prince that needs your help or the guy on the street corner doing “magic tricks”, scams are a dime a dozen. Although most of the time we incredulously shake our heads at the people who fall for them and think to ourselves, “how silly could you be? Why would they fall for something so painfully obvious?”. The fact is, however, that there are numerous scams out there that you probably knew nothing about. Scammers can actually be quite clever. And if any of you have ever found yourselves trying to recruit your friends for this “cool new business” then congratulations…you are both the scammed and the scammer. But scams can run higher than that. It may be that for-profit college that is offering you a distance learning degree. It may be that travel insurance that will never actually do anything for you. From timeshares to diamond rings, scams are everywhere. Price gouging, misrepresentation, and the whole gamut of nasty tactics are employed to get you into their little scheme. And the craziest thing? Most of us will still fall for it. Human greed knows no ends. These are 25 scams that most people don’t know anything about.
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In some Australian cities fake monks walk the streets asking for donations. They don’t actually say anything though, instead they just put a gold token in your hand and show you a list of people who have already donated.
There are three phone contracts to choose from. The 1st phone contract is basic and cheap. The 2nd phone contract is expensive but lacks features compared to the 3rd contract. The 3rd phone contract is about the same price as the 2nd contract but has those extra features. You feel like you’re getting a deal because you don’t have to pay extra for those extra features.
Software that speeds up your computer
It’s usually so loaded with spyware that your computer will slow down.
Any "business" where you have to sell stuff to your friends AKA Pyramid/Multilevel Marketing
If you do manage to make any money off of it, then you’re the one doing the scamming. And your friends will hate you.
They’re called “Mediums” because what they do is neither rare or well done. And yes, that was a serious joke.
Natural herb and supplement shops
If anyone ever tries to sell you “medical grade” cinnamon…leave.
Do you really think that you get to name a star for $50? Maybe you can look into the List25 “star registry”. We’ll let you name a star for $50 too! (that was another joke)
Unlimited data cell phone plans
Nothing is unlimited. Nothing.
It’s usually a bigger virus than the actual virus.
You’re just helping the grocery store/restaurant/etc with their PR. They’re the ones with all the money and goods. Why do you need to get in the middle of it?
The only thing it is guaranteed to cure is your dehydration.
Please explain more about how your stomach is involved in respiration…
6 minute abs
No way. It’s going to take at least 7 minutes.
$100 HDMI cables
The $5 ones are just as good.
The biggest download button on the page
The bigger and more colorful the button…they more likely you are to land on a not-safe-for-work webpage.
They really aren’t that rare, or even chemically remarkable. Some clever marketing campaigns back in the day, however, managed to convince people they should spend 3 months worth of their income on a diamond engagement ring. Geniuses.
You’re absolutely positive that you will come back to this exact same spot for vacation next year? And the year after that? You won’t want to go anywhere else?
If you’re not paying for it then you’re not the consumer. You’re the product.
As the CEO himself can explain, nobody can protect you from hackers completely. They just can’t.
You’re paying for plastic.
Brand name painkillers
Generics and store brands are chemically indistinguishable. But whatever makes you feel better…
Private, for-profit colleges
You can definitely get that education somewhere else for cheaper. And if you can’t, then you most likely don’t need it.
"Free" financial advisors
If they’re not charging you, they’re working for commission.
Phone calls for donations to the local police
If a charity calls you, it’s most likely a scam and the intended recipients will only receive a small percentage at best. You already support the police anyway…with your taxes.
If something actually does happen…well, good luck getting the insurance company to pay up.