25 Scams That Most People Don’t Know Anything About

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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Fake monks

Fake monksSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

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.


Decoy pricing

Decoy pricingSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

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

Software that speeds up your computerSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

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

Any "business" where you have to sell stuff to your friends AKA Pyramid/Multilevel MarketingSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

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.


Psychic Mediums

Psychic MediumsSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

They’re called “Mediums” because what they do is neither rare or well done. And yes, that was a serious joke.

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