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Worst Scams That Young And Gullible People Fell For

This life is a wild emotional rollercoaster that chucks curveballs our way on a stubbornly consistent basis. If it seems like things are running along smoothly and you haven't hit a bump in the road for a while, maybe you've finally gained all the wisdom that you can, or life is just taking it easy on you for a hot second. With that being said, many of us have fallen prey to the shadiest and sneakiest of scams when we were young, gullible, and blissfully ignorant. This AskReddit thread pays homage to those unfortunate scams that preyed upon the young souls of the world when they just didn't know any better. 

A collection of the worst scams that people fell for when they were young and gullible. | fist_is_also_a_verb Columbia House CDs could buy 12 CDs 1 penny, then agreed purchase certain number CDs future full price not sure thought they'd call cops or ruin my credit forever, or But bought all my agreed upon CDs at full price. Iread years later could have just not bought single thing because they can't enforce contracts made by minors.
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Landlord Tries To Scam Tenants For $80, Ends Up Paying $6K

This landlord thought they'd simply scam another few tenants with a BS "cleaning fee." Fortunately, these tenants decided to fight back with a smart and effective revenge. You better believe that the landlord is kicking himself now, to the tune of $6,000. Ouch, but definitely deserved. 

Landlord tries to scam tenants moving out over an $80 cleaning fee, and it ends up costing him $6,000 | r/prorevenge posted by underwhelmingtwin scam me for $80 for cleaning on move out? i don't think so jack
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Obvious Scams Americans Have Been Conditioned To Accept

Nothing quite brings the blood to a boil like learning that you've been played by some manipulative, deceptive, straight up illegal scam. Unfortunately, the reality is that we share this world with many folks that are always proactively trying to pull a fast one on unsuspecting victims. The good news though is that you can read up on a thread like this, and hopefully break free from the vicious cycle of falling for scams that Americans have been conditioned to accept. Along a similar vein check out this woman's wonderful experience with the Icelandic healthcare system

Clear scams that Americans have been conditioned to accept as normal. | imnotyourbrahh 1d Charging $1 add cheese Reply 1.4k
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Normalized Scams People Don't Notice

Someone on AskReddit got a thread going about the scams of this world that are so normalized that nobody seems to notice. It's wild when it comes to some of the shady stuff that people/companies can somehow get away with. For instance, some of those internships can get pretty scammy real quick. 

An AskReddit thread about various scams that are so normalized people don't notice | ChaChaRealSmoothe 5h games at fairs/carnivals. Reply 1.9k
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Things People Bought and Said "Never Again"

They said with this whole "free market" thing that we should be getting good products or services at a reasonable prices, but sometimes that's just not the case. Other times, you get what you pay for. Sometimes a company is having a bad day, and other times it's just common knowledge that you won't be getting a good steak from the dollar store. Other than products, there are things people did that made them say "never again."

bad products and services people said never again | zaagan-daas More Dollar Tree shredded cheese. Just. Don't. Please don't be like and try NitroTitan 16.0k points 2 days ago dollar store my area has $1 steaks can't imagine trusting 1 steak not kill
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Big Scams That Are Somehow Allowed

Someone on AskReddit got a thread going about various big scams that are somehow allowed. Some people just seem to get away with things that they absolutely never should've. We'll never understand it. 

A collection of big scams that are somehow allowed | TurkeyBread69 1d S 2 Awards Mom saying won't be trouble if tell her did Reply 900
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Man Trolls Gift Card Scammer For Hours

You did a beautiful thing, my dude. Keep up the good work. Nothing melts our hearts like seeing a scammer get their comeuppance. 

A funny conversation about trolling a gift card scammer. | 4:44 PM Hello are doing? Hey Aunt Christine l'm doing well thank is everyone doing there can now call each other and see information like Active Status and read messages. Doing wonderfully great. Hope everything is going on fine with Yep can't complain stationed San Diego. My wife and kids are back Va
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Customer Realizes They Were Scammed 6 Years Later

Computer trouble is a mystery to a lot of people, so it makes sense that it'd be easy to miss something. It's strange to look back and realize something you didn't know was going wrong, like these things people later discovered were illegal. For some funny scammer revenge, here's a scammer who got trolled with made up neighbor drama.

customer realizes they've been scammed 6 years later | u/kingsooraj 7 hours ago TIFU by realising got scammed 6 years ago M So this happened 6 years ago. My laptop with 8 GB RAM stopped working so showed repair guy. He took laptop, repaired and returned after 2 days laptop started working again and really happy. However speed felt slower than before. Previously could open multiple chrom tabs and still be able play games while they were open but now would drop lot frames and my laptop would start
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Persistent Scammer Foiled by IP Check

It's probably easier just to assume that literally any stranger trying to contact you for money is completely full of BS,  but this person went through the whole arduous process of trying to root out the truth, culminating in a link that made them realize the person was exactly as sketchy as they seemed. Sometimes people get more creative with scammers, like this person who trolled a scammer with made-up neighbor drama.

scammer found out by IP address | sake my daughter AA can be sure u gonna give back? Imma give back on Tuesday promise swear on my kid area do u live do she need Tavon replied do she need? She's not feeling good
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Scams That Many People Overlook

Someone on AskReddit got a thread going about various scams that people don't realize are scams. These might be helpful to have in the back pocket so that you don't fall prey to any of those sneaky scams. 

Scams that many people don't realize are scams | peezoki 2d 1 Award Verizon $1 scam. Verizon tacked on 1 fee onto 8 their customer's bills each month so over course year, they did every customer, about 150,000,000. Their rationale 50% wouldn't notice and just pay charge or would notice and wouldn't spend anytime fighting 1 charge. 50% would notice charge and call have removed those, 35% would get frustrated while on call and give up. This added approximately $120,000,000 bottom line each year (3
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Scams That People Still Fall For

You shouldn't be so suspicious of every human interaction that it ruins your life, but there are definitely a lot of scams out there. That said, when one correctly identifies a scammer, they can mess with them with awesome results, like this scammer that got trolled and taken on a wild ride or this scammer that got trolled with photoshop skills. Here's a story of an unlucky scammer who called an electronics store.

Scams that people still fall for | UpbeatFaithlessness6 7.4k points 1 day ago edited 17 hours ago Those phone calls claim social security number is suspended due criminal activity My own mom fell this unfortunately
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That is one way to deal with a phone scammer. Never forget the time that this programmer decided to write a script that called phone scammers 28 times a second, which resulted in service denial, which prevented future scams. 

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This failed scam artist had the audacity to try and scam the same shop three times in a row. Not once, not twice, but three times! Absolutely absurd. 

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Karen Says Car Hit Her In Parking Lot, Dash Cam Says Otherwise

This case of a parking lot Karen losing it, ends in one satisfying and petty revenge. Specifically, the hysterical Karen in question claims that the car physically hit her. Well, it sounds like no such thing occurred. Instead, it actually sounds like the car came to a screeching halt, about 15 feet away from her. Fortunately, the dash cam was around to confirm this story. 

Karen claims that a car hit her in the Costco parking lot, and the dash cam proves otherwise | Karen called police claim physically hit her with my car Costco parking lot have dash cam. Title basically says all have an inconspicuous dash cam on my car, because live daily hazard driving city. Yesterday woman walked out front my car side, completely disregarding moving vehicle and fact idk, maybe l didn't fucking see her?
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