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Everyday Scams That People Accept As Legit

Sometimes it's easy to pick out a scammer. Like that email half in Cyrillic claiming to be your lost uncle Rupert who wants to give you his fortune but first you need to send him your social security number and ten thousand dollars in iTunes gift cards? Probably not legit. But there are some deeper, darker scams that have been normalized by society. Institutions we've trusted for years might be happy to do business with us just because we're easy marks.

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Scams That Have Been Normalized By Society

We are at heart, frugal, sometimes to the point of staggering paranoia. We're the kind of people who are inclined to look at an overpriced jar of pickles and say to ourselves "Big Pickle must be stopped." Just because a business, practice or concept has been operating for decades doesn't mean that it's not just a scam that people overlook. Stupid pickles are just vinegar and cucumbers anyway.

On the flipside, here are some things people think are scams but aren't really.

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Scammer Gets Trolled and Taken on Wild Ride

We can't believe this scamming tactic ever works. How many people believe that a complete stranger claiming to be a CEO or government official or whatever would need you to pay them with gift cards? Either way, when it happens to savvy people, they try to have fun with a text message scammer. The person on the other end is apparently so desperate for those gift cards that scammers can get trolled for a ridiculously long time.

Guy trolls scammer | Jacob conference meeting right now, can't talk on phone but let know if get my text Thanks Yes got text just fine. Ok good want carry out specific task out right now Will be able do now ASAP Yes am completely available conference meeting right now and need provide our clients with some gift cards. Can confirm if can get iTunes gift card | conference meeting right now and need provide our clients with some gift cards. Can confirm if can get iTunes gift card nearest store Asap
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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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Ex-MLM Members And Recruiters Share Their Stories

Someone on AskReddit asked for people that used to work for MLMs to share their experiences. Finally, a peek behind the curtain of what drives those sketchy and deceptive machines. Keep an eye out for these red flags so that you don't fall prey to their shady tactics. 

A collection of AskReddit replies to people that used to work for MLM's and pyramid schemes | posted by Trawhe My recruiter told she made $400 at party at later learned she made 25 told if could get 2 people under would make $400-$500 per month. Then told needed 4 people instead 2. Then 2,000 debt with nothing show Deleted them all and changed my phone number.
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