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Beware the scams. They are everywhere, especially on the internet these days. We've all done it, we've been a bit naive and made a purchase or participated in an investment that went nowhere. And in hindsight was really too good to be true. Normally, we know it's too good to be true. In our gut we feel it. Go with your gut is the lesson of life.

Redditor u/thatdrunkchef wanted to hear from everyone out there about the times our judgement was definitely off by asking... What was the biggest scam you ever fell for?

Three months ago I ordered a fabulous, over-the-top, dramatic robe to just lay about the house in. It was seventy percent off, so of course, I bought two. And where is it? Who knows? They keep telling me the order has been shipped. Then they have the audacity to thank me for my purchase. I want my stuff, or my money! I knew it seemed shady.

Student Debt

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There was a company advertising that they would help people wipe out predatory student loans. Long story short I blew $800 on a company that got shut down by the Gov't for fraudulent practices and was denied a refund.

Therearenogoodnames9

What's Up Doc?

Spent $250 on Talkspace (got $200 back because I demanded a redund). They (their therapists) waste a week of your time to reply once and reply with a canned response of, "oh that sounds stressful, how is your sleep schedule?" I cannot stress enough how much of a waste of time and money that crap was.

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being 20 in London...

These people called me with one of HMRC numbers telling me I didn't pay some taxes, saying they sent lots of letters to my old address to which I never responded.

I didn't know they could make me see the number they wanted. After a quick check on the government website I saw that the number was the same and I believed them. I was 20 yo and living in London on my own. I gave them 1000£ and never felt so stupid in my life.

inertia_cc

The Download

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I downloaded all the cool new mouse cursors and my parent's computer was never the same again.

Edit: To those asking/lending a helping hand, this was before even the word "iPod" existed.

enjoi1018

Losing Pennies

Not too bad I lost 35 bucks. I fell for those stores on Instagram.

I was just getting on it so I didn't know most were scam stores. Because I followed some small retailers that I already bought from.

I thought it was the same thing. Website was or looked legit but I never got my boots.

Smart too because I got it from them because they were 15 bucks cheaper. Not some crazy amount that made you question it.

Luckily I paid with PayPal. It could've been worse if they had my credit card information.

corvumcorrespond

Yeah see, we all have to be a bit smarter when shelling out our coins. Think longer and harder. And don't get me started on the scam that is student loans in general...

The Who's Who Debacle

When I was in high school (early '70s), my English teacher announced that a publisher was having a poetry contest, and the best entries would appear in a poetry journal. Several of us in class submitted our work and anxiously awaited the results.

Surprise! ALL our entries were accepted -- the good ones and the really bad ones. At first we were ecstatic. Then we found out that each of us had to pay to get a copy of the journal. What a scam. Even our English teacher got snookered.

The Who's Who publications worked the same way.

BSB8728

In Yen

I wouldn't say I fell for it but while walking around Tokyo I was stopped by this monk who explained that he was traveling the country on foot and asked for a monetary donation. When it was clear I'd help him out, he pulls out a money book and shows me what people generally give him and to write my name down next to them along with the money amount. It was full of big numbers clearly going into the hundreds and thousands of dollars. It's implied that I should match those donations otherwise I'm clearly not a good person.

Realized it was an immediate scam, and a very obvious one.

He then waits for me to pay up and I gave him the equivalent of $5. 500 yen. He kinda looked at me like I just insulted him and I walked away. I checked google later that night and apparently he was a well known scammer in the area. Made a topic about it at the time and seems I'm not the only person

https://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+118849.

KGhaleon

Backstabber

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My former best friend and his dad cheated me out of my money to invest in their company. When I asked for a contract, his dad said, "Between true friends, words aren't necessary."

When they started making money, I asked for my money back, and they said they didn't owe me a thing.

texan-wanderer

After Dad

Right after my dad died I got a call from a number I didn't know. They left a voice mail saying they needed my social security number so they could pay out a life insurance policy to me. I was 21 and super inexperienced with stuff like this. So I did what any real adult would do.

I asked my mom for advice.

She told me it was legit and to give them my SS number. I had a weird feeling about it but if my mom said it was ok then it must be ok. I did it. I called back and gave the guy that answered my SS number.

I never got a check but my mom suddenly did from a policy my dad "forgot" to take her off of even though they had been divorced years before. She did give my 10k but I'm 100% positive it was worth way more and she had something to do with it all. We don't talk anymore for various reasons including this one.

Omfgimaweirdo

Thanks for Listening...

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I went to buy a Rolling Stones ticket from a scalper years ago (i know, i know) and he talked me into a VIP Backstage Pass. He said that's all I need! Free food, booze, all the perks. He insisted the sticker was all I needed to get in, no paper ticket necessary.

So a few hours later I go to the show, obviously can't get in - it was a VIP pass from the night before. There was no date on it, just a different shape.

I try every single gate hoping someone won't notice/not care and finally try the media entrance. The nice lady ushered me right in, I took an elevator up to the main concourse and I was free as a bird. I didn't have a seat obviously but I snuck down to the floor and ended up having a great show.

Still feel burned by the stupid idiot to this day tho. I've seen him at other shows (nice neck tattoo of a fish, you freakin' jerk) and I always mess with him.

Thanks for listening.

Havarti_Lange

What have we learned? Trust nothing and no one. Ok, that's dramatic, but definitely trust a little bit less. And if someone can help me get my robes I'd be eternally grateful.

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