It's become increasingly hard to get through a day without encountering a scam artist.

Be it an email where you've been told you won a non-existent prize, a fraudulent call from the IRS claiming there's a warrant issued for your arrest, or a neighborhood psychic, luring you in to tell you a terrible fate awaits you, but you have to pay hundreds of dollars more to find out what it is.

From snake oil salesmen to Ponzi schemes, scam artists have been around for ages, and will not be going anywhere any time soon.

And while our hearts break for anyone who falls victim to these horrendous acts of deception, there is also little that is more compelling than reading about some of the more outrageous scams which ever took place (Fyre Festival anyone).


Redditor BaronsofDundee was curious to hear about the the biggest acts fraud, both ongoing and historic, leading them to ask:
"What is the biggest scam in the history of mankind?"

Un-Holy Matrimony Is More Like it...

"The wedding industry is one big scam."- Resafalo

Tax Fraud Has Several Forms...

"Telling me to figure out my own taxes."

"Then, they tell me I did it wrong. If you know how much I owe, just tell me and I’ll pay it!!'- dinahsaur523

Just Don't Tell Tom Cruise...

"Scientology."

"L Ron Hubbard is quite a fascinating man to learn about, terrible, terrible man, he began lying at a young age and then never stopped afterwards."

"Becoming a billionaire out of that creepy cult like 'religion' is the biggest scam of all time."- Joe_PM2804

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You Do Just Keep Needing More...

"Printer ink."- Mr_BananaPants

Spending More Money With The Slip Of A Finger

"The ads that claims to be inter actable but when your finger barely touches the screen it takes you to AppStore."- AnimePeter_

Access DENIED!

"Textbook access codes that you get after buying a new textbook and can use only once."- SuvenPan

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The Money Goes Somewhere...

"Payday loan companies."- Im_Negan

It Runs In The Family!

"My mom telling me she won't be mad if I tell her the truth."- Low_Quarter_583

Maybe Not A Girls Best Friend...

"Diamonds."- TheCyrcus

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Scams Fine If It's the Nazis Your Scamming...

"Eye doctor here."

"I'd like to dispel the myth regarding carrots and good vision or night vision because of a scam set forth by Britain at the time to screw with the enemy."

"They had just started performing night air raids and the Germans couldn’t figure out how they were accurately flying and bombing in the dead of night so the Brits printed in their newspapers that they were feeding their pilots carrots to improve their night vision and how good carrots were for your vision due to the beta carotene."

"Turns out that the Brits had just effectively mounted radar units to their planes for the first time and beat Germans to the punch with it."

"The truth is that beta carotene, while important for vision, is rarely in short supply in most diets and you can probably get enough out of a few packets of ketchup for weeks of good vision."

"Meanwhile, here we are now approaching 100 years after the development of radar still eating the lies of carrots."- OscarDivine

It's amazing the lengths people will go to deceive people for money.

And that sometimes they actually get away with it.

But as a general rule of thumb, if something seems like it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

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