You've got to be careful in this world. People have learned how to take advantage of others and will at first opportunity. Luckily, some helpful souls have stepped up to give their feedback on how to make it through.

u/Couch_Licker asked:

What should you never trust?

Here were some noteworthy answers.



When the calculator app asks to manage phone calls.


This always weirds me out. Apps and plug ins on Chrome will always ask for rights to manage and access things that they don't need to when I install them, and it's usually enough for me to decide that it's not worth it, so I just don't install the app.


Useful Information

A phone call from the IRS. They don't call you and if they did, they wouldn't ask for your social.



The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.
Note that the IRS does not:
  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver's license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.


Rifle Education

That a gun is unloaded (or on safe).


That's the biggest part about gun safety. Always assume a gun is loaded.


Guns are light sabers with no end.


The Great Pyramids Of Scamda

"I made $20k last month from the comfort of my own home. Thanks to [obvious pyramid scheme with cool name]. And you can, too!"


I had some post advertised on my Facebook timeline from a page that had about 2k likes "how to make money from home! Ask me how in the comments" So I commented "is this an MLM/pyramid scheme?". Later I got a message from a juice plus rep (checked her Facebook) saying "hey, pyramid schemes are illegal in the U.K. This is a legit way to make money from home" and then I reported the ad.


The Printer Smells Fear


A printer when meeting a deadline.


The amount of last minute ink-changing and troubleshooting I've done for an assignment due the next day... I should probably stop procrastinating.


I've been an IT sysadmin for over a decade.. and i approve this message.


Toxic Behaviors

Never trust a stranger that wants to tell you how much money they make.

Successful people don't usually spout off info about how much money they make to people they just met. So if somebody is doing that to you they're either lying or trying to butter you up for some dubious proposition, often both.


This also goes for life achievements, love life, personal qualities and so forth. If someone blurts out magnificent things about themselves on a continuous basis from day one, they ain't good news.


The Bottle Tragedy

The cardboard handle on huge packs of beer, under the rain

I was not a smart man. I still miss that beer.


I hit a packaged goods store one time at 6 and left it in my car for 10 hours because nobodys open at 2am. Condensation softened the bottom of the 6 pack and while walking from my truck to the door, it bottomed out. It took all I had left in me to not scream in frustration. 2 survived and I had to clean up the glass from the remaining 4. I'm still mad about it and never carry from the handle anymore.


Gas By Any Other Name

A time I was at a job interview, and I was waiting for the interviewer to call me back. I had a rumble in my tummy and I thought I was just gonna pass a little silent fart. Ohh god I was wrong!!!! I ended up leaving without saying anything to anybody. Got to my truck and had to lay my shirt over my seat and drove my dirty *ss back to my house. I hung my head in defeat that day.



Profiles on dating sites.


My personal favourite thing about lies on dating site is the fact that there's statistical evidence that men lie about their height to push themselves that inch or so to being six feet tall. When you see the distribution of heights on OKCupid compared to the US population, it becomes pretty obvious that there's something funky.


If someone's profile, male or female, just says things like "I'm really funny" or "I like going on adventures" without actually expanding on it at all, that's a big warning.

One of the best rules is "show, don't tell" and it's painfully obvious when someone is just making it up.

Especially people who claim to be funny or smart. Like, if you're funny, you shouldn't have to tell anyone, it should be obvious from your profile or picture descriptions, etc.


Liar Liar

"If you tell me the truth I won't get mad"


The correct phrase is:

If you tell me the truth, I will be less mad than when I find out you lied.
  1. You aren't lying
  2. You can still be mad
  3. You are insinuating that you will find out anyway, so they are more likely to tell you


This is a much better version. I have up to this point never gotten mad when I sue the original line. But that is I only say it when I am not mad, but want my daughter to think I might be, I just want her to tell the truth, which she has every time when I used this line


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