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Kids and teenagers are sitting ducks for scams. They're too young to be completely cynical, so they haven't learned to keep their heads on a swivel.

Instead, kids tend to focus on the positives. They're told what they have to gain and don't give nearly as much thought to the long term consequences of all their actions and decisions.

And scammers are well aware of that dynamic. So they exploit young people, either with on-the-fly ruses or well-planned schemes.

Either way, it leaves a salty taste in the mouth for years to come.

Spagza asked, "What's the worst scam you fell for when you were young and gullible?"

So Thoughtful of Him

"Had just taken a dump on a public toilet, came out to wash my fingers, but had nowhere to place my gameboy, some man offers to hold it for me while i wash my hands and next thing you know, little idiotic 6-year old me no longer had a gameboy"

-- Jonass1233

You Go First 

"A man in New York City approached me at a parking meter and asked if I had four quarters for a dollar. I handed him four quarters... and then he smiled, and walked away slowly."

"I was too bewildered to even be upset."

-- KLGAviation

Laws to Help the Scammed 

"Timeshare condo at the Massanutten Resort in VA. Was a 20-something newlywed with a new house and no kids. Wife and I thought we were going to live that double-income-no-kids lifestyle. Plus we had a new joint bank account stuffed with wedding gift checks."

"As the sales pitch dragged on, I felt sicker and sicker, but kept telling myself that this was ultimately going to be an "asset" and we would have access to a getaway whenever we wanted."

"My wife drove home that day while I read the fine print on the mountain of paperwork. I was in a panic by the time I got home."

"After a few minutes of Googling, I discovered that VA has some type of buyer's remorse law that lets you out of a timeshare with no penalty as long as you notify them in the first 5 or 7 days."

"I did that sh** the next day and sent it certified mail with a receipt. To this day, I still have the receipt sitting in my fire safe as a reminder to not jump into things."

-- h3dcra5h

The Rare Ice Quartz 

"Back when I was in my early twenties, I started scouring eBay for whatever semiprecious stones and gems that I could find."

"While I managed to snag a few great deals, I wound up getting just a bit too enthusiastic about certain 'rare' items... like a raw, uncut piece of 'ice quartz.'"

"Now, I'd heard of 'rose quartz' and 'smoky quartz' and even 'rutilated quartz,' but 'ice quartz' was brand-new to me."

"The listing's included picture seemed to suggest that it was a perfectly clear variety of the mineral, but that occlusions in the stone made it look a bit like an ice cube. The price was fairly steep, but since it was such a seemingly unique item, I was happy to pay."

"I realized how stupid I had been when the rock finally arrived."

"As it turned out, I'd paid quite a bit of money for a plum-size chunk of broken glass."

-- RamsesThePigeon

The Tourist Shuffle 

"Got scammed by a taxi driver in Rome, the fare was €25 and I got the money ready and separate prior to the journey."

"When I got to my destination I gave him the money but he swapped one of the notes and said I only gave him €15."

"I was getting my bags and didn't think anything of it just apologised and gave him another €10. Didn't realise till he drove off, I know it's a small amount of money but I still kick myself to this day."

-- CTTT93

Now THAT Is How You Market 

"I matched with a girl on tinder when I was 18. We talked for a bit and she gave me her number, I was excited at the time lol."

"She never could meet up but one day asked if I would be a plus one to a luncheon for her work. I for some reason saw no issue with this and agreed to go."

"I go to the address and it's some hall that can be rented out and there is a LOT of people there. She says she's inside and will meet me in a few minutes but that I should mingle for a bit."

"So I'm talking to a guy and a girl and strangely enough they are doing the same thing that I am doing. I feel a little uneasy going into the building but I didn't have much of a choice besides just bailing."

"Come to find out, I'm attending a seminar for working at a multi level marketing company. And they were very aggressive about me wanting to leave. I never met whoever I was talking to on tinder either lol."

-- marcos922008

The Smallest, Strongest Magnet 

"I got one of the keys that car dealerships send in the mail with the "if it fits, you win a free car!" postcards. Drove 20 minutes out to the dealership. They wanted my email and phone number and asked if I would wait in the lobby for a sales person to help me."

"The sales rep straight up told me that it was just a promotion. The key wasn't actually for a vehicle despite looking like one."

"So I wasted almost two hours of my life between the driving and time at the dealership. Then of course I had to go through with unsubscribing from their ads and texts."

-- A_Quiet_Corner

Mom vs. The Van 

"When I was a kid in the mid-80s. A guy in a van told me he lost his dog and asked if I would help him look for it. I was like 'sure thing, mister!'"

"Luckily my mom came out of the house before I got in the van. I almost got Johnny Gosched."

-- OozeyDeschanel

Wonder How the Credit Score Ended Up 

"I was going to rent a house with a guy I knew through a friend. I was a sophmore in college and he was a few years older than me already in the workforce. We agreed that we would go 50/50 on the utilities but he suggested that I put them all in my name so I could build a credit score."

"I thought it was a great idea! Turns out he was deadbeat and wouldn't be able to get them in his name. I found this out after he routinely stiffed me on his share of the utilities. Probably lost $1k on his 'great idea' before we both moved out."

-- lemisset

Not Worth the Perks 

"Department store credit cards. Get that dope discount and then never receive a statement or card until it's in collections with fees."

"I refuse to shop at Macy's because of this."

-- fritz236

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