40 Scams That Fool Even The Smartest Amongst Us
There's a reason our parents warned us about talking to strangers—it was to keep us safe. Unfortunately, as we’ve grown older, we have often forgotten these warnings and tend to take our lives into our own hands when dealing with strangers. As it turns out, there's an entire industry dedicated to swindling unsuspecting and innocent people out of their hard-earned money.
We’ve found 40 examples of stranger danger turning into something much worse. These schemes would have fooled even the most intelligent of people! Think you know better? Do you want to stay on the edge when it comes to protecting yourself from bad actors?
Prepare to learn from the mistakes of others—take care of yourself and trust no one.
Scams in Dating Apps and Sites
There's no denying that dating can be challenging. Even for good-looking people, it’s incredibly tough to find a partner who ticks all the boxes—and someone who reciprocates your love. Luckily, there's an industry that focuses on helping people find each other online.
Unreliable WiFi Hotspot
Fake Monk Mafia
The Shoe Shiner in Istanbul
Be Careful Selling Online
The $1 Reward
Ever received an email saying you'll win a sum of money if you click this or call this number to win money? If so, then you probably got scammed. Unfortunately, this is a familiar scam—some still cling to this type of deceit to make a dishonest living.
The Gift Card Scam
Hey, It’s Me! A Rock!
Used as A Trust Fund
The Fake Kidnapping Scam
What would you do if you received a random call informing you that you have won a hefty amount of cash? You'll be shocked, right? But this person was smart enough to know how to counter this kind of scam in a simple way.
The Hotel Room Scam
We are now convinced that scammers are everywhere—even in the walls! Well, maybe not in the walls. But even a peaceful stay in a hotel room isn’t safe from the schemes of scammers. This guy went on vacation to relax, but on his trip, he found himself at the receiving end of a nasty scheme.
This person was relaxing in his hotel room when he received a call from "reception" asking for confirmation of his card information. Sadly, he believed them and went on to relay his information, only to discover that he had become a victim of Ukrainian scammers.
The Greatest Airport Scam
Once Is Enough—Twice Is Too Much
Answering Surveys For Free Gifts
Another tip that might save you from getting scammed is this: never share your credit and debit card information with anyone. Make it a habit never to let anyone know your bank information. For example, this man received a call saying he would receive free gifts if he answered a survey.
Album For $10
The IRS Scam
Beware When Shopping at Aldi
No More Ticket
Gasoline Station Scam
The "Armani" Jacket
If you think an offer sounds too good to be true, STAY AWAY! Most of the time, people sell goods that aren’t what the seller claims to be—they’re scams, pure and simple. It won't hurt to double-check what you're paying for to limit the chances of getting tricked.
Another Credit Card Scam
By now, we already know the most used and abused scam technique. Most scammers target people's debit and credit cards. That's not strange since money is inside, which is the most important thing to a scammer.