40 Scams That Fool Even The Smartest Amongst Us

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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.