20 Common Scams People Need to Stop Falling For

We’re all capable of falling victim to hoaxes and scams that may seem completely legit, but there are some things that aren’t quite what they seem. An internet survey recently asked, “What’s a modern-day scam that’s become normalized?” Here are the top 24 answers.

Employers Insisting That Employees Not Talk About Their Salaries

Employers Insisting That Employees Not Talk About Their Salaries
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“You can’t do that, and so many people don’t realize this, to the point companies just go ahead and tell you not to and even try to penalize people for doing so because people don’t realize they can push back on that.”

“My girlfriend’s company STRONGLY discourages employees from discussing salaries because it’s “unprofessional.” Turns out all the women in the department were making 20k less for the same role & number of years.”

Hustle Culture

Hustle Culture
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“Working 90-hour weeks and having no life outside of work is neither healthy nor sustainable.”

“I just turned fifty and have decided to stop trying to impress people with my work ethic. I’ll work hard, of course, but I will only put in my eight hours. What am I going to do? Water my plants. Make my kids breakfast. Take my dogs for a walk. Try to make my wife laugh with corny jokes.”

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid Internships
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“Student teaching. You pay the university so that you can teach for half a year, where you don’t get paid!”

“Every time I see “we don’t pay, but we offer college credit,” I’m like, you realize that means the intern is paying hundreds of dollars to be there, right? The org doesn’t offer the credit. Their college does. And the college makes them pay for those credits.”

Extended Warranty

Extended Warranty
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“If it’s free, that’s good. I had a TV with a free 2-year warranty, and it broke after 23 months. I got a full refund.”

“I made it my unyielding position that I never buy extended warranties. Have been doing that for ages and have never once regretted it. The logic never works out. You’re literally betting against yourself.”

Razor Blades

Razor Blades
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“Nearly £30 for 6 of the new ones.”

“I moved to a safety razor and never looked back.”

Ticketmaster Fees

Ticketmaster Fees
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“I cannot stand Ticketmaster. Fees aside, just absolutely awful practices.”

“Pretty sure Ticketmaster has a monopoly in the U.S. northeast. Usually, the charges are through LiveNation, sometimes Ticketmaster. Either way, they’re the same company as they technically merged in 2010.”

College Board

College Board
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“It costs money to send my scores to a school. Scam.”

“Just go all the way and say standardized testing. The ACT, SAT, GRE, statewide testing… It’s all a racket and has almost no educational value outside college acceptance.”

Sneaky Small Monthly Subscriptions

Sneaky Small Monthly Subscriptions
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“A one-time payment for an app or game used to be fine. Now you keep paying. Terrible for the consumer.”

“I remember when people 12 years ago were going nuts over how convenient it was to subscribe to a music streaming service instead of buying digital albums. Now here we are.”

Weddings

Weddings
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“$30,000 for one day? Scam.”

“We had to rent one of those big tents for our reception. I called them up and got a quote for ~$7000. My fiance called them a day later and said we needed the same for a family reunion. The quote was a couple thousand less.”

Credit Scores

Credit Scores
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“They started in 1989 and are designed to encourage debt.”

“If credit scores are meant to measure how likely I am to pay off a loan in the future, how come every time I pay off a loan, the score goes down?”

Not Being Able To Cancel a Subscription Online

Not Being Able To Cancel a Subscription Online
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“I can subscribe in 5 minutes, but I need to call your service agents and am forced to be rude to them to cancel it because as long as my voice sounds friendly, they try to resell the subscription.”

“Signed up in the store, 5 minutes with some help from staff because I was not a native speaker of the language. How to cancel after four months? MAIL THEM A LETTER! In 2019, they made me mail them a letter to cancel my phone plan for one semester of college. Most insane cancellation policy I’ve ever seen!”

Transaction Fees When Using Online Banking

Transaction Fees When Using Online Banking
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“I do all the work filling out the form so a bank employee doesn’t have to, yet I get charged the same.”

“We’re in the golden age of online consumer banking. Countless reputable banks will take anyone and don’t do any of this. I am trying to understand how this is still an issue for some people. Charles Schwab or Ally Bank. Spread the word.”

Job Listings Not Posting Salaries

Job Listings Not Posting Salaries
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“Job listings not having a salary is vile manipulation, and it seems to me like it’s bad for business. Why would you waste time drawing in and interviewing people who will drop out when they find out the salary rather than post what you’ll pay and adjusting if need be?”

“This is because they are hiring people at wages higher than their veteran employees make but don’t want the secret getting out.”

Diamonds

Diamonds
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“Diamonds are fascinating. They’re kept artificially scarce by the people who own the diamond mines, and they’ve managed to ensure no market exists for reselling them. Diabolical!”

“They’ve also convinced everyone that diamonds are the only worthwhile stone and that only ‘natural’ mined diamonds are worthwhile, not ‘fake’ lab-grown (real) diamonds.”

Raise the Price of a Product a Day Before They Go on Sale

Raise the Price of a Product a Day Before They Go on Sale
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“Now that’s actually illegal in Germany. The compared price must be the lowest of the last 30 days.”

“Just do what Kohl’s does and have things permanently on sale.”

“Admin Fees” for Completely Automated Services

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“In Australia, if you use a toll road and don’t have a toll account, you get sent a toll notice with an added $10 admin fee. And if you don’t pay it within the requested time frame, the admin fee goes up to $20. A $2.50 toll could cost you $22.50. Scam…”

“I used to work for a software company that developed the software to renew your license plates online for a state. That fee was how the state was paying for the software.”

Pay Subscriptions To Make Tech Devices Do What They’re Supposed To Do

Pay Subscriptions To Make Tech Devices Do What They_re Supposed To Do
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“Enterprise IT gear is the worst for this – Cisco sells you a firewall for several grand and then charges huge prices for licenses that just unlock hardware features on the device – and then makes you buy support contracts each year if you want updates.”

“I paid for the printer, I paid the raised price for the inks, and now I’m expected to pay a subscription if I want to print in color….”

Medical Insurance Not Covering Dental or Vision

Medical Insurance Not Covering Dental or Vision
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“If you have a badly abscessed tooth, you’re likely going to need medical care, even if you have dental that covers the extraction, root canal, or whatever.”

“A new problem I’m experiencing is that some preventative tests are covered while others are not. Why don’t you tell me beforehand, and I can decline it? Or, you know, cover everything.”

Free Trial Auto-Renewal Subscriptions

Free Trial Auto-Renewal Subscriptions
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“I use a privacy.com virtual credit card with a 1-time transaction limit and a limit of $1, so that way, the charge for the subscription will be automatically declined.”

“It always takes you forever to figure out how to cancel because they have so cleverly hidden every clue to canceling.”

Funerals

Funerals – Hardly A Cheery First Date
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“I’ll be the first one in my extended family to be cremated when I kick off just because of this. I don’t need an expensive coffin for this body that’s gonna rot away anyhow.”

“Get cremated and pre-purchase your own container (unless someone is spreading your ashes somewhere). It’s still going to run close to $2,000.”

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