Fraud has existed since the creation of mankind, and since then, no one has come up with an effective way to eradicate this infection. Of course, the first experience of encountering fraudsters is always deplorable, only someone draws conclusions from this unpleasant acquaintance and becomes more vigilant, while someone continues to step on the same rake, constantly enriching unscrupulous citizens. To minimize the chance of encountering crooks, you need to always be on the lookout and follow some rules.
Refuse to participate in street sweepstakes, visits to casinos, buying lottery tickets and other gambling entertainment. All sorts of "thimblers" made huge fortunes on the trust of honest citizens in the early 90s, and since then many have bypassed them. But at the same time, there are many who do not mind trying their luck. Remember that this is a classic street cheat involving a group of several people, each with a different role to play. Believe me, fortune will always be on the side of professional scammers. Well, gambling in casinos has recently turned out to be illegal, because it has long been proven that the mechanism of all these games is aimed precisely at extorting money from gullible people.
If a stranger offers you on the street to buy jewelry or other expensive items at a low price, never agree. If it was a really high-quality and expensive thing, then a person would place an ad in a newspaper or on some website and sell it at a price that is not too low (think about why selling cheaper if you can sell it more expensive). You may be told different fairy tales about difficult family situations and a sharp financial need, do not listen to them and walk by. In 98% of cases, you will be slipped into either a fake, or a defective item, or even stolen. Moreover, such transactions do not take place in crowded places, so there is a risk of parting with the money and not receiving the goods.
Be vigilant when surfing the Internet. First of all, this concerns offers to send SMS to short numbers. There are many traps: enticing content (diets, paid archives, etc.), elite vacancies, a closed exchange of copywriters, where fabulous sums are promised, etc. As soon as you understand that it is going to send SMS, then immediately scroll down the web page and look at the bottom of the payment terms written in small print. The prices will amaze you. If there are no conditions, then you can always check the real cost of sending SMS to short numbers through special free services.