This one time I paid 99cents for a headphone jack extender from china and when I got it, it barely worked... GRRR!
Kind of depends on what is being called "scammed." Way back in the day, around 30 years ago, got taken trying to buy some weed a couple of times.
More recently, as a contractor I've been burned by a "friend" failing to pay me for work done and it was substantially more than $200. Lesson learned, now everybody signs a contract and put half down up front. Friends, family, friends of family, family of friends, strangers, neighbors, everyone.
It sucks to learn this the hard way but friends and family are the first people to give you the shaft, when it comes to money.
I have to agree, but with a little bit of a caveat, some friends and family are the first people to give you the shaft, I've also done work for friends and family prior to this guy, and had no issues. Problem being, going into it, you can't tell which is which. So, everybody signs and makes a down payment. Upside is that it makes for far fewer misunderstandings as to the scope of the job and what it will cost.
That is true.
I have a little rule for myself, if I give a family member money, it's a gift.
Since I rarely have the extra to hand out, I usually say no to those requests.:mrgreen: