Once I started talking about it, I only had one woman look at me and say “Boy, that was really stupid. I would never have done that.” You can never say never, because when you’re in a vulnerable situation, you don’t know how you’re g…
I had family members take me for thousands of dollars. Family members. One relative faked an illness for nearly 20 years in order to get others to supplement their lifestyle/needs. Because of my proximity, I was taken for more than most. Not because I’m stupid, but because I genuinely believed they needed the help. Plus, there were extenuating circumstances involving the added care of a handicapped relative that I could not, in good conscience, turn my back on. The two were a combo deal. You couldn’t help one without the other.
So, see, anyone can be a con artist and anyone can be a victim of financial scams.