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Top 5 Stupid Things People Do For Money

Updated on December 13, 2011

The Things People Will Do For Money

We’ve all looked into quick and easy ways to earn money, but most of us use our common sense and morals in deciding what is an acceptable risk. Others don’t seem to have the same thought process or perhaps lack good moral judgment. Money is such a driving factor in some people’s lives that they will go to any lengths to get more of it. It is amazing the things people will do for money.

1. Pyramid schemes – Getting people to pay in money for…nothing! In case you’re wondering, this is called fraud and is illegal in the U.S. yet many people still fall for this crap. According to, 99 percent of those involved in the scheme lose money or make no money. Way to do your research before taking on that new endeavor guys.

2. Gamble – Giving money on the off chance of getting more money or at least getting your money back. According to two-thirds of adults place some sort of bet and sixty-five percent of pathological gamblers commit crimes to pay off their gambling debts. Just keep playing those slot machines Grandma, some day you’ll earn enough to move out of that retirement home.

Insurance fraud is bad

3. Insurance fraud – Let’s torch our house for money or destroy our car, but just don’t video it please.

4. Kill – At least Soldiers only kill in war (for the most part) and they don’t do it for the money I assure you, but then you’ve got your hired mercenaries and of course the people that kill their husbands and wives to collect on the insurance or to get that sweet inheritance . I’ll admit, women seem to love this option a lot more than men.

5. Anything and Everything – If you’re rich and willing to pay someone to do something chances are you’ll find a person willing. There are even people who openly announce they will do all sorts of crazy crap for money, even harmful things like help with target practice  Take this guy for instance: . The internet is replete with people like this.

Sure there are a lot more examples of stupid and/or crazy things people do, but more often than not they are doing it for fame, notoriety, as an adrenaline rush, or because they are just plain dumb. When you get to the point that you are willing to do just about anything for money, you should probably re-think the career path you’ve been on. You can't pursue the Dire Straits dream of "Money for Nothing" forever you know.

Would you do something illegal for 1 Million dollars?

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  • Green Lotus profile image


    6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    It's all scary, but true. Nevertheless this is worthwhile information and a clever idea for a Hub.

  • harrison8bal profile image


    7 years ago from Shanghai

    this hub is really good i especially like the fact that your a veteran and you must know a lot of things

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    7 years ago

    Short and sweet. I have one, don't try to sell exotic cars on the internet for people. There are a lot of people, looking for someone to monitor the internet and relay the information back to them about the great deal they found. You will never get paid.

  • Rebecca E. profile image

    Rebecca E. 

    8 years ago from Canada

    this is a smart well written hub which gives all teh basic points you need. Good job, of course it's stumbled upon and rated up!

  • Melissa McClain profile imageAUTHOR

    Melissa McClain 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Thanks Habee! I appreciate the support.

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    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    This hub is real food for thought. Good job!

  • Melissa McClain profile imageAUTHOR

    Melissa McClain 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    You're probably right, it just seems even more out of the ordinary for a woman to murder a family member I suppose.

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    Phoebe Pike 

    8 years ago

    I think men do it just as often, kill for money I mean, but they aren't really reported for it. Most of the time they say they were in a rage or whatnot... eh, I think some statistics need to be looked at a little more closely. Nice hub though.


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