"I have never swindled a man. At most I kept quiet and let him swindle himself. This does no harm, as a fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig."
-- Robert A. Heinlein Time Enough For Love, The Lives of Lazarus Long
Or take payday loans and check cashing stores. The loudest voices defending them are their paid lobbyists, of course. But many in the ghetto defend such institutions as well! Their very victims will be the first to argue that $25 check-cashing fees and 300% interest are "good deals!"
The victim often still believes that their big check is only days or weeks away. And even when family members intervene and show the victim that they were scammed, they will vehemently denounce the family members and still insist that riches are only moments away.
When Chris Poland, his 53-year-old son, heard of it he was furious. He wanted to know why his dad, who had spent his life working at a factory, was giving his hard-earned money away.
Albert Poland, an ordained deacon and long-time Sunday School teacher, took his own life the following day.
In his suicide note, the father and grandfather of two urged his family not to spend a lot of money on his funeral service and said he hoped he would be vindicated once his $2.5million lottery prize arrived.
It is very sad, but this sort of thing goes on a lot. As I noted in another posting, Chelsea Clinton's father-in-law got caught up in Nigerian scam, stole money from his clients, and ended up in jail. These are often smart people who get caught up in these things - smart people who maybe slip a cog a bit