There are many ways to cheat another person, or oneself. Cheating another person is the vocation of con-men and some 'businessman'. Cheating oneself is a more serious thing-for one may not even be aware of doing so.
In this modern hectic world of ours, many people indulge in cheating to get what they want. I remember two men who once came to my neighborhood to sell "fireproof clothes. You may laugh at the thought of such absurdities as 'fireproof clothes, but a few of my neighbours were convinced into parting with their money by these smooth-talking tricksters.
Later on they realized that they had paid atrocious amounts of money for ordinary clothes. They had been cheated by sweet words and smiling faces. Well, at least I hope they learned a valuable lesson.
Yet some people seem to fall prey to these con-men all the time. Often we read about people who were cheated of vast amounts of money by strangers who had promised them bigger fortunes. The victims were gullible enough to believe that their money could be multiplied by magic stones, or magic words and incantations. Invariably, these strangers disappeared along with the "life-savings" of the victims. If, hi the first place, the victims had not been greedy, they would not have been cheated like that. They deserve to lose what they had willingly given to these con-artists.
Have you ever felt that you were cheated over the things you bought? I have, many times. Once I brought a tube of popular brand toothpaste only to discover the next morning that it was a clever imitation of the original. The box in which it came in looked genuine at the first glance. A closer look revealed otherwise. The taste of the toothpaste affirmed its falsity.
There are also unscrupulous fellows who make imitations of common over-the-counter medicine. Imagine taking a flour-pill for your headache! No wonder the headache does not go away. Nobody really knows the extent to which such activities occur....