I've got a friend who's a chronic moocher, and her family isn't much better either. They manage to scrape by, but due to various health problems, most of them can't secure regular jobs. Okay, I get it. But EVERY time Friend wants to hang out, I have to drive (out of my way, most of the time) to pick her up, because she doesn't have a car/can't afford gas/whatever. And whenever I get hungry, she mentions how hungry she is (despite having just eaten at her house) and can I get something for her too? Or when we get a big group of friends together and we'll all agree to go out to a fairly decent restaurant (not super fancy, just casual dining) and it's only when we get there that she'll mention that she doesn't have any money, and can someone cover for her? Um, I'm going to go out on a limb and presume that she knew from the start that she didn't have any money, and if she had mentioned it when we started planning, we would have changed our plans and gone somewhere where we could afford to all chip in for her, or gone to the store to pick up some things to cook at home. She "can't" get a job for various reasons, most of which involve the fact that it would take away from her seasonal job at the local sports stadium. At this point, I've given up trying to help her get a job and when we do get together, I'll make sure that it's somewhere where we're not going to be going out to get food any time soon and I can't be guilted into paying for her anything.
Since I've met my boyfriend, I've got a new set of friends who drive me mad. I don't make a lot of money, and neither does boyfriend. We make enough to be comfortable and know how to set things aside when we really want something. Traveling isn't easy, but we can plan ahead and manage to do it. And every time someone on New Friends' friends list on FB mentions traveling, they make comments about how it must be so nice to be able to afford to go on trips, but they can't afford their bills, and why doesn't anyone help them out? And how they feel pressured to go out to eat with friends because they don't want to be looked down on, why doesn't anyone help them? Oh, and the wife won't even entertain the suggestion of changing her (very low paying) job she loves it lol and that's not happening, so stop bringing it up. And whenever anyone does offer valid suggestions, she gets defensive over it. Recently she's taken to posting long rambling rants on FB about how nobody helps them and how terrible all their friends must be to want them to lose their house and cars because they can't pay for things, but please respect her wishes and not comment on this because she doesn't want a fight. I've ignored all of it. In person when it comes up I beandip like mad, but who even goes on FB to complain about money and why don't their friends chip in for bills? Is that a thing now? I'm seeing it a lot more often.
Luckily I've never fallen for any scams, but I'd love to get the Windows calls sometime, just to mess with them. Unfortunately for me, I don't answer the phone when it's a number I don't recognize unless I'm expecting a call from somewhere that I don't know the number (had insurance claims and got calls from all around the country for that), and even then I may screen calls.