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It's a cultural thing. These countries have a very different set of ethics that's really hard for westerners to get their head around. Basically, the one who got scammed was stupid for allowing it to happen and the scammer is smart for pulling one over on them.

It leads to an extremely inefficient and low trust business environment. In many cases the idea of a win-win is almost non-existent because if the other side wins too then it means you didn't squeeze them hard enough in negotiations.

Most of South America operates like this also, in fact I find Ukraine to be far more oriented towards western ethical ideals than India or any country I've done business with in South America. Much of Eastern Asia also operates on this level.

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