We live in such a nasty world.
So true. But bitcoin's issues here aren't any worse than cash, it's just easier for you to do business with anyone anywhere.
One method of getting bitcoins you don't hear much is Ripple. Ripple is basically a peer-to-peer clearinghouse for credit transfers, bitcoin is just one of the currencies supported. It only attempts transfers between folks who already trust each other, but it creates a web of trust so credits can practically be transfered to anywhere once you've got a good trust network.
If you worry about being scammed, you should check it out.
website? also, do you just transfer money to someone for bitcoins?
Sign up for one of the exchanges, transfer funds from bank account to liberty reserve or dwolla, take funds and put them in your account at BT7, Tradehill, or Mt. Gox and then start buying bitcoins. If you need a referral to Bitcoin7 or Tradehill check my sign below.