Making Money Online Scams – How To Spot And Avoid One
It seems like make money online scams are everywhere now-a-days.
Not a day goes by that I don't get an email from someone who has been scammed or tells me about a new scam. And the unfortunate truth is these scammers aren't going away anytime soon.
And why would they? When there's so much money to be made.
Scamming People Online Is Easy
And why is it so easy to scam people online?
Because with the tools and resources available online you can have all kinds of fake sites, fake testimonials, fake screenshots, fake photos, fake income, Fake Everything!!!
And if done right you'll suck people in all day long. Even when there's glaring evidence of things being a scam and there's red flags everywhere people still get scammed. So why do people get sucked in all the time?
Because more often than not, that person is desperate and there're in a tough spot financially and they're looking for a fast way out. And what's faster then the internet right?
They (you) hear of people making all kinds of big money online, and doing it in a matter of weeks or months, with little or no effort. Hell who wouldn’t want to jump on that money train?
And for people not in financial stress, the other people that get scammed are newbies to the internet. They just don't know any better and they're very easy pickings for these con artists.
A Great Scam Does This....
A great scam tells you exactly what you want to hear.
These scammers know what buttons to push and they know just what to say to con people out of their money. And until people educate themselves and know what to look for it's going to keep happening.
I've Been Scammed
When I first got online way back in 2000 I got scammed, and I got scammed more than once. But I learned from my mistakes and I have never been scammed since.
In fact I could never be scammed. And the reason is not only do I know what to look for I know what it really takes to make money online.
So with that said let me share with you how you can protect yourself from these scammers and keep your money where it belongs - in your wallet.
1) The Promise Of Easy Money
Who doesn't want to have to work to make money? Hell if I could make all kinds of money and not work for it I'd be all over that like a fat kid on a smarty.
But it's just not true. You have to work hard to build a successful online business. And anyone that tells you different is a liar!! End of story.
And programs and I'm going to call them programs for this point on.
Any program that tells you all you have to do is set things up once, and everything runs automatically and you'll make all kinds of money all day and all night and you don't have to do any work is a scam. I don't give a shit what they say.
And remember they will say anything to get your money. They don't care about you at all. All they want is your money, remember that. It's always all about the money.
I've said this a million time. There is no secret or special program for making money online. Never has been never will be. Burn that into your brain!!
2) Using The Fear Of Loss
One tactic these con artists like to use is what's called in marketing "The Fear of Loss"
You've seen this with legitimate companies. They advertise a 24 hours sale - and once it's over it's over.
And if you don't get to the sale within 24 hours you'll going to miss out on the deal or deals. This is the fear of loss tactic in action.
Well these online con artists know the power of the fear of loss tactic and they use it.
Typically they say things like.....
- This offer may not be here tomorrow
- This website is coming down due to overwhelming demand
- We can't offer this much longer
Or my favorite - "if you leave this site it may not be here when you come back"
Anytime you see this, more often than not it's a scam program. Anytime someone tells you - you have to act now and you can't take the time to do your homework about the program - dollars to donuts it's a scam.
I've come across so many sites that tell me if I leave the site it will be gone and I'll miss out. Yeah right, I've come back to these sites (if they haven't been shut down) and the site is there with the same B.S. message.
Look if the person pitching the program won't give you the time to do your homework, run far and ran fast because it's a scam.
They want you to buy now because that's when you're vulnerable. You're all excited and hyped up about the opportunity and you're not really thinking rationally - you're easy pickings.
And they need to do that because if they gave you the time to check them out they know you'll discover they're a scam and they've the most important thing to them - your money.
3) They Don't Tell You How You Make Money
Most scams don't tell you how you'll actually make money. Oh sure they'll give you a rough idea but they never go into detail.
All they do is spend all their time telling you about how easy it is to make money, what you can do with your money, the vacations you can take and on and on.
Yeah they'll talk about the program itself but again they don't tell you what you'll be doing. So if all a program is doing is talking about the end result but never going into detail of how you'll be making money - it's a scam.
I've found many programs like these, for example one of the biggest scams that's unfortunately is still out there is called Empower Network. These scams never have an actual product or service.
The whole program is bases on recruiting people into the program so they can recruit people into the program. These is a Ponzi scheme - a fancy word for SCAM!!
A real opportunity will go into detail of exactly how you're going to make money. And when I say make money, I mean build a real online business.
For example - the wealthy affiliate - before you spend one dime the wealthy affiliate shows you exactly how you can build a thriving online business as an affiliate marketer. No secrets - nothing is held back.
There's no guess work, either you're willing to do the work or you'll still willing to struggle or worse be scammed over and over again. What you decide to do is up to you.
4) Big House, Fancy Car, Exotic Location
This is old school marketing right from the con artist's handbook. Show people a big house, fancy car or do your video from an exotic location. Or do all three.
When I see this and after I stop laughing I know it's a scam. I don't have to watch the whole video or read the entire copy. I know it's a scam.
But this stuff works. When people see these for some reason their brain shuts down and they start dreaming that this could be them and boom they've been sucked in and before they know it they've handing over their money never to be seen again.
Guess what? All this stuff is rented. The house, the car - they did a photo shoot while they were on vacation claiming that's where they live.
Dame I wish I could find the video, but I remember some putz con artist is talking about his new corvette. He had a camera in the passenger seat filming himself driving and you can see the rental tag hanging off the key chain.
I never said these guys were that smart, but they are smart enough to get your money. And that's as smart as they have to be.
5) Fake Testimonials
Getting fake testimonials are very, very easy to get. You've probably noticed most scams are presented in a video format.
And because of that getting a fake testimonial is just $5 away. And the go to place for testimonials is Fiverr.
Head to Fiverr and type in the search bar Testimonials. And you'll have access to hundreds of people that will do a testimonial for any product or service no questions asked.
In fact I did a review of a scam program called 1 Hour Survey and they were talking about the testimonials they got from happy clients. Yep, these were fake testimonials that were purchased from Fiverr.
You can check out my review I have screen shots of one of the guys that did a fake testimonial.
Here's How Not To Get Scammed
These are just 5 things to watch out for, there's more, but these are the ones that will save you from getting scammed.
Remember these assholes are playing on your emotions. They know exactly what to say, they know what buttons to push.
And because many people are venerable, they know how to take advantage of that. They don't care about you - all they want is your money and they don't give a shit what they have to do to get it.
So the next time you come across something that sounds incredible or too good to be true here's the two things I want you do to.
1) Remember What Your Mom Said
If it sounds too good to be true chances are it is too good to be true.
This is better known as common sense. Unfortunately common sense is not that common.
Remember these people are telling you what you want to hear, so this means you have to step back and take a good look at things. Most people get scammed because their back is against the wall financially.
And when we're in that position we are vulnerable because more times than not you need money like yesterday. And when someone comes along and says all I need is $49 or $100 and all your money problems will be solved.
It easy to set logic aside and not pull out your credit card, you know the one, the one that is almost maxed out.
So deep breath, take a step back and do the second thing...
2) Do Your Homework
Slowing down and not getting caught up in the offer can be tough. But remember if this is a legitimate offer it will be there tomorrow, the next day or years from now. Not threating to be gone in 24 hours.
It's time to play detective.
Time to do your homework about this program. And take your time - I say spend at least a day checking things out. Trust me these will be the best 24 hours you'll ever spend.
The first place to start you reasearch is Google.
Start searching for reviews and information. Good searches are the product name and then adding the word Review or Scam.
Now a lot will come up, but here's where you have to be careful. If you see a search result that says something like.
"Don't buy such and such product until you read this review" Be careful this person could be an affiliate of the product. Now there's nothing wrong with that - but just be mindful when reading the review. You'll looking for unbiased reviews.
And read lots of reviews and use this information along with other information you've gather to make an informed decision.
I'm a good resource. If you've some across something don't hesitate giving me a buzz.
The wealthy affiliate is a fantastic place to ask about any program. With over 800,000 members there's plenty of people to get information about any program good or bad.
The Scam Killers
Simply slowing down and doing your homework and learning what to look for will stop you from getting scammed.
Even with my experience online I've even hand to give my head a shake and not get sucked into things. These guys are good.
But what saves me every time is knowing what to look for, those cheesy photo shoots, telling me I don't have to work - you know set it and forget it and not telling me what I'll be doing.
And most importantly if it sounds too good to be true - it usually is.
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