Avoid Make Money Online Scams & The Modern Day Snake Oil Salesmen
Make money online scams are everywhere and no signs of them ending any time soon as when there is a legitimate program, there is always going to be twice as many scams. The problem is that scammers are getting better and better at being able to sneak under most people’s radar without them knowing.
When you deal with anything that you’re paying money for you should always look it over and make sure that it doesn’t have the signs of being one of many infamous Making Money Online Scams that are out there.
Knowing that the scams probably will never completely end you will have to arm yourself with the knowledge of what signs, signals and red flags to look out for.
What Are The Signs Of Make Money Online Scams?
So you may be searching for “how to make money online without the scams” and found that it can be very difficult to find. When you do sometimes find a real opportunity you sometimes can’t believe it when a real program that can help comes along.
A typical scam program will typically…
Over promise (about how much they will help you)
Massively underdelivers (what they actually do for you).
Some programs walk right on the line of being a scam and being legitimate. Things like Network marketing/MLM’s are not completely scams but they really set you up for failure and are more like gambling than a business opportunity as they promise.
If you’re not familiar with the MLM’s industry or Network Marketing in general, further down there is a link to an article that explains what network marketing is all about and how it is not a good business but really a pyramid in disguise.
Make money online scams come in all different shapes and sizes, they can be scams with
- Binary Options software
- Survey scams
- Sports betting websites
- Educational scams.
In this article I will not necessarily put a link to every scam as that would be impossible, so the best thing I could think of is to make a resource that you could use to scrutinize scammy looking offers online. If you know what to look for, it’ very hard to ever get scammed again. Scams will not go away so you need to simply understand what to look for.
Good Rule Of Thumb:
Unlike when you meet a person face to face and you often will watch their actions more than what they say at times to really judge them accurately, the problem is you cannot do this with people and businesses that you meet online.
The opposite sometimes is true for spotting an online scam
Oddly enough since you can’t meet the owner in person, and the fact that on the internet they can make themselves look like anything you don’t want to watch what they do but rather on what they say. So when looking for scams online you have to go back to really scrutinizing the claims that they make.
You listen to what they say, just don’t believe what they say. If someone who is selling a product or service but is never talking about the method or product they’re selling but rather talking about hype and lifestyle and dreams then with just that one indicator you could spot out 80% of the making money online scams out there.
For example: If a supposed owner(Paid actor) of one of these scams in the sales video throwing out wild claims of making millions in just a few days, weeks, months or even years chances are that it’s fake. While there are ways to make a million in a year, someone that’s never seen or meet you can not promise you that… So people who do claim easy riches with no experience necessary and saying basically anything imaginable are scammers in one way or another.
They know that people want money, fame, power, respect etc. so bad that if a scammer can implant just a tiny belief that their program could be true and get you to where you want to go, people will be compelled to at least go and check it out.
Typically they check this out when no one is around and this is when your mind can start playing tricks on you. This is how many typically hook you as they use hype & lies and anything else to get you to take that next step.
Your wanting to look closer at what they’re saying instead of what they look like and their actions, the opposite of what you need to look for in a person to person meeting.
This is similar to the saying life doesn’t get easier you get better…The same applies with scams they don’t go away, so you understand what to look for.
So before I get in too deep with anything I just wanted to cover the basics of what you need to do to create the first barrier of protection from scams
6 Quick Things To Look Out For Overall When Online
- Use Caution When Doing Any Purchases By Smart Phone
Mobile shopping can be more convenient for some but phones often lack protection often times. Consider not purchasing or entering payment info using a phone and if you really have to try using the big retailers apps that typically come with added security.
- Never Give Out Social Security To Anyone Your Making A Purchase From
No one will ask for social security unless your signing up for credit, so if someone asks for your social when buying a product or service, never give it to them as that is unnecessary.
- Make Sure To Use Good Unique Passwords And All Are different
Make sure your not using the same login and password for everything, as people can cross hack other accounts using that same info and break in to your accounts. You can use the same password for basic things but for important payment info make sure to use a strong unique password.
- Look For Insane Promises
If you see promises that seem a little too good to be true they usually are. If someone is claiming to make thousands in a few days or millions your first year, typically they’re just trying to say anything to hook you and will greatly under deliver if they do anything at all, after getting your money.
- The More Popups and Exit Pops The More It May Be A Scam
If a website has really poor design or incomplete or has too many pop ups and exit pop ups when you try to leave chances are it is a borderline scam or full-fledged scam. Not all sites with exit pop ups are bad but this is just one red flag to look out for.
- Watch Out For Holiday E-cards or Random Things Sent By Strangers
You need to make sure if you get a E-card that you know who it’s from. Holiday E-cards can direct people to click on embedded links that send them to scam sites.
Why You Want To Educate Yourself About Make Money Online Scams?
You want to educate yourself on all the scam types as the more you know about scams the less the scammers are able to grab a hold of and scam you.
Below I have compiled a list which is a quick rundown of 7 of the more popular scams that will find you and you need to watch out for
I cannot really get into to too much detail with each but I will cover what they’re and basic rundown of how they work.
#1 Phishing and Identity Theft: It seemed like 2015 was the record year for identity theft. The black-market price for credit card details has fallen to around only 15 cents and not costing a few dollars like they used to cost, meaning that the black market seems to have more stolen information than ever, and prices are dropping.
#2 Hit And Run: These are scams that involve instant payment. They typically say that it’s for unpaid bills or fines for not showing up for jury duty or paying utility bill.
#3 Lottery And Sweepstakes and Clearing Houses: These scams seem to not reduce and just get worse. There has been a few that have been caught but it’s actually more likely they will get away with it, so you need to watch out for them. These typically try to target seniors and most of the scams come from Canada, Caribbean and Jamaica.
#4 Binary Options Trading Software: Free Binary trading bot software that will make you millions in months and you just set it and forget it is a scam that is in no shortage and seems to be working very well for the scammers involved. This scam involves an unregulated fake broker that steals deposits and pays unscrupulous website owners to promote this scam giving away a fake binary options trading software bot that is supposed to make you thousands daily without even thinking about it.
When you use Binary trading software like from websites such as…
- The Aussie Method
- Google Trader
- Fast Cash Biz
- Millionaire Blueprint
- Push Button Commissions
- 3 Week millionaire
- Cash Code
You need to make a minimum deposit of $250 dollars to an unregulated broker such as Binary Book to even get the free software to work.
I have even seen one that said if the software doesn’t make you thousands within the first week they will give you 10 thousand dollars. Then when you sign up they try to call you to get more money out of you than the minimum and I have seen them get a lot more from people than the original $250. They make it even look like they have really good support but that is all to get you to believe that it’s real. There support is really nothing more than trained con-salesmen knowing what to say to get you to want to invest right when you sign up. Once they get your money they will claim that your account is not in compliance and make things up and flat-out steal your money.
#5 MLM/Network Marketing Scam: This one I get the most flack about as many claim that it’s not a scam. It teeters right on the border of a scam. MLM’s have been found to make only the top 0.1% good money and the rest are mainly just there to pay money every month. The majority of many MLM’s sales come from the distributors buying in products and not consumers. This makes the distributors also the customers and that makes for a lot of people barely making money, breaking even or losing money every month.
Examples of MLM Network Marketing Companies Scams:
You can find a list of MLM scams and more examples of why MLM’s are a scam By CLICKING HERE and learning more about MLM/Network Marketing.
Below Are Some Things To Look For When Deciding To Try To Make Money Online That Draws You In So You Decide To Go For It And Want To Check It Out.
The above scams are just flat-out scams that find you and try to take your money, but they’re others that are much more sneaky. The scams below are ones that many will decide to go to after maybe seeing something and then get sold on all the hype and dreams and get scammed after being lied to.
So before going to a site that has bold claims of making money, below are a few things to look for before pulling the trigger.
So if you find yourself on a questionable website and you’re not sure if it’s a scam, Below are some indicators that it could be a scam…
- Psychological Magic?! – You know that old saying “all sizzle no steak.”.. Well it couldn’t be any more true with scams, when you see a person talking about helicopters, jets, fast cars and big houses typically they’re trying to use the old magicians trick and redirect your focus.
They want you to forget about the work involved and the quality & content of their program they’re selling and shift your focus to positive thinking about that dream life that you see in the video.
For Example: Imagine, if I had a video about floating in space, talking about Mars and Earth 2.0 and just getting you to focus on how much fun it is, how many friends you will have afterwards and how I’m the first person to ever take someone with me…. and because I’m super close friends with Elon Musk I have been able to lock in an unbelievibly low price of just $200 dollars but you must act now, seats are limited on my rocket…once you give me money, I just ignore you completely or tell you that “your all set and all you need to do now is just get accepted and go through NASA training.”
My point, although terrible illustrates scammers sell their business or products, as they’re typically leaving out a huge part of the course. It’s the old trick of getting you to focus on the shiny things and wanting you to forget about all that technical stuff and just pull the trigger.
As long as a buyer has a tiny belief that something might be true, you can’t help but want to see what happens.Then they can make you feel like it will work itself out, as long as you believe it, you can do it. The problem is many are too busy or tried to do further research and that scam site can hook a lot of people using hype and telling you exactly what you want to hear.
- Upsell Or Die- Programs that are borderline scams tend to abuse upsells and make you feel like it will almost not even work if you don’t get the up-sells. Or they’re aggressive in any way with sales or contacting you and trying to hard sell or close you. There’s really nothing wrong with upsells as it’s normal for a business to want to sell you on related things and contacting you with messages if your signed up to their email list is not what I’m talking about.
The abuse of upsells is just one more indicator to look out for, businesses can have upsells just not tons of them as that is a red flag. Also when they use sales and make you feel like it’s easy then later you see there’s an unforseen, unrealistic hurdle that was buttered over or left out and you need this special up sell to give yourself a huge edge over the competition and carry out what they said the first product would do… But they will claim that the up sell product will produce better results without astronomical amounts of work online. (Side note: upsells are normal and legitimate sites do this but when they leave out a big chunk to focus on their Ferrari’s then chances are this one is a scam)
- Loads Of Exit Popups: If you see the abuse of pop ups and exit pop ups you could be dealing with a make money online scam. In my opinion the stronger the exit pop up on a website typically means the more it’s looked at as a scam. Again this is not a for sure sign of a scam, a clean site that has an exit pop asking if you want to sign up for a free product and get on a mailing list is not abuse. Abuse is constantly having a pop up after you have exited out of one already and then when you leave it says WAIT! again and gets stuck.
- No Real Concrete Info On What Your Doing: Never join programs that don’t really tell you what you’re doing when you sign up. If the video and all the pictures are of nice cars an houses making you believe that you can make easy money and have what they have if you just follow what they’re saying. They’re just trying to say anything just to get you to take the bait.
A real program is going to concentrate on what you need to do to execute a task, plain and simple. If someone is giving you good information on something they really don’t need to show you haw neat their house is in the background.
- Auto Play Video With No Rewind Or Fast Forward: This is another one that does not always mean it’s a scam but when you find yourself on a website and you already have that gut feeling it’s a scam and the stuff they say is questionable and they have a forced autoplay video that promises the moon and does not allow you to fast forward or rewind, and keeps telling you to sit tight until the end, this is just another indicator that the site and the legitimacy of the product they’re selling is questionable.
- Claims It’s Totally Free But Then You See That It Costs Money: If it seems free all the way to the end and then suddenly you have to pay something to make it work or to pay fees to make the free product work, then it is likely it’s a scam. Also if they claim that it’s free for just clicking and surfing the web or doing trial freebie offers you will still typically need to enter your credit card to sign up for offers just to be qualified to get paid. Many times you get busy trying to learn the program that you forget to cancel these trial offers and you can wind up getting charged a lot more than you bargained for. A lot of times these trial offers are also very tricky. To qualify you have to try it out for a certain period making it hard to cancel just in time to get credit but not too late so that you get charged.
- Claims No Experience Necessary But Really You Need Experience To Make It Work: This can make you feel dumb and think that it’s your fault and you couldn’t figure it out and unless you already know your good at something, you wouldn’t know if the course didn’t teach you or you just couldn’t figure it out. They leave out big things that are needed to succeed and they’re not clear at first glance until after you have already tried the course for a few months.
They will make tons of claims in the beginning saying things like:
“You don’t have to know anything except how to turn on your computer”
“You Just need an internet connection and the work is basically done for you”
“You can even do this without a computer”
“We give you a web page and you do nothing but walk to your mailbox and cash the huge checks”
“there is no work required set it and forget it makes money while you sleep”
All the types of sayings above are examples of how scam sites will tell you loads of things like that before you buy and then after your hit with a reality check as it does take some knowledge and some training and a computer and you have to put in some time and effort. The problem is telling people the truth is a lot harder work than just telling them what they want to hear.
Sadly enough we do this everyday of our lives and that’s why I think that saying what people want to hear and not the truth still works to this day at selling people scams. Just think when you go to someones house for dinner even if you thought it was terrible would you really want to go and tell them or would you just most likely tell them what they want to hear.
Again I’m terrible at giving example sometimes but you get the point I hope. So when someone tells you the real work and dedication it will take to make something happen it does not sell nearly as well as saying sign up with no money and have 1k in your bank by next week, I guarantee it or I will give you your money back.
As these scammers feel that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
- Poor Support Or No Support: if you are on a site that you’re not sure is a scam, try asking questions to see how easy it is to find the contact info and who answers it and how fast. Does the owner himself answer your questions or is it an outsourced customer service. Now just because they may have a contact page and they answer back promptly, doesn’t automatically make them legitimate. If you have a weird feeling about it just start as a fake person and test it out and talk to the people and see what they try to get you to do, just don’t give them money.
There’s scams like Binary Book that make it look like they have good customer service but those customer service guys are really jut crafty con artists that separate you from your money, then make it really difficult to get back. Once you get a hold of the support make sure to ask some questions that if they answer them correctly you know they’re legit.. Like how will you get money, what restrictions and hidden rules and refunds etc.
- Fake looking testimonials: If there is a bunch of cheery looking six figure and million dollar earners prominently displayed for you to see is another indicator of a scam. This is to give you the same feeling as when you see lottery winner you think if it happened to them it could happen to you.
If you see pictures or videos explaining how they made loads of cash in 60 days thanks to a certain program and it seems to good to be true, 9.8 times out of 10 it is. The thing is if you wait you will be fine, if the offer is only for 24 hours it’s nothing more than a gamble or lottery.
Never Fall For Make Money Online Scams Again By Knowing What To look For
9 Things To Help safeguard You From Make Money Online Scams
If you are looking to keep yourself from joining another scam then you can try a few simple things to protect you from making bad decisions.
#1 Say It Out Loud To A Friend Or Blunt Family Member – Try repeating the opportunity to others out loud. If you say the opportunity out loud (without all the glitz and glamour and video selling you on it) to another person it starts to sound really ridiculous unless it’s a good solid program with a real system that’s workable.
#2 Don’t Pull The Trigger By Yourself: Make sure you don’t make the decision by yourself if your unsure. If the opportunity is so good you can choose to do it after your friends leave but having others around you looking at the same thing can help put things into perspective and help you make a rational decision. Get the most trusted person and not just some person who is just skeptical about everything but not the super positive about everything friend.
#3 The First 48: Before purchasing anything that you’re not 100% confident about if it;s a scam or not. If you really feel like you will need it then just wait 48 hours and think about it. Just research the program and copy the name into google and search forums and see what others have said. look for negative reviews with valid points beyond people just saying “the course is stupid and doesn’t teach anything” or general statements than typically have no weight, if you see more than two or three of the same complaint it’s usually true. After waiting just 48 hours will make a big difference as you really decide if you need something or just want something. Also if a course is trying to pressure you to buy now or it may be gone forever type thing then still wait as scarcity closes are not always but typically are scams.
#4 Ask yourself Does What They Claim Seem Realistic: Say in your head the offer and what they claim you will make and then just ask yourself does that sound possible and realistic or does it sound like someone is just making it up to sell people.
#5 Are You Able To Easily See The Light: What does the program do exactly to enable you to generate the money? Can you wrap your head completely around it or do you feel like your missing some pieces to the puzzle to make it work?
#6 What’s In It For You: Besides the fancy house and the cars that they subconsciously promise, what benefits, things or skills will you learn for the money you invest? You need to focus on what main things you will be taking away from the course or the course will be taking away your money. If the course gives you a solid education on (such as affiliate marketing ) then what you pay for it is worth it, if it teaches you to make more money down the road. When It’s teaches nothing but promises everything you have a scam on your hands.
#7 If You’re In A Hole Stop Digging: If you are already in a program “you gotta to know when to hold-em and know when to fold-em. Are the benefits you receive, for the money you spend on the program really worth it? Ask yourself after all the hours and time spent doing the program are the benefits better than before? Then if it is a better situation that when you started, then you’re in a good program.
If you’re confused and still stuck in a hole and people are claiming you need to get more upsells to make it work you need to cut bait and reel it in and try something else. Don’t get stuck defending your purchases or ego… remember that when it’s all said and done it’s not worth it to defend something that is not working just because the owner and others claim it works and it’s just you. So unless you can honestly look at the opportunity and see that it’s doing more good than just breaking even or barely making money then I would say that it was a good program and you got your monies worth.
#8 Are Their Big Details Missing: After you try to imagine yourself going through the program and you then realize that there is big things missing, like me saying to be a brain surgeon all you have to do is go get your doctorate in medicine… a lot easier said than done. Well there are programs that do the same thing and butter over how hard some things can be, then if you fail you think that it’s your fault.
If you can’t answer in your head what you will realistically do all the way to making money with the program then it may be just another one of those making money online scams that tricks you into thinking that you just did not work hard enough or you just were not smart enough. If you can’t answer detailed questions with realistic answers that you can execute, then the program is most likely too vague and just selling general info and is probably is not a good idea.
#9 Know Who Your Dealing With: If the owner of the site is nowhere to be found this could also raise a red flag as they could be trying to hide. This is not always the case but people who are willing to put at least a real picture and bio with contact info and get back to your questions with personalized, not canned responses to your questions then they’re less likely to be a scam IMO. Also do your reasearch on the owner and google their names and see if they have been tied to any other scams or if they have any other legitimate programs. If you do a search for the owner and you get nothing and the name seems fake or you just get no info at all, this could be another sign of a scam.
My Advice In Regards To Make Money Online Scams
In conclusion there is not any real set of rules to tell you if something is a scam or not you need to just know the info and know what a scam looks like to be able to safeguard yourself from getting scammed. It’s hard to know what exactly to look for as the scammers are constantly trying to mimic legit sites.
With all the different scams out there you must try using a few of the techniques above to check the legitimacy of the program in question. If you at least try using some of the 9 ideas to safeguard yourself above and as well as the 6 things to look out for, you will find that it will cut 99% of the scams out there. If you’re still on the fence whether or not some program is a scam or not just come back here and ask in the comments, if your unsure about something being a scam or not.
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