Learn how to avoid online scams through some very simple, basic steps.
All too often people fall victim to online scams and work-at-home-schemes. While some offers found online are trustworthy, the scams far outweigh the legitimate. Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to an online scam:
1. What Does the Site Look Like? When attempting to determine whether or not the website is advertising a scam, take the first step by checking out the actual website (meaning layout, not content). What is the physical outlay of the website? Does it look like a site that someone in high school might’ve thrown together, or is it professionally done like a renowned corporate website would appear?
If the site has that one-page layout that seems to trail down your screen forever, that is something that should definitely be tickling the suspicious part of your brain. Be aware, though, that some scammers are really good at making beautiful, professional looking websites. If you’re still in doubt as to whether or not the site is a scam, you can now move to step two.
2. Oh, Glorious Testimonials!
Is the site plastered with testimonials from supposed people who are supposedly thrilled with the supposed results that they received? Watch this:
“I just wanted to say that I’m absolutely thrilled with the thousands of dollars that I’ve made with this product! I was hesitant at first, because I was suspicious of having to pay to get started, but it was all absolutely worth it. I’ve never made so much money at my day job, and I get to stay home and spend more time with my family.”
Do you see what I just did? I’ve created my very own testimonial about some unknown product, and I signed it, “James”. I’m not even a guy! Remember, just as you and I can type whatever we want into our computers, so can a scammer. Online testimonials are worthless.
3. You Pay Me, I Pay You
Wow, for a small, non-refundable fee of $29.99, I can be making thousands within a week! This small fee simply covers shipping and processing fees… Whoa, wait. What?
Please tell me the last time that you paid a company to let you work for them. If you have to pay, be extremely suspicious. Do not pay them with your credit card, do not send them a cheque, do not pay with PayPal, do not send a money order… Do you catch my drift?
If you’re still not sure, do what everyone else does and Google the site! It’s easy. You go to Google.com, type in the name of the product/site/service and add the word “scam” behind it. Voila! Results will show within seconds and you can hear from people all over the world exactly what they think of the site that you’re pondering about. Do some research and look a number of different reviews. You want to get as broad a scope as possible.
5. No Work, Big Gain
Big Promises, no work involved! Right. As I’m sure you’ve heard many times before, nothing is free. If the site promises that you’ll be able to sit around at home, work for a couple hours a week, and reap huge rewards… you had really better think about this. Seriously, if life were that easy, don’t you think that millions of people would be doing it? Don’t trust the promises of grandeur; think logically.
6. Read the Terms of Service (TOS)
If you’ve ever read the TOS on a site, you know that the script is usually long and very dull. Read it, anyway. The TOS is quite often where you’ll find some unappetizing fine print that will kill all interest that you could possibly have in whatever the site promises.