Some people can spot the signs of an Internet scam instantly, but unfortunately, they are in the minority. Most Internet scams take place in the arena of online business, and there are several characteristics that most Internet scam artists have in common.
One of those characteristics is that they like to appeal to their victims' emotions and their sense of desperation. They always have plenty of enthusiasm and very convincing messages, but in reality, they're always just using the same old song and dance to sell the hottest new products. It seems that these scammers lack any conscience at all. Fortunately, you can usually identify scams with a few common-sense rules. Here are ten common signs you can use to spot a scammer.
1. If you think it's too good to be true, you're absolutely right. There is no such thing as a one-click, wealth-generating miracle. The reality is that any online business is just that: a business. Making it profitable takes just as much work as it does in a brick-and-mortar business.
2. Lack of contact information. If there's no e-mail address and no phone number on their Web site, and doing a whois lookup on their site yields no useful information, then they don't really want you to be able to contact them directly, which is not a good sign
3. Limited-time offer. Many scammers will try to convince you to spend money right now by saying something like, “This special offer is ONLY available for the next 20 minutes, so buy now!”
4. Business in a box. If the sales page says that everything you need to start and run your business comes in one box, so you should buy it right away, beware. This is a very popular scam.
5. No verifiable, independent testimonials. A frequently-used trick is for a scam's Web site to feature fake testimonials about whatever it's selling. Most of these testimonials were written by the scam artists themselves. If they're in video form, the scammer probably wrote the script and paid someone to record the video.
6. The “secret formula.” This is one of the selling points that scammers use the most, because it works every time, no matter how much it's used. True, getting in on the newest craze appeals to just about everyone, but most of the time, that “newest craze” turns out to be just another repackaging of the same old thing.
7. The “greatest ever” product launch. This concept is also used over and over again in scams, which is, of course, because it works over and over again.
8. Screenshots showing that a user made thousands of dollars a day. These screenshots are always very convincing, but they're never verifiable, because it's so easy to digitally alter images.
9. Lots and lots of hype and unbelievable promises. If a Web site says something like, “Buy this product and in less than 20 minutes, you too can be earning $50-$60 an hour!”, don't believe it – it's nothing but hype.
10. A promise that “you can make money while you sleep!” Technically, this is true; there are Internet businesses that can make money for you while you sleep, but the truth is, you still have to put a lot of work and effort into them in order to make that happen.
Perhaps as many as 90 to 95% of the so-called “business opportunities” in the world of online marketing are scams. However, honest programs are out there as well. As I once heard someone say on an inspirational tape, the best way to get what you want is to help as many people as possible get what they want. I honestly believe that, because.Today it's a variation on the Golden Rule.
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