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Detecting Online Scams

Avoid the scams online

Detecting-scams-onlineOut of 10 people who joined a work at home opportunity in hope to escape the rat race, 9 people got scammed and never made a single cent. The internet have become a breeding ground for these ruthless online marketers who uses deceitful methods to squeeze every penny out of you.

My main purpose for creating this website is to help you avoid these online scams. I can’t stand seeing someone giving their hard earned money away to these unscrupulous scams.

There are so many scams out there on the internet and only a bunch of legitimate ones. So how do you avoid all these scams?

 

Tell tale signs of a scam

 

Scam Alert 1: A “Holy Grail” system – No effort, High profit

Whenever any online marketer or product claim that they can make you tonnes of money with little to no effort, its definitely a scam. There are no such “Holy Grail” in this world that can create your success for you. Success can only be craved by your own effort and hard work.

 

Scam Alert 2: Keeping you in the dark

Products that have a sales only video and do not show exactly how you are going to make money is most probably a scam. Most of these scams use this strategy to grasp your curiosity. There are probably no substance in its paid contents that can validate its effectiveness.

The worst thing you can do is to buy a product without knowing what you are getting into. The next time a product which paints a rosy picture for your future with a one page website and a sales only video, stay far away from it. You can help me save other people from the scam by reporting it here.

 

Scam Alert 3: Constant Downsells and Upsells

The Downsells

Whenever you encounter a program or product that offers you a special discount whenever you try exit its sales page, its probably a scam. If a program or product is so good, why would it so desperately want you to join?

The best explanation could either be further upsells once you join its program or lack of quality information or contents for its users.

The Upsells

Programs that requires you to buy products after products once you become a member is definitely bothersome.

You will first be introduced to the whole idea of making money online and once you join as a membership in its program, you realise you need to buy another product to learn more about something, and you need buy yet another product to gain further knowledge.

There are just no end to your spending. By the time you realise that you are being scammed, you would probably realise that you have spent over thousands of dollars on these products.

 

Scam Alert 4: Fake or Scammy photos or testimonials

There are many programs out there that uses fake testimonials and they will use a small worded disclaimer to say that the product testimonials are not 100% genuine. Beware of those.

Product owners who claim they made a fortune online and claim that they will teach you how to do it, but uses fake names and photos to cover their identity definitely have something to hide. So please stay far away from those products.

 

Scam Alert 5: High pressured sales

If a product or program tries to convince you that this is a “limited time” offer and you have to act now. Don’t! Take your time, it is just a marketing gimmick.

I’m not saying that all the programs that uses this marketing technique is a scam. I’m just saying that you should take your time to fully understand what you are signing up for before making a decision.

 

Scam Alert 6: Does not offer support

Product support is one of the most important factor to judge the worth of the program membership. Always test the product support feature in the program. It is always good to know that you will be well taken care of once you become a member of the program.

Any legitimate program would spend extra effort to reply to all your queries. As a guide, a program is worth joining if you can receive a reply to your queries within 2 days (the quicker the better).

 

Scam Alert 7: Impossible to Contact

If a program or product do not provide any contact information, Run! Run far far away from the program. High chance that it is a scam.

If you would have paid money to join the membership, and even worst, the membership payment is a recurring payment, Bad luck for you. Hopefully you can cancel the subscription through your credit card company.

No legitimate business will hide their contact information from you because credibility to a legitimate business is paramount.

 

Scam Alert 8: Flaunting images or videos of Mansion, posh cars and etc

Do not be fooled by all these nice “toys” the “gurus” display to you. All these are just a way to entice your inner greed to want the things the “gurus” have.

Always take interest in the product itself and not the sales pitches or all the flashy “toys” the gurus flaunt to you.

Most legitimate programs will offer free trial for you to test the product. Always take your time to test it before making a decision.

 

A Rule of Thumb

Always do research before joining a product or program. You can start your research by typing the following into Google:

  • is product_name scam
  • is product_name a scam
  • does product_name work
  • product_name review
  • product_name reviews
  • product_name training
  • how much does product_name cost
  • product_name legit
  • is product_name worth the money
  • is product_name any good
  • product_name complaints 

Do not only read the positive reviews on the product or program , read the negative reviews as well.

Act with caution if the product or program hits any one of the scam alerts listed above.