So, you have thought about finding a way to make money online. Problem is, there are more scams out there than making money opportunities. Of course, this puts you in a predicament. How do you distinguish the legitimate opportunities from the con artist? We’ve all had the same problem at one point or another. Today, I will walk you through the different ways to avoid internet scams.
Substantial Claims Of Income
Anytime you run into some system that claims to make you $2,000 dollars tomorrow or any other huge amount of income, in a short period of time, should be a big red flag. They will tell you it’s so simple to make money, and you can start tomorrow.
That’s just not possible. If it was, there would be billions of millionaires. It just doesn’t work like that. Anything you do, whether it’s making money online or working at some job. You have to put in a lot of effort and hard work to make a good income.
The problem, in today’s world, is with all this new technology that we have created. Many people have gotten acquainted with the convenience and forgot it actually takes work to make money. This is coming from somebody that’s only 21 years old.
If I’m saying that, then there must be an issue. Because your typical 21 year old is still living at home with there parents playing Xbox instead of looking for a job. You will never be successful by just clicking buttons for an income. Don’t expect that to change today.
Automated, Done For You, Systems
Anytime a program tells you that they have an automated system that generates cash for you while you sleep. They are lying, and you should run for the hills. Nothings automated to make you money. Plus, why are they sharing such a big “secret” with the whole world?
They could be using it to make themselves more money instead of you. Instead, they tell you it’s so great and works that you should use it. Just pay $49 dollars, and you will be set for the rest of your life.
I guess now that you think about it. It is automated to make cash. While they sleep, other people fall into the trap, pay the $49 dollars to receive the system, and then while you lose money, the creator of the system automates money for themselves.
This falls back into people being lazy. So lazy, they are convinced that other people are actually willing to make money for them. Wake up, No one will just hand you money for doing nothing.
Testimonials can always be a red flag for being a scam. I’ve seen, during my research, tons of systems that would pay money to actors for fake testimonials. This is a way to convince people that the product is legit. Yes, not all testimonials are fake, but there are plenty that are.
My prime example is the two screenshots that I took of two completely different systems. Do you see any similarities with the two Pictures below? The only difference I can see, is in each system, the same “actor” has two different names.
Watch the video for both systems if you think I’m making this stuff up. The points of the testimonials, is to make you feed into your emotional side and say,”That guy makes it look easy. I can do it too! I’ll sign up.”
“James Neily” in Larry’s cash machine
“Paul” in Emobile Code
Do Your Research
Probably one of the biggest tips I can give you. It’s also the one with the most common sense. Do your research. Simple as that. Many times you can avoid being scammed by seeing what other people had to say.
What kind of complaints have people had about the company? How long has the company been around? Have other people actually made money with the system?
Sometimes it can be tough to find honest, real reviews, but they are out there if you do a little bit of research. Going back to the example above; I would have not known that the same guy from one system was also in another system, if I didn’t do my research. Now that I know the testimonials are fake, I won’t be paying money for either system.
This Is Your Last Chance To Get A Proven System
If a system, that is supposedly going to make you tons of money tomorrow, is telling you that this is it. You can’t get this deal at any other time. I would wait. It’s their way of convincing you to pay now.
Do you really think you are going to be the last one to be offered such a “great” deal? I doubt it. There are billions of other people that they could potentially make money off of. So why stop with you? This is just a marketing tactic that companies will use to make you act fast.
If you have ever watched T.V. three in the morning. I’m sure you have seen those commercials where it will have a timer counting down, until the end, signaling that time is almost up to purchase that watch, jewelry, cooking set, or whatever else you have seen.
You might be interested, but are to lazy to get up from the couch. So, you end up not buying. Then the next day you will see that same commercial with the same offer. Go figure. Don’t ever jump the gun. I don’t how many times I jumped the gun to find out later something was actually cheaper than when I bought it.
If It Sounds To Good, To Be True It Usually is
Anytime you hear somebody saying:
The system is full proof
You will make a full-time income in less than 30 days
It only takes a few clicks to be making thousands
Everything is automated
It’s done for you
Then more than likely it’s a scam. There is not a single system that can guarantee you will make a huge income with those kind of methods. The only people that make money from these systems are the companies that get people to sign up for the scam.
If it looks like a scam, sounds like a scam, smells like a scam, then it probably is a scam. Simply, following what you already know and feel can go a long way to saving you money.
If you have to pay any kind of upfront cost to gain access to information. I wouldn’t trust it. Usually, this means if you saw any information first; you wouldn’t find it valuable to purchase the product in the first place.
When you go to a car dealer, don’t you test out the car before you buy it? Why do you do that? Usually because you want to make sure you like the car and it runs smoothly, before you buy it. It should go the same way online.
If you have to pay before you see anything they are probably trying to hide the truth from you.
Video Only “Sales” Page
These I find very annoying. You want to find information about some product, but instead you are forced to sit through some long sales pitch video. Many times, they are 30 minutes to an hour, and don’t really say much except that the product works, it’s “free”, and listen to what other people are saying.
At the end of the video, they then go ahead and tell you that this is worth thousands, but I will only charge “$49”. First off, what happened to it being free 30 minute ago?
Secondly, the only types of people that create these kind of sales pages, are the ones that don’t really have much to actually offer. That’s why you are forced to watch the video. So they can have an hour of your time to convince that there is no other system like this one.
As soon as you stumble onto this page, I would quickly stumble off of it.
No Way To Contact Anyone On Their Website
Every legitimate company should have a way of easily being contacted. If you have to jump through rings of fire to contact their support team. I wouldn’t trust it. I don’t care who you are.
Everybody has questions that needs answers too before jumping on board. What if there’s an issue? How are you going to rectify it, if you can’t get a hold of anybody? If there is contact information, Test how responsive they are.
Send them an email, and see how long it takes for them to get back to you. It shouldn’t be more than a couple days tops. Unless, maybe they just don’t want your business anyways.
Does The Product Offer Support
Any company that truly cares about you, as a possible customer, will offer you support before you even make a purchase. If they can’t do something as simple as answering questions and responding in a timely manner.
Then I wouldn’t want to do business with them. I suggest you should feel the same. Just imagine what it would be like after you purchase the product if you can’t get support before buying it.
This is how most people probably fall for the scam. If the company has to constantly emphasize that you get a “Guarantee”. It is more than likely a scam. Especially, when they are offering some “60 day Guarantee or your money back”.
Even if it’s not a scam, if they have to constantly emphasize that; then it’s probably some low-grade, low- quality product that you don’t want anyways. Plus, you also have to think; Most of the time it takes more than 60 days to gain results.
Low-cost buy ins are usually how a scam starts. First, they start off by telling you that it’s only going to be $17 dollars. Then, once you are in, they suggest you buy this better product for $37 dollars. The cycle goes on and on until before you know it.
You have spent $100’s or $1,000’s of dollars on products that are suppose to help you complete the originally “$17 dollar” course. This is bad business, and can suck your wallet dry faster then you drying your hair with a blow dryer.
This is why I like to recommend products where you get to “Try it before you buy it” (Like Wealthy Affiliate)
Fake Or Scammy Pictures
If you run into videos where people have to show off their fancy cars, Big Mansions, or just chilling on the beach in Hawaii. Then, they are most definitely a scam. Have you ever seen a legitimate company flash that stuff? I doubt it.
Typically these people have no good credibility and probably lack in product-quality, as well. So instead, they try to sell you on a “lifestyle”. Whatever you do, avoid these places at all cost. Unless of course, you like handing out money without anything in return.
Now that you have read my tips on ways to avoid internet scams; hopefully you won’t be the next pawn in the chess game. There are most definitely legitimate programs to make money online. Just use the tips, that I have given, to avoid losing your next paycheck to a con artist, or ponzi scheme. Remember, If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
What are other tips that you use to avoid scams? Am I missing any important tips? Which tip do you think is the best advice to have?
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Brandon is the founder of Lifeless Wallet. Created in 2015, Brandon built this website to save people money by exposing scams and to teach people how to make Real money online. On his free time, he enjoys sports, hiking, and traveling the world. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.