How to Avoid Scams

Are you sick of being scammed?

Everyone road-sign-464653_640hates being scammed, but the “make money online” world seems to have the most scams. If you have tried in the past to earn money online, the chances are you have signed up for something that promised to make you rich really quickly but turned out to be just one big con.

But there is a subtler form of online money making scam. That’s the the type that can potentially earn you money, but the claims made to get you to sign up are vastly overblown. Sometimes it can be a bit of a grey area.

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How to Spot a Scam

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Once you have been scammed a few times, you start to notice some telltale signs that the offer you’re looking at is not quite what it seems. Although you may develop a gut instinct for spotting if something is a scam, it’s worth knowing a few key signs to look out for.

Here are the top giveaway clues that you’re faced with a scam:

  • They are asking you to hurry: if they are saying something like “Limited spots available! Hurry before I have to take this down!” this is a classic tactic of scammers. They are creating the illusion of a shortage of supply so that you are forced into rushing your decision otherwise you might miss out.
  • It sounds too good to be true: if you’re reading an article or watching a video and you can’t help but think to yourself, “wait a minute, that can’t be right,” the chances are it’s not. If it seems too good to be true it probably is.
  • They promise you’ll become rich really quickly: this is related to the first one. If they are telling you that all you need to do is click a few buttons and you will be a millionaire, don’t trust them. 99% of the time, getting rich requires time and effort.
  • They are secretive about how they make their money: if they’re not even going to level with you and let you know what the money making method is up front, you can forget it. If they are to be trusted, they should be transparent.
  • “Never seen before!”: while it’s quite possible that this might be true about a genuine money making technique, the chances are that it’s a sign of a scam. This is particularly the case if the other things mentioned on this list are also true.
  • Video recorded by an actor: I’m sure you must have come across these. You watch a long introduction video which sounds like it was obviously recorded by an actor. They are clearly reading scripted lines in an overly-enthusiastic manner. If the person trying to sell this particular method really believed in it then they would tell you themselves and it wouldn’t sound scripted.
  • They say you don’t need to work (you do): if anyone tells you that earning money online doesn’t take work, they are lying. An online business is like any other business. You have to be willing to work at it. If anyone tells you otherwise, just walk away.
  • Upsells: this is when you pay for the main product, then immediately afterwards you get presented with the opportunity to buy one or more additional products. The implication is then that the product you just paid for is worthless without these extra products.

How to Spot a Genuine Money Making Opportunity

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Yes, there are scammers out there wanting to con you out of your money. Yes, there are dodgy ways of earning money that don’t really deliver quite what they promise. But there are also some genuine ways to earn money.

This is why it is so disappointing that so many people get scammed a bunch of times, convince themselves that making money online is impossible, and give up.

Here are some signs that can indicate that a money making opportunity is real:

  • It sounds realistic: if you are reading about it or watching a video and thinking to yourself, “hey, this actually makes sense, I could actually do this,” then there’s a chance it might actually be a real opportunity. If you want to avoid getting scammed, you need to be realistic about your online money making goals.
  • They say you will have to work: as I said earlier, any genuine business requires work. If you are researching about an opportunity and they are honest about the amount of work involved, it is probably a valid way to make money.
  • They sound genuine: this may be obvious, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Just as a fake sounding video means it is probably fake, a genuine sounding video probably means it is genuine. Listen to whether the person sounds natural and sincere. You can usually tell.
  • You can take a look inside: if it really is genuine, and there is a lot of great stuff inside, they will want to show you it. If they show you inside and it looks good, this is a great sign.
  • You can try it for free: any genuine opportunity is likely to have a free membership which allows you to have a free look around to see for yourself. If they do offer a free membership, take it. Why not? You have absolutely nothing to lose by having a quick look around to see if it’s what you want.

“Show me an example of a genuine money making opportunity!”

Okay, now we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s get down to taking a look at something genuine.

Remember what I said above about it probably being genuine if they give you a look inside? Well take a look at the video below. There you will see a thorough walkthrough of everything that is included inside:

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Need some help?

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Wishing you great success!
Marcus.