How Can I Make Money Online Without Being Scammed
I have been scammed a few times in the past before I found the legit online programs that work. I was extremely frustrated and I often asked myself “How Can I Make Money Online Without Being Scammed?”.
Everyone makes mistakes. For many of us, the silliest ones occur when we are inexperienced and financially desperate. Scammers often prey on people’s hopes and dreams, so always use common sense to avoid scams.
Over the years, I made a lot of mistakes. I gathered what I have learned in the past and decided to share them in this post today.
I am an affiliate marketer. I certainly agree that there are enormous opportunities (cash) on the internet and everyone is crazy about making money online. However, it is difficult to identify the legitimate ones if you are new in this industry.
I have been through the painful process. In this article, I will go over different types of scams that exist in the market and how you can avoid getting caught up in them.
Before you sign up for any online opportunity, please make sure you go through the checklist in this article.
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How Can I Make Money Online Without Being Scammed
#1 Fake Income Proof
Some income proofs are genuine. Some products publish their income reports too and they are legit. The tricky part is you will not know if those proofs or reports are doctored until you try them.
The statistic shows that out of 60 making-money-online platforms, only one is legit. It is very common to see photoshopped income reports and edited bank statements on their “success” stories.
Remember my previous review (reveal) on Take Surveys for Cash by Jason White? The paycheck was photoshopped unprofessionally (see image below).
There are even cases where scammers create fake cloned websites that look like real PayPal accounts. Because by doing that, they could navigate through their accounts and show you the fake statements on either webinars or videos.
Yes, some scammers can be very professional and they are willing to invest time and effort to create illusions. All these for your hard earned money!
#2 Ridiculous Up-sells
Up-sells are quite common for affiliate marketing programs. Whenever you sign up for an online affiliate program, be very cautious about their products.
Let me give you a prime example of affiliate marketing company that offers a series of upsells, $5k Formula System.
Once you sign up and buy their product for $5.95, Matthew Neer will start bombarding you with other products. He will try to convince you to have all the other five products (a total of $675.90) to get the full potential of the “system” you initially paid for.
Typically, these scams will tell you the basic package that you have just purchased is useless and it has to be “complimented” with the other features (or packages).
You will be persuaded to get a bunch of products after the initial payment. It is almost immediate. Sometimes, they will tempt you with their so-called “secret cookbook” that will earn you a lucrative income online.
They will probably show you how much each package costs. When they sum up all these individual packages, it usually costs you significantly more than what you can get during their promotional periods.
For example, Ultimate Instant Affiliate by Gary Boardman. He claims that you will only need to pay $11.95 for all the modules that cost $682 in total.
Hence, it is advisable not to pay for things you do not know unless you are well informed about the products that you are going to buy.
Most legitimate products allow you to try them for free before you pay for them.
#3 Get Rich Quick Scheme
If you come across a program that over-promises that you can make a lot of cash within a week or a month by using their secret programs. Ignore them and move on.
Well, let’s just think about it. If there is such a wonderful program in the market, we will not be hearing any poverty problems anymore.
Can you really believe there is such a brilliant system that can turn you into a millionaire within a month? Personally, I don’t.
Would you share with other people how to do that if you have a money generator with you?
Those scammers make their money from selling you their empty promises, not with any “product” or special “system” they are using. Simply put, you are their “product”.
Let me give you some typical examples. I bet you have heard many unscrupulous claims like:-
“You don’t need to put in any effort to make money online”
“You don’t need to know anything about the internet marketing”
“You don’t need to know anything to make money”
I like the following one the most.
“No work required!”
If you come across some sort of claims above, run!
Want to see some examples? Guaranteed Payouts makes this claim on their official website. See snapshot below. I don’t believe in free lunch. Can you believe this system can make you $400 without having to do anything?
A real scheme has a real business plan, a strategy, and a solid plan.
If a program sounds too good to be true, I suggest you do a thorough research and don’t let the scam artists dupe you.
If you’re financially stressed, frustrated, etc. you’re more likely to fall for fraud, especially those with these unrealistic claims.
Put your emotions aside when evaluating email, online offers, or advertisements.
#4 Lacking Information
If you can’t find any information about a product or contact details of a company. It is most probably a scam.
A genuine product always shows you how they can solve your problems. A legitimate product or service provider will always invest in trying to showcase their capabilities and how they can help you.
To identify if it is a scam, an obvious sign is you will not be able to find any contact information on their home page. If you can’t find their email address, company address or phone number, forget it!
For example, Rich Jerk is one of the biggest scams on the internet. They don’t explicitly tell you how they can help you to become a successful affiliate marketer. All they’re doing is showing you all the lavish pictures of fancy cars and sexy girls by the pool.
Another example is Guaranteed Payouts, on their home page, you will never find their contact details and product information. All they have on their site is a video that over-promises you lots of money without having to work.
#5 No Free Trial
This is the most common tactic used by the internet scammers.
First, they will not reveal what you are going to get prior to swiping your credit card.
You will have to sign up and pay for the initial start up fee to access to any product information.
Some companies require you to pay an upfront fee in order to sell their products. Some companies have a variety of products that you can promote on your site, but with the condition that you will have to make a purchase of the product that you are going to promote.
For example, Traffic Authority only allows you to earn commissions of product A only if you have already bought it. Most of the time, they are not cheap.
This is an honest website’s way of promising to protect your information.
If you see this written openly on their website, it is most probably worth looking into their products.
When this is written on their homepage, it becomes a legal binding. You can file a lawsuit if your information is shared with any other external parties.
Normally, the scams will avoid putting this down on their websites.
For example, Jobrize does not have this on their website.
#7 No Response
If you do happen to find a website that is offering you a great product. First, check if the support from the site is real.
If you could easily find the contact details on their home page, try to drop them an email or make a phone call.
I personally think this is the best way to find out if the product (or the company) exists. If you don’t receive any response within 48 hours, forget it.
If they response quick and their answers are professional, you can proceed and do a thorough research on the company.
#8 Lavish Pictures
I particularly like this one. I love to see those pictures with fancy cars, big cruises and mansions that try to convince you could be one of them.
I have seen worse than the above, Rich Jerk even has a few sexy ladies walking around by the pool. Gosh, that makes me puke.
That is how they attract your attention. I find this ridiculous but there are, yet, people falling into their traps.
#9 Limited Quantity Threats
“Only 30 minutes left. Buy now!” or “Only 10 seats left. Buy now!”
I wonder why they want to limit their seats if they can make money from it.
Have you ever wonder why some programs invested their time and money and yet, they want to limit the numbers of sales that they can make?
Obviously, they are just pushing you to swipe your credit cards.
For example, Elite Level Targeted Traffic. When you are on their official homepage, you will be notified that there are only 30 minutes left to buy their product, else their price will increase.
Anyway, at the time of writing, their counter is still counting. How ironic!
#10 You’re Asked For Personal Info
There is no reason why a company needs your personal information to get their product.
If you are ever asked to provide your social security number, bank info or routing number. Don’t ever give them out!
#11 You Have To Pay For The Job
Remember this. Most legitimate paid survey panels or data entry companies do not require you to pay any upfront fee in order to work for them.
There are some legitimate companies will ask you to pay for the products that you are going to review, but will never ask you to pay in order to join their programs.
No legitimate paid survey companies will ask you to pay for their software or systems in order for you to work from home. You should never have to shell out your own money to be hired to work for them!
If it happens that you are looking for opportunities to earn money with paid survey sites or data entry companies, take note and be cautious.
#12 New Product Launch Promotion
If you go to jvnewswatch.com, you will notice a series of new products being launched almost every day.
You will see a lot of scammers use this “Product Launch Formula” method to create a lot of hype on the internet in the anticipation of a launch date.
These people make fake claims that they own a great system and made a lot of people millions in revenue. They even share some testimonials from the users (they are hired) on this JV webpage.
What do they do?
They create a lot of hype, people buy the product on emotion, and they disappear.
For example, Chuck and Andy used to own Super Affiliate Academy, they managed to sell their pre-launch products and disappeared.
They repackaged the old product and renamed it to Inner Circle Affiliate Marketing. It is relatively a new product in the market at the time of writing.
Trust me, they will be gone after they make enough money from their affiliates.
#13 Personal Mentoring Product
There are great products in the marketing that are worth spending $1,000 for a personal coaching session.
These gurus are real and most of them are engaged with big brands to increase revenues.
However, I notice there are more and more self-claimed internet gurus using this high ticket game to trick people to pay them for personal mentoring sessions.
There are many other free resources on the internet you can access for valuable tips and tricks on how to make money online.
Don’t ever trust those gurus who over-promise you great opportunities to learn his secrets in making you a millionaire in a month time.
Those real gurus will never be out there trying to convince you how good they are. You just know they are good
#14 High Yield Investment Programs
We often see HYIP claims guaranteed above-market return with minimal risk. When you see this, you should be vigilant and be wise with your choice.
You won’t be able to find clear information on how they allocate your investment fund. These HYIPs often hide this information from their investors. Not only that, these companies cloak themselves in secrecy regarding the fund managers and how they manage the money. Most of the time, you will find their information vague and confusing.
In these HYIP programs, the fraudsters usually claim knowledge of some kind of secret formula which allows them to register very high profits on a consistent basis. Those secret formulas are nothing but just a Ponzi scheme.
Most of these HYIPs offer additional opportunities to earn extra money by recruiting new investors. This is a typical scam that runs Ponzi scheme. This scheme requires you to bring in new investors with new money injection into their system.
This fresh money is then used to pay off the earlier “investors”. The whole structure collapses when the cash outflow exceeds the cash inflow. That also means the entire system doesn’t work when there is no longer new “investors”.
Often the earliest victims of the HYIP are those who are the luckiest. Those at the top of the pyramid will usually earn the highest amounts due to their seniority in the structure. Those who are the latest usually lose every penny that they deposit, as the scheme collapses and the managers disappear among shades and winds along with client money.
HYIPs are just a jazzy and euphemism name given to Ponzi schemes.
I made a lot of reviews of HYIPs and I received a lot of nasty comments from some people as they were making money from those so-called “investment” scheme. I would like to emphasize here that an HYIP that makes money doesn’t mean it is legitimate.
Some of you invest your money only to the newly launched HYIPs so that you’d always be in the ranks of the first investors, who do make a profit because you’re paid with the money sent by later investors.
By doing that, you are encouraging the con artist (HYIPs) to steal more money from the innocent people who come later.
If your action doesn’t bother your conscience, then I hope you end up losing money.
There are many scams in the market because of people’s greed and laziness. They come in many shapes and forms.
It is always good to stay calm and act wisely.
I hope this checklist helps.
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