The ‘3 Dead -Give Aways’ that it’s a scam.
1. ANONYMOUS – scammers disguise themselves.
Check the contact details of new opportunities online you part with money or a signature. Find a real persons name, address, email, phone number or some form of contact on their site. beware!
You may want a refund or help and support later. Find out how to reach the provider before you get involved.
2. “DON’T TELL YOUR FAMILY” – scammers like to keep secrets.
Do they recommend that you don’t tell anyone about the ‘amazing money making machine’? Instead of becoming an overnight millionaire, you are probably going to lose your stash of cash. Talk to people who have some experience with the internet about your new ‘opportunity’.
3. PUT THE SQUEEZE ON.
Don’t be pressured by a tight time frame to sign up. The scammer tries to block you from getting advice and making an informed decision. Don’t buy into “Last chance Offers”.
SCAM SHARKS CIRCLE THE WEB SURFER!
Trust your own instincts.
You can not trust a photo as proof of facts any more.Photoshop put an end to that and scammers take advantage.
Newspaper stories, politicians speeches… they must be true, right?
Well, sometimes they are not!
- If we can’t always believe what we can see
- And we can’t always trust what we read
- And we can’t always rely on what our leaders tell us
How on earth can we feel safe about information from a total stranger, out of a cloud, ethernet, or thin air?
Sharks are online.
When job security is precarious and mass layoffs are common, people look for alternatives. Thousands of hopeful internet surfers search everyday for ways to make a buck online. Baby boomers are surfing online too. Everyone is looking for opportunities to improve their lives.
Scam sharks can smell desperation and unguarded innocence. They target the vulnerable and naive. Oh yeah, they’ll have you for breakfast!
I survived a scam attack.
I came real close to being taken. Fortunately I was rescued before I lost my money, thanks to some good communication from Ebay of all places!.
It was a typical, sunny online auction that was ambushed by scammers who were listing products that don’t actually exist. We bid $100 on a brand new inflatable boat. We knew they retailed at 10 times that price. Sometimes on Ebay if there aren’t many bidders you can come away with a bargain.
Sadly, some innocent people before us got munched…. thankfully they reported it. Phew! I think I remember the email from Ebay said something like…”If it sounds too good to be true..it probably is”. Doh!
The 4 basics laws of internet security.
- Protect your passwords and make them complex
- Protect your credit card details
- Use a secure payment system like Pay-Pal
- Install virus and spam protection
Do your own research.
Genuine internet business opportunities can answer all of your questions. Do your due diligence. What do other people say? Are they satisfied or complaining? Read a few reviews. Don’t proceed until you are satisfied.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
When and how can you get a refund? How do you opt out or cancel? Is there a contract for payments? How many months does that commit you to? Can you pay by ways other than credit card? What happens to all of the work you have done if you decide to leave? Who owns the work you have done?
What kind of help and support will you get?
Do they have online support? A chat room? A forum? Can you ask question directly to the owner?
Is it “Too Good To Be True”?
Can you make a $million with the press of a button? Can you become a millionaire with your eyes closed, while you are asleep? hmmm.
5 trusted sites to research scams.
- SITEJABBER (sitejabber.com) is dedicated to exposing scams. Look on their SCAM page for ways you could be cheated and how to detect them. SiteJabber is very similar to TripAdvisor in that the reviews are reported by the consumer and are star rated . This is good because if you find a lot of complaints about a business or programme you probably should avoid it. On the other hand, some people who write reviews are not very well informed which makes their review questionable. Always do some extra research.
- WAHM (wahm.com) Work At Home Moms has a section with 200 posts concerning online scams. Some of the stories are about good opportunities but most of them are about scams. Very informative but don’t take it as gospel. Look a little deeper for yourself.
- SCAM WATCH (scamwatch.gov.au) is a government site from Australia where you can report scams and read alerts for current active scams. They have information on investment scams and identity theft as well.
- RIPOFF REPORT (ripoffreport.com) is a reporting portal for anyone who wants to make a complaint about any business. It’s main problem is that the complaints are anonymous so it is difficult to verify the accuracy of each complaint. Again, if many complaints are made about one particular operator, then you probably should be warned and do further research.
- WAYS TO AVOID SCAMS ONLINE (waystoavoidscamsonline.com) is the newest websites and is devoted solely to the topic. They review some well known (not necessarily well respected!) training programmes by way of a ‘recommended’ and’ not recommended’ list.
Do you already have an internet business?
Current scams to be aware of.
Domain Slamming is when you are tricked into buying, selling or re-registering your own domain name with an imposter registrar. Under the protection of ICAAN (the governing authority on domain names) you cannot change , transfer or delete a domain name. You can buy and sell domain names through legitimate registrars.
Unscrupulous dealers may send you a fake renewal notice for your domain name. Only the company you bought it from can charge the renew fee. Beware of random phishing emails purporting to be your registrar.
Brandon Gray Internet Services , an accredited registry were suspended from operating for three months in 2014 because of misleading and deceptive activity that attempted to trick domain name owners into selling or registering to them. Operating as ‘NameJuice’ BGIS resells domain names in many countries.
False billings scam.
Office and administration oversights on invoicing can cost a small business a lot of lost money. Don’t be misled to pay for unauthorised or non-existent advertising and /or directory listings. Also have in place a purchase order system so that you can’t be billed for office supplies that you didn’t order or receive.
False directory listing.
Beware of invoices that bill you for a directory listing that does not exist or that you did not request or invoices for advertisements you did not place. These scams are hoping to sneak unnoticed through your admin system.
My Best Business Model
As a committed nomad, the internet is the only way I want to do business. It is portable and flexible and fascinating. I’ve been looking closely at what is on offer regarding internet business programmes.
Do you want to get into internet marketing safely? Is being your own boss something you’ve always dreamed of? Have you been hurt by an online scam?
Drop your comments in the box below, because the more we speak out, the less vulnerable we are.
Go well from Janelle.
Founder of TheCashedUpNomad.com ‘Earn Your Freedom Online’