Warning: Busting Online Scams!

Hey, if you’re online buying and selling stuff, or just working on the internet, chances are good you’ve fallen for some kind of scam. You may think if you bought a substandard product or paid for something that hasn’t been delved, it’s actually not that bad.

What I want to do in this article is warn you, the valued readers, about scams you can encounter online. And I’m sharing this with you, because if you’ve come here, you’re probably interested in making money online. The Bad Blogger actually has an ebook out about this and I’ll give you the link at the end. For now, let’s look first at what Merriam Webster says a scam is:

[box]A fraudulent or deceptive act or operation[/box]

So anything that’s trying to defraud people through an act or an operation constitutes as a scam. The reason why scamming of this kind is so prevalent is because of high unemployment – not only in third world countries anymore, but even in the USA.

Why its Pathetic and Downright Wrong?

I remember when I started out; I was desperate for a job or a job online. I wanted to break free from my dreaded 9-5 rat race so bad I would have done everything I could to do it. Some of the desperate things I did were:

  • Spent $3000 on stuff that doesn’t work or I couldn’t implement before I started making money.
  • Wrote articles for $1 for 500 words, copyscape passed, SEO optimized (I now earn between $35 – $49)
  • Spam people trying to make sales.

I must admit, at that time I wasn’t that desperate back then. Luckily I got everything figured out by the time I got retrenched. But the reason I say it’s pathetic is that there are many people with very little money, and then most of these scams take money from unsuspecting people while they can’t afford that.

I was a good salesman. I went door to door, selling people crap. Later on, I realized I was so good; I could sell a winning political campaign to a winning candidate. But I realized that many of the people I was selling to, thinking I’m some kind of slick, were giving me some of their last bread and milk money. Sorry, but its wrong prying on a desperate individual.

It’s Partly Your Fault

The reason this is a multi-million dollar business, is because people are generally greedy, and want to make money by doing nothing, like pushing a button. I actually made an April fools prank about this. And that greed adds fuel to the fire. So the first solution to this problem is: don’t be greedy. Work. From when my eyes started opening up, I changed my motto to ‘hustle if you want your dreams to happen’. Some day I clock 17 hours in front of my PC and I’m bleeding from my eyeballs. But if you want success, that’s what you have to do.

The Numbers

Let’s look at the numbers involved with online scams, especially the one prying on unsuspecting ‘work-at-home’ wannabees.

  • Money lost by work-at-home scam victims range from $5 – 100’s of dollar at a time.
  • The average dupe is $40.
  • It usually takes an individual being scammed 3 – 4 times before he realizes that he could have invested his money in a legitimate business, buying supplies, doing research or hiring staff instead of buying ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes.
  • 90% of respectable papers run work-at-home scam ads. They have no idea, because they don’t investigate.

So How Do I Separate Scams from Legitimate Opportunities

Well, I can better answer this one by first telling you what the tell tale signs are of a scam (and businesses with bad web design are generally perceived to be so – Get in touch so I can help!). Signs of scam sites are:

  • Shabby web site design – I once was contacted by a guy claiming one of my long lost relatives left me 10mBP. This is the first scam I fell for. My blood was rushing. Before they could actually get money out of me, I asked him for his site. When he gave me the link it was some free hosted, shabby one page splash designed site. That was my wake up call. When I asked him the guy actually went and designed the website while we were talking about why I wanted to see it.
  • Incorrect grammar and misspelled words – When a company doesn’t bother about their grammar and spelling they are definitely not bothered with your success.
  • Any opportunity that asks money from you before you actually get info or such are some of the biggest scammers preying on out-of-schoolers looking for a job like ours, but look for a shortcut.

Most Popular Scams You Probably Fell for at One Time

 Rebate Processing – This scam places an ad looking for people to process rebates. Applicants must pay a one-time fee to handle account activation and training. This is said to discourage individuals who are not serious about the opportunity.

  • Online Search – This one sounds like a fun job, get paid to search the internet! Once again most of these companies want an upfront fee for training etc.
  • Envelope Stuffing – These guys want a small fee from you to tell you about this great opportunity, and then send you a letter with PO Box databases to have you send the same letters of this opportunity to others, and obliviously convert you to the same scammer. There are of course variations of this.
  • Government Grant – A grant of a certain amount is promised to you and all they need your account number for the transfer. Ask them how the weather is in Nigeria and hang up (I’m not saying all Nigerians do this – typecasting).

Well there’s a lot more, but these ones are just some of the scams where people can ‘get-you-good’ by getting in contact with you online through your search for work, via your email and various other ways.

What I want you to do is look at the top of the website. The Bad Blogger has compiled a comprehensive report that could literally save you thousands, without asking you a fee for it. Go give him your email address and download your free report – and no, he’s not going to spam you or send you bogus opportunities. He hates scams as much as I do.

Your Turn

Do you know of a scam I haven’t discussed and think it needs to be mentioned? Tell us about it in the comments below. Perhaps you yourself have an experience of being scammed you want to share with us. Do so below.

 

Comments

  1. says

    usually i got a lot phone calls that i win prizes. some kind of text messages too. and on internet, on daily basis i received a lot of mails about prize on the name of UNO and bla bla i am feeling sick to getting this. :@
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  2. says

    Online scams today are so in-demand. Imagine the number of created personas just for the use of online scamming, it’s just cruel and the victims are helpless because they don’t have a clue who they’re messing with.

  3. says

    one scam that i really hate is one from my phone operator, vodafone! i receive messages from them like “u WON the right to participate on i dunno what contest, reply yes to this number” or something like that, and when u reply u find out they took almost 1 $ for that!

    haaaate them!
    alex

  4. says

    I still see a lot of those email things where someone left millions of dollars to me. They seem to come and go though. It’s like I get a bunch of them one week, then they stop for a while. A week or two later they come back again. One thing for sure I doubt they are going away for good. If something is too good to be true it probably is.
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  5. says

    Scams suck, there is no doubt about it. But like you said, almost everyone tries to get everything for nothing. Few of us like you or me are willing to work hard for what we want, and we have to be doubly aware of deceptions and recognize their signs early on.

    Nowadays scams are getting quite sophisticated too. Not all scammy sites seem to be poorly designed with bad grammar, etc. I have heard of some netbanking scams where the scam site was a carbon copy of the actual bank site in every way except the URL, which of course, a lot of victims did not notice when they clicked on the hotlink in their scam e-mail.

    -Jean
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    • says

      The net banking scams work closely what we her in Sa call ‘Phishing’ sites, and they’re exactly what you’re mentioning. I actually went to a scam site saying they’re endorsed by google, but none of the other tabs were working.
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  6. says

    i might be wrong but i tend to ignore most emails and websites unless they are recommended to me or I find them from a well known blog.

    • says

      I get what you’re saying, but on the other hand, one doesn’t want to Google everything you Google right? It gets tiresome. But, when you make a huge investment or purchase it may be wise to do good research.
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  7. says

    Hi Wong,
    One common trick is;
    “You have won high prize,” said the email. contact us for payment made to your account.
    and then begins the plundering of the accont.

  8. says

    Ivin,

    I wish I could contribute and tell you of more scams so readers could be aware but frankly I ignore most emails and websites unless they are recommended to me or I find them from a well known blog.

    It is scary how many people still fall for scams. But even more scary and sad is that they are that desperate to find money. Or they just want a quick buck. Don’t they feel like somethings wrong when you are getting pushed into a deal or paying up front without a product to show for it.

    Thanks for the information.

    ~Allie
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