We all know that there are heaps of SCAMS out there in the internet marketing industry. 90% of all people has at least experienced a SCAM once (if not more) in their “journey” to seek for something, wether it’s a product or a service online.

 

What is a scam?


A scam is a fraudulent or deceptive scheme where a dishonest person/persons cheats another unsuspecting person/persons (= victim/victims), to steal their money.

With the world becoming more and more connected through the Internet, online scams/ internet fraud/ cyber crime have appeared, where the scammer/scammers usually use internet services or softwares to deceive people.

While there are so many ways you can be scammed online, you can learn how to recognize and guard yourself to avoid scams. Keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious cuz there is nothing worse than working hard for your money only to have some fraudulent schemer steal it from you.

One example of the many scams in the internet is the Employment Scam. You may come across an advertisement on a nice-looking website or receive an unexpected e-mail, offering you a guaranteed quick large income or a fake ‘work from home’ job opportunity that requires little effort for high returns using your personal computer.

You will be asked to pay an upfront fee  for more information about the job. If you pay the fee  you may not receive what you expected.

You may also be asked to provide your personal details. With this information the scammer may use them to steal your money (like open a bank account and use your credit)  or commit other fraudulent activities.

 

Here are some ways to identify wether the product/service could be a scam


1. A Website with no Contact Menu/Link                                                                                                                   

First thing you want to look for is the CONTACT menu/link. When you visit a site that offers a product/service, there is always something that you want to ask and expect quick response then. How can you trust a website when you can’t even reach the product owners? If they don’t provide a phone number or an email address, that means they want to hide something from you  … Better stay away from that kind of a website …

Or even when they do have  a Contact Menu, but you don’t get any answer on your question as soon as possible, then it’s not a good signal  and you better avoid them.

 

2. A Website without any Menus

A never ending auto-play VIDEO. One that does not allow you to “navigate” or have control of, that plays without a fast forward or rewind, about a product/service  and the great success you are going to achieve. The product owners “force” you to sit through their long sales “convincing” talks but lack the material to give you any helpful or informative content.

Putting up a misleading front, they don’t offer you any idea of what you will be actually doing, only keep telling you to wait till the end of the video where they will share the secret. They are very secretive about the costs of their product/service upfront , to end up with a price with a huge discount if you take action “right away”. This is a good sign that the product is going to be a scam.

 

3. A Website with Instant Upsells                                                                                                                                

Some upselling are not scammy  and some upselling are scammy, depending on the claims made in their sales page. It is the way how a program is promoted.

Upselling assumes that the product/service you just purchased is not complete, that it needs another product to be successful, and maybe another product … and another …

If a sales-page stated or give you the impression that the product/service is a complete program, then it should be thorough and not dependending on other products/services. If the product/service makes you buy first for a relatively cheap price, and then encourage you to buy additional products/services  again and again,  it’s a sign that the product/service you just bought is in reality incomplete  and you did not get what you just paid/signed up for.  It is likely just the start of a long purchasing line … Better be “awake”, and stay away … it could be a scam.

 

4. A  “Get-Rich-Quick” Website 

Fantastic Pictures.

Displaying a big mansion complete with a latest model Ferrari in the garage ,  or  it’s owner working relaxed with a laptop at delux holiday resorts … Showing-off like this usually lacks in their credibility and product quality.

Excessive Success Claims.                                                                                                                                       

Sales talking of all the “successes” that can be achieved, but don’t offer any idea of what you will be doingAny product that claims hundred of dollars within 30 days  is not possible.

30 or 60 Day Guarantee.

Continuesly saying that there is a guarantee, particularly if it is a 60 day guarantee, likely means that the product is of low quality.

Big Discount.

Offers a big discount of 30% or more, which will expire soon, and that you have to claim now before it expires, you’d better watch out.

 

Some Other Types of Online Scams :


There are many different forms of online scams that prey on unsuspecting victims today. Almost all of them it’s about stealing money or stealing personal data. They can take place via email, text message or on social networks.

Here is a quick overview of some common online scams:

 

1. Phishing Email Scam

Phishing is a fraudulent method used by Internet criminals to trick you into giving them your personal information (social security number, credit card number, account number, password, and other valuable data).

You usually receive an unsolicited e-mail that impersonates an official source (bank, credit card company or other financial institutes).  Phishers then persuades you to click on a link contained within it’s message. This link however, when clicked, actually takes you to a fake website that logs your personal information.

These email and website look very much authentic/ legitimate. Phishers count on users mistaking the fake site for the real one, so that they unconciously provide their personal information.

Phishers then use those stolen data to open your bank account or something else, like sell them on to other malicious parties.

 

2. Nigerian 419 Scam (money laundering scam)                                                                        

These online scams are called Nigeria 419 because they often claim to originate in Nigeria, while the number 419  refers to the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code dealing with fraud. These scams now come from anywhere in the world.

Scammers email you an unexpected e-mail message (It can be from an official government member, a businessman or a very wealthy family member) which tell you an emotional story about a sick dying person, or about a person who died in an accident such as a plane crash, or something else similar, having a large sum of money (which actually does not exist) being held in a bank and that the money cannot be retrieved,  bla bla bla…. At the end of the story, they ask for your help and participation to process/transfer that money out of their homeland into your bank account, and as a reward they offer you a percentage of the sum.

This email is very likely to be the first contact and “bait”; If you response and reply to this message, you will then be asked to send a small fee in advance for papers and legal matters required to allow the process to proceed … Afterwards, they’ll ask you to send more money for some additional services, such as transactions, transfer costs, …

You’ll never get the reward.

 

3.  Employment scams

You may come across an advertisement on a nice-looking website or receive an unexpected e-mail, offering you a guaranteed quick large income or a fake job (‘work from home’) opportunity that requires little effort for high returns using your personal computer

You will be asked to pay an upfront fee for more information about the job. If you pay the fee you may not receive what you expected.

You may also be asked to provide your personal details. With this information the scammer may use them to steal your money (open a bank account and use your credit) or commit other fraudulent activities.

 

4. Lottery scams

You will receive an unsolicited e-mail that impersonates a legitimate overseas lottery (Australian, Spanish, Canadian or South Africa lotteries are the most common).

Scammers inform you that you have won a large amount of money (based on a random selection from WWW site through a computer draw system) in an overseas or online lottery program that you didn’t even enter, or don’t remember entering.

They’ll ask you to contact their areal claims agent ASAP for the release of your funds, or otherwise risk missing it out. After contacting the agent, They may ask you to send a small fee (for processing, government taxes or transfer charges) to be able to claim your prize. Afterwards they’ll then ask  you to send more and more money for additional services.

Scammers may also ask you for your personal information   (bank account details, credit card number, social security number) so the prize can be sent to you. Actually they will misuse this information.

You are usually advised to keep this information confidential,  to prevent you from seeking further advice from independent sources.

You will never receive any lottery payment.[1]

 

5.  Antivirus Software Scam

You often see an unwanted pop up message on your computer monitor telling you that your computer has been infected, and persuading you urgently to download an antivirus software right away to protect it …

These pop-ups mostly looks very much alike the normal ones that you might get from Windows.

If you click on it, your system can be infected with a malware, such as a Trojan (a computer program that takes control of your computer). This infection allows an attacker to access your personal information such as banking information, passwords, or IP address.

The same can also happen when you open an unsolicited email attachment  or visit an unknown website (usually adult content sites).

 

6. Health and medical scams

Most medical fraud schemes target the government medicare program or health insurance companies, even though there are also scams that target the consumer directly as well like the elderly, the sick and the vulnerable, who often have chronic conditions and usually have health insurance. Here scammers steal their personal information (on a medical care card or an insurance card) and use them to fraudulently collect money from the insurance company.

You come across an advertisement on a website or receive an unexpected e-mail, selling “miracle” health/medical products (HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, impotence, arthritis, baldness, weight loss, etc) at a discount price or without a prescription.

It can end up more costly for you, because you usually won’t receive the products you order, or even if you do, they may harm your health or make your existing medical condition worse.

 

Questions


Have you any questions regarding Recognize Scams? Please feel free to leave your comment below, I would love to help you …

 

Kind regards,

Gerardus

Affiliate Marketing Newcomer.com

 

 

 

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