What Is A Scam And How To Avoid One

Don’t Get Scammed!

The internet is ripe with scammers from all over the globe. But, what is a scam and how to avoid one? That can be a tricky hill to climb because everyday it seems someone has a new pop up scam on the internet. Back in the day they used to just have chain letters and of course Don Lepre. But now, the net is so inundated with hustles disguised with flashy websites, you have to be a lead detective to figure out what’s real and what’s b.s.

We are all targets of scammers and that’s what makes them so vile. It doesn’t matter if you’re 90 years old, somebody will try to hustle you if they think they can get a buck out of you.

Why is this in my opinion? The economy sucks. People don’t respect the law as much anymore. And they don’t believe in the old way of thinking of working 30 years and retiring. People want what they want and they want it now. And that’s in my opinion why there are so many scams everywhere.

So, what do you do? Uh…well…don’t respond for one. And if you do respond ask a load of questions. Because a scammer will usually back off if you sound like you know what you’re talking about.

Take a look at this article on the top sophisticated scams.

Do Your Research!

The industry of affiliate marketing is also ripe with scams. I have been in the industry for about 5 years now and have seen a lot of hustles. But the problem is the people who fall for scams are the most vulnerable. I have almost fallen victim a few times in the past but have a good eye for garbage at this point.

So, I’ll let you in on what I think are red flags for scams.

  1. Low priced one time programs. You know, the push button hustles that promise you the world. Stay clear.
  2. Constant upselling. Yes, that’s a big one. If you’re being hounded to “Upgrade” constantly chances are it’s a scam with your wallet or purse as the catch of the day.
  3. Phone marketers. I know some of these calls are from legit companies but in my book they fall under instant scam. Whether it’s upgraded cable or phone service I stay clear.
  4. Online marketing help. Some of these websites are ok but if you are being sold something like high priced SEO services, stay clear. You can do SEO on your own with WordPress and watching videos and reading articles.
  5. High priced learning programs. Yep another scam. Most online work can be learned on your own. If they are charging 500.00 or more to learn something like affiliate marketing, go the other way.
Focus On Goals, Not Just Anything!

Granted some of the training you may find online is legit even in affiliate marketing but even that can be learned on your own. Just watch some videos and read a lot. Platforms that offer a service like web building, keyword tools and updated learning platforms are usually legit. But, do your homework, not every thing is as it appears.

The economy is struggling right now and that’s a given. How we get through this is entirely something else. But rest assured the bottom of the barrel scammers are hard at work trying to get your hard earned cash.

If you want to report an internet scam go here.

Let me know about any scams you have run across and how you dealt with them. Also if you have a questions, comments, rants, whatever, just post them below in comments. I love hearing from readers!

4 thoughts on “What Is A Scam And How To Avoid One”

  1. Wonderful information you provided about how to avoid scams!  Unfortunately, there are many scams out there today and it’s difficult at times knowing who to trust to get your information from.  

    I love how you mentioned that by doing your own homework and research you can learn SEO about how to build a lucrative affiliate marketing business.  There’s a ton of free information out there from books, to YouTube, Google, etc.  There’s also wonderful training programs that are legit, honest, and won’t scam you but truly try to help you succeed.

    You are adding so much value to your readers by sharing this information and spreading awareness about how to avoid scams online today or red flags to look for.  Thank you for sharing!

  2. Am glad you raised this to everyone, it is very easy for one to fall victim of these scammers, they explore every available opportunity they see. There is a lot of information nowadays in the net about anything free of charge or with very little charges. One needs to enquire first and ask questions if in doubt, I really like your statement because this scares away scammers once they realise that you know what you are talking about. Great piece of advice!!!


  3. Dave I just love what you did to your site. It is definitely appealing and has a wow factor. I’m in the Affiliate Marketing niche but I’m speechless to witness what you have done to your site. I spent some time in the military too, so I thank you for your service. I want what you have, I was going to ask you about your theme, but then I read your bio and found the webpage at the bottom of your site, Dave you have a sensational site, congratulations, you did an awesome job. I’m so impressed that I bookmarked your site to check it out. How much do you charge?, I’m an IT guy but I recognize  a true professional when I see one. 

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