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.
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.
- Low priced one time programs. You know, the push button hustles that promise you the world. Stay clear.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!