Ways to Spot a Scammer

With my recent post on the paid posting scam, I thought it was time to go over the signs of a scam. I’ve discussed this before, but some things are worth repeating.

The most obvious way to spot a scam is that it is simply too good to be true. It will offer spectacular results for little or no effort. It’s all guaranteed, honest!

A common way to get caught by this is when the price is set absurdly low. If the price for what you are getting is too low, often the scammer is counting on the deal to get past your guard. All too often people will go ahead and risk “just” $10, even though risking such small amounts adds up quickly if you get scammed out of it.

If you don’t understand how you will earn, it is probably a scam. One of the most common home business scams is where you get paid for recruiting rather than selling. If the money you pay to join an opportunity goes to paying the business and those above you, it’s probably little more than a pyramid scheme. You do not want to get involved in these, as the FTC can take your earnings when the scheme is shut down. Just not worth the trouble.

If the site is a blatant rip-off of another site, it is probably a scam. That was one of the signs in the aforementioned paid blogging scam.

If you are getting paid an excessive amount for what you do, it is probably a scam. This is especially common in the payment processing scams.

Some scams present legitimate information, but in ways that should make you not trust the company. There are many ebooks you can buy on getting data entry jobs, for example, that tell you that there are thousands of companies willing to pay you for filling out forms. The catch to this data entry scam isn’t what you might think.

The catch here is that it is not a work at home job. It’s a business – affiliate marketing, and the forms you fill out are Google AdWords. Then you pay for every click and hope to make sales. Quite devious, but it decieves people about the risk involved and the fact that they will not be employed by anyone other than themselves.

One of the big things to look for is how the scam is written up. Many scams use lots of exclamation points and capital letters to make things look more interesting. These can get your attention quite well, but I mistrust them.

I have a lot of other scams written up on here on this site. You can go to my work at home scams section to read up on specific topics.

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