I’ve never tried to quantify this figure but for arguments sake lets say there are thousands of online money making opportunities available. The bulk of which are legitimate. Although some are full of hype and lean toward the bad side of fraudulent they are not illegal. However just because an opportunity isn’t illegal doesn’t mean you want to be involved with it.
Fortunately there are agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that are concerned about consumer protection. For instance did you know that if you make an income claim that you must back that claim up with what percentage of customers make the income. And at any given time you may be asked to provide the names, phone numbers and addresses of at least 10 of those customers who you claim are making that income?
A step beyond the “nearly illegal” marketers are the flat out scammers. Those who want nothing else than to seperate you from your money.
What is a scam? Merriam Webster defines a scam as a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation.
The internet provides the perfect environment for scams to operate. A scammer can easily hide behind the facade of a legitimate looking website remaining faceless to all. And don’t think they aren’t smart about it either, there are experts in all fields that wear both white and black hats.
So what is the consumer to do? How do you separate the good from the scam?
To start with use common sense and don’t let desperation cloud your judgement. The old saying “if it looks to good to be true, it usually is” still rings true today. Desperation is an emotion and those who know how to play the game will capitalize on those emotions if your guard is down. Here’s an example; You’ve just joined an opportunity that claims you can make x amount of dollars in x amount of time. You think this is great because your checkbook seems to be bleeding money and you can’t find a bandage to patch it. Your opportunity tells you now that you’re in you need to buy their expensive leads or learn marketing. Your desperation tells you that a quick fix is needed but your common sense tells you to be frugal. You consult your “Guru” and they say it’s fine to take the time to learn marketing, if you can afford to. Bingo, you buy the leads you can’t afford burying you deeper in debt you didn’t need. Somewhere along the line they sensed your desperation and jumped on it. You’ve got to stay sharp.
Who’s to blame in the above scenario? You are of course. Where you scammed; most likely but it’s still your fault.
It’s important to note here that I do believe there are people out there that truly want nothing more than to help you succeed. Unfortunately their numbers seem to pale in comparison to their evil counterparts.
Be an educated consumer, visit sites like the FTC and the Better Business Bureau.
Also visit forums relevant to your area of interest and see what’s being said about a particular opportunity.
Stay safe, stay smart and promote ethical behavior in your internet marketing endeavors.
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