Online Business | Avoid Internet Scams

by Jayne Kopp on February 4, 2011

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Avoid Internet Scams

This post to how to avoid internet scams is written to expand on my final point in one of my previous posts “Starting an Online Business – Why Some Never Do” to offer advice and counter reasons why some people feel discouraged about becoming internet entrepreneurs.

Internet scams are high on the list of reasons people choose to avoid online business ventures and ultimately prevent many from attaining a better lifestyle.

In a way, it’s understandable as so many people fall victim to those cleverly designed websites and advertisements promising ‘instant’ wealth the moment you join only to realize in many cases they’ve been ‘had’ hook, line and sinker.

The reality is however, while you do have to be aware of the negatives, the upside is that internet is full of excellent opportunities. I’m hoping the following information will help you choose a legitimate business opportunity rather than fall victim to many unscrupulous individuals who take pleasure in preying on innocent people desperately seeking financial solutions.

With that said, the following information is primarily relating to choosing an online business opportunity opposed to ‘work’ from home or other business models.

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

Ensure the company provides tangible products. If you come across a business opportunity requiring you to pay money, yet they provide nothing in return other than the rights to market an ‘idea’, your best bet would be to steer clear.

All legitimate businesses have tangible products.

You should also ensure the products are worthwhile and provide value for the money, rather than supply a thrown-together low quality item.

Additionally, it should never be difficult to determine exactly “what” the product is prior to purchasing.

If the company is not up front and seems to have too many hidden secrets, it’s difficult to figure out exactly ‘what’ they promote, and you get the feeling they are withholding information, my advice would be to move along.

Make sure the company is easy to contact. There should always be a way to contact the headquarters and verify the address. If no telephone number or address is available or visible on the website and the only means of communication is via email, this is a good indication that you should run the other way!

It should never be difficult to reach a real live person at the headquarters during regular business hours either. It is always a good idea to have a ‘verbal’ conversation.

Additionally, you should be able to determine who owns the company. If the company is run by nameless, faceless individuals, this is another sure sign something might be fishy.

Search Google to gather additional information. You will often find forum postings, articles or reviews on the company or opportunity to give you a better idea as to the reputation.

If the negative reports outweigh positive testimonials, it’s not too difficult to figure out!

It is also a good idea to contact other active representatives if possible. Sometimes however, these distributors may attempt to convince you to join them, so use your intuition. ;-) Many times however, you will find down to earth people who are willing to give you the straight goods and of course this can be very helpful.

Any company promising instant wealth is bogus. Though wealth is absolutely attainable from marketing an online business opportunity, the truth is you will have to work at it, just the same as any other business.

Don’t be bamboozled by impressive and tantalizing websites featuring huge mansions, fast cars and money falling from the sky onto people sitting on lawn chairs holding colourful cocktails! :-)

Just remember if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

You should always read the fine print to determine your exact costs -up front. MAKE SURE you get this information before you pull out your wallet!

Many times a company will promote a low cost business opportunity, only to neglect to volunteer the fact that your credit card will be billed automatically EVERY month!

A legitimate company will lay out all the details on costs on the outset. There should never be any surprises.

NEVER call a 1-900 number to “learn more”. You will learn these calls are not free to call, and it is how the “so called” business earns its money. (On your calls!)

Find out if there is a ‘money back guarantee’… though this is not always the ‘norm’… a good business opportunity built on a solid foundation will occasionally offer this protection to you.

Most importantly, use your common sense! Or “use your loaf “as my mom always says. (I love that term! ;-) ) Perform due diligence on everything.

Remember there are plenty of legitimate online business opportunities that can certainly provide an excellent lifestyle as long as you are willing to work at it, but in order to protect yourself from the internet scams, never jump into anything on impulse,never spend more than you can affordand remember nothing in life is free!

Do you have anything to add to my list on how to avoid internet scams? I would love to gather additional suggestions. Leave a comment below!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bryan Salek February 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Awesome list of points. I’m writing a post of how to choose a company and keep finding new posts like this I want to reference. That post may end up a wiki page by the time I am done!

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Steve Nicholas February 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

Great post, Karen! I know that when I was young and naive, I fell for some of these tactics. Looking at things now, it kind of bugs me to see that people are telling others the truth.

Here is another example: a question of mark-up. I was thinking of looking at a business (I won’t say which one) that was selling something for $125. My brother had some experience in the field, and he told me that he could find the same thing for about half that. Sure enough, looking online, I found out that I could find the same thing for $70. In other words, if there is an 80% mark-up over value, you are making the executives rich instead of yourself and your business partners.

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Jayne Kopp February 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hi Steve, Jayne here (AKA Karen!) LOL… I’ve dont that.

You make a very good point and there are indeed many companies overcharging and lining their own pockets. Thanks for that added reminder. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for taking the time to come over and visit! Jayne

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