Spotting a scam is easy if you know about scammers’ general behaviors or common scam scripts. Below are 10 ways to spot a scam. Check if you face situations which are similar to what is mentioned below. If yes, suspect the activities of the one who contacts you and investigate into his/her intentions. Chances are, you may spot a scammer.
- There is potential for a large amount of gain with little investment (like payment of specific fees etc.) The whole idea of you on the receiving end of such a huge windfall is unbelievable, but the scammer makes you believe so.
- You have no clue how the scammer got to know your email address. When contacting you, he neither knows any of your personal details nor does he address you by name (at least in his first communication with you).
- There is always a sense of urgency in everything about the communication or deal. The scammer wants you to keep the whole thing confidential and speed up things in faster pace.
- Right from the start, the scammer keeps asking you for personal details and money. You are asked to provide your bank information, name, phone number, address, credit card information and SSN etc.
- Watch out for emails from “government agencies”. You are receiving logos of such organizations in emails, but the email ids from which the scammer sends you mails do not look like they are from the government agencies.
- You are introduced to a lot of officials like bank officers, lawyers, tax officials, agents etc. But you know these people only through the scammer. You do not know any official in person.
- You can communicate with the scammer only through mobile numbers. The scammer never gives you the physical address of his location or landline number.
- You keep paying a lot of fees and each fee is to clear the procedures involved to help you receive the money.
- You are receiving many official documents. But you do not know if these are real ones or forged ones.
- You have never heard of such a money-making idea or tactic before. The scammer is the first one to inform you about this. It appears unbelievable to you, but with the scammer’s words, you are lured into believing it.
“You could be making x$ in the next two weeks! I’ll give you everything you need to start making $1500/day! All you have to do is pay a one-time fee of $25.95, and you’ll be on your way to making six figures a year!”
Does this sound familiar to you? You have almost certainly seen at least one of these if you have ever searched for a way to make money online. There are some simple ways you can determine which websites are scams.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do they require you to pay money up front?
If they are requiring any sort of up front payment to use their services, it is almost always a scam. Many of them will claim that it’s for the cost of training, etc. Most of that is just lies. More often than not, the scammer will take your money and run.
Do they promise that you will become rich overnight?
Let’s face it. Very few of us are going to make thousands of dollars each day. However, scammers prey on our hopes and dreams of being rich without moving a finger. They tell us that our dreams can come true, but only if we do what they tell us to do. Our emotions shove aside logic, and we want to believe what they say, even if they are shady characters. Thus, the scammer’s greatest weapon is you.
What’s in it for them?
Are they trying to help us out of the goodness of their own hearts? Are they making a selfless sacrifice of their time to help us become rich beyond your wildest dreams? Not likely. Very few people in the online community are going to volunteer vast amounts of their time and effort just to help someone else succeed. Most of the time, they are doing it for their own benefit.
When we ask this question, we have to see through the lies. We need to recognize the reason behind false statements. For example, when they say that we could earn “$1500/day”, they actually just want to draw us into their web. Their ultimate goal is for us to give them money in the form of an up front “registration fee.”
How are they making money?
There are only two different ways that websites can make money from you: independently of you or dependent on you. In other words, websites making money independently of you don’t need you to succeed for them to succeed.
On the other hand, websites making money dependently on you need you to succeed in order for them to succeed. A website dependent on you for their own well-being is much less likely to be a scam, since they cannot survive if you don’t make money. They will have more incentive to help you make money, rather than hurt you.
Another sign of a scam is a buy-now statement like “I can’t keep this information online forever, so you have 1 hour to make your choice.” Creating a feeling of scarcity helps make the item seem more valuable. Sometimes the website *does* go dark after a day or so … but that’s probably because it was pulled by the web host for being an illegal scam.
In almost every single case, if you order the scam, you will discover that you’ll get a how-to for creating your own scam, which can open yourself up to legal issues and your internet account being investigated and terminated.
Truth is, most of the scammers usually don’t get rich on their scams, either. There are a few who do, just like there are a few small businesses that make it big.
In fact, earning residual income from home is possible. However, first there is much work involved before you can reap what you have sown.