Beware These Internet Business Scams, Questionable Tactics & H

Beware These Internet Business Scams, Questionable Tactics & H

From Willie Crawford.

Willie Crawford

When it comes to making money online, you’ll find that there are a lot of questionable claims floating around out there. Thankfully there aren’t too many outright scams, and most of those you can identify fairly easily.

The real problem is the plethora of outrageous claims of overnight fortunes, questionable “business opportunities”, and half truths.

Scams can range from ponzi schemes to modern versions of mail fraud and online chain letters. Once you’re looking for ways to make money online for a little while, you’re sure to come across some of these:

Gifting Schemes – It’s not illegal to give an individual a gift of money but it IS illegal to try and make money with gifting schemes. Any kind of gifting “system” or “business opportunity” is something to stay miles away from, because people get arrested and jailed for these types of scams frequently.

You’ll find many people involved in gifting schemes who will argue with you until they are blue in the face, but all of the gifting schemes that I’ve looked at ARE illegal.

Money Collections – These types of scams are disguised in many forms, but the basic setup usually claims to be a job offer. The “company” needs workers in the U.S. to collect money from their clients, and forward that money on to them. The “worker” unfortunately sends the company money from their own bank account, only to find out later that the client payments or deposits were fraudulent.

I know people who have been arrested for accepting and transferring payments that turned out to be fraudulent. They were held responsible for those fund!

There are hundreds more scams and illegal “opportunities” online, but the two above are quite common and they should help you to start being able to easily identify others you may come across in the future.

Shady Tactics and Half Truths are more difficult to identify, thus they’re much easier to fall for. Some people continue to fall for these types of “opportunities” though. Let’s look at a couple of examples…

Data Entry Jobs – There are valid data entry jobs online but they’re not nearly as prolific as some of the advertisements would have you believe. And unfortunately many say that all you have to do is type ads into a form on Google, and you’ll earn $x per ad. The truth of the matter is that you have to pay for the ads you place on Google, and not every ad you place will actually earn you money. After placing the ads, people have to click on your ad and actually make some sort of purchase before you’ll earn anything.

The actual process is a bit complicated and it takes quite awhile for most people to learn. If you’re interested in understanding more about how this works, search the web for “Google AdWords” and you will find thousands of pages of information available about it. Do not however, pay for a service, book, job, or opportunity which claims you can make money doing “data entry” like this on Google or any other online advertising sites.

Even people who use Google AdWords professionally often lose money. It’s a method of generating business that requires a LOT of know-how and testing. It’s not something that a company would hire an inexperienced person to do! The pros often lose money on 8 out of 10 ads that they place.

Survey Jobs – There are also many places online where you can legitimately make money taking surveys and filling out opinion polls. The legitimate forms of these opportunities are few and far between, but many products and services want you to believe that you can make hundreds of dollars each week online with surveys… if you just pay them $49.95 first.

It is quite possible to be paid for doing surveys, and there are many sites you can sign up to online which give you the information for free. Usually however, you receive very few surveys to fill out regularly. In fact, getting just one each month is rare. There are also many places which will send you many surveys each month, but after spending 10-15 minutes or more filling out each one you find at the end that you’re not qualified for that survey, thus they aren’t going to pay you anything for it.

Many of the sites that you see advertising “getting paid for taking surveys” merely provide a scant list of a few surveys that you may be able to take. They charge you a small fortune for information that is readily available for free.

Last but not least, there are sales letters which are designed to make you believe you can become a millionaire overnight, or claim to have the “secret” to making easy money with your computer, and so on and so forth. These claims are usually based on some level of truth, but they often leave out some critical details, or they gloss over the fact that it could take years to reach a certain income level.

Many of the people making the kind of money advertised were in mail order or direct sales, or copywriting, for a decade or more before moving their businesses online. They are NOT average people who just worked 9-to-5 jobs in a previous life. If you read the small print at the bottom of many of their webpages you’ll see a statement saying their results are NOT typical.

Often, what they don’t say in their sales letter (webpage) is more important than what they do say.

For example, one money making opportunity may claim that you can make $1000 every day following their business model. What you may not realize however – and they don’t always reveal – is that they spent $995 to make that $1000. Or that they were able to make $1000 once in the last 5 years.

Many people do something once that does make them a lot of money, then they create a product teaching how they did that. They make many times more money teaching their method. The problem is that the product may teach something that they did five or more years ago – something that no longer works!

You also need to be aware that many people will make claims, then provide “proof” of their claims with pictures of income screen shots or checks they’ve received. Be aware that it’s very easy to edit pictures with software, so the amounts of money stated in those “proof” pictures may be falsified.

It is illegal to make false claims but many of these shady characters simply don’t care. In other cases, those making the false claims live in places where law enforcement is easily bribed or non-existent.

When it comes to online claims of how easy it is to make money, you can’t go wrong if you live by the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!”


Willie Crawford has been teaching people to build a legitimate internet business since 1996. He is one of the world’s leading website traffic generation experts. His favorite tool is an automated article, video, podcast and press release submission service at Visit them now.

To help you succeed Willie has created The Internet Marketing Inner Circle, a membership site where he frequently brainstorms solutions to problems such as those discussed in this article. Join that discussion for your success at TheInternetMarketingInnercircle.

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