Most people figure they’re too smart to fall for an online business scam. But if that were true, the scam artists would be out of business pretty quickly.
The problem is that people, no matter what they’ve read about such scams, tend to be trusting. They simply cannot believe that someone would be so evil as to take money from someone who simply wants to earn legitimate money with an online business.
First, you should understand what a “scam” is. Many people put that tag on legitimate, money-making businesses simply because they didn’t make any money—or as much as they thought they’d make. Understand that the vast majority of online businesses are completely legitimate, but the success rate with these businesses varies greatly. Not everyone who studies acting ends up like Brad Pitt, and not everyone who joins a business will get rich, either. But how can you recognize the real scams?
Here are a few red flags: –They offer enormous, unbelievable amounts of cash for doing little or no work. The best online businesses are quite candid about the money you will make and never make promises of riches. Expect them to show off their success stories, and be realistic about your own chances of success. –Never wire anyone money. Look out for mystery shopper “jobs” and never respond to those e-mails claiming you’ve won a lottery you’ve inherited millions from some unknown relative. No one really needs for your help them get money that’s “locked” in an overseas bank. –Never ship anything for a third party.
There’s a good chance you’ll be shipping stolen goods, and you could be criminally libel, even if you are unaware of what you are shipping. Before signing up for any home business, always look into the company and follow your gut instincts. Most people who admit to being scammed say they didn’t feel quite right about what they were doing, but did it anyway because they needed money or trusted the scam artist.