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How to Avoid the Sharks or Scam Artists on the Internet

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Posted 18th February 2012 at 05:21 PM by Selmicro

In this day of economic stress, there are more and more people looking to make a dollar from the Internet. Some of these people are honest and some are not. They are preying on the greed and the absolute need of many and are not above presenting themselves in the manner they know will create interest and sending money to their bank accounts.

First, the old caveat, "Buyer Beware", and "if it is too good to be true, maybe it is not true" all apply especially online. Use common sense and do your diligence to prevent being scammed.

How do you check if an offer is legitimate or not?
It is very easy to do a quick search on Google with the offer name or the name of the person presenting the offer. There will be many blogs and other people's comment if the offer is good or bad. Either way, it is worth taking a little time to read what other people have written regarding the offer you are considering. Of course, some might have an agenda possibly thinking they paid too much or some such problem, so read carefully and consider the one who is making the reply as well.

There are Websites that outline scams online. A simple Google search will turn up several top Websites and it is always a good idea to check and see what is not recommended.

Most online work at home jobs are scams. There are more people wanting to work at home than there are jobs, so it doesn't make sense that a Website could offer this type of job. Mostly, they want to have you pay them to give you a list of places that want you to set up an account, give them start up money for a kit or some such information, and then they do nothing to help you make money.

Affiliate programs can be a money-making situation. However, there are plenty of those that cut and run after a while so be sure you know the company behind the program. Never enter your credit card CVV number to register information, only for a purchase, online. Never enter any personal information on a Website that does not have the httpS:// and there should also be a lock on the bottom or top of the Website.

Stick to well-known companies to work offline such as Avon or Pampered Chef if you are the type who likes to have home parties. You can also work online with those type companies and even have online parties once you have been able to build up a client list by possibly giving away something for free.

There is no quick way to make money online without some work and sacrifice and anyone who makes it sound different is most likely offering to line their pockets and not your bank account. Beware of any offers that ask you for money upfront and ask for inventory purchase or paid training. There are many ways to learn online and those that are honest will always stand out.

Being an online worker that makes money is entirely possible if you check the company out, check out the offer to see if it really sounds reasonable, take your time, and do not pay money upfront for a job. By avoiding the scams online, you will have a good income for you and your family.
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