1. Big Money
This is the biggest sign that should raise your red flag. i mean if a site is promising you $5 for a click on a link, or a program promising you make thousands of dollars in a week or while you sleep, of course its a scam. if it was the case why aren't they doing it themselves, instead of trying to make money selling you this information?
2. Who Are You
If you cant find any information as to how and who to contact or who is responsible for the site, turn around and don't look back. an established business always have its contact info up to date and easy to find, because they are not afraid of people knowing who they are or authorities coming after them.
3. Respond Time
Before signing up, contact the site/company, and ask a question or two. usually scammers don't even bother to answer or respond to any email. or if they do it takes them a very long time to respond. ask your self if they take that long to respond to a question, how long is goanna take them to pay you (if they are going to pay)
4. Over Decorated
Scam sites for some reason tend to use a lot of flashy signs and big bold text. if there is big and colorful text about the amount of money you will make, rather than detailed explanation about how you will make that money, its a scam without a doubt. legitimate companies usually use a simple but elegant design for their site.
Most businesses use testimonial which is a good way to promote. but if you pay close attention, you can easily spot the fake ones.
for example, a testimonial about a product that helps you make more money with your site, says '"with the help of the x program i have made that much money on my site. regards, bill billy Bill.com - Paperless Online Bill Payment for Business ". if you check the mentioned site, either it doesn't exist or if it dose, no body by that name is responsible or have anything to do with the site. although many scammers try to have everything in place, most scam artistes (if you can call them artist) don't even take the time to at least make sure the testimonial information is right.
6. Too Easy
If its telling you " Make $2000 A Week, No experience Required, No Work Involved", ask your self, what kind of job you can make that much money without any experience or spending any time and effort into it? while there are legitimate ways to make that much money in short amount of time, most of them require some experience and hard work, unless you have millions of dollars to put in bank and make money with its interest.
7. Email Offers
If you receive an email from someone you don't know and its start with "dear friend" or something like that, and starts telling you how he/she knows this is the perfect opportunity for you to make money.... do i need to say anything about this. most people always look for ways to make more money, but i mean how could a stranger know you are looking for a way to make more money at this time, and how would he even know you? sometimes email comes from Nigeria and other places as well.
8. Pay A Fee And Keep It A Secret
What legitimate company that you have worked for before, required you to pay a fee i order for them to give you more detailed information on how to make money? and why would they be afraid if you told someone about this transaction if the company is legitimate?
9. Gut Instinct
The best way to recognize an online money making scam is your 'gut instinct'. it is a known fact that 99% of the time, what your instinct tells you is the truth. so if you have this feeling of knowing something doesn't add up or its too good to be true, it probably is. so don't ignore your gut instinct.
i have removed the gmail thing, since warriors explained some things which made sense and i realized that i was wrong.
this is not aimed at just one industry, its just a general signs for programs from gpt to paid surveys to higher stuff. and please remember this is not presented as proven fact(but 1 thing) and its just from my experience and what i have seen. its not to slam any honest marketer or online money maker.
just my opinion and as i said please feel free to add to this or correct me if i am wrong.