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To Be Scammed Or Not To Be – That Is The Question

Lying equals scam

Have you noticed how many scams there are nowadays? To be scammed or not to be, that is the question means that it is up to us, no matter what the circumstances are, and to avoid getting scammed online is up to us as well. The internet can be an awesome place that offers many possibilities. You can buy, sell, get help with a term paper, and even find a job.

It also has given us more opportunities to find those work from home/work at home jobs. With the amount of traffic on the internet on the rise, the threat of getting scammed rises as well. It is left up to us to help protect ourselves and loved ones.

Investigate Before You Pay – Literally

You buy a product but you receive the wrong one or you don’t receive it at all. Had you done the research you might not have ordered that product from that particular site.

Let’s say you want to go out to eat and go somewhere you haven’t been before and you find a place online but didn’t check out the reviews. You use google maps to get you there, you get seated, you order and the food is just horrid.

Had you looked for reviews on the restaurant, you might have known not to go there. The review may have even had suggestions on a better place to dine.

 

Beware – Scam Inside

There are reviews for EVRYTHING online. Since there are more and more people searching for an online business to be able to work from home, they too need to search for the reviews on the business they are interested in.

In order to find a trustworthy affiliate you will probably come across a number of scams before reaching an honest one.

If, they are promising to make you rich overnight then beware. They are going to charge you an arm and a leg for everything and not even give you the training or the tools needed to set the site up.

There are MANY MLM (multi level marketing/pyramid) based businesses online that are so close to being considered a scam, that they are barely holding a LEGITIMATE title.

This type of online business is basically where a person gets others to buy the company’s product/services for a commission and then when someone purchases from them, then you get a part of that commission. Like I said do the research it might be rewarding in many ways.

Upsells is another one that are commonly a scam. These companies will run off of other companies. They may reel you in by saying they can teach you to build a website and make money. Um, no that is not how it is going to work.

What happens is they get you to buy into them and they try to get you to buy into another EXPENSIVE  online business or you will find yourself having to pay for everything, the site building tools, site domaine, hosting for your site and much more to be able to stay with them. In the end, you aren’t going to make money. Think about it.

Keyword – RESEARCH

If they promise that you will make $50.00 an hour, do the research. Remember the old saying ” If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is ” I don’t believe anyone has become rich overnight unless they hit the lottery or literally had the money just handed to them. To make money you have to earn it.

So when you are searching for that business that allows you to make money working from home online, research for the reviews on the business you are interested in. Just type the product/business name in the search bar then type review.

You research a product that you are thinking of buying, right? Doing this search could save you a lot of money and aggravation. You can even look the business up on the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Once you research the reviews, if you see there are more good than bad, then MAYBE they are legitimate.

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There are also some affiliates and work from home jobs that are just barely considered being “legit”. They are tittering between being legitimate or scam.

I can’t stress to you enough to RESEARCH before spending a dime of your money. See what others say about it, and if it appears to be there are good and bad reviews compare them.

Ex. one may say they have had success while another says “Run, it is a scam ” The person who said that it was a scam may have seen that they not only had to pay a fee for the affiliate program, but that they also had to pay for a domain, a hosting site, marketing tools  etc.

This is called upsells (like I explained earlier) . While the person who gave it a good review may have been OK with paying for everything, but may be trying to sell you on it to try to make their money back by getting you to sign up through them. You basically need to use detective skills.

Listen to your gut instinct as well. After you have done your research and you feel you shouldn’t sign up, then don’t. You just might regret it in the end.

Would you like to read a review about a legitimate marketing affiliate, then you should check out my Wealthy Affiliate review. I have been scammed enough and I will not let it happen again.

My purpose here is to try to stop others from going through it as well. I hate seeing others who get rich only by scamming innocent people.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I will respond back to you. I am here to help you the best I can.

Thank you and best of luck in all you do.

Lee Ann

Lee Ann Cermak-McQuay

I am a family oriented mother and love being involved with my little ones. My husband is the best guy a girl could ask for. I love helping others which is why I created this site. I know what it is like to NEED to work and earn an income, but not be able to do it outside the home. I am now able to help others find work they can do from home. And I love it.

7 Comments

  1. “There are also some affiliates and work from home jobs that are just barely considered being “legit”. They are tittering between being legitimate or scam.”

    I believe that legitimate enterprises are known as ‘white hat’ and scams are known as ‘black hat’ The scenario you have identified may be described as ‘grey hat’. People use that term about programs they believe to be legitimate –
    or at least within the rules – but something doesn’t sit well.

    I am an affiliate marketer myself, and in my view you either have integrity or you do not. If something feels wrong, it probably is.

    That doesn’t mean that I always agree with Google or Facebook – although you must follow their rules if you wish to advertise. No, I am informed by my own sense of integrity and my own internal dialogue.

    I also clicked through to your Wealthy Affiliate review. It was very informative, and I genuinely hope that your membership is working for you.

    Cheers,
    Henri

    • Thank you for reading my post and for leaving a comment. I love your upfront honesty.
      I agree that there are affiliate sites that are tittering as well. I also agree that if we feel something isn’t right, then we are probably right. I have also been the one to take that feeling and push it aside hoping that the feeling was wrong. Which is how I learned the hard way.
      There are so many of us who may not truly have the ability to determine the true color of the “Hats” worn on the heads of those promoting these sites. Maybe they are not able to see colors. I want to change that and help to educate others from my own mistakes .
      As for my membership, it is awesome and I love it.
      Thank you again
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  2. Wowee, that was insightful, so true there are so many scammy sites out there, people really have to be careful! I have been hearing rumblings about one of the larger more known site the MOBE, I did join them about 2 years ago that was an experience, every move up was a big expense especially when you are trying to make money and at the end of the day I was worrying more about the fees, then the lessons…lol…it was one thing after another there was lots of subtle push for you to buy this and that, I got sick of it in the end. Yes you have raised some really good issue, thank you

    • I am sure you have heard that MOBE has been shut down, and I am glad. I do feel bad for those that fell into their grips though.
      I almost joined until I found out how much they wanted from me right off the bat. I knew something was really fishy about it. They said everything they could to try to get me to pay it. My first instinct was that they were trying to con me and I wasn’t having it, and I am so glad I listened to my gut.
      I will be reviewing more opportunities in hopes to keep others safe from making huge mistakes that cost them dearly.

  3. Hey Lee Ann, thanks for the insightful info! Is there any other warning signs besides it sounding too good to be true that I should keep in mind before paying money for an affiliate program?

    • Hello and thank you for checking out my post.
      There are many warning signs and they are really easy to find by doing your research.
      Reviews are one of the best ways to find “hidden details” of a program.
      Reviews can come from a member and a former member. These will give you details that won’t be revealed on the actual programs site.
      As I stated if they promise to make you rich or wealthy, or that they will do everything for you, it is a lie. A legitimate program lets you know that you need to do the work and YOU need to follow the training (if available) and implement it correctly to become successful.

      I hope this has helped you. Sometimes when we join a program we forget to check on “money back guarantee”. You want to make sure there is one before joining. There are so many programs that give you very little information, and then once you join you discover you have to pay for everything needed to build your online business. You can then say no, and ask for a refund. If you joined a program that doesn’t offer a refund, then you are out that money you paid, or you continue to dish out money that you shouldn’t have to dish out. These are known as MLM and Pyramid Schemes.
      I hope you can feel better about checking programs out, with a little insight on what to look for.
      Thank you
      Lee Ann

  4. I know I’ve fallen victim to a couple of “make-tons-of-money-in-a-week” scams on the internet. I wish I had this article to read before that ever happened. Unfortunately, these sites take advantage of someone’s desire to get-rich-quick. That really isn’t the reality these days. It takes time and hard-work to become successful, no matter what the subject matter is. Looking at the better business bureau, BBB, is definitely a great idea and I should’ve thought about that before I lost my money. You mentioned that these sites that try to scam you have too many upsells and that they promise you’ll make a large amount of money in a short-period of time. Are there any other obvious signs to look out for? Thanks for sharing and now I know a couple of things to look out for!

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