One of the great things about the Internet is that it opens up an almost infinite number of new ways to make money from home. However, one of the downsides of the Internet is that it also opens up to a practically infinite number of scam artists looking to rip off people interested in money-making opportunities online.
Internet scams are no joke. They can be quite serious, sometimes costing people thousands of dollars before they realize they’ve been conned. It’s a natural tendency to judge those who have been victimized by scams on the Internet and think that they could have avoided it if they were a little smarter – but that’s not always the case. Internet scam artists can be quite tricky and convincing. Major scams are easier to fall for than you might think, especially if you’re not paying close attention.
Always be extra-cautious of any money-making opportunity online, just because of the possibility of a scam. Of course there are plenty of legitimate ways to earn profits online. You just have to be careful to weed out the scams from the real thing.
If any company asks for an up-front fee, be very careful. Sometimes this is necessary, but often it is a way to rip people off. Sometimes you will be gouged in “membership fees” or “subscription dues” that are completely unnecessary; that is another way that money scams often bilk people for their money. Also be careful when responding to any business opportunity that requires you to pay a lot of start up costs to get materials and so on.
These red flags don’t mean for sure that you’re seeing an online scam, but they should signal you to be very careful. Use extra caution when giving out your money for any purpose or to anyone.
And the bottom line is that if you have a gut feeling that something’s wrong, you should stay away.