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How Can I Find A Scam and What to Look For

By Edited Dec 10, 2015 1 1

Scams. What Are They Exactly?

Online Scammer

If you are a regular surfer in the world of the Internet, then you most likely would found yourself viewing an advertisement. Chances are you have found yourself looking at an attempt to up-sell you to buying a product. But did you know that most of the products being distributed across the Internet contain many flaws including false testimonials and ridiculous success stories?

As an Internet Marketer, you're ultimate goal is give the consumer a product to give them their desired outcome, whether its to find keywords faster with exact accuracy to finding the cheapest antivirus software, the situations across the Internet is limitless. Online Marketers (i.e. affiliates, bloggers, article authors, etc.) are taking charge of this opportunity to these conflicts, and in conjunction with vendors, are giving the world solutions to their situations. But some marketers are trying to swindle regular people from their hard earned cash.

Those people are what I called online scammers. Affiliates or vendors whom utilize many false facts, testimonials, numerous up-selling tactics, and ridiculous success stories to promote and attract people to buying a product. Unfortunately, millions of people fall for these affiliates and vendors everyday including myself. Now the good thing is that, from what I have observed, many of these scammers make it too obvious and the scams for the product can be spotted if you know how they use it.

One Common Way to Spot a Scam

Spotting a scam is relatively simple. Compared to other advertisement made by other companies, scams can give the indication that the product information is completely false. Fake success stories, noticeable lying, promises, lazily created websites; just to name a few. Advertisements made by a well-known company such as T-Mobile give well in showing the customers that their product is the best. These types of endorsements follow these events:

First they give you the intro, a relatable situation; maybe you've got to pay over $200 per month for Internet service or to keep you're phone service for another month.

Second they give you a comparison between the two; what you could be paying for vs. what your already paying for per month, let them react to their shock, build some feeling and connection to the testimonial.

Finally they blast out the product; what it does, how much it is, what it can do, what the price is, the list from the offer continues until they give out the conditions, disclaimers, charging, what ever the company wants to deliver within the commercial.

This is an example of a true advertisement. Now the scams go like this:

First, they redirect you to what ever page or site they want you to be, introduce the product with eye popping designs and videos.

Second, the testimonials; within the videos they will give testimonials from either the creator or several different "users" of the same offer including "I gained over $1k in one day after purchasing the product only a few days ago."

Finally, the creator asks you to choose if they want to buy the product or not. If you purchase the offer, they will offer a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Now, this example is a scam. Why? the results. I have never heard of a product giving you a "$1k in a day fast" results and if I had, the testimonial from the creator would sound genuine, relaxed, and leveled. Most of the results I have heard to claimed involved many circumstances where the individual had many setbacks, emotional disputes, statistics, and investments for them to become successful today.


Ways to Avoid Scams

The ways to avoid scams? There are many ways to avoid scams and save yourself from financial disaster. Some of which you can find by paying a little more attention to the commercial itself. But there a lot more things to look out for before you can see the scam. Here are some things you must see from the site to determine if it is a scam.

  1. Is the site safe?
  2. Is the site constructed right?
  3. If you subscribe to them and they send you email, how are they constructed? Is the email one that directs the email to the company itself or to another person?
  4. If they have a video, is the person authentic and genuine? How are they acting? Do they sound off tone like they don't care?
  5. Are the testimonials to farfetched? Do they sound scripted? Truthful? Down to the point? What is their tone?

These questions will help you in avoiding many scams. If you look into the product, people and use them effectively. An easy way to spot if the site is a scam is if the web page is constructed poorly. Unorganized placing, Different fonts among each of the paragraphs, you can't keep track of the content, no clear explanation of the merchandise; there are many more attributes to see if the merchandise is what it is up for.




Oct 7, 2015 2:14am
Great article.
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  1. Kimberly Palmer "10 Ways to Avoid Online Scams." US NEWS - MONEY. 21/November/2011. 28/07/2015 <Web >

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