Separate The Bad From The Good OpportunitiesCredit: Javrsmith
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Everyone instinctively knows this but often they forget. On the Internet, there are many great sounding opportunities all the time. Are they legitimate? Perhaps. Each time you see a potential opportunity, you should ask "what is your scam"? Practically everything on the Internet has a price. Are you willing to pay it? If it is a high price, it could easily be a scam.
Everything On The Internet Wants Something
Every article you see, every post, message, video and everything else, wants something from you. Sometimes there are display advertisements. They want you to notice them. Usually if you click on them, that's even better for the ad. Many other Internet pages want your email address. With it, someone will send you more opportunities. Maybe they want your credit card number. Maybe they want to spam you. If you are lucky, most of the Internet items you see will be harmless. They display a little ad. You notice it. It doesn't take up much space. No harm. Maybe it is an interesting ad that pertains to something you need. You click on the ad. Maybe you even buy something that you want. Again, no harm. You are controlling the process. The ad presented the opportunity right when you wanted it. No scam. Unfortunately, many of the other things on the Internet aren't so harmless.
Scammers Still Want Your Email Address
The various spam limiting laws are having some effect on the wild practices of the Internet. Spam is the unsolicited email that gets sent to anyone with an email address. The spammers want as many email addresses as possible and some scammers will do practically anything to get addresses. They want different ones, if they can get them. Some scammers send to a range of potentially active accounts. Using a program, they generate message recipients and send their sales pitches. Using a known mail host, (Gmail, Yahoo, etc), they try to send messages to possible accounts. Perhaps "ASmith" is a valid account at one of the hosts. They send a message to that account. If it fails, no problem, the spammer isn't interested in failures. In fact, the spammer likely has taken steps to ensure that any failure messages are ignored. Next, the spammer sends the same message to "BSmith". While it is a slow process, with little chance of success, the spammers do hit some valid accounts this way. Valid accounts are much more valuable to a spammer. When they fish for valid accounts using web page opportunities, they often gain more valid accounts.
Is There A Scam?
When you see anything on the Internet, ask yourself if you see a scam. Many sites are quite forward and are not trying to scam anyone. This site, for example, presents content that may be of interest to readers. Several advertising blocks are displayed along with the text. It is your opinion whether the ads constitute a scam or not. They are passively displays that you may choose to acknowledge, but you certainly don't have to. They never ask for your credit card number. The site operators take many steps to ensure that the advertisements are reputable; no get-rich-quick opportunities will be shown here. Some of the ads are from online sale powerhouses like Amazon. These allow you to easily find items that pertain to the article. You can then buy the items from Amazon. This entire web site is very open with marketing that accompanies articles. There are costs involved in hosting a site like this which the advertising pays for. The owners are in business to provide a service so some profit is reasonable as well. While this site is certainly not a scam, there are many that are.
Recognizing A Scam Web Site
If you surf to an Internet web site, look for advertising and other elements that you recognize. Many people actually prefer to see display ads on a site. It shows that the site operators are open with their intent. They are not trying to abscond with your information such as your email address or credit card numbers. Other sites will be nefarious. Perhaps they will display a pop-up window that demands your address, credit card number or other information. Some of these sites are quite persistent. If you go to such a site and you feel bullied by it, then there is a good chance that you have found a scamming site. Be careful. The modern approach is for sites to show information, display advertising and passively wait for your interactions.
Recognizing An Opportunity
Many sites are genuinely trying to offer you something of value. In many cases, it makes sense for the site to have your personal information. This is especially true for many specialized sites. Often your email address serves as your site account name. This is entirely acceptable as long as you have found the opportunity yourself and you initiate the whole registration process. This web site, itself, presents an opportunity. You may decide to join as an author yourself. If so, you provide some personal information and you activate yourself. Your email is needed so the site can provide messages to you. The site also needs to know how you can collect money so you can be paid. You can use the site, however, without registering for an account. Signing up, however, does represent an opportunity for you.
Is This Article A Scam?
Have you just been scammed now? You have been presented with over 1000 words of original content. At no time were you presented with intrusive items. There are ads located at various places on the page. You can interact with these or not. You have also been shown the link which allows you to register for the site. The author potentially receives a small benefit in the future, should you decide to become active on this site. You can leave the site at any time with no lingering effects. This article is not a scam. You know that there are a lot of scams out there. Ask yourself "Is this a scam" always, and be careful out there.
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