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Staying Away From Online Business Scams

Apr 22, 2008
Any site that promises you that an online \"system\" will do all the work for you and allow you to sit back and collect the profits is lying to you. Just as you wouldn't expect to open a business one day and be rich the next, e-commerce doesn't work that way either.

A good number of business opportunity web sites don't live up to their promises. A good piece of advice is to never provide your credit card information as proof of your age, since you could well end up paying out money without consenting to it. Also, try to avoid buying a \"bargain\" package that might have hidden fees or forced continuity programs. But there is good news, too: Some marketers are legitimate and their main focus is teaching others. Do your research; you will be able to find a lot of independent information about that businessperson.

Can you find out if you will be scammed? Will you be able to tell which home business \"opportunities\" are going to steal your money? Before you give your hard-earned money to any online business, investigate everything you can about it. Every year unsuspecting victims of these criminals are defrauded of millions of dollars, and the targets include the unemployed, stay-at-home parents, young students, retirees, the disabled and those with low incomes.

There really isn't any such thing as a free lunch - and there's no such thing as a home business that will make you rich right away. Any real business will require hard work. Anyone who guarantees you great money with no effort is a scammer. How will you be able to tell? Don't call that 1-900 or 976 number for \"more information\" about a \"great opportunity\". You will end up paying for the call at a rate of sometimes more than $35.00 per call; you pay the phone bill and the scammer gets the money.

Don't feel like you have to make an immediate decision or that you might miss out if you don't. You shouldn't be associating yourself with a business that would force a quick decision from you anyway. Spend the time now to find out how long they've been doing business and if others have complained about them.

Fraud is a crime. \"Make Money at Home\" or \"Work at Home\" fraud has increased each year for the last three years. If you do get scammed, although your investment may be gone, you may find some peace in letting others know about it. Talk to the right people, and the offending business may just end up being criminally charged and fined and others may be saved from your fate.

Online scammers recently faced over 250 law enforcement actions because of an organized law enforcement effort against Internet scams. The most prevalent such scams were: health care fraud, multilevel marketing (MLM), discount travel, website design and promotion, Internet auction fraud and work-at-home scams.

Again, how will you be able to tell if a home business \"opportunity\" is really a fraud? You will just have to be careful and think. Ask yourself if you would buy an ebook if you saw it in a book store. If you are able to avoid the online scams discussed here, then you will be able to keep from being a victim of online scams. Business opportunities offering the possibility of working at home are a top choice of scammers because they know that people are so desperate to make extra money. When you're searching for an online business to be involved in, do your homework and investigate!
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