As we all know, internet scams have been problematic for a long time but it does not need to be that way. If we take a few moments to find the ‘sure signs’ that a site is potentially a scam, then we will all be better off.
Keep an eye out for the following.
- A legit online business will not need a “must buy now or else”. A call for urgency such as, “You must act now” is a sign to avoid it. We all despise pressure sales. While it is ok for someone to ask for a sale after developing a rapport. Using pressure tactics is a huge turn-off and something to avoid.
- If there is no useful info unless you sign up. If you get nothing unless you buy, don’t buy. Simple.
- No Contact Information. HUGE sign of a scam, if no phone number or email address present, avoid. Even if there is one, google it and see if anything ‘bad’ come of it. If it is a scam, chances are someone got burned by it and wrote a comment on it.
- No area to leave comments, a legit business would welcome that. While not every legit does have a comment area. I personally enjoy a site that does. It shows transparency and builds confidence. You will notice that my website has comments enabled on every page.
- A promise of huge profits in a short timeframe, hard work, and dedication is the way to go. There is no legit get rich scheme.
- Ask for information or clarification. As a consumer, you are allowed to ask away, if the site owner avoids answering or is dismissive in answering. Stay away.
- Overuse of buzzwords and jargon, just be aware of that.
- Claims of insider information or confidential data (yeah right).
- If they show an intro video and the video goes on and on and on and never gets to the point, beware.
- Pictures that show a couch and dollar signs everywhere implying you do nothing and make money. Avoid.