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4 Tips to Avoid Internet Scams

If you are new to the internet you will come
across numerous programs offering promises
of riches. You may know about people who have
become rich on the Net but you have also heard
about the scams.

How do you distinquish between the genuine and
the con men? Here are a few points to keep in mind
when assessing any opportunity.

1 ) How do you recognise a Scam?

Usually a scam offers a lot of money in a short space
of time for a small fee. You must must pay something
to make hundreds of thousands. The job that you will
be offered will be easy, not requiring any previous
internet experience and it will require a maximum
of only two hours work a day.

You will be given descriptions of the glamorous
lifestyle you will lead in a short time. Exotic
foreign holidays will be yours , and expensive cars,
a bigger house, and a permanent end to the hated day

This income will be achieved usually through recruiting
other unsuspecting people into the program as your sub-
affiliates , who will generate passive income for you.

2) Are there any genuine Internet jobs?

Nobody wants an employee by their computer in
another part of the world performing routine tasks
such as placing advertisements, typing etc. when you
can get someone who is local just as offline businesses

Genuine jobs can be applied for on the internet in
the usual way through filling out application forms,
sending off c.v.'s/resumes. These jobs are usually

3) What can you do if you are scammed?

Usually nothing. Scammers are clever. They demand
fees which are not big - usually less than $100.
In this way they do not attract the attention of the
Police who have more urgent crimes to deal with.
However, bigger scams are stopped by the Police
when large sums of money are involved.

4) What can you do to avoid Internet Scams?

Be careful. Anyone can have a website under a
false name and false postal address. Anybody can
start an internet business for a short time and
swindle money. Then disappear only to open up
again under another name on another website.

What characterises a genuine website?

A genuine website does not offer money
for nothing.
It has a clear contact address
There are products or services for sale.

A useful site to visit if you have suspicions
about any opportunity is
It contains many articles about the more
popular scams.

If you are scammed, there is little point in
approaching the Police unless the sums of money
are big. Instead learn from the experience and
educate yourself about scams so as not to make
the same mistake twice.

© John Lynch 2003

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