Easy money Scams – A Scary Proposal

Red Lights and SirensScams Target You .. protect yourself

The main focus here is to reveal resources that specialize in uncovering deceptive practices used by companies to recruit new “self-employed” associates in both Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) and other marketing opportunities.

I also intend to shine a light on companies that offer legitimate, viable opportunities through which you may build your own successful work-from-home Internet Affiliate Marketing business.

The fist indicator that you have come across a scam is when warning signs trigger in your brain while you are reading or listening to the offer.
If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of Internet fraud or cyber crime by all  means report it.
The best way to do that is by filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Be extremely leery ofLimited Time or Expiring Offers warning that you will miss the opportunity if you don’t sign up RIGHT NOW. Legitimate companies provide long-term opportunities, usually with a FREE introductory viewing period before a decision has to be made whether to sign up, or at least a money back guarantee if you become dissatisfied within a certain time period.

Before you get tempted

Don’t click on that dream offer until you take the time to perform a Goggle search of the company or person presenting the offer. Chances are very good if it is a scam it has already been exposed and ample warnings will appear on the first search results page on Google.
Before someone agrees to anything online, they generally seek out a review of the site they are viewing and the product or service they are interested in acquiring and the company selling it.

IF THEY DON’T, they certainly should.
People tend to mistrust the online marketing industry because either they have been personally scammed or they have heard too many stories from friends who either got scammed or knew of someone that did.
I recommend researching before buying any product or service online by typing in searches like:

PRODUCT_NAME scam
PRODUCT_NAME review
PRODUCT_NAME complaints
PRODUCT_NAME bbb rating
does PRODUCT_NAME work
is PRODUCT_NAME legit

Replace PRODUCT_NAME with any product you are investigating while trying these different keywords and you are sure to find accurate reviews to help you determine your next move.
If not, you may want to still investigate further before committing to something you may regret later.

Rather than waste your time trying to list companies and websites that are engaging in unscrupulous practices I would prefer to refer you to companies that have invested much time and full-time employee resources to research companies and report scams. It may take me some time to compile a list because timely responses and permissions to share take time to acquire, so check back here periodically for updates and news.

Companies that specialize in investigating scams:

Not everyone out there is simply trying to grab your money and run.

There are lots of real online business opportunities available to teach the average Joe & Jane how to make money working from home in their spare time. A good living CAN be attained through Internet based Affiliate Marketing. It will not likely be accomplished without involving time, effort, training and some monetary investment.

Affiliate marketing (as defined by Wikipedia) is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates (or advertisers) for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer. The market has grown in complexity, resulting in the emergence of a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates and specialized third party vendors.

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On the pages that follow I will attempt to explain in detail which affiliate program taught me how to build this website and why it is the one I have the most confidence in, and why it best matches my goals .     
To find out more click here  to advance to the next post and read on.
Join me on a journey to a new career and a new life.

Ready to change your luck within the online world? Join the most progressive, most helpful, and most respected affiliate marketing platform in the industry @ Wealthy Affiliate and don’t look back.

 

7 comments

  • Blee Nighbert

    Teddy, I found one “typo”. In the paragraph titled “Before You Get Tempted”, the first “i” should be capitalized. It’s a good website and made me want to read further. Blee Bradford Nighbert CHS Class of 1964.

    • Thanks for the feedback Barb. I went in and looked for the uncapitalized i but never found it. I also made a few changes to the text in that paragraph so if you still see it please try “highlighting” the sentence and resubmit. Thanks. You are a blessing.

  • Ted, I do two things when looking to buy off the net. If, as you mentioned, I get the ones that say ‘only x number of offers still available’ or ‘x number of days left’ I wait. Then go back after the deadlines have expired. And guess what – so far there has always been a new number inserted.

    Also, getting ideas from TV selling is a reasonable idea BUT when these or net ads go on and on and don’t mention price I am out of there. They have lost me.

    I am not easily persuadable. However I did look at another site before going to WA, the one you recommend. BUT I did set a limit. After finding the first sell-on I was also out of there.

    Bye the way I did a scam check on it but none appeared. After I left I did another and got a scam report from a member of WA. I went on to his site and immediately did a free join. That lasted two days and I rapidly went premium. I have never regretted this.

    Ciao
    Helen

  • I love the Bob Marley quote. It is so true.
    Worth is deemed by the user and not always money.
    Someone told me wealthy affiliate was filled with happy people. Do u find that true?

  • Hey Ted, I love your site! My one piece of feedback as a legit network marketer is to do your research but not necessarily on Google. Anybody can say a company is a scam and get lots of exposure because the negative gets all of the attention. That’s essentially why I don’t watch the news anymore, it’s all hyping the scary stuff for better coverage. I have a friend who used this example: enter a Google search “Is marriage a good idea?” and you’ll find just as many articles that say yes as there are that say no. So yes, I have looked at the scam reports next to the company name but I really think it’s more about disgruntled customers, miscommunication, lack of clear communication, they didn’t do their research and had different expectations, that sort of thing. It’s mostly someone’s personal opinion, and if I don’t know that person, I’m not going to make a business decision based what some guy said.

    When I research, I look for clinical studies by accredited Universities, I look at their rank in Direct Selling Association, I look for business awards such as the Stevie Awards, I look to see if they are listed in Inc 5000, and I ask probative questions to test the person who referred me (that is trying to sell me their product and company) to see if they understand what kind of comp plan the company uses. There are truly just a handful, and most of them are very out dated. If they don’t understand the basic structure, that’s a red flag. Your income should be based on sales volume. If there is no product, that’s probably a scam. If you have to jump through hoops to qualify to make a certain percentage of your sales, that’s a red flag. If your sales volume flushes at the end of the month, that’s a red flag.

    Now, that was a lengthy reply, BUT being that I’m an over top kind of person with very high standards, I clicked on your link at the bottom of the page and I TOTALLY agree with you that your Wealthy Affiliate program is the absolute BEST WAY TO GO!! If you are reading this PLEASE take the next step and check out the tabs above. Of course that’s just my opinion and you probably don’t know me, 😆 but DO IT! It’s legit and you will gain tremendous value from all this company has to offer. Great job Ted!!

    • Judy,
      Thanks for the kind and helpful comments. I always appreciate feedback from other professionals in the business. What started as a hobby for me has indeed turned into a viable business requiring extensive research before passing judgement on a companies reputation. It should not be entered into lightly.

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