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How Do You Spot A Scam

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									How Do You Spot A
     Scam?
     Brought to you by:

       Margaret Ortiz
     Affilorama Jetpack
It’s not always easy to spot a scam. Many times, checking with the BBB and
other resources simply is not sufficient because the scam is too new. But
when you are looking for a work at home opportunity of any kind, it helps to
know what red flags to be aware of, whether in a job or business
opportunity.

The first rule of thumb is can you follow the money? That is, can you figure
out how the company will be earning money from your efforts? If you’re
offering lifetime free services to someone and earning a large commission
every time someone signs up, where does the money come from? It’s easy
to tell yourself it can’t be a scam because no money is being spent, but you
need to consider more possibilities. What information are you giving them?
What about your customers? Can that be used against you? Do you have to
download anything at any point? Spyware and/or affiliate commission theft
could be the goal.

Second, is the pay commensurate with the effort you are putting forth? If
they are offering 2-3 times the going rate for a job, but you have to pay for
training, it’s probably a scam. They’re relying on your need to earn money
and desire to earn lots of it with little effort to cloud your judgement.
Similarly, if you are earning commissions for your efforts, does it look like the
company you will be representing can possibly be making a profit? This is
very similar to point #1 above, but worth considering on its own.

Next, what kinds of promises are being made to you and to the customer?
Are they even remotely possible? This can be either a bad case of
exaggeration, which may concern the FTC, or a sign of a scam. In either case
you do not want to be involved.

In the case of home business, I am always wary of pre-launch hype from
marketers I have never heard of. If they don’t have a name in the business,
how do I know their product will be any good? It could just be a way to get
information, get you to download something, etc., rather than the
introduction of a real, quality product. Pre-launch marketing does get used
by reputable marketers too, but not very often. After all, if you’re offering a
quality product do you really need to get people excited about it before they
can see it. It might be fun, but not all that necessary. Pre-launch hype also
has a way of annoying potential customers, as they wade through months of
excessive advertising and spam about the product. It generally makes much
more sense for a company to launch a product when ready, rather than give
a buyer time to change his or her mind because they’re tired of the hype.

There is no guarantee, however, that a given opportunity is a scam just
because it looks like one. It is possible to misjudge, but you have to decide if
you would rather miss an opportunity that could hurt you financially or
destroy your reputation if it is a scam than take a chance on it. If too many
warning flags go up, it is probably not worth it in my opinion, but you have
to decide for yourself.
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