The Internet is full of scam websites. The headlines
scream out at you that they can make you rich overnight by sharing their
'secret' with you.
There are sites that say "I am rich and you aren't" but
for a special, low price, these internet gurus will show you how its done!
You will see checks or ClickBank statements [with names
blacked out] supposedly showing huge incomes, if you start to read the sales
pitch. They will explain how they were down to their last dollar and then
found the secret to overnight success.
Or they paid lots of money and tried dozens of internet
programs until they hit it big with this program that 'really works'!
It might be 'review' sites that involves the owner
stating they have tried all the get-rich-schemes or work at home programs,
and 98% don't work, but here are the few that do work!
Whatever the approach is, the goal is to get you to part
with your money!
Red Flags To Avoid Scam Websites
Exaggerated claims. A sure sign of scam websites is
the claims that you can make $300 for 30 minutes work a day, or "The
secret to Internet riches", or 'no experience needed, yet make $1,000 a
No details. The site advertises a fantastic system or
program that will make all your dreams come true - but provides no
detail about what it is or how it works. You may even need to pay a fee
to get further information
Free eBooks, CD's or reports, but you have to provide
your credit card details to cover the shipping charges. The small print
[that hardly anyone reads] usually gives them the authority to deduct
other charges for other programs/information. This link shows an example
credit cards were exploited and relates to the scam in the point
Re-direction from the original site or multiple sites
all looking the same. Be wary of sites requesting your details such as
credit card, name, email etc. See this report about
scam websites that shows multiple websites supposedly about the same
person who became an internet success, but have different photos of the
How to Avoid Scam Websites
Better Business Bureau
Federal Trade Commission
offer more information about avoiding scam websites, and they also provide information on ways to verify offers and
file complaints. Your state attorney general's
might also have specific or general information about Internet business
opportunity scams and offer an avenue to file complaints
siteadvisor.com (provided by
MacAfee) and type or paste the website address [e.g. ScamAddress.com]
there and push "GO." MacAfee will analyse the website so you can make an
Carry out a web search using the name of the product or business along
with the term 'scam' added
on as well as going to the
website and read if there are complaints against a company or website
you are suspicious about
To avoid scam websites, you may want to consider starting your own business,
however if you don't know how, the U.S.
Small Business Administration
provides free information and resources for starting up a business from
scratch. Additionally, the
offer loads of advice for starting a business, including a home-based
If you have been the victim of a scam already, you can file a complaint
Internet Crime Complaint Center
To report a fraudulent business proposal in the
United States contact:
U.S. Secret Service
Financial Crimes Division
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 435–5850
Fax: (202) 435–5031
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