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Protecting Yourself While Earning Money Online

Updated on June 14, 2015

Online crooks are getting braver than ever.

You never know who is on the other side of the website you are viewing!
You never know who is on the other side of the website you are viewing!

In the video below, Better Business Buero Branch Manager, Bob Stezzi explains the top 10 Internet scams

I have to assume that if you are trying to make money online, you have seen hundreds of websites claiming that you can earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars per day.They usually want you to give them your email address to "gain access" to their "miracle cutting edge program," that promises to bring you "automated wealth."I have three words for you: IT'S A SCAM!

No matter what these people promise, who they claim to be affiliated with, or how they are verified..


Typical Red Flags

The website only consists of one page

Scams usually start off by offering you only one page to look at. Sometimes it is just a sign up form, asking you for your name and email, or sometimes the page will have some story about how the founder of the "company" is making millions with this "system" and wants to teach you how to do the same. Often times there will be screen shots offering "proof" of their Clickbank earnings, or even video of them receiving money in the mail.

First of all, if you see the word Clickbank in association with a money making system, LEAVE THE PAGE!

Clickbank is an affiliate data bank full of "digital merchandise" that you are free to promote for a cut of the profit. It sounds good, until you realize that almost EVERY digital item in the money making niche they offer is a SCAM! I honestly could never sell any of their stuff and look at myself in the mirror every morning. Please don't confuse this with me saying that clickbank itself, or it's products are all scams.

What I AM saying, is that people selling clickbank offers are not money making gurus. They are affiliate marketers that have no problem offering a wealth building system that has never made them a dime until they started selling it online.

...the screen shots are fake. This "marketing guru" has the website you are looking at because he didn't make any money off of clickbank until he learned how to scam people too. He has one-upped the clickbank scam, and is asking you to pay him directly for the "opportunity" to sell HIS website. Remember, a thief will do anything for money.

Time limits or "limited positions"

This one kind of makes me laugh. If this product or opportunity is so great, why would they limit how many can be sold? Also, why does the limit reset every time you visit the website?

They do this to give the visitor a sense of urgency that might prevent them from thinking things through before they break out their credit card. In some cases it makes it look more like a real job, because there aren't always unlimited positions to fill in the real world. However, a website can be read by unlimited people, and an email can be automatically sent to thousands of people on a list at once, so there is NEVER any reason for an internet business to have "limited positions."

Pop up chat boxes or discount offers

This happens when you visit a website, it looks fishy, and you attempt to leave. Suddenly a box will pop up, and a robot wants to chat with you about the program, or you are offered to take the program at half the cost! This is just a pathetic last-ditch effort to sell. Click OK, and leave the website entirely. You may also want to run a scan for malware or spyware after you close this window. Remember, people will do anything, including trying to steal your identity if you refuse to give them money.

Other things to consider:

Before you ever fill out a form

Check your address bar! Every secure page on the web starts with https:// if the "s" is not there after the p, DON'T fill in your private information. Not only are you giving it to them, you are giving it to whoever else has the equipment to look at unsecured web pages. It is simply not worth the risk!

When in doubt, check it out.

Do yourself this simple favor, and look up any money making opportunity you come across on Google. Use phrases like, "(website URL) scam?" and you will usually find listings about any web page out there telling you whether or not it is legit. Unfortunately some pages have learned this, and will write their own glowing reviews.

Just make sure that if all you see are good reviews, you keep reading to make sure the reviews themselves are not fake. Some companies have even caught on that people are checking to see if their programs are scams, and will teach affiliates to write reviews with titles saying things like "legitimate or scam" or " It's a Scam! Don't sign up until you read this review." A good rule of thumb here is, if the reviewer uses dishonest methods to lead you to their sign up page, they are an affiliate who paid a ton of money to learn how to use that same dishonest ploy to sell the same useless product that you will now have to scam other people to sell.

I was personally scammed by a website that had several good reviews. The problem with most reviews is, if there is an affiliate link to promote, people will write glowing reviews of the product, and add their referral link to it whether the product is actually making them anything or not.

Usually yahoo answers will have legitimate answers about anything, but nowadays you really can't be too careful, so your best bet is to steer clear of just about anything with an affiliate link involved, unless you know for sure that you never have to pay anything to use the program, even as a voluntary option.

Trust your instincts.

If you're not sure, don't do it. It's that simple.


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    • zionsphere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      You are correct about clickbank Ruth. But the money making systems that are sold there are all scams. There are other items that they sell that aren't scams at all ... But the clickbank Gurus are people who have been scammed by another "clickbank guru".

      There is nothing wrong with signing up for a free clickbank account and selling digital products. long as those products are not "clickbank money making systems."

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      6 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      While I agree that you have good points and that people have to be extremely careful with digital products, I would also like to point out that it is not fair to bash Clickbank itself. Clickbank is only a platform that marketers use to sell their digital products. Therefore it is realling the marketer, not Clickback that is the scammer. I can say this: I do not have any products for sale on Clickbank, so I am not standing up for myself when I say this. However, I will say that I have purchased a lot of digital products through Clickbank and have never had a bad experience with them. A few times I did ask for a refund because I was not happy with the product. I ALWAYS got a refund immediately, no questions asked. I would like to end this comment by asking if you could possibly insert in your article above something about how others should research each product thoroughly before they buy through Clickbank, etc. If you researched online, you would see that Clickbank is the #1 trusted online seller of digital products. Sorry for the rant, but I just felt your article was a bit biased and slightly unfair... no offense meant, I trust you will do a bit of research and perhaps edit your hub slightly :) Thank you for your consideration ~ Ruth

    • zionsphere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you for passing it on! I truly appreciate you working to get this information out to more people. I firmly believe that it IS possible to make money online, if you are willing to put in an HONEST effort. Huppages is one of the better money making systems out there. It takes a lot of effort to be successful, but for the chance to make money at home shareing information about the things you love, it is more than worth any effort involved.

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      Wow! what good information. Your tip:

      Check your address bar! Every secure page on the web starts with https:// if the s is not there after the p, DON'T fill in your private information. Not only are you giving it to them, you are giving it to whoever else has the equipment to look at unsecure web pages. It's simply not worth the risk!

      This is fantastic and a good reminder to all of us to be careful. With so many identity scams, it pays to be very careful when entering your personal information or email anywhere.

      I'm passing this one on!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the very wise advice. I worry every single time I go online and I try to be aware of anything that seems untoward.

    • Rhayah profile image


      8 years ago from Here, there, everywhere =)

      Great article and it is always good to be reminded of the real dangers that are out there on the world wide web.

      I look forward to reading more from you.

      Btw, thanks for the post and for your support, really do appreciate it =)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, great article, I never even thought about the http thing! so I will remember that in future, I think the worse ones are when they say for example, there is something wrong with your bank and then name it, please sign in, etc! yeah right! as if! lol rated up and thanks!

    • gvannorman150 profile image


      8 years ago from Newark, New York

      Unfortunately there are scammers in this world. It seems that people are always looking for the easy way out. Or the easiest way to my money. But, if you take the proper steps you can protect yourself and feel safe online.

      Thanks for this information it is very useful.

    • iamageniuster profile image


      8 years ago

      This is very true. There are many scammers out there.

    • zionsphere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Oregon

      I agree with you that traffic means money. But the amount of time, money and effort it takes for theses "money making programs" to work is rarely ever worth it. Not to mention... it is usually the system itself, or some all but useless product that you are selling to make that dime. There are better ways to make money online that don't require you to scam people out of hundreds of dollars and years of effort for little in return.

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      Information Ninja 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Well there are automated money systems and they do work but that doesn't mean the dont require work. Any money making program will require traffic. Without traffic you will never make a time. Once you have figured out how to get lots of traffic making money becomes the easy part.

    • Karen Bell profile image

      Karen Bell 

      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Very good article. There are so many scams out there, people need to be warned!


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