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Scam on you!

Updated on August 22, 2014

Are you looking to earn money online? Maybe you're already skeptical, and want to check out a company or a new product. You'll find a great list of resources he

Before you attempt to make money online, you should know about internet scams and how to avoid them. You'll also learn how to report scams to the authorities. By reporting scams we can make a difference. Scammers need to be stopped!

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I know from experience that earning money online is possible - I've done it right here with Squidoo. What I haven't found out yet is whether or not I can make a living online. This is a question that anyone who's considering making their primary income from internet endeavors should be prepared to face.

You've probably seen the different ways to make money online: affiliate marketing, paid surveys, endless opportunities for you to get rich. So many programs that promise you can make money on autopilot. If these were true, wouldn't everyone already be rich?

While it's possible to earn money online, it's still true that getting rich quickly with minimal effort is a myth. People who want to make money off of you will try to make you believe they've found the secret code or system. Don't fall for it!

Many opportunities seem almost too good to be true, but a deep-seated desire to believe in possibilities, coupled with a convincing sales pitch, can lead to a decision that may bring only regret and headaches in the future, not to mention the heartache of being let down after so much personal time and money has been invested. So, if you've been searching for ways to make money online, remember to proceed with caution and do your research before investing your time and money.

New links will be added as I find them, so be sure to check back now and then ...

UPDATE: Links were added one by one, and have all been listed together in the module titled "All Together Now!"

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All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

Scam artists have probably existed since the beginning of time, but has the emergence of internet spread what seems to be a virus that strips people of integrity? Has the temptation to make fantastic sums of money - at the expense of others- propelled previously honest people to embark on less-than-admirable endeavors? Horrifying!

Certainly, many more people than ever before are looking for ways to supplement their income (or lack thereof), through internet opportunities. Unfortunately, it seems, one is more likely than not to encounter internet scams.

This is exactly why we need to participate in protecting ourselves by being aware of the facts. The opportunities to get scammed are endless, so what do we do? Be aware. Knowledge is power. Just being aware and skeptical of any offer could save you a lot of headaches. There are plenty of resources available for our protection, so the possibility to make money online is still viable. We just need to proceed with caution. Beware of anything that sounds too good to be true - it usually is.

The aim of this lens is to create an overview of some very basic ways to avoid getting scammed. That's the first step - the idealist in me would ultimately like to see the eventual eradication of all internet (and other) scams, but let's be realistic. One person can only do so much. Together, we can do a lot more. Remember the slogan "If you see something, say something." Don't let known scams go unreported.

Let's put an end to these demoralizing practices now!

Promote Good Values like Honesty and Integrity - you can make a difference!

Teaching good values to children is the first step towards creating a better society. Even adults who didn't have the benefit of such lessons growing up can learn later in life - it's never too late to learn how to be a better human being!

Honesty, Responsibility and Integrity: Building Character
Honesty, Responsibility and Integrity: Building Character

This DVD will teach you how to make the right choices in life with the qualities of honesty, integrity, and responsibility as the most important guidelines.

 
Integrity: Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason
Integrity: Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason

This very insightful book discusses choices based on the values given to us by society, as well as our own innate sense of integrity, and how compassion plays into the mix. Very helpful for personal development!

 
How Honesty Pays: Restoring Integrity to the Workplace
How Honesty Pays: Restoring Integrity to the Workplace

This is a very solid practical guide for small business owners and large corporations alike. If you want to build a better business, have a look at this one.

 

Gooooooooooooogle?

One of the most common categories I've seen lately is for "Google Cash" or "Google AdMoney" where people claim that Google will pay you for posting links. The ones I read were really convincing, and it seemed to make sense that Google would pay for this kind of work. After reading the first one, I mentally cataloged it as something to undertake in the near future. Having read the same claims from others again and again, I really was nearly convinced that this was legitimate. Luckily, it occured to me to visit Google's homepage and search for the opportunity. At the bottom of their site you'll find a link for "About Google." It took quite some time before I found the disappointing truth, so how I got there is a bit foggy, but it was posted on the Google Blogs. That's right - sounded legitimate but wasn't! I was fortunate to discover this before it was too late, but I really feel for those who've gotten sucked in. The following links should be helpful for anyone who's been "scroogled," or anyone wanting to research a possible Google scam.

been scroogled?

If you're wondering whether a money-making program using the Google name is a scam, it's easy to check - just ask the Google Webmaster! If you've already been scammed (sorry!) you can report this to the webmaster ... here are the links:

Make money with Google

it is possible to earn money with Google!

Learn how to make money online with Google! All you need to earn money with Google, is a free Blogger account, combined with a free AdSense account. It does take time to build up a steady stream of traffic, though. The best way to make money blogging, is to write about something you feel passionate about. In other words, forget about making money - write what you love and the money will follow!


Are paid online surveys scams?

have you tried surveys?

You've heard it all before: "Earn $1000 a day with paid surveys!" Honestly, does this sound a bit overoptimistic? Sales pitches often use clever phrases (usually in small print, hoping people won't notice) such as "results not typical." That phrase "results not typical" kind of says it all: these fantastic results may happen, but usually only once in a blue moon. Use common sense and good judgement, and you won't be disappointed later. Use the following links to get reports from others who've tried to make money online. Just keep in mind that you don't know these people, either; so take everything with a grain of salt. Good luck!


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Read All About It!

The more searching I do, the more evidence I come across of people who have fallen prey to scammers. The specific scams currently being run are far too numerous to list here, and one could imagine that new scams emerge on a regular basis. Luckily, I happened across two well-organized sites where one can search, browse, or file a complaint for others to read.

Both of these links are written "by the people, for the people."

DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT !!!

If you've fallen victim to a scam, or are aware of one - report it to the authorities!

FTC complaints

submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission

sound advice

These videos will give you helpful tips from the bbb and others. If you've been wondering about Lockerz.com have a look. To answer correctly in the quiz that follows, you'll need to watch the one tagged "The Truth About Affiliate Marketing Scams and Internet Marketing Make Money Online Schemes" (unless you happen to guess the right answer!).

Yahoo! Answers search results

is * a work online scam?

All anyone has to do to get an idea of how many scams are running rampant all over the internet, is to go to a site like Y!A and post a question. A typical question that comes up ALL THE TIME is "Are there any legitimate work at home opportunities that aren't scams?" Over and over people are asking this, and it's almost comical how many of the "opportunities" offered are obviously scams. The scammers will never stop trying to fool people (unless they're caught), so our best defense is to stop being so trusting. A clever salesperson can sell just about anything to anyone. So the next time you're looking to earn money online, ask yourself or ask someone else - "Does it look like a scam?"

To reiterate ... "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This is the most basic rule of thumb! Be skeptical and do as much research as possible.

Books from the BBB and others ...

Starting an eBay Business
Starting an eBay Business

If you've always dreamt of starting an eBay business, but haven't quite gotten around to it, you should have a look at this book. It's not a new book, but it does cover the basics for people who are just getting started.

 
The eBay Seller's Tax and Legal Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Keep the Government Off Your Back and Out of Your Wallet
The eBay Seller's Tax and Legal Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Keep the Government Off Your Back and Out of Your Wallet

While this book is not very recent, it's still getting lots of favorable customer reviews at amazon. Some of the eBay policies have changed since this book was released, but it will still help you understand a lot without having to wade through endless pages of "legalese."

 
How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay: Insider Information You Need to Know from the Experts Who Do It Every Day
How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay: Insider Information You Need to Know from the Experts Who Do It Every Day

Here's another book that is not new, but still useful today. If you're going to sell on eBay, you need to have something to sell, right? This book will give you a lot of great pointers on where to find merchandise and when to buy.

 
Starting an eBay Business For Dummies
Starting an eBay Business For Dummies

I just love these "Dummy" books. They make it so easy to learn new things. I'll let the author tell you more about her book in the video below ...

 

Marsha Collier tells you about her book "Starting an eBay Business For Dummies"

All together now!

CHECK FOR SCAMS

Our Hero! - (that's Seth Godin, founder of Squidoo!)

Accoutrements Seth Godin Marketing Guru Action Figure
Accoutrements Seth Godin Marketing Guru Action Figure

Well, well, well. Seth Godin, founder of Squidoo, and marketing guru with scads of followers has his own action figure! How cool is that? It's currently unavailable, and may not be again, but I just love to look at it anyway. Who wouldn't love to have their own action figure?

 

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @othellos: Thanks for reading it :)

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens on a topic that can help everyone. Thank you for publishing it.

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: Thanks for visiting mel-kav! :)

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great information here. Thanks - will definitely bookmark this one.

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @drcarl: YES! Best of luck to you :)

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      drcarl 4 years ago

      @CozyKitty: Thanks for the kind words. In fact, I AM treating it as a full-time job! I am using Squidoo to teach me some valuable lessons. I'll use niche site creation for affiliate, vendor and/or local site sales. It appears others are doing it. If they can I can AND WILL! Be well. ~drcarl

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @opatoday: Glad to hear it :)

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      I feel safe now

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @birdsdword: Glad you stopped by :)

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      birdsdword 4 years ago

      glad to see awareness on this

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      drcarl 4 years ago

      There IS a lot to learn. I still bee-leeeeve that making a living IS possible. I am learning some thing by making lenses here. Just made my first one. Good luck to all!

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @HSP Connections: Thanks so much Denmarkguy! :)

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Somewhere in a distant past, I actually used to write for the "Income Opportunity" press as a freelancer... back when all those things were done "on paper." The entire "make money" industry is (sadly!) skewed heavily towards the "greedy idiot" segment of the population... who are preyed on by those who make it their business to peddle harebrained "money for nothing" schemes.

      Good lens, with some good info. More people should read this!

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      ManfromModesto LM 4 years ago

      ripoffreport is a good one. I reference it and report on it, too.

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @afropages lm: Thanks for visiting afropages! Nice to meet you :)

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      afropages lm 4 years ago

      Thank kittycat karin! It's always good to remember that not every great looking site is for real!

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @StephenJackson2: Thanks for visiting Stephen. Have a safe and happy 2013 :)

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      StephenJackson2 4 years ago

      You make some great points which can be often overlooked. Thanks for sharing

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @Loretta L: I'm naturally trusting, and had to learn to be suspicious, or at least to not give people the chance to take advantage. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the kind words :)

      Stay safe!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      This is a really helpful lens. I have a bit of a suspicious mind, which is probably a good thing as there are so many people out there trying to part us from our money. Great advice. Thanks.

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      @malikaehf: That's great malikaehf! Thanks for visiting, and nice to meet you :)

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      malikaehf 4 years ago

      I have been online long enough to spot possible scammers. Fortunately, I have now found a few wonderful and genuine people whose advice I follow now to make money online.

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Though I've never tried either, I imagine it's much too easy to run a scam - that's why there are so many at any given time. It's impossible for the proper authorities to track down and shut down each and every one of them, and that's why it's important for us to learn to protect ourselves. Just being aware of the problem, and learning to be skeptical can make a huge difference.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      It's so important to remember that saying "if it's too good to be true . . . " In these hard economic times, there are those who will cynically take advantage of those who just need to put food on the table.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      With a bit of web research, I traced a company director linked with one UK-based scam all the way to New Zealand and then to the Seychelles, and uncovered some pretty astounding facts along the way. I do think Mafia-like networks are probably responsible for a number of them. It's probably easier running a scam than getting contracts to shoot someone in the street!

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      cool lens

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      @webscan: Sorry to hear that! Live and learn, right? :/

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      webscan 5 years ago

      One needs to be alert all the time. I've got scammed and I have only myself to blame, not the scammer.

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I think scammers should have to pay for what they do to others. Charge them with a federal internet crime similar to what they do to terrorists. Innocent people trying to find a legitimate job or home based business shouldn't have the little money they do have ripped from their hands and mouths of their families because of some greedy selfish scammer here or abroad.

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      @adragast24: I'm certainly not making a living at it (yet!) - but i'm sure having a lot of fun, and meeting nice people too :))

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Actually about 4-5 months ago I had kind of concluded that all those "making money online" schemes were scams. I am happy I was wrong and that it is possible to make some money with Squidoo (or InfoBarrel, etc...). Making a living out of it is however hard to imagine. Some are very successful but most can only earn a few dollars a month

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      @BowWowBear: You're welcome! I'm glad you found Squidoo - it's a great place with lots of friendly lensmasters. Don't be discouraged if you don't make a lot of money right away - it's not easy! Good luck to you, and have fun ;-)

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      I am looking to make money online and at home so I am glad you have done some of the footwork here. Great Lens! Thanks for the helpful info.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Got to remember if it's too good to be true it's ascam

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thought I've heard about all the IM scams but here are more and more...WOW! Thank you for this top of the line lens. Like it tweet it.;>)

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      WebGenova 5 years ago

      Wow! That's one of the most useful lenses i've ever met ;)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You've shared some very valuable info here. Thanks.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Life is full of scams and internet is no exception. I had been lucky so far, but you never know... Thanks for the tips!

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      ilike2create 5 years ago

      good that you inform people here about those scams so they don't have to lose money and be disappointed. Nice lens!

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      TraceyFitzgerald 5 years ago

      Fortunately, I have never been a victim of one of these scams. Your sharing this information will help other people from getting hurt. Great job!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Yey, once again you have helped me (1st on the forums). Once again, thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All of us trying to learn how to make money online need to be on the lookout for scammers. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i receive hundreds of scam letters from africa everyday informing me that i inherited some millions of money or i won the lottery which i did not play. scammers all over this world.

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      TrentAdamsCA 5 years ago

      Good points. It's great to educate people about what to watch out for. There are so many scammers. Thanks for your work on this.

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      Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

      I bet for every 10,000 work-at-home jobs posted, only one is legit. Sad, but true.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice lens, agree lots of scam artists out there, I got caught up in the web, learned my lesson and now do a lot more research before jumping in

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      KacyK9 5 years ago

      It's sad how many scams there are out there but that's just life I guess. And I guesses we've all been scammed in one way or another!

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      molometer lm 5 years ago

      Good info thanks

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      Nice informative lens!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done fraud lens. Thanks for helping find the rotten fish out there!

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      Serenity30 6 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. For newbies like me, it is likely for scammers to get us ensnared. Fortunately I haven't got scammed yet.

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      Dawn Archibald 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good, solid advice. I cannot believe these companies are still getting away with this unethical behaviour.

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      Captivating title! You had me at scam :)

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      dbcclarke 6 years ago

      This lens was absolutely ammazing....loved all the ideas! I do have one question...is squidoo the only place you make money online from?

      thanks

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      SarahGh LM 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      MaxL 6 years ago

      Great lens! I featured it on my online money making myths lens. I'd be happy to change what I wrote in the featured lens module, should you not like it the way I did it ;)

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      shaleigh 6 years ago

      This is a much needed topic and people need to report when they have been wronged! I myself have had my first encounter with being scammed by a PTC site and now know the resources to report it, Thank you :)

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Though many are scams, a problem with some is overstating what the average person could possibly make, and understating the time it takes to make any of those potential earnings. Lots of good info for work-at-home hopefuls.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      Thank you all for the lovely comments. I appreciate each and every one of them!

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      Karin

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      Appollonia 6 years ago

      Lots of information here. Very informative. I hope this helps some people keep from getting scammed.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Well written article with a lot of room to expand.and youdid not even the other type of scam, where the money is offered without any kind of work (lottery winners, nigerian letters etc.). Thanks for your list, I will be checking it from time to time.

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      beardvc 6 years ago

      While there are a lot of scams around, there are also a number of legitimate paid surveys companys "get paid to" surveys sites where you can make some money online.

      People ask me all the time can they make money online? my answer is simple some people do great and some people do terrible, just find WAH that you can enjoy doing than the money will come.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If it sounds too good to be true.....yup, it is! Very nicely done with valuable information for us all to review from time to time.....we have to be on our toes for sure. I love your "Your're already a winer below".

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      very useful information which would be very worthwhile arming oneself with. Thanks

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      PatriciaJohnson 6 years ago

      Very sound advice. These ads prey on good honest people who are looking for real ways to earn a living. Thank you so much for the info.

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      fxmatics 6 years ago

      I am make a living from online business (online trading). Great lens! :)

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      EcoGecko LM 6 years ago

      Yeah I would also put never go for any money making schemes where you must pay before you can start making money. Also bear in mind for affiliate ads your reputation is relying on it to be legitimate only affiliate for sites you have used and loved should really be posted and affiliate links don't have to be on how to make money its been done before many, many times and people are weary of scams as well as huge competition. Squidoo seems legitimate to me many people would support this but saying that very few are earning much through lens rank alone so more ways like selling your own ebay products or choosing affiliate programmes from legitimate sites to promote.

      Also I use a different search engine where you get points for searching (it's legitimate but you earn very little, at least its ok for something that you wouldn't normally get any bonuses) anyway they had an advertisement on their site of a news article which was promoting something where you earn money I got suspicious so looked it up on search and apparently they make fake articles where they say some work at home person earns money and generates a fake news paper title using your location. Try to click off the page and they send you tonnes of pop-ups are you sure sort of thing, are you sure your sure... not exactly that but similar (which just screams scam). Anyway what they want to do is sell you tools and claim that you will make money out of thin air with them so don't go for anything like that I didn't but when I looked it up some people had. They also change their name often. Don't sign up for anything before using a quick google search to at least check if people have had any problems with them. I reported them to my search engine with what I had found out I don't know if they did anything about it but I hope they did. Just remember that a company can never keep running if it doesn't profit from something and no one would sell you a tool for a few hundred if they can use it themselves to make 1000's monthly why wouldn't they just make multiple sites instead of selling it to people. Anyway be very, very careful scams will evolve and become more difficult to recognise keep one step ahead and with some luck and effort it could be possible to make a bit extra money on the internet.

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      Great information here, it's so tempting when things aren't going well, it's the people who can afford it the least that usually end up losing.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      So good of you to make this lens. Too many people are being taken advantage of these days!

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      careermom 6 years ago

      Good information. I will say though while it may be helpful to look at the types of complaints on with the BBB, I wouldn't trust their ratings. ABC did a good story on the ratings being bought and I've seen that happen first hand. These companies really do prey on people's vulnerability. People don't want to admit that they were scammed. You point about reporting it is so important. It is the only way to make a difference.

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      Kyetsu 6 years ago

      There are so many people out there that rely on other people's desperation to make money. This is a great resource that I hope those people will read BEFORE falling into one of those scams. Great job! =)

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @LillyQueen: Thank you!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Tremendous resource, well done!

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Thank you so much, hayleylou! It's such a great feeling to get a SquidAngel blessing.

      ;-))

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      There are so many scammers out there, blessed :)

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      gypsiedream 6 years ago

      great tips

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Thanks for those tips as so many people fall prey to the many "opportunities" to make money online.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      I have talked to so many people who have been tricked or caught up in a scam. Do the research. Good lens.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: My pleasure! Thanks so much for your support , KimG

      ;-)

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Thanks for helping to arm people with the facts!

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @costar1: Thank you! You can help spread the word through FB and Twitter ...

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      costar1 6 years ago

      Seems like every time I turn around there is someone trying to scam me online. This is an Excellent lens. I hope more people find it. Good Job!

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      DawnMathisenakaC 6 years ago

      Great informative lens. There are legitimate ways to make money from home but there are also many scams running rampant. It's important to do your homework, and do it well. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Real opportunities require honest work for honest pay same as if you had a job. There are no get rich quick answers.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. Unfortunately, 99 percent of the money making "programs" out there are nothing more than a vehicle to prey on the desperate. What a shame. There ARE ways to make money on the internet, but they require WORK, time, patience, and even a little luck. Thanks for spreading the word on the scams!

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: People tend to forget this when under the spell of a clever sales pitch ...

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @BrandonJames926: Thanks for the tip, I'll have to look into that and do some research.

      ;-)

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @GuyB LM: You go Guy! Thanks, and good luck to you to.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @Paul Ward: Thank you so much!

      ;-)

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Well said!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      If it sounds too good to be true is probably is. There are no shortcuts. Hard work will pay off in the end.

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      BrandonJames926 6 years ago

      I find most "get rich quick" scams to be quite obvious. It's the Multi Level Marketing programs that can be misleading! Maybe a section on that would be informative to readers!

      Great lens!

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      GuyB LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for the informative lens. From now on I will be like a cheetah in cyberspace; on the prowl for scams. Best of luck to you!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Excellent info: lensrolled to my anti-scammers lens.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sometimes I wonder how people could fall for what to me seems like an obvious scam, but then I think, "Pride cometh before the fall" and realize that scam artists are very sophisticated and I could be taken in by a scam, too, if I'm not careful. I try to be careful, but I'm not going to say it will never happen to me. Shame on people who take advantage of others, though. Seems they could use their talents honestly and productively instead.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @Sodaguy: You're welcome!

      ;-)

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      @JodiVee: People looking to work from home aren't necessarily greedy or lazy. Some are desperate, others are hoping to create a better life for themselves. In any case, it is good advice to separate emotions from business matters. Thanks for your input.

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      Sodaguy 6 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable info.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      Scammers rely on people's greed and sloth -- the solution is to subtract your emotions (as much as is possible) from decisions involving your money, and adopt a skeptical attitude when looking for alternatives to a regular job.