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Earn Money Online Safely

Updated on September 22, 2014

Earn Money Online And Avoid Internet Marketing Scams And Fraud

Want to earn money online safely? Worried about internet fraud as you try to make a living working at home? I'll show you how many of the scammers work and the tricks they use, Then I'll give you some advice on how to spot the scammers and dodge the frauds. With some care and research you can feel safe as you begin earning online.

Earn money online, internet marketing, online marketing, amongst the most searched for terms today. Almost synonymous with "work at home". We all want more money - through need or greed or circumstances. We'd like the freedom and flexibility that our own online business can give us. We've heard of the internet gurus, the big beasts of the internet jungle - the ones who have made millions from one idea and now they're going to help us do the same. Whoopee!

Unfortunately though, where there's a market there's a crook. Actually, thousands of crooks, and internet markets are the worst of all. They're pitfalls for the unwary as the vultures of the scamming world hover, How do you avoid internet marketing scammers? How do you dodge internet scams and fraud?

This page is going to help you distinguish the vultures from the golden goose and avoid them. More accurately, it's going to tell you there isn't a golden goose! Have a look down the page at the ugly red text and the marketing message. Has your mouse ever hovered over an ad like this, sorely tempted to click? Read this page - it's dedicated to helping you dodge the scams and start earning online safely.

Internet Marketing: Some More Scams

Learn the scams and earn safely

Well, my best scam is to get people like you to give me $4.95. Curious people, even desperate people -- I like them best of all. I'll throw together enough bumph from free sources (or I'll steal it) and send it to you. Many of you will soon realise I'm a fake but I don't care -- I've already got a nice little stream of payments coming in.

I'll also sell on your contact details -- there's good money in contact lists. Unsubscribe facility? Legal requirements? Oh dear, you are joking.

If you're very unlucky I'll persuade you that I'm legit, for a while anyway. You'll sign up for a monthly fee and I'll carry on sending you stuff I've nicked from the Internet and repackaged a bit. Recurring fraud - lovely!

If you're very, very unlucky, I have your credit card details .....

Scammers' Favourite Areas

Danger areas rife with fraud

I've had a good look round and seen what's popular on the Internet. Hey, if I'll steal your money I'll steal someone else's scam. There's plenty of gravy in the different frauds out there for the likes of me. What are the buzz words?: internet marketing, affiliate marketing, dropshipping, surveys for cash, buy and sell property with no cash outlay, forex, write articles for cash, and my favourite earn cash at home. That one covers me for anything.

Depressing, isn't it? We internet markting scammers operate in every area - it's up to you to learn to avoid us and the frauds we use.

If You Don't Avoid The Scammers

You deserve to be defrauded

Harsh words? No - I'm the scammer - I'm after your money. . "You deserve what you get" -- I'm a scammer, I do internet fraud for a living, it's tattooed on my forehead. Mind you, the saying works in my favour -- so many of my customers wryly admit to themselves they've been scammed and tell themselves they deserve to lose the money. Bless 'em. Learn to recognise me, avoid me or pay me.

A quote from one review site: "My sister and I attended a workshop Yesterday. Don't know if you'll reply but we would like to know how to accomplish what we witnessed at the storesonline workshop "tools" and cancel immediately we were charged almost $8,000 because of poor credit and instant financing at interest rate of 21% please let us know how to do this for free or near free or at a fraction of the cost ."

That's from someone who attended a free internet marketing seminar by a company that already had over 2,000 pending cases against it in Texas alone. He attended the seminar four months after the original warning on the review site, a site which is invariably on Google page 1 results. And he's not alone -- every time your mouse hovers over that $4.95 link I start salivating. Go on, this could be the one that is okay. Go on, you want to, he sounds sincere and he's warning us about scammers, it's only $4.95 ...

"You get what you pay for": oh dear, you get what I send you. If I send you anything. Usually I will send you enough to fulfil the letter of the law. Even if I don't, the law is so naff in most countries and I cross international boundaries -- show me a US law enforcement agency that will chase me to Nigeria for $4.95. Even easier, I can pull the model airplane kit trick on you:

Inside the box there's a couple of pieces of balsa wood. Look at the small print on the box: "picture not representative of contents, some tools required for assembly, woodworking skills required". Take that to a trading standards office and they'll turn you away at the door. Not even fraud, legally speaking.

So you failed to avoid that scam - have you learned yet how to dodge other internet marketing scams? Read on...

How Low Will An IM Scammer Stoop?

Can't be fraud, it's a nice story

We've all seen uplifting tales of a single mum who is making great money after being ripped off in the past by internet scammers. Ho hum. Sob story, images of paychecks, testimonials, big red capitalised text! Lesson here: sob story on internet = fraud.

"a few years ago I was living from paycheck to paycheck. My 5-year old son, Ryan, his father left us without looking back. I was stuck with paying the rent, meeting monthly car payments, plus footing all the other bills. Food was scarce so I spent hours cutting coupons and brought home left-overs from my 50 hr-per-week waitress job, just to place a meal on the table for Ryan and I."

Simple lesson: many Internet Marketing Scams rely on unsubstantiated claims: if there's no impartial proof - avoid them, they're scams or fraudulent.

And beware one nasty little extra on this sort of page - fake claims about charitable donations: "Proud contributor to". A really scummy trick: they've probably given five dollars and claimed it as a tax deduction, just to sucker a few more people in.

How Many Times Have You Been Scammed? - Fallen for an internet fraud?

How many times have you paid money, even a small amount, in the hope that this is the one?

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I'm Me Again: Why Do We Fall For These Scams?

Why don't we avoid the scammers?

I've had enough writing like one of these villains -- I feel a bit dirty, I'm off to wash my hands.

Earn money while washing your hands

No, probably not but I can get it on a web page in two minutes and let it run. If one person falls for it I've made $4.95 for those two minutes work, $150 per hour isn't bad.

Why do we fail to dodge Internet scams?

  • We're human: we want to trust people
  • We're a bit greedy -- money for nothing would be good
  • We're desperate for cash and clutching at straws
  • The scammer is cleverer than us
  • It's the Internet: boundless possibilities: look at all the ones who've made it
  • It's the Internet: he wouldn't get through my front door in real life

And the most important of those is

The scammer is cleverer than us

No more ugly red centered text, I promise. Yes, in most scams there's enough truth to drag us in. Once we're in we're reluctant to back out. We don't want to admit we were scammed. And the scammer is always several steps ahead of us - he's planned the trail, remember, He doesn't have to be too complicated: look at timeshare salesmen -- once "timeshare" became a dirty word they started selling "fractional purchase" -- brilliantly simple.

Earning Money Online Takes Effort

Make the effort and dodge the scammers

Of course there are good ways to earn money. Some timeshares were great deals. They're the ones salesmen used to persuade people to buy a hole in the ground with raw sewage leaking into it. You can make money through most of the "buzz words" listed above (that's why scammers use them), but you will have to put in effort and you will have to find the right people to deal with. And that's the part that some find difficult, which is odd really. The scammer uses the power of the Internet to run his nasty little schemes -- well, use the power of the Internet yourself. Investigate him before he sees one cent of your money. If someone has fallen for an internet marketing fraud then chances are there's a report out there on the web - look for it!

Find sources of reviews and advice - check them out over a period of time:. If anyone here is thinking that they might be able to trust the advice I'm giving then I'm going to put a link on some of that red text and I'll have your money off you! Do I sound credible? Of course I do, if I sounded like a crook you wouldn't give me your money. You don't know me from Adam and you're trusting me already??? Get to know me first.

Review the reviews: Is a review site well populated and up to date? Do members actively contribute? Is there enough on there to make it unlikely it's a fake review site (yes, they exist)? Is it recommended by unimpeachable sources -- major media, Consumers Association etc? Ads in tabloids don't count, and make sure you can tell the difference between editorial content and ads pretending to be editorial. Read older and newer reviews: a good offering can rapidly turn into a scam.

Review the reviewer: Take Squidoo for example: is this a reviewer's first lens or her fiftieth? What do the comments say? Has she posted more on the subject or related subjects over a period of time?

Review the offering: Reputable or recommended supplier (see previous two steps)? Well-established website? No dodgy claims, no unlikely promises? Check the terms and look for any small print.

Once bitten, twice shy: Grandmothers may not have known the Internet but they knew their crooks. Learn from your mistakes. I actually once saw a post from someone who'd been ripped off for the n'th time (he said "second time") -- his comment was "I thought, they can't all be like that". His $4.95 is on its way to me now.

Nice website: No, not all scammers are kind enough to use the red capitals. Though they still work, alas.

It was high up on Google search results: Yes, the scammers put effort into SEO -- any good businessperson does. A high placement on search results says zero about quality.

It was on Google ads: So are white magic spells to cure diseases. Have a read of Internet Scam: Fake Ad Cost Me £2,000 in the Guardian.

My mate says ... And your friend is tried, trusted, and never fallen for a scam in his life? Send me $4.95 and I'll send you a few links.

Know your rights: Got a cooling off period in your state or country? Use it. Credit card protection? If you don't know you shouldn't be using a credit card! Know how to stop a cheque? Are you prepared to shout at bank officials when they tell you they can't help?

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iPood t-shirt zazzle

This Page Is Too Long

Recognise this scammers' trick?

You'd pay out money for a few web pages and some dodgy e-books but won't read free advice and then do your research properly? You haven't been scammed yet, congratulations.

Click here for your free iPod

Yes, research has shown that some people will click on a scammer's message if the page is excessively long and the message is hammered with big red BUY buttons. If people fail to avoid as basic a trick as that, is it any wonder internet marketing is riddled with scammers?

IM Report Card: internet marketing reviews
IM Report Card: internet marketing reviews

Internet Marketing Report Card

Anti-scammers reviews, frauds exposed

UPDATE: This site has changed ownership and is veering dangerously towards the sort of tactics that it used to eschew. It's still worth looking at but its authority has lessened.

I regularly use IM Report Card, a report site dedicated to Internet Marketing. They say:

"Our mission is simple - to catalog, review and discuss every single popular Internet marketing related product, service, person or "guru", and biz-opp."

Over several months I've found that to be true. Site is free to join and relies on a few paid staff and a lot of members contributing. It's an excellent place to hear negative reviews -- which is very important. Equally, they carry favourable reviews - there's usually enough there to make up your mind with a reasonable degree of certainty.

Note: I'm not trying to sell the site to you -- there's no benefit to me for sending you there (see, no affilate code on the link) and I'm not even saying if there are other benefits. And of course, this isn't in big red letters so you know it's true.

Seriously, very good site for its purpose. Check it out.

Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-preneurs: It’s Not About Likes--It’s About Sales
Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-preneurs: It’s Not About Likes--It’s About Sales

John Lawson is a highly respected figure in this area and he has a good style - no bs, no false promises.

fake scam review
fake scam review

Fake Review Sites

Great fraudsters' trick: fake reviews

I've been asked about fake review sites run by the scammers and fraudsters - there's a lot of them out there. Fortunately they're usually pretty easy to spot. Do a Google advanced search for a sentence from a product description. Fake sites will invariably share the text word for word. Second major clue is the domain name: if it includes the product name and the word review, it's a fake. Also look out for:

  • All the products the site reviews are rated "great"
  • Each review page has one or more affiliate links to the product the page is pretending to review
  • Site design will usually be poor - the scammers bang them out by the dozen
  • Check domain info: ownership and registration - if that info is hidden, avoid the site

Don't be fooled by the other domain names or URLs either. As an example, look at Scam Review Products. This even lists products and calls some of them scams - but still has affiliate links to buy! I don't know whether to cry or laugh at the arrogance. Nice little image though - "Honest Online" - here's my $4.95 then.

PS This "product" has metapmorphosed into "My Income Connection" and the lucky lady lives in London. Still gets those huge cheques weekly though.

Is Pinterest Legit?

Pinterest is a site that is growing rapidly. It allows you to post links to your sites on pages styled to lok like pinboards. The added value comes from other Pinterest users "repinning" your link - copying the details to their pinboards and so spreading the link.

So far, so good - the site itself is safe to use. It has two drawbacks though. The first is that the repinning drives a coach and horses through copyright agreements and there's some debate over it breaching Amazon rules, For now, be careful what you post and use your own images.

VirtaPay: Another Type Of Scam

This bunch isn't getting any kind of link, even nofollow. Their current offering - sign up and click thngs; you get $100 for signing and can earn good amounts daily. The bad news - you can't spend the money yet and when you can (someday, never) you'll spend it via them - anyone remember a song about being tied to the company store?

Last year they were using the name PayBox - a ripoff of a trademark belonging to a kosher company. Now they've picked a name that allows confusion with VirtuaPay - another kosher product. You might call the latter sharp marketing but in the context of their history it's just another indication. Keep your bargepole away from this lot.

They've had Adsense pulled from their sites and claimed they did it themselves, their Google Analytic id ties in to a bunch of sites from Nigeria ... They claim they'll let you cash in your "rewards" when they have 2.5 million members - on signing-up bonus alone that would be them giving out $250million. Yeah, right. They're toxic: avoid like the plague.

Commission Cash Generator


Commission Cash Generator has just been released. The owners say they're selling a limited number of licences so they can keep up a good standard of support. They're putting in quite a lot of effort marketing it though so, let's look at it. What does it do? It generates "SEO-optimised sites", Does it do much more? Not really. As to "SEO-optimised sites" -- you don't optimise a site, you optimise a page, but that's a common misconception.

It actually churns out formulaic sites with your keywords in h2 and h2 tags (and possibly even in red). Some ancillary services and they have some videos - I tried watching but the first was so boring I gave up.

Will I be buying it? Not even if it was $4.95

iPad: incentive to mobile fraud
iPad: incentive to mobile fraud

Mobile And Web/Mobile Fraud

One of my email accounts has just received a very professional looking invitation to win an iPhone or iPad. Go to their site (all shields up, of course) and a cute little Flash game lets me "win" an opportunity -- just give them my email and mobile number. Dig around for terms and it's a mobile subscription service -- I'd be signing for £8 per week (over £400 per year!) and that would just give me the chance to enter quizzes at £2 a pop.

I'm not an expert on mobile fraud so I'll just say: take the precautions advised above, don't sign anything and don't give your mobile number out unless you trust the recipient. And do not call strange numbers. Do you know what a premium rate mobile number looks like? (Actually, premium rate number patterns vary from country to country so stay safe - don't call any number you don't know and trust.)

Fake Warnings

Usually email

I've just been asked about an email doing the rounds - it's about a fake notice dropped through people's letterboxes - "you have a parcel - please phone xxxxxxxxxxx ". This particular email refers to a company that was closed down in 2005!

If you're in the UK and you get this sort of email or written notice you can check on PhonepayPlus. Also look at sites like MoneySaving Expert and Hoax Busters. Both are quick to set people's minds at ease and expose the scammers.

What you should never do unless you've checked is send the email on to every contact you have - you're just clogging up the ether with garbage and satisfying the saddoe who started it off.

Piggybacking Premium Rate Phone Lines

Preying on the poor

Bravo to UK regulators who have just taken action against companies which advertise premium rate lines misleadingly - tricking people into thinking they're looking at free lines, eg for health or housing advice. They're helped on the web by search engines which put their paid adverts above the real, free services.

Google has responded by saying it will stop the practice on SERPs.

As with mobile fraud: before calling a number, check that it is what you think it is. If you're finding the number on the web then you're ready placed to do a search for info on what is or isn't a free number.

Other Sites To Check Out

There are several sites that offer good reviews - often the best come from members rather than paid reviewers.

Check out Web Of Trust. They discuss many aspects of the web and websites. Do watch out for the dates on reviews - some are quite old and so can be unreliable, but most are fresh.

The Warrior Forum is a rougher, more opinionated site but there's a lot of good opinion and you can ask questions if you want. Their Special Offer forum however has a bad reputation - best avoid it unless you're experienced and even then take claims with a very large pinch of salt.

Are you trying to earn safely online? - Please share your thoughts on dodging fraud

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      Yes I am. Thanks for sharing this information.

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      fathomblueEG 3 years ago

      Yes I am trying to do things the free way so I don't get stuck paying for somebody's scam.

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      dgpholdings 4 years ago

      Great lens. Good sound advice. Thanks

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      PhotoBuff 4 years ago

      Yes, although I've fallen for some scams. Each one a little different, so it felt different when I signed up. I now have my own website and am creating my own products to sell. I'm not relying on others any more.

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: Then contact me privately and give me more information - don't try to drop links in a guestbook!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am just telling what I am doing legally and earning legitimately. I do not find my post is pushing people to sign up. There's no harm in sharing what is good and who knows if someone is looking for such opportunity. Its individual preference.

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: I'm glad you enjoyed the page.

      I usually delete comments that push products or services - such posts are invariably spam and show that the item isn't capable of being sold through more respectable channels. I'll leave this as a warning ...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens. I earn online from Smart Media Technologies, it's a revenue sharing program for using internet which has both free and paid members options. Free members get points and lucky draw chances while paid members earn points & cash...for more info you may visit or

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: Network marketing is just a new name for MLM - avoid like the plague!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I am trying to earn safely online money, For that I am doing network marketing , it's a low investment business and its home based business , there is no age limit in this. You will earn money after adding people to your down-line.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up about IM report card. I will check them out. I can't believe VirtaPay - my goodness, two knock off names in two years.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This is fantastic information. I am generally super careful, but I have been scammed in person in Morocco. Wonderful information. I forwarded it to a friend of my sisters who recently asked my opinion (and recommended for me) something which looked quite like a scam to me.

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      allvllen 4 years ago

      I was cheated time and money. Working without pay for a scam site ..... It is a lesson.I am currently involved introducing upcoming products, the topic is Internet Marketing. Who do you want to join this new course please go here for more details . thank you

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @allvllen: Thank you for visiting. I hope you won't mind if I use you in the future as an example of what not to do when trying to advertise a product that is a waste of money.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I learned everything that I needed to uncloud a lot of misunderstandings that I had about scammers, easy money working at home etc. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I find that once I have a plagiarists removed my email box is loaded with spam gimmicks coming in attempting to get more information. The scammers drive me nuts.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I tend to be on the cautious side and have not been victimized by any online scammers. But when I was young I did get scammed by a company that was painting house numbers on the curb for a low price. I fell for it. The numbers looked nice, but they washed away the first time it rained.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Have read this before but saw the link on one of your other lenses and came back for another read. Had no real experience of scams I am very wary of anybody offering something for nothing. Some very good advice and useful links, have bookmarked this time, LOL

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lots of scams to watch out for.Thanx for all the great info here, very helpful.

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      One of the worst scams, on the internet or not, is multi-level marketing. This is a fundamentally flawed business model. Unless you cheat somebody else, you'll lose your shirt. If a business wants you to have a downline, run away screaming.

      I enjoyed your sense of humor. :)

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      Yikes! Watch out for scammers.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like how you used "real" scammer's ads. They do sound too good to be true so of course they are.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for this most helpful information on how to Earn Money Online Safely. I think we all need to be on our toes. I can see why this great lens was chosen for a Lens of the Day. Well deserved.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I try to be careful and so far, so good. But I'll never say that online fraud could never happen to me. I've come too close - and those fraudsters are getting more and more clever. Wish they'd use their superpowers for good!

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      CrunchyCoach 5 years ago

      I want to piggyback what Lisa said - you know you're doing the right, legit thing when you are not only working hard, but when you also feel a sense of fulfillment doing it. It's not all about the money and seeing everyone as a dollar sign.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I now do my own thing, working on the internet you do get savvy about scams. There are no shortcuts to making money online, t takes hard work! I try to live by if I need to spend money to earn, then I am not making money!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I live by the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" This has kept me from falling for schemes and scams many times. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      great read, never believe anything that seems too good to be true, because you can be sure it isn't - true that is

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This is good advice, and I enjoy your sense of humor. These scammers pop up everywhere, even on Squidoo it seems.

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      ErikAlexander LM 5 years ago

      I avoid the get rick schemes, most seems like they're frauds or scams. It's hard finding ways to get legit money online. I'm working towards getting a new iPod Touch through only online. It's going pretty good so far, thanks for the lens!

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I also use Internet Marketing Report Card and find it mostly reliable, more so than others but not as careful as when they were new. One of the programs they promote highly is a scam in my opinion.

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      There's some great advice on here. My online work began about 8 years ago and I got stung a few times in the beginning, so this is a great resource for anyone who wants to earn money safely online.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Back (with a blessing) to this amazing page about internet marketing scammer. Not sure what's the funniest part: your article or the shady marketers trying to plug their links in the guestbook and the response they get...

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Great article with much needed information. Lately I started getting emails which appeared to be from my daughters, but contained a link to click. Now I know to stop and double check the email address before opening. Blessed!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      googlesniperfreetraffic 5 years ago

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      zourkas 5 years ago

      AWESOME information !! Really thank you.......

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      The only thing missing is a "But Wait! There's MORE!" in big red type in the middle of the page. :) I recently started saying, and I believe this 100%, that webinars are to the internet what infomercials are to late night TV. There are a few good places and things on the interwebs that are legit and can earn you some money - but it's hard to know what you can trust. Even relying on a fellow squid's testimonial isn't totally trustworthy, as it's natural to defend one's own decision even in light of a rational argument to the contrary. I guess my best advice to anyone would be "if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true." Big thumbs up to you for this.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      great information! Thanks

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      bossman14 5 years ago

      Great lens, I also have a lens about making money from otc market check it out.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      thanks for all the info, it's really good advice

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      As a newbie I have learned from this

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always good advice. I come back to refresh from time to time. Thank you

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Important information.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Good advice - it pays to be careful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Paul Ward: Not sure whats wrong with a MLM. I'm doing great and don't even have anyone under me. If I get someone under me I will do better but the whole purpose of this is to drive traffic to our penny auction site. I get rewarded daily for placing one ad a day.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: It's an MLM scheme with a fancy front window - don't bother. But thanks for pointing it out, Erick.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm doing really well with this system. Defiantly not a scam!

      I'm Looking for Independent Contractors to

      expand our business.

      Earn Daily!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      It constantly amazes me how people on the Internet so casually participate in criminal activity scamming other individuals and feel that it is okay because it is on the internet. I wish many could see their victims in person, perhaps they would not be so anxious to dig into that person's pocket in the real world, as they are on the Internet.

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      Marc 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Top work. Can't believe by adding in your mobile number, you can be signing up for all sorts of fees and rip offs...disgusting! You have to be careful out there. If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it probably is!

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Excellent lens! Thanks for taking the time to put these tips together. So many scams out there...and they can be so tempting. Even those who "know better" can fall for them. I'm certain this page will help educate about this problem. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      teamunited12 6 years ago

      Good information...and nice lens..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing............

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Lots of good advice here. One thing I would add is (in the US at least) you should get a Taxpayer ID number to use when signing up for affiliate programs so you don't have to use your Social Security number. It's free and it can help protect you from identity theft. I've got a link to a lens that tells how to do it. Let me know if you'd like me to send it to you (I don't like posting links in other people's Guestbooks).

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      I can't believe the spammers are trying to get traffic from your guestbook. Yeesh!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Great lens on an important subject. I love your sense of humor.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Absolutely and getting closer too.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Nice to see your page is doing great: it attracts all kind of spammer, I think I need to read through all those guestbook entries, I need a chuckle! Just revisiting with a blessing

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: Thank you for the compliment and I hope you don't change your mind when I say that forex is a great way to lose all your money very quickly.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @comicsans: I find it amusing that people post this sort of thing on a lens with this subject, Traffic you;re going to get from this = zero :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative information about Internet Marketing Scams And Fraud. Thanks so much for posting this info

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      comicsans 6 years ago

      If you need backlinks check this out! Buy Quality Backlinks

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Wow - I could write a lot about this, but I'll try to keep it short. I like the humor you've injected into this very serious (and close to my heart) subject. I had a hard time, however, recognizing when you were poking fun and when you were being serious.

      There's a difference, at least in my mind, between an out-and-out scam or fraud, and a product that has value but is marketed to the wrong people. Sometimes people buy things that are just not appropriate for their situation and circumstance, and they shout SCAM instead of just getting a refund and recognizing that one size does not fit all.

      We are totally in agreement that frauds and scams are scum of the earth. Where to draw the line between effective marketing and dishonest marketing remains a perception based on one's past experiences and knowledge. It's difficult to find any two people who have the exact same dividing line under all circumstances.

      That said, I enjoyed reading this and I'm pleased to give it a squid like.

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      Amazing Advice, thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to put this together! :)

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Thank you for illuminating scammer-tricks. How sad that this happens. I go with the adage that if it seems too good to be true, it probably IS too good to be true.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      you said that your lens might be too long. Not at all. Great lens, lots of pertinent info and a reminder that I shall never spend another cent on any of anything scammy or spammy. :)

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      Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

      I've always been a tad leery of the guys who want money up front before they give me anything. One of the things I like about Squidoo is that it's not a get rich quick thing, but then, it never pretended to be.

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      niceman91 lm 6 years ago

      I never get scammed before since i doesn't pay a cent unless they pay me first and prove that they are real.nice lens you have here!

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      DouglasPerry 6 years ago

      A great way for businesses to protect their online stores from scammers is to have a credit card processor that secures all consumer and merchant data. If you are interested in seeing which processors offer the best security for your online business look at

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Really great page - I love your approach to exposing the spammers and scammers for what they are.

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      An excellently written page for people like me as I don't get all the jargon speak. Luckily I haven't been scammed but that's because I am so paranoid about it that I probably miss out on lots of real deals but better safe than sorry. I am so carful about what I do.

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      I've never been scammed because I'm too cheap to buy anything. I've been able to make money online for 3 years without paying a dime.

      However, I had a friend get scammed and it wasn't pretty. He was convinced he would be making thousands of dollars a week and that within 3 months he would get a new car. A year later he's still living with his parents and driving a borrowed scooter. He hasn't even made his $99.95 back yet.

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      ovidiu1305 6 years ago

      I have written on this squidoo article a few rules to follow for not being scammed when buying an iphone unlock solution, but many of of the guidelines apply to any king of online shopping

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I stick with Squidoo and google adsense and then I don't have to worry about scams =)

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I like this lens! Also thanks so much for helping me figure out why I could not publish my Fun Exercise Tips lens. I made some adjustments and it's working fine now!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I hope you help some people who may get scammed! Good lens. I like the perspective you put on it ;) It's unfortunate that this info is needed >.

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      beadbait 6 years ago

      I would glady pay your 4.95 today for a cheezeburger tomorrow.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips on this, because this area can be a minefield on the internet. Who do you trust?

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      PS: Just a "heads-up" - there's a small typo in the title of this module: "tryinjg" :)

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      PS: Just a "heads-up" - there's a small typo in the title of this module: "tryinjg" :)

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      "I've had enough writing like one of these villains -- I feel a bit dirty, I'm off to wash my hands.

      Earn money while washing your hands" ROFLOL - Paul, I love the way you write - I literally laughed out loud at that bit!" :) Excellent lens - very entertaining as well as informative! :)

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      Great job on the internet marketing scams. I'm sure you'll save some people.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      Great job on the internet marketing scams. I'm sure you'll save some people.

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      rozalex lm 6 years ago

      It is had making money online.. Thanks for the guide

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      mujahidshaikh 6 years ago

      Before hiring someone for your business you must have to read all the encyclopedia about that company either it may be internet marketer, virtual assistant or money making programs.

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      Some great ideas and thoughts in this article. I think it can be very easy to get scammed, because we all want to have money to be comfortable. This article really does point out some good advice, which I will be using. Thanks for sharing.

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      suvam123 6 years ago

      There are many nice thoughts in this article, though I'm not sure I agree with everything. Have you published any more on this topic?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm a newbie on Squidoo. Squidoo is my first foray into any type of Internet marketing and I feel so fortunate to have landed in a community that I can trust. In my short time on Squidoo, I have come to believe that Squidoo is made up of honest folks who wouldn't dream of scamming others. I've seen all of the come-ons from the scammers and it's not that I've been to clever to fall for them, I was just lucky to have avoided them and to have gotten involved with Squidoo. Paul, I thank you and all other lensmasters for making the Squidoo community a special place.

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      Davidc2100 6 years ago

      Not going to pretend I'm too clever to get caught. Guess some of us are just plain Gullible especially if we are stupid enough to sit through 30 minutes of video hype. But this is why they do it, because unfortunately, it works.My only saving grace was PayPal and a million emails of complaint.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The internet business is a branded goods business and this means, that a newbie can trust on the known brands. Actually he or she makes it wise, if he will avoid the new offers, because the danger is that they are scams. A reliable brand has an expertise to help newbies in the beginning, a long company history, a good reputation on the marketing forums and training and marketing material, which speaks the newbie language. Internet Marketing Tools

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      computer_repair 6 years ago

      Thats why I use cnet for my reviews.

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      billygiann 6 years ago

      nice lens with valuable information about scams..unfortunately there is too many of them out there

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      JoeSteinbeck 6 years ago

      Plenty of good tips - I wish my mom would read this to avoid scams :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This proves that Good News can come from just about anywhere! :)

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      blabbermouth lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens for those who want to make money online

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      wow.. i ended up reading this whole page.. qauility stuff.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Funny and informative. What's not to like? But hey, I'm still not sending you $4.95.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      An Angel blessing in thanks for encouraging folks to let common sense and a good healthy dose of cynicism rule their online days.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a good lens on the problem. I never fell for any of these tactics but maybe that's because I just see right through it. But a number of my friends call me sometimes saying they think they just got scammed as they ask me what to do about it. Sometimes it's already too late.

      One friend of mine sold artwork online and she told me that a customer was sending a carrier to her office to give her a check. But the check was accidentally made out for more than the cost and she should give him the difference in cash. I told her if she does that she will end up with a check that bounces and she'll have lost the cash AND her artwork. Luckily she listened to me. She emailed the customer and asked for a cashier's check in the right amount. Of course they never showed up.