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How to Avoid Get Rich Scams

Updated on June 8, 2009

Learn Scam Subtleties and Avoid Them

I started my day off with some email one day. For those of you who are gmail users, you know how there is a little strip that shows sponsored links from things you like to read *and* sometimes just miscellaneous random things? I'm talking about the RSS feed clips over the email window.

Well, I came across Underground Cash Secret. The website itself automatically reveals it's a scam. It's pretty simple. Any website that says, "Hey, let me tell you this awesome story and this is a picture of me,” using that specific format with a bunch of bolds, red fonts, highlighted area, capitalizations, and underlinings - immediate scam alert. It looks like just ANY other website that claims to have a secret that you MUST buy, or that it'll get you this much money in ONE DAY (cue the universal gasp). Let's not forget the "You must do this in 38 MINUTES or you'll lose this opportunity". If you refresh that page, the minutes or limitations start all over! On that website, though, it's a bit sneakier - it says 37 positions left. If you google the same name of the 'company', sometimes a different person's name with the same picture and the same story will show up.

More often, it's a scam if it has "google" in it and google does not have that listed on its own sites. I googled the Underground Secret and came up with plenty of "rip-off scam sites" that led to THEIR own similar rip-off sites. Some of that listed the "google pay day" or any of imitation googliness. That brings up one simple common sense right there. If you really want to try to get rich quick without getting scammed quick, stick to the real businesses who already have their own established place in the internet world. Go to their specific websites and dig around a bit, rather than using something ripped off from their business. Seriously, if you want to work with Google? Contact Google, or look at their career opportunities, or their programs, or their books that actually says it was written BY Google. I highly suggest checking out the opportunities they provide, like Adsense. Don't even look twice at websites, programs, or books written by people who claims to get rich off of Google or says they are employees of the company.

Okay, maybe you want to get rich, but does it really have to be quick? Take some time to really look and understand the obvious formats of a scam and the more subtle formats of the possible real thing. Hey, even look at bloggers. Real-time bloggers or community forums who are taking the time to pick through what are scams and what is really working for them. They post the results without leading you to OMG BEST THANG EVER and making you pay them for whatever they claim to offer.

The real businesses providing stay at home positions offers application process, pre-screening process, no advertising where you *must* buy at least one thing before you continue, actually have more pages on their website, are very thorough in explaining what their services are and what customers they cater to, and do not ask you to buy their materials in order to be their employee. They are actually established and work for established businesses - cell phones, medical equipment, magazines, assembly. Now this is better. It's not too good to be true - you actually have to work to get an online job and even then you may not get hired. You actually have to be somewhat qualified - a writer, a computer technician, customer service tech, etc. You need acceptable equipment that they do not ask you to buy from them, just that you have them or get them yourself - computer, latest windows, updated version of browsers, acceptable phone line, etc.

Some Tips to Consider

My tips are:

  1. Thoroughly research what you want or are about to get into.

  2. Try websites that offer revenue sharing models, i.e. Hubpages.

  3. Pay careful attention to the bottom line on every website.

  4. Avoid “get paid now – only after you buy our stuff!” claims.

  5. Remember that scams thrive on people who think that getting rich quick is the only option they have. This means that it's better to have a long-term mindset and goals on earning income.


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    • dayzeebee profile image

      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Oh I glad to know you tackled this issue. Many do get enticed with this get rich quick scams. Thank you for a good informative hub. Take care:)

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      XXBAYXXACEXX 9 years ago

      Im a newcomer also. Like the hub. Find myself looking for those get rich quick schemes. I always say "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is". Have a nice day.

      XXBAYXXACEXX

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      Benji Mester 9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Scams are the worst. I hate how subtle they are sometimes. I'm leary of anyone who wants me to pay upfront for information that I "Must Have"

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      dennisematt 9 years ago

      at the bottom of your hub is an ad to make 75$ an hour or more.... :) the first time I realized the ads on top of my gmail related to the subject lines of my mail....it really freaked me out, I got all conspiracy theory and woudlnt use my computer for days. When I want to know if a business is real, I checkout the BBB. Oh, yeah, I love how if you look close enough, ALL those millions in minutes ads have huge typos and grammar mistakes. Liek me.

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      Sunny Robinson 9 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks, everyone! I'm shocked to get such wonderful comments already. You guys are too nice. :) Haunty, you're welcome! I'm glad this advice was helpful to you.

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      bgpappa 9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Good First Hub. Welcome

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      raiderfan 9 years ago from Arizona

      my cousin works at mcdonalds for 8 hrs a week probably makes more money than anyone on hubpages in a hole year

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      ralwus 9 years ago

      Welcome to our world. You like poetry and write silly things. hmmm Well then, come see a silly walrus and a fat poet sometime.

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      Haunty 9 years ago from Hungary

      Hi Sunny!

      A long-term mindset is pretty important, I guess. I find that there is no such thing as quick success, but if you work on your ideas you can make money. :)

      Thanks for the good advice.

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