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Internet Money Scams

Updated on October 9, 2009

65,000,000 Euro ????

I won the Lottery?
I won the Lottery?

UK United Lotto

It was just another day. I woke up, exercised, showered, and then got dressed. I turned on my computer to check my e-mails, I was expecting a message from my wife. Once the e-mail opened up I saw a message not from my wife, but from the UK united lotto. Apparently I had won the grand prize of 65,000,000 euro, which is like 100 million U.S or so.

Wow, I thought. How did I win something I didn't enter? Then I began to try and figure out how I entered this contest. I am not really over active on the internet. I check my e-mail, bank accounts, and read news articles and other general interest articles. I also recently signed up for this site, hubpages. I highly doubt that hubpages entered me into a Great Britain lottery. I was stumped.

I decided that I would look at it to see what it had to say. Ah ha, it was a scam. They wanted me to send like $200.00 to some place with my address, phone number, occupation, and other personal info. I then trashed the e-mail. Apparently, I had not won anything.


Rich guy left you his estate.


Avoid e-mails that say you won something or that some rich dude in England or Africa left you millions of dollars or pounds. It is BS and they just want your money.  I started getting these in my e-mail about three months ago.  I opened one, read it, and became extremely disgusted.  A couple of things about these, one they want you to send them money, and two they want all kinds of personal information.  The funniest part of this is they are unrelenting in their pursuit of your money.  I got an idea if you’re doing this, go to Walmart and buy some ethics.

I recently noticed that they have changed their tactics.  Now they are saying not to send them money but instead buy a plane ticket to England or whatever and go get your money.  The thing is, if all this money was in a Western Union like they say why is it they can’t just send it to wherever you are.  It costs nothing to do and is easier than all the BS they’re asking for.  Oh, I know why…it’s a scam, that’s why.  I think I would rather get slapped in the face by a porcupine tail.

Other Internet Money Scams


Multi-Level Marketing

Multi-level marketing is often times referred to as a pyramid scheme.  The pyramid works in a way as to where the top person refers ten people and they pay him ten dollars.  Those ten people refer ten people each and they get paid five dollars each and the top guy gets paid five dollars each.  Then those one hundred people refer ten people each and it goes on and on.  Essentially all these people are getting paid to do is refer more people to pay them and their upline. 

There are literally thousands of these scams all over the internet.  Most offer a training course or one-on-one help with the technical side of everything.  Yeah right, don’t be fooled.  Most of these scams offer a ridiculous product that nobody would want in the first place but people buy into it just to make money off of selling it.  Let’s face some facts here, if you don’t like or use a product, what makes you think someone else would want to buy it?  If you find a product though that you believe in and is profitable then you may end up making some money off of it, but don’t hold your breath.  I found one that I believe is profitable and could potentially make some great money but I haven’t really promoted it.  If you want to see what I use in this genre of internet scams click here.

Work At Home and Get Rich scam


Every now and again you may come across something so ridiculous and far fetched, but yet at the same time completely possible.  I found one on the internet that was so crazy and stupid that I bought into it.  Now, listen to me very carefully ladies and gentlemen, these things are complete bull.  There is absolutely no way you could ever sell this crap.  Like I said above, if it contains a bunch of garbage products that are a waste of time and such, you will not be successful with it.

The amount of garbage out there is phenomenal and you may wonder how anyone could fall for the schemes.  Sometimes we buy into the schemes just to see what it is that is so secretive or what the forbidden knowledge is.  It is almost like we are Eve and are curious of the forbidden fruit.  I took a bite a few times and saw exactly what the world of internet money scams really was.

High Yield Investment Program


Alright you want to make money and you want to make that money right now.  First of all, wake up.  That just doesn’t happen unless you are trading forex yourself.  HYIP, if you see that run for the hills and button down the hatches, there is no way this works.  They are based off of trading the forex market.  The forex market is a real and profitable investment program, HYIP’s are not.  They state that if you give them 100 dollars, in two days you’ll have 200.  Although this is completely possible in the forex market it is unlikely in a HYIP.  HYIP’s are based off of a Ponzi scheme, pay old investors with new investor’s money.  If you decide to try this one, go ahead and poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick instead.  It would be less painful.

Process Rebates


Now this scam actually sounds like a fantastic deal, all you have to do is fill in a short form and earn 10 bucks.  The form is supposed to have maybe four or five lines that take roughly ten to fifteen minutes to fill out.  Ok, sounds great.  What they fail to mention is where to get the information and how hard it actually is to get a form to fill out. 

I have mentioned before that I am retarded and have bought into some pretty ridiculous internet money scams.  This one wasn’t as bad as the previous section but still pretty bad.  For a mere $39.95 you can get access to thousands of companies that will pay you to fill out their forms.  The hook—they need home workers to lower their overhead costs, the line—so easy to do it only takes ten minutes, the sinker—so you could potentially make five thousand dollars a month doing little else.  At all costs you should avoid these types of scams because it will waste your precious time that you could be spending actually making real money.

Surveys/Test at Home


Doing surveys and testing products at home are not really internet money scams.  However, they are a huge waste of time.  First off, when you sign up for survey sites they should be free to join.  Some websites offer to combine them all on one platform for a marginal fee of $19.95 and up.  Don’t purchase this, you will find that 90 percent of these survey sites within the major site don’t send you surveys or don’t accept you.

I did surveys for a couple of months and found out that I was wasting my time.  Sure I made my money back but it took me two months to get it back.  I would spend roughly thirty minutes to an hour filling out a survey thinking that I was going to make five bucks from it and ended up being rejected after all that time I spent on it.  I would get so mad and frustrated that I would just shut off the computer.  One last word of advice, if you get the chance to fill out surveys—jump off a fucking cliff instead, you will probably have more fun. 


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    • Anton Scherbinin profile image

      Anton Scherbinin 

      7 years ago

      Wouldn't be so categorical concerning Work at home issue as well as MLM! In case You are not a blockhead and have enough enthusiasm You succeed. I've been with several MLM companies for two decades mostly for buying dietary supplemens, but I know several people in person who are making five figures each month! Now I work with a decent European company in internet marketing. I've got not much experience in internet marketing (working for six weeks frankly speaking) but as results motivate me to go on with more enthusiasm! The key success factor here is training (I've been training salesmen since 90's). So I make conference calls and help my new partners. Btw there are 8 people in my team already and growing!

      Everything depends upon how Your mind works and Your belief. And I know how to develop it.

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      9 years ago

      I get these like ALL the time. But just to clarify something, we have one lottery called 'The National Lottery' and it has a prize in our native currency, which is of course the '£' (thats a pound sign) and the jackpot never gets anywhere near the equivalent of 100million euros! The sad thing is, that there are people that swallow this and pay the money, most of them are scammers from Nigeria but we have even known them to originate from Canada!

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Missed it by " " much!! Ouch!!

    • jim10 profile image


      9 years ago from ma

      Hey I won a few times too. I just never bothered to follow up on in. I guess when they eventually show up at my door with cash I will accept it.

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      9 years ago

      Wesley, enough of us ARE stupid that it pays some of these folks a handsome living. My wife's late Mom was married to a dude who was stupid, evil, hot tempered, AND greedy--and those were his good qualities. Within no more than a year after his wife (my Mom-in-law) passed, Mr. Dum-Dum got one of those solicitations, you know, to help some foreign prince get his gazillions safely out of whatever country.

      That's the one where they send YOU the money FIRST, that is, say around $5,000, to cover the "fees" for which they need YOUR check. And golly gee whiz, they only want you to send $4800 or so of it back--if nothing else, you get to keep a $200 profit...right?

      We tried to warn him--he was 76 or 77 then, but greed was making his IQ even lower than his age. Nah, he wouldn't listen. Was gonna make $2 or $3 million for sure. The incoming check ($5,000) was good enough that his local bank ALSO believed it was good, and who ya gonna believe, your idiot stepdaughter and her husband or that brilliant financial wizard down at the bank, right? Right.

      We tried to warn him one last time. No sale. Mucho earwax. Later when we'd bug him about it (which we did a couple of times, just to see what he'd say) he claimed he HAD gotten all those millions. Uh huh.

      Last time we were in contact (about 5 years ago), he didn't have much to say. But we heard from his neighbors some time later that he wound up having to sell the house his dear departed wife had brilliantly produced for them during their earlier years of marriage.

      Goes around, comes around...

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Ralwus: thank you they are nefarious. Think that means awful?

      Dohn121: Yes indeed, never give out any info in e-mail.

      Pachuca213: I guess they think we are stupid. The unfortunate thing is that some of us are stupid and fall victim to their evil scams.

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      9 years ago

      I get crap like that all the time. Or on Craigslist you get ads for jobs and then the people reply and say they need money and they are in Africa and will send you money if you give them your bank account info. HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE??? DAMN!!!

      and yesterday I got an email saying that Bill Gates was giving his fortune away and for every person you forward it to you would get money. What a load of B.S.!!! If that was the case everyone would forward themselves about a million times LOL.....I hate that SPAM!!!

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yeah, your radar should scream once anyone ever wants your bank account number and / or social security number. Things that are too good to be true usually are :)

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      9 years ago

      Always! LOL Too many have been sucked dry from these scoundrels. Glad you weren't.


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