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Scam Alert! Scam Words to watch out for when making an Online Purchase. How to avoid Internet Fraud!

Updated on May 15, 2015
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Steve Miller a dynamic online writer and video editor who has many years of online experience. Building suspense and informing the public...

Top Internet Scams!

Who really wants to buy anything off of the internet anymore? It seems like the internet is getting more and more predatory lately. With these online predatory scamming companies becoming more prevalent by the hour.

The latest internet scams perpetrated by these scamming companies include internet credit card scams. These internet scams are simply horrendous. The credit card scam is pretty simple, and here is how these internet companies scam you. I will give you my personal experience with an internet credit card scam I personally fell into a few years ago.

“Make money with Google AdSense! Bob lives in your city, and generates 10,000 dollars per month with Google AdSense! Buy our product now and learn to do what Bob does and you can instantly be earning 10,000 dollars per month! Only 4.95 one time fee”

Be Warned Textbook Internet Scam!

Wow sounded awesome to me 10,000 dollars per month; I could not even imagine this. Only 5 bucks okay here is my bank card number no problem. Well as of today I have no more bank card. lol They over drafted my bank account to such an extent I lost my bank account. This very easily could have ruined my relationship with my girl friend as well, as she allowed me to use her bank card that day, we were both excited. When we started getting charges of 29.95 every two weeks I was pretty ticked off. Believe it or not this is actually pretty embarrassing, so I am sure most people do not even report these companies.

I am not as embarrassed anymore, but at the time I wanted to crawl into a hole. When we went to the store with a bunch of Groceries and they did not take our credit card we were both embarrassed. Of course we fought with them, and then we fought with the bank company with no avail. So then I check online to see what in the world was going on. There it was; a weird * with an internet company name and a nice charge that overdrew our bank account. We did not even realize it until we were over drawn over 500 dollars. They caused some serious trouble with my finances, to put it lightly. Many sad nights to say the least, but I learned and since then I have not gotten lured into an internet scam and I also have learned a lot! This is why I am writing this now. To ensure that you do not fall for the same internet scams in which I have.

This is not the only internet scam by far. There are so many it is hard to even keep track of, and like I say it makes the internet look bad, and eventually no one will shop online for anything. Why would you, knowing your credit card is going to be kept on file, and charged at a later date as the company sees fit.

More Scamming Internet Companies

Since then I have seen more internet scams. Video Professor is a really bad one! I used to play the old Russian roulette game of the free trail offers for money. I really enjoyed beating these companies at their own game. However when I was using the cash grab I saw an offer that paid me 30 dollars for a video professor free trial. I had seen them all over the TV, and the one and only time I did not take the time to investigate I regretted it severely. I got the software got my 30 dollars plus another 4 dollars for my dad doing the offer too. He made sure to call them and tell them he was going to return the software; I did not call them, which I would seriously regret later. So he got his 30 dollars just for a free trial with no hassles. I got my package from Video Professor and I made sure to send it back right when I received it. I had used my bank card this time, as my girlfriend had lost hers from the previous internet rip off fiasco.

I really thought I knew what I was doing this time, I returned the product, made hundreds of dollars from the cash grab, kept great notes, and made good money. Until about a month later, when I went to order a pizza and my bank card did not work. I was dumbstruck at this point, so again I checked my online bank information and lo and behold I had a 198.99 dollar charge that over drafted my bank account. Again putting me so far into the negative I lost my account. I immediately called the Video Professor and told them I had returned that CD product over a month ago. When they told me I was not allowed to return it without calling them to tell them first because you need some sort of number you have to write on the package when you send it to the company. I was again dumbstruck. I pleaded with them to hurry up to no avail. There is no feeling to explain the anger you feel when this happens to you. I pleaded with the company to please return the money so I could fix the problem with the bank, I had returned the product and they even told me they had received it weeks prior.

Finally weeks later I got them to agree to send me my money back. Then six months later it went towards my over draft fees, and I still owe hundreds of dollars. I still have a deep-seated distrust for online companies that play games with people’s lives as if they are puppets to profit off of. From that day I vowed that I would warn people about these crazy greedy scamming companies. These companies keep your credit card on file, and they can literally do what ever they want with it. If they feel like emptying your bank account, no problem, they can. They do not care about you, no matter how heart felt they may seem. In the end they are only after one thing, Money! Not just any money mind you, they are after Your Money! I have now gotten over these losses and now am out to expose these putrid internet scams and the companies that perpetrate them for what they really are, internet fraudulent scammers.

Top 10 Scam Words To Watch Out For When Making Online Purchase!

So what are the scam words to avoid when thinking about purchasing a product online? There are actually 12 words that show you are going to be scammed. I will now go over a quick list of words you really need to avoid when shopping online. These are the typical scam words that fraudulent online companies use to lure you in and get your hard earned cash. So beware and bookmark this page and tell your friends. As it is up to us to put an end to online scams once and for all!

  1. Free
  2. Free Trial
  3. One Time Fee
  4. Free Stuff
  5. Work at Home Job
  6. Free Help
  7. Free Debt Consulting
  8. Free Debt Relief
  9. Test Products Free
  10. Free Weight Loss
  11. Free Prize
  12. Free Survey

Most Common Internet Scam Phrases!

What is the common theme here? Nothing is free on the internet. The bottom line is if someone has taken their time to do something worth showing you they have some angel. Typically that angle is your wallet. I would suggest that any time you are thinking about making a purchase online, you go to the complaints board and checking for a report. Odds are if they have ripped someone off online, they have been reported.

It is your duty as a consumer to report these companies who do this also. If you do not and someone else goes on to get scammed by an internet company, then are you not, partially responsible for that? I think I would be. That is why I have created a webpage dedicated to reporting the latest scams. As well I have a link to the complaints board where you can go directly to file a complaint against an online company who has scammed you.

I will place a link on this page entitled “Report Internet Scams Today!” where you can check for the latest internet scams, I dedicate it to green scams. However you can still go on to report a scam of any kind at the complaints board link on my website. The saddest thing about all of this is the fact that the majority of these scams are dedicated to the younger and older generations. These fraudulent online companies are raking in millions of dollars in the elderliness retirement and social security funds. A truly horrid reality perpetrated by these predatory online scamming companies.

Well if I can help one person with this information it has been a success. Thank you and I wish you success on your online purchases, and beware of online fraudulent scamming companies on the internet.

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    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 

      4 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      It is just amazing the dishonesty of some people.

    • steve8miller profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Miller 

      4 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Yes this is actually insane. I actually uncovered a scam in my city of Dayton Ohio which lead to a multimillion dollar fraud case. I would go in and buy smokes and they were pulling 9 cents to a dollar or more over on my girlfriends card almost every time. It lead to over drafting our bank account and we took them to civil court and won our money back and more about 600 dollars.

      They have to this day never paid though. The DA ended up prosecuting them because the company did it to hundreds of people over many years. They all got paid, that's funny because I discovered it and received nothing!

      It's ironic how my life seems to go, I would have placed a lean on their assets and garnished their wages but the girl I was with left and the suit was in her name.

      I can't really ever catch a break so I love to try and help someone else at the very least not be ripped off. I try to help as many people as I can even if the people do not even know it, ironically because my very way of life depends on love.

    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 

      4 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      This really is a bad habit of many companies, unfortunately on and offline. I formerly worked for a call center which basicall did the same thing...offer free service and goods then auto renew after the trial period. People (mostly older and non technosavvy) were sometimes being charged for years before realizing.

    • steve8miller profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Miller 

      4 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      To report online scams you can go to

      This is a great place to tell the world about how a company scammed you.

      So just stay vigilant and remember to always 100 percent of the time Google the company you are buying from and check the reputation.

    • steve8miller profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Miller 

      7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Yes online scams are getting worse by the day. That is why it is up to us to be vigilant in helping others avoid the same fate.

      So make sure you get this article to all your friends and family members in order to give them a proper heads up in order to avoid online scams.

      Remember too that you can report online scams through the link at eraofgreen. Right under the little dollar mouse trap picture.

      Thank you all for your comments.

    • Kevin  Smith profile image

      Kevin Smith 

      7 years ago from USA

      Totally Agreed....great piece of idea...i too have share some info on online dating it...

    • 2005Fleet profile image


      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Awesome Hub!! Thumbs up

    • gr82bme profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      This is so true. I too feel for one of these scams

      When I noticed them charging my credit card still after I canceled their program I call the fraud dept. at my credit card company. They help me and cleared my $5,000 dept.

      Yep, they had charged $5,000 to my credit card. Good thing I saved everything, like emails and names when I talked to someone at this bogus Co.

      I have a hub on scamming and things you can do


    • steve8miller profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Miller 

      8 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Yes these scams are all too prevalent on today’s World Wide Web. It is about time that these scams come to an end. The best way to make them end is by educating the consumer.

      So if you read this make sure you send it to others to read too. This is the only way we can tell these scamming companies we have had enough!

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image


      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I nearly fell for a 'Secret Shopper' scam that was advertised in my hometown paper's classified ads.

      Needless to say, I didn't take the bait. . .

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice. It is scary out there, no question about it. The same type of thing happens when you oder from a TV ad. You end up signing up for things you never heard of and getting out of it is a nightmare. Voted up and useful.

    • Rudra profile image


      8 years ago

      Very correct, the word free is so badly used.


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