Signs of a Scam Business
For years now the rush has been on to mine the Internet
and find "gold." Just like miners in the old U.S.
west, people flock to the Web hoping to strike it
rich. Is it possible? Sure it is! However, those miners
of old had to watch out for "fool's gold." You - in
the days of the Internet - have to watch out for scam
Most scam business offers have five things in common.
Before you decide to invest your hard-earned money
in an Internet business, be sure to compare the offer
to this list. The following warning signs might very
well help you avoid a financial disaster!
1) No Contact Information or Limited Contact Information
- Most scam artists don't want you to be able to locate
them easily. After all, if you could find them easily,
so could the authorities. That's why they often only
give an email address (usually from a free provider
like Yahoo or Hotmail) and/or a post office box. On
the other hand, reputable companies DO want you to
be able to contact them quickly and easily. They'll
offer several ways... telephone, physical address,
email, fax, etc.
2) No Verifiable References or Testimonials - Notice
I said, "verifiable." Anyone can make up references
or testimonials that would make you think a business
opportunity is wonderful. But can you verify them?
Do they list Web site addresses or email addresses
for the people who supposedly gave the testimonials?
Is there a way to contact the satisfied customers?
If not... if you only see a reference ending with
"John D. - California" - beware.
3) Phony Association Information - Many times, we
take for granted the fact that someone offering a
business opportunity is a legitimate company just
because a Better Business Bureau or iCop logo is posted
on the company's Web site. Not true! These logos can
be simply copied and pasted onto the scam artist's
site. There is a way to verify whether the company
is a legitimate member. Click the logo. If it goes
to a profile of the company (on the BBB or iCop site),
you'll know this company is an authentic member of
4) "Make Thousands With No Work On Your Part" - This
is the biggest lie on the Internet today. Everyone
loves the idea of making thousands of dollars while
they sleep. Is it possible? Yes! That part isn't a
lie. The statement that it will take no work on your
part is the lie. Even if the company gives you a free
Web site, free products to sell for 100% profit, and
a free shopping cart, you still have to work - and
work hard! How will people find your new Web site?
You'll have to market it. That takes a LOT of work
in and of itself. Beware when people tell you that
their business opportunities take no effort from you.
5) Rushing You To Make A Decision - I'm not talking
about the product sites that offer special discounts
if you buy before a specific date. I'm talking about
the business opportunity companies that - instead
of answering your questions - pressure you to go ahead
and buy in. I advise you not to trust anyone who is
unwilling to give you the information you need to
make a qualified decision. I can almost promise a
scam is involved if that is the case.
The bottom line is this: Any company offering legitimate
business opportunities will want to talk with you,
will want to give you all the information you need,
will not give a false appearance of credibility, will
help you work through the financial aspects of joining
the company, and will have verifiable references that
you can contact. Beware of anyone who does not offer
these things. By keeping your eyes open for the five
warning signs listed above, you can save a lot of
trouble and money.
Sandra Stammberger works with legitimate businesses
to help them promote their biz op to thousands of
interested individuals. If you have an upstanding
company who is looking to recruit new signups - guaranteed
- visit http://www.guaranteed-signups.net