Ways to Avoid Scams Online | Tony Lee Hamilton The Digital Marketing Veteran Assisting Friends Earn Online Worldwide
How to Avoid Scams Online

Written by Guest Blogger, Denis Blachard with GratefulAffiliate.com

With the explosion and huge expansion of the internet in the last decades, there is an ever-increasing amount of phoney and very low-quality programs out there claiming the same thing: “they can make you rich in a very short period of time”.  That is the very reason for this article, Ways to avoid scams online – How to escape them!

Case of Millions

Most of them are saying that they are legit, and they even talk about other “gurus” selling bogus products when they do their sales pitch.

However, when you dig in little deeper, the new users and the inexperienced online business owners in the industry are mislead to believe that these programs are legit.

In reality, they are just part of sales funnels that pry on people’s emotions and lead them to believe bogus claims of overnight riches.

The Bait and Switch Online

These programs all have the same purpose, they want to make a quick buck from the unexperienced person looking for ways to make money with the Internet.  And it seems that there are hundreds of those “new ways” to make money online coming out everyday, and all of them are claiming pretty much the same song and dance!  

They claim to be part of Affiliate Marketing, but in reality, it’s all a “bait and switch” system.  

They bring the new user in with a low-cost offer, then in order to take full advantage of their “system” and to really be able to make the money that they claimed you should be making on their sales page or video, you have to buy their “upsells” and/or “down sells”.  

It’s a never ending vicious circle!

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How to recognize a fake or low-quality program


There are multiple ways that an inexperienced user will be taken to a sales page from one of these programs.  It can either be through email, Facebook ads, other social media, and even while using search engines like Google or Bing and any other way you can think of.

These people do get creative to bring in people to their “squeeze page”.

Here are a few things you should be looking for before deciding on joining one of these fake and/or low-quality programs:

(1) They make outrageous money claims and it’s all on auto-pilot, so you don’t have to work.

The first and obvious way to recognize a fake or low-quality program is when they make bold claims and guarantees that if you buy in their system, you will make $1,000’s within a very short period.

Here’s a good example:

Simple Money Making Method

They make these outrageous earning claims and they show off their bank accounts with hundred of thousands and sometimes million dollars in them and show off their Lamborghinis and big mansions.

Millionaire Lifestyle


All this, usually on a “done for you” secret system that nobody knows about and that will do all the heavy lifting for you. All you would have to do is work a few minutes a day.

Here is one that is saying that if you work just 20 minutes a day, you will be rich within a year!

Income Proof or Spoof?

What they are doing is aiming their sales pitch to people that want everything right away! I think we all have that feeling inside of us, especially when starting something new, we all want to make money fast, but in reality, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is!

(2) They target the new comer to the industry and take advantage of their inexperience.



It’s common knowledge among more experienced online business people that it takes time and effort in order to build a valuable and successful business, either online or off, it follows pretty much he same rules.


However, people that are new to the industry are the most vulnerable and are the targets of these programs. If and when they join, they soon find out that it’s not what they were promised.





So, when they find out that they got ripped-off, they feel embarrassed and often just pretend it never happened and just go on their way instead of reporting these schemes to the FTC or the Better Business Bureau.

The FTC has brought down quite a few of those programs lately, along with their owners and prime affiliates, and they are about to bring more of them down!  This is a GOOD thing. At least we have someone looking after the regular Joe that is just starting out! And I hope that they (The FTC) continue watching and bringing those misleading programs down.

(3) You must buy their product to know exactly what you are getting for your money.

The sales video is always going on and on about how nice it is to make that kind of money, and there is usually a sad story of some kind on how, they too, were broke and then made some research and found this “secret method” or “untapped way of doing things” that has made them rich.  

There is usually not much said about the actual system and you must buy it to be able make all that money.  They will ramble on and on for 20 to 30 minutes sometimes without talking about the actual system and “how” it works.

Like we mentioned earlier, there are many of these programs and products that will be very affordable (like less than $40) to join or buy, but once you are in, you realize that if you truly want to benefit from their offer, you will have to spend hundreds and sometime thousands more in order to really get what they are proposing in their initial offer.

Cash Collecting Funnel

Some of them will offer your money back if you are not satisfied, and they usually do if they are part of a larger affiliate platform like ClickBank.  But, a lot of times, people will be so embarrassed about how they were fooled to believe that they would be rich quickly, that they don’t even bother contacting them back.

The bottom line is that you will have to give them your credit card number in order to find out exactly what is their “secret method”, and most of the time, it will not be worth the money spent!

(4) They put pressure for you to act immediately or you will lose the opportunity to “get in” their program

You will say things like “Hurry, there is only 6 spots left in this secret system” or something similar.  However, this is only a sales tactic. If you leave the sales page and come back later during the week or even a few weeks later, the same “6 spots” are still the only one left available.  Or that if you leave the sales page, you may lose access to it in the future. That is totally false.

only a few spots remaining

Time sensitive information


These sales tactics are used very often on these programs, and they use these “time sensitive” tactics to get you to click and buy right away, without thinking it over.


(5) They often require to re-sell the same product that you have just bought and that is their way for you to make money.

This happens a lot in these programs. They claim that they are legit and that they are part of Affiliate Marketing, but the reality is that they really are an MLM (Multi level Marketing).  This is a sure sign that you will have to use their “business tactics” and that will lead you to be as phoney as them.

You could probably will make money fast by using this technique and selling these low-quality or fake programs, but if you do have success, it will most probably be short lived.

These sorts of programs come and go and often, they get taken down by legal authorities or the FTC not long after they are out.  Then you would be left out in the cold!

OK, So what Now?

As you can see here, there are a LOT of ways to spot a low-quality or fake program.  And these are just a few of the ways that you can avoid them.

When someone gains experience online, they can easily evade these traps and avoid being taken for a ride and lose money.

But enough of the bad vibes and bogus programs!

There is HOPE, because there is also a very legitimate, ethical and true way to make money online!

One thing I can assure you, it is NOT a “make money fast” scheme!  With this method you will learn how to build a solid foundation and with time and effort, you will scale up your business to make money, even while you sleep!

It’s called Affiliate Marketing

It is my preferred way to do business online.

Unlike the offline world, where brick and mortar are still the norm, you have to buy inventory, and scaling thing up may take years and years.

Affiliate Marketing is a business model where you will be promoting someone else’s product, and when you make a sale from your own website, you get a commission. And these commissions are usually a very high percentage of the sale. The best part: No inventory to buy or product to invent!

With Affiliate Marketing, once you have your foundation/website set up, you can transform your ideas and passion into a thriving online business.

If you have a passion or a hobby, you can turn it into a business.

This online business model is a bit slower than those get rich overnight programs, I will admit.  But it is totally ethical and honest. It is the method of building a solid foundation that will last for years to come.

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Tony Lee Hamilton

I am known on the Internet as The Digital Marketing Veteran - I am a Veteran of The United States Army and have a Teenage Son. (His Mom and I adopted him at his birth, she went to heaven because of breast cancer) Since 2009, I have been assisting Friends from around the World Earn More Income, Traffic and/or Referrals to their Business no matter what they share! Local Businesses, Online Businesses, Direct Sales, Affiliate Marketing, Multi-Level Marketing and/or Network Marketing from anywhere on the Planet! Contact me anytime!

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