How To Prevent Being Scammed Online

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Are you searching for a genuine online business opportunity, but are terrified of being scammed?  You’re not alone.  There is so much garbage out there.  How many times have you come across some self-proclaimed internet guru who promises you a luxurious lifestyle filled with expensive cars, homes, vacations, you name it, and you don’t have to do anything but sit back in your chair on your yacht and sip cocktails as the money comes rolling in by the hour.  Just hand over several thousand dollars and you’ll get instant access to their secret.  So what’s the secret?  The secret, my friend, is that you’ve just been scammed.  They took your money and ran.  So, I’ve outlined some typical scams and give you some tips on how to prevent being scammed online.

Email Scams

how to prevent being scammed onlineEvery day, our inboxes are flooded with emails offering you a jetset lifestyle that never actually deliver what they claim.  Don’t be lured into their trap no matter how desperate you are!

When you open up a suspicious email and then proceed to click links within it,  nine times out of ten you are downloading malware that allows the culprits to steal your personal information.

Make it a habit.  No, a rule to NEVER, NEVER open questionable emails or click on any links inside them.  They can issue your finances a death sentence and destroy your computer, tablet or mobile device.

There are many anti-virus software programs out there that do a great job of catching and filtering out malware.  I recommend you purchase one as opposed to getting a free one off the internet. The free software is virtually useless and that too could have the very malware in it that you’re trying to avoid.

Simply do a search on Google for “anti-virus software” and make sure that you read the reviews.  Better yet, head over to your local computer store and allow the knowledgeable staff to help you out if you can’t decide.  They’re up on the latest and greatest so to speak.

Work From Home/Online Business Opportunities

how to prevent being scammed onlineIt’s sad to say, but for me to list all the scams out there allowing you to Work From Home or offering you an incredible Online Business Opportunity would be simply impossible.

The best advice I can give you, and I know it’s been said before, is IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT LIKELY IS!

No one just hands out free information on how to get rich fast.  There’s always a catch.  And, understand this.  Nintey-nine percent of the time the way they are getting rich fast is by repeating the same scheme that got you to purchase from them.  There’s no real product here.  They’re just teaching you how to scam other people the same way they scammed you.  Sorry.  I have a conscience.  Also, once the scheme has been around for a few months and people realize what it truly is, it doesn’t last long.  You’re not building anything substantial.

A general rule to go by when this opportunity presents itself is to absolutely stay away from anything that promises to make you a set amount of money or promises you anything with regard to success.

We’ve all heard this claim – “Make a 6-Figure Income Working From Home 1 Hour A Day” nonsense.

Or, “Make $1000 A Day With My Secret Program” rubbish.

There are NO programs out there, ZERO, that can promise this or any amount of cash at all and anybody making that assertion is just right out lying to you to get your hard-earned cash.

Here’s another example …”Recruit three people and share their profits! Make unlimited residual cash” bologna.

This is what’s called the Multi-Level Marketing or MLM scam at it’s best!

Just STAY AWAY from any and all MLM’s unless you really know what you’re doing.  In order to make money with an MLM, you have to be a real recruiting machine because that’s literally the only way you will make money is by recruiting others into the same program.  People tend to think that MLM’s are all about selling products, but that’s a misconception.  Sure, some programs might actually have a product to sell, but the way the real money is made is by recruiting.  If they tell you otherwise, they are outright lying to you.  It’s extremely difficult, costly and time-consuming and the rate of success is very low.

Links, Likes or Instant Traffic

how to prevent being scammed onlineSo, you’ve designed your awesome website, but nobody is buying anything because you just aren’t getting enough traffic or social engagement on Facebook and the like.  What most people fail to realize is that it takes time to build a business and instead of building it up over time, they try to take a shortcut and end up getting suckered into paying for Links, Likes or “Instant Traffic.”

These programs are 100% phony and the miscreant swindlers are just after your cash.

If you are considering purchasing any of these programs – DON’T!  You have to grow your followers naturally by targeting your audience and building their trust over a period of time.  And, as a matter of fact, these types of programs can damage your business and it’s just not worth risking it.

The Bottom Line

I’ve barely touched the surface when it comes to all the online scams out there; however, if you are determined to work online from home, it is possible to do and do it safely.


Before you go, I need to ask you a few very important questions …

Are you searching for a GENUINE Online Business Opportunity?

Are you tired of struggling online and want to once and for all succeed by receiving first rate, step-by-step training along with everything you could possibly need to succeed wrapped up in a complete package? …And, did I mention that it’s FREE? Yes, FREE!


Click Here To Learn More About This Amazing FREE Opportunity!

Here’s to your success!


Wealthy Affiliate


  1. Dean

    I have lost count of the number of times I have looked into an opportunity just to find out further down the road that it is a scam. The internet seems to be flooded with these con artists trying to get their hands on your hard earned cash.
    The best advice I could offer is to research, research and research again before reaching for the credit card and then trust your own judgement, if there’s a nagging doubt in the back of your mind don’t ignore it.


    • Barb

      Thanks, Dean, for dropping by and leaving a comment. I really love hearing from my readers. I agree with your wisdom wholeheartedly. Do your research and, if it doesn’t feel right, it likely isn’t!

  2. Louise

    This is a good article to read and a must for anyone starting out! I came across a lot of scams before finding Wealthy Affiliate so I can’t vouch for it enough – it’s an incredibly supportive and informative community.

    It’s sad that so many people do fall for such scams and end up spending a lot of money on things that don’t help them in the long run. It’s tempting to take the shortcuts but it’s true what you say – it really does take time to grow a profitable and successful business. Little wins every day are what it’s about 🙂


    • Barb

      Thanks, Louise, for dropping by and leaving a comment. I love to hear from my readers.

      Yes, it is so sad. These scammers prey on desperate people just trying to make a life for themselves and their families. Often, people literally spend their last dollar on these bogus programs and end up in a far worse situation then they are in now. Like I said, trust your gut. If it’s too good to be true, it’s a scam. Wealthy Affiliate is truly an honest, legitimate business opportunity which is totally free to start. There aren’t many programs, if any, that offer this.

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