What is a Make-Money-Online Scam
A Make-Money-Online Scam is a specific plan intended to get people to hand over personal and private information.
The bottom line is that there are more and more people out there who scam people out of their money. It’s sad, but hopefully after reading this article you will feel more confident in spotting them.
The Purpose of a Scam
Let’s talk about the intent behind a scam before we show you tips to avoid them.
Although scam artists may have different reasons, the goal is usually one of two things. They are either trying to steal your money outright. Or they are trying to steal your information. In most cases, theft of information is much more dangerous than theft of a bank card.
The scam itself could have a more specific target relating to financial and information theft such as:
- selling your personal information
- credit card theft/identity theft
- stealing confidential login info remotely
- corrupting your phone or computer with a virus
- making you spend more and more money without seeing the process
Do Your Research
I know it’s temping to click on the email that guarantees hundreds of dollars overnight, but don’t. If it were that easy then everyone would be doing it. Don’t fall for something that could drain your bank account or worse.
I have been victim to credit card theft and it was because I didn’t do my research into the company. And because of this, I almost didn’t sign-up for Wealthy Affiliate.
Check out my post on Wealthy Affiliate Here for more information.
Change Your Mindset
Stop looking for something that is going to make you rich overnight. It’s not going to happen. Maybe if you got super lucky in the crypto market, but no legitimate Make-Money-Online program will instantly make you wealthy.
If you have tunnel vision and are only looking for something that will make you rich overnight, then you will fall victim.
Bottom line, you will have to put in the work in order to make money online no matter what process you go with.
Shady and Confusing
You might think you have found a deal if a program is only $9.99 to start. Sadly, most of these are followed up with more money having to be spent. The initial $9.99 may get you into the community but there are so many tools that you will need.
Added expenses could include:
- Website Hosting – Up to $100/month
- Website Training – $100 – $999/month
- Keyword/Research Tool – $19 – $49/month
- Domain Fees – $9.99 – $19.99/month
As you can see, these added expenses could get very expensive very quickly. Look for an overview of the program with prices before you make a single payment. A ton of legitimate platforms offer these tools with the initial fee. So do your research because you can find these tools for much less than the scam will offer them to you for.
Never Told Your Job
Please, please, please stay away from programs that promise you thousands of dollars without telling you what your job will be. There are so many scams out there that will promise you Heaven & Earth but they never say what the job entails.
If the program doesn’t state on the very first page what you’ll have to do, LEAVE!
Keep Your Private Information Private
In the beginning of this Post I mentioned the reason behind a scam is to access personal information. You need to keep your private information private.
Look for a program that offers a free trial. These days a lot of them do. But to be more specific, find a program that allows you a trial period WITHOUT having to provide a debit or credit card to sign up. These types of programs do exist.
Personally, I started out with Wealthy Affiliate simply for that reason. I am now a Premium Member at WA because of the tools and training that came with a paid member.
Could you make a living creating something online all by yourself? Maybe you could, but think of the possibilities if you had an entire community to help.
Any legitimate program will have a community of support. If you’re looking at a program and they don’t mention a community of members, it’s probably not legit.
No community = SCAM
Everything’s Done For You
Wouldn’t that be the dream job? I wish there were programs out there were you could buy and install, and just sit and watch the money roll in. Unfortunately, it is a dream job for a reason.
Stay away from programs that claim you don’t have to do anything or that everything is done for you. This simply isn’t real. To make any sort of money online you are going to have to put in some effort. Whether you are taking affiliate links and posting them all over the web or making YouTube videos to promote, some sort of work will be needed.
For 99% of Make-Money-Online programs, you only get out of it what you are willing to put into it.
No Owner or Info
Any legitimate business on the planet has an owner. And if you cannot find the owners name or any information on how to contact them, that’s a red flag.
With Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle & Carson are very much engaged.
They are available if you need help. They are even the default go-to coaches when you click the “Help” dropdown on the WA website.
Just today I had to contact Kyle to get this website straightened out after I purchased a .com domain for the first time.
If you don’t see this type of transparency from the owners, you may want to do more research. And if you can’t find any owner information at all, LEAVE.
Fake Success Stories
I would always find it funny when I would see the exact same success story on multiple platforms. You could tell that someone was just copying and pasting all day long.
Scroll though and read a handful of the stories. Look at how many times the exact same story is shared but by different people. This is a huge red flag and if you see it, LEAVE.
Check out this article on How To Avoid the Top 5 Affiliate Marketing Scams written by Wealthy Affiliate Co-Founder, Kyle.
***While I do not get paid to write reviews, I am paid a small commission for anyone who signs up through my referral links on this page.***